Tall Tales & Short Stories
Antigravityrecords.com Ph: (818) 569-5496 Tony MacLaren: Guitar Wizard ! Architect of Astonishment! Mysterian! Mentalist! These are just a few of this talented artist's job descriptions. He uses his mastery of the guitar to punctuate his thought provoking, sometimes romantic, yet witty wordplay. His music straddles between a 'rock and a country place' and often ventures into more uncharted etheric realms. He calls it 'progressiveacousticountrypopfolkgrass' His latest c.d. 'Tall Tales And Short Stories' is an 'acoustic journey' inside the creative mind of MacLaren. It's interesting to note that this c.d. was recorded and mixed to analogue tape and used no keyboards or synthesizers. MacLaren is not just called the guitar wizard for nothing. His unique style and technique is truly magical and inspirational. From lush ballads to hi octane barn burners to acappella chanteys' his song writing is full of twists and turnarounds and leads the listener on a magical mystery tour, deep inside the rabbit hole. No, I mean he really does ! He actually plays the music that is in 'your' head. He can 'read the audience's minds', extrapolate their thoughts and sing and play the music they are thinking about on his guitar. Remarkably, he can even read minds over the radio ! Sometimes he just starts to hover and levitate on the stage. His mesmerized guitar eerily plays as if plucked by a ghostly hand. He has been known to spontaneously combust on stage and appear at the rear of the theater, soloing away wildly on his guitar. There is a prediction on the Tall Tales c.d. tray that may or may not come true unless you find out at : antigravityrecords.com * Tall Tales And Short Stories * Song Insights * Lock up your daughters: (MacLaren) This is a story about coming of age and the 'sinking feeling' of the parents as they watch their sweet daughter grow up and leave the safety of the nest for a night out on the town with a handsome suitor with questionable intentions. 'So mom and dad don't wait up late, cause your sweet little daughter is going on a date'. Secret Rendezvous: (MacLaren) A secret meeting and a wild night of partying, dancing and fun ends up being just the ticket for a marathon pajama party that lasts for days and nights and days..... 'She begged for more so I danced with my baby all night long' 'Here comes the bride, I danced with my baby all night long' Celtic Wedding: (MacLaren) Like a solitary flower growing out of solid black granite, this simple request for true love in a meaningless sea of ego is something that everyone with a heartbeat can relate to. A song to sing into the garden window of your loved one to serenade them into swooning into your awaiting arms. A song of love,peace and joy to 'the fairest in all of the land, won't you join me and give me your hand. Hi diddle ay oh, Hi diddle ay' Chicken Picken: (MacLaren) A chicken picken journey takes our intrepid guitarist on a quest for his ideal chick a dee. As long as she agrees to join him for some chicken picken (which is a term for this particular style of guitar playing) all will be well. 'A cock a doodle doing all across this land, going chicken picken won't life be grand? Bawk!' Gone But Not Forgotten: (MacLaren) A poignant song dedicated to the brave souls lost to the unforgiving tragedy of war and terror. 'Hey there, sing your songs to praise heroes They stood tall even in the face of death, one for all They're gone but not forgotten' Faerie Tale: (MacLaren) A young man grows up with his invisible friend, guardian angel, confidant and imaginary lover. As he gets older, his peers remind him that faeries aren't real and he should suppress them and block them out,which he does. Time passes and he forgets all about his beloved childhood friend. On his last breath in his deathbed, he wonders why she left him. She replies 'I've always been in here I was only hiding' Billy Bean: (MacLaren) Our two main characters, good Billy Bean and his arch nemesis evil Sam, square off in a battle to the death over good and evil that will leave only one left alive to tell the tale. Description of Sam'He wore his hair full of vermin gnats and fleas he seldom bathed and he never shaved or brushed his teeth and his clothes smelled like piss what a guy' Spank The Plank: (MacLaren) ie: (To vigorously and aggressively play and spank or slap the neck of the guitar also known as a plank) This is a cautionary tale of a bitter music critic and the struggling guitarist who suffers the anguish of his ire, critiques and opinions. In a single moment of pure defiance the lowly guitarist cries out: 'So below me, I spank the plank!' The Whistler: (MacLaren) Somewhere on a lonely street, in a lonely town, lies a lonely veteran, with nothing but memories of a shattered life and the comfort of his beautiful and beloved whistle!' 'He's the man in the moon, he's as crazy as a loon He wraps himself in a newspaper cocoon' 'But man he could whistle and as they walked up strangers would toss a coin in his cup, he's the whistler' Whoa Nelly: (MacLaren) A condemned innocent man on the lam, riding fast, sweaty, dirty and hard, as far away from the wretched, crooked, relentless, corrupt long arm of the law as he can get. He has to dig down deep inside to summon the strength and speed to outrun the ones who are intent on capturing him, 'dead or alive'. 