"Small Enough To Fail" is a song I used to sing on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. I'd stand outside the big US Bancorp building and belt it out as loud as I could, trying to make my voice carry through the windows and into the executive suites on the top floors. This was back in summer 2011. I was still pretty pissed about the bank bailout. They did everything they could to make sure rich people could keep milking the system while poor people work harder for less money.
I was afraid to release this or sing it at regular shows and I guess I still haven't ever sung this anywhere besides on the streets. But I'm getting over my fear and sharing it with you now.
These were going to be part of my album New Hub City but I wanted that album to be shorter so I took out all the long songs and also removed "Small Enough To Fail" because I was afraid to speak my mind.
"What You Fear" also appears on my Tombstone Rocket Ship album and there's a pretty good live bootleg out there somewhere with me and my electric punk band playing it.
"That Sounds Okay" and "I Saw the Light of Heaven " were later re-recorded for inclusion on Sunland, the album I made with The Sunland Singers. My folk band and I have a new, peppier version of "Light of Heaven" worked up and we'll probably record it again one of these days.
released February 28, 2013
Recorded during July, 2011 in the living room of my apartment at Franklin and 3rd Ave S in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Each take was recorded live using my Shure PG58 microphone to one track on my Korg CR4 4 track cassette recorder.
All songs by Eric Funn
Photo: "Bolo in a Box" by Eric Funn
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