Blessed Are You

The DOVES

“Blessed Are You”

— from “The Beatitudes” (The Sermon on the Mount) — Matthew 5:1-12

The release of The DOVES latest release was not planned — at least, not by us (wink) — to coincide with Easter Week during this most unprecedented of times… (Read more, here: https://thedovesamerica.com/blog )

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Badger/The Sign on the Wall

The DOVES

Synopsis:

“Badger”/“The Sign on the Wall” is a suite in three movements — a ‘Mini Rock Opera’ inspired by Blake’s “The Proverbs of Hell”; takes a political turn in the middle; and finishes with a theological observation inspired by John Stuart Mill.

Album Notes:

Back in the olden days, when Trena and I were in the midst of a nascent Alternative

Synopsis:

“Badger”/“The Sign on the Wall” is a suite in three movements — a ‘Mini Rock Opera’ inspired by Blake’s “The Proverbs of Hell”; takes a political turn in the middle; and finishes with a theological observation inspired by John Stuart Mill.

Album Notes:

Back in the olden days, when Trena and I were in the midst of a nascent Alternative scene in the radically idiosyncratic musical hotbed of mighty Maconga (Macon, GA), there was an accompanying 60s revival/resurgence that neatly dovetailed with that scene — the first real wave of retro-60s flower power and psychedelia, expressed in tie-dyed shirts, sold out Grateful Dead shows, and a fashionable affinity for the hippy-trippy dance jams of their admirers and emulators... (read more at https://thedovesamerica.com/blog)

Download "Badger The Sign on the Wall" from CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thedoves221

(also available at all the usual outlets and streaming services — iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc.)

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Shake Me Up

The Doves

“Shake Me Up” by The DOVES: three and one half minutes of pure 20th-Century Pop Rock.

The DOVES 23rd CD Baby release is a bopping exercise in “20th-Century Pop Rock.” “Give me a cup of wonder” -- but for goodness sakes, “don’t say nothin’ to ‘Shake Me Up’”. Please enjoy the video for this song at the following url:

“Shake Me Up” by The DOVES: three and one half minutes of pure 20th-Century Pop Rock.

The DOVES 23rd CD Baby release is a bopping exercise in “20th-Century Pop Rock.” “Give me a cup of wonder” -- but for goodness sakes, “don’t say nothin’ to ‘Shake Me Up’”. Please enjoy the video for this song at the following url:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BkCXdyDgWg

The DOVES entire musical catalogue is accessible on this site; music, vids and more at The DOVES website:

http://www.thedovesamerica.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheDOVES2010

Thanks, all the best, and God bless — Wade & Trena The DOVES

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Wasted

The Doves

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

“The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.” — Soren Kierkegaard, “The Sickness Unto Death”

“We know now that the modern world is coming to an end… at the same time, the

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

“The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.” — Soren Kierkegaard, “The Sickness Unto Death”

“We know now that the modern world is coming to an end… at the same time, the unbeliever will emerge from the fogs of secularism. He will cease to reap benefit from the values and forces developed by the very Revelation he denies… Loneliness in faith will be terrible. Love will disappear from the face of the public world (Matt. 23:12), but the more precious will be that love which flows from one lonely person to another… The new age will declare that secularized facets of Christianity are sentimentalities. This declaration will clear the air. The world will come to be filled with animosity and danger, but it will be a world open and clean.” — Romano Guardini, “The End of the Modern World” (1956)

“I will restore to you the years     that the swarming locust has eaten…

“And it shall come to pass afterward,     that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,     your old men shall dream dreams,     and your young men shall see visions.   29 Even on the male and female servants     in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” — Joel 2:25(a); 29-32 (ESV)

“You found the reason for your strife Now you’re paying for it with your life. You have wasted everything. But you never really joined the inner ring…

Mystified that it ain’t clear why you missed all your lines And every sign…” — “Wasted”, The DOVES

"Wasted" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p21EIzCQyeE&feature=youtu.be

The DOVES website: http://www.thedovesamerica.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDOVES2010

Mastered at Shadow Sound Studios (Macon, GA, USA) by the incomparable Joey Stuckey: http://www.joeystuckey.com

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Indigo

The Doves

“Indigo”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity.