'I move like the wind,they'll never catch me' River Of Koans: (MacLaren) A timeless, emotional and heart wrenching solo acoustic guitar masterpiece. A triumph in capturing the spirit and soul of the guitar itself. Shut your eyes and let the sweet melodies and strange mesmerizing polyrhythms sweep you away into a blissful and relaxing peace. Chantey: (MacLaren) A lone man pining away for his lost love, standing on the precipice of a cruel unrelenting and unforgiving sea. He still holds a spark of hope that she will be guided safely to his 'lovelight' and the comfort of his longing and loving arms. 'Oh can't you hear my distant cry? I reach out to the sky I search for you both far and wide, my love will never die' The Musical Magic of MacLaren Introducing Tony MacLaren, the gifted and spirited performer who morphs 'Magic and Music' to create his unique expression of spellbinding entertainment. Music: Tony begin playing guitar and singing at the tender age of 6 and soon would be performing professionally for concerts, clubs, movies, radio, television and studios thoughout the US and Canada. * In the 90's he recorded and toured with the Rippington's touring band 'Bamboo Forest' playing to sold-out theaters and headlining concerts around the planet. pcot Center / Disney World / Maui Music Fest. / Bali Jazz All Star Jazz cruise to Mexico w/ Dave Coz/ Las Vegas City of Lights Music Fest / Riverside Jazz/ S.F. Jazz * He has been 'wowing' audiences around the West Coast for the past few years with his musical wizardry. he Tony MacLaren Band headlined a concert in L.A with an audience of 25,000. * His musical influences range from commercial to eclectic and all points in between. * MacLaren was recently honored with a prestigious award from the city of Los Angeles, thanking him for 'bringing joy to the people of L.A.' Composer/ Lyricist/ Producer/ Arranger * Produced, arranged and composed music and lyrics for 'The Big Bang' on Antigravity Records. * Produced, arranged and composed music and lyrics for 'Tall Tales And Short Stories' on Antigravity Records. * Composer and guitarist for the Bamboo Forest CD 'Watersign' on Telarc Records. * ( MacLaren penned the international jazz radio hit 'Dolphin Ride' on Watersign) * Composer and guitarist for Bamboo Forest 'Live in Bali' on Telarc Records. * Producer, arranger and composer/ lyricist for 'Runaway Train' on Antigravity Records. * Co-Producer, arranger, composer/ lyricist for 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Retro Invitro' on Antigravity Records. * Scored soundtrack for the underwater documentary film 'Scuba - The First Time'. * Composer of music and lyrics for Nervous Breakdown, Alert the Media, Bizarre Guitar and Confusion (soon to be released) * MacLaren has received multiple songwriter awards from A.S.C.A.P. and is endorsed by many music co.'s Instruments: Electric, Acoustic 6 and 12 string, Classical Guitars and assorted Special F.X. * Secondary instruments include Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Percussion, Banjo, Dobro and Mandolin. * As a highlight to his incendiary guitar wizardry, MacLaren weaves ambient soundscapes, using magical state of the art technology and his imagination. Vocals: Lead Vocalist / Frontman and Multi-harmony arranger with 3 octaves. Lyricist: Writer of poignant, romantic wordplay with a subtle infusion of humor and wicked wit. Studio: Session guitarist and vocalist for records, c.d.'s, radio, film and television. * Composer, multiple guitars, lead and harmony vocals on 'The Big Bang', 'Tall Tales And Short Stories', 'Runaway Train' 'Hocus Pocus', 'Watersign' and Bamboo Forest 'Live in Bali'. * MacLaren has recorded with many award winning, world class musicians such as: * Ernie Watts * * Greg Bissonette * * Kim Stone * * Kirk Covington * * Brian Bromberg * * Dave Carpenter * * Jimmy Haslip / William Kennedy ellowjackets rhythm section * * Steve Reid * * M.B. Gordy * * Jeff Kashwa * * Rick Braun * * Earth Wind & Fire Horns * * Kazu Matsui * * Paul Taylor * * Abraham Laborial * * Efraham Toro * * Mystery Entertainer: Also known as 'The Architect of Astonishment', MacLaren is an expert sleight of hand artist, a master mentalist, an effect consultant, and inventor and performer of grand illusionary principals. Designed and invented the House of Astonishment theme park and the world's first vanishing roller coaster. * MacLaren is known as' the entertainer to the stars', having performed for many of Hollywood's elite such as: * Clint Eastwood * * Pierce Brosnan * * Cher * * Herbie Hancock * * Magic Johnson * * Chick Corea * * Billy Bob Thornton * * Bruce Springsteen * * Burt Reynolds * * B.B. King * *Jon Lovitz * * Eric Idle * * Ed McMahon * *Joe Don Baker * *David Carradine * * Chris Squire * * Karen Black * * Martin Mull * *Wayne Shorter * *Ziggy Marley * *Donald Trump * Special Appearances: * M.T.V. * * General Hospital * * Children's Miracle Network * * Disneyland * Epcot Center * * Ch. 7 Eyewitness News * * Namm Show * * Pleasure Island * * Make a wish foundation * * Disney World * Santa Monica Pier * * Universal Citiwalk * * Calgary Stampede * * Queen Mary * * U.C.L.A. * * U.S.C. * * C.N. Tower * * Union Station * * Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises * * Hollywood Entertainment Museum * * L.A Valley College * Maui Jazz Fest * * Vegas City of Lights Music Fest * * Balboa Park * * Roosevelt Hotel * * The Strand * * The Roxy * (818) 569-5496 * antigravityrecords.com.