Black Sheep

by Alright Alright

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The fourth song in Alright Alright’s year-long project to release a song a month, Black Sheep was written as a new take on some old folk lyrics, believed to be of Appalachian decent and delves deep into the exploration of the neoclassical sound presented by a neo-folk band.
Originally written in a workshop setting, China Kent wrote this song in 30 minutes on the fly. The eventual addition of a choir singing SATB behind the vocal line and recording in a spacious Gothic cathedral took it from a good re-imagining exercise to an epic piece of music.

Black Sheep was an old lullaby which served as a cautionary tale for young listeners to be mindful of the tasks one has been given. A good reminder for us to keep track of the musical “baby” we have been given, and not abandon it in its time of need. In my opinion, a lullaby like this does not a good sleep make!

lyrics

Black Sheep, black sheep, where'd you leave your little lamb?
Way down in the valley.
Bees and the butterflies a pickin' out his eyes
Poor little thing cryin' "Mammy"

Black Sheep, black sheep, where'd you leave your little lamb?
Way down in the valley.

My Mama told me before she went away,
"Take good care of the baby"
But I went out to play and the baby ran away
Poor little thing cryin' "Mammy"

Black Sheep, black sheep, where'd you leave your little lamb?
Way down in the valley.

Black Sheep, black sheep, where'd you leave your little lamb?
Way down in the valley.

credits

released June 10, 2016
Written and arranged by China Kent
China Kent: Lead Vocals
China Kent: Piano

Our gracious choir was comprised of Joshua Curtiss, Raif Henning, Kimbal Kurtz, Kellen Kurtz, Esther Duke, Marianne Henning, Katelin Champion, Betsey Tinker, Nancy Hicks, and Betsy Lay.

Special thanks to Stephen Tappe and Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, CO, for the use of the glorious St. Martin's Chapel.

Choir Arrangement consultation: Marianne Henning and Kristi Weatherall

Broken Carnival of Dreamers making ambient broken sounds: Katelin Champion, Seth Kent, Brett Harrison and Betsy Lay

Engineered and produced by Seth Kent

Mixed by Eric Tate
Mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music

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Alright Alright Denver, Colorado

What do you get when a classically trained pianist falls in love with a guy who learned to play guitar on a beach in Hawaii? Alright Alright! Their piano-based folk Americana adds a sprinkle of rock, a dash of cabaret and a whole lot of charisma to their dynamic, and eclectic musical endeavors while blending a heavy dose of harmony, and a filter of whatever instruments are on hand. ... more

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