“You ain't never been blue; no, no, no, You ain't never been blue, Till you've had that mood indigo.” — Duke Ellington, “Mood Indigo”

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the

“Indigo”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity.

“You ain't never been blue; no, no, no, You ain't never been blue, Till you've had that mood indigo.” — Duke Ellington, “Mood Indigo”

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” — Genesis 1: 6-8

“Water rushes to meet ya Water at your feet. I wish that all the water was indigo…” — The DOVES, “Indigo”

“Indigo”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity.

“Indigo” video (copy and paste url in browser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mex8OBzP9Nc

The DOVES website (music, videos, more): http://www.thedovesamerica.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDOVES2010

The DOVES (husband and wife duo W. Wade & Trena Stooksberry) have been garnering favorable reviews and airplay around the world for several years now. The DOVES music has been featured on “Ice Cream Man Power Pop” (“the number #1 show on Podomatic”), and "The Lopsided World of Jonathan L (2-time "International Radio Personality of the Year”) — broadcast in Berlin, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Manchester (UK), Phoenix AZ (USA), et. al. And many, many more radio programs and blogs, from Los Angeles to New York to Europe to Australia. A partial list of radio stations, shows, and blogs that have featured or reviewed The DOVES material is available at the “Press/Reviews” tab on our website. Many are featured in the video for the “gently sardonic” single “Facebook Famous”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1pUKXboAIQ&feature=youtu.be

In the words of Dan Herman, of “Radio Crystal Blue”: (The DOVES) definitely have something unique up their sleeves…”

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Do Something Clever

The Doves

“Do Something Clever”, the latest single from Macon, GA’s The DOVES, finds the duo in “noir” territory. A danceable expression of the menace that lies just beneath the surface of civility…

The DOVES follow up the “daily dose of dread, despair, (and) paranoia” of “If I Fall” with “Do Something Clever”, which explores the noir-ish territory of

“Do Something Clever”, the latest single from Macon, GA’s The DOVES, finds the duo in “noir” territory. A danceable expression of the menace that lies just beneath the surface of civility…

The DOVES follow up the “daily dose of dread, despair, (and) paranoia” of “If I Fall” with “Do Something Clever”, which explores the noir-ish territory of understated malice that lurks just behind the facade of civility.

“ ‘Do Something Clever’ perhaps conveys a little bit of the widespread perception that our society is ready to burst apart at the seams. Everywhere, it seems, there is an air of incivility and divisiveness and malice and mistrust, fueled by ignorance and bias and unexamined presuppositions and beliefs, Left and Right, Blue state and Red; which are largely unchallenged by those that cling to them…”

Do something clever, and join The DOVES in dancing your way a little closer to the apocalypse with “Do Something Clever”.

"Do Something Clever" video (copy and paste url in browser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyOLsFQ0ewY&feature=youtu.be

The DOVES website (music, vids, and more — clickable links on left side of page): http://www.thedovesamerica.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDOVES2010

“If I Fall” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCIlvnbumuA&feature=youtu.be

Words, music and vocals: W. Wade Stooksberry II Vocals: Trena Stooksberry

Mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios): http://www.joeystuckey.com

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If I Fall

The Doves

“If I Fall” by The DOVES: a dose of dread, despair, and paranoia; expressed in crunchy power chords, and set to a relentless tribal tom-tom beat.

“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” — Ecclesiastes 5:5

We all have a debt that we are unable to pay. We are all bankrupt before the Holiness of God, who created

“If I Fall” by The DOVES: a dose of dread, despair, and paranoia; expressed in crunchy power chords, and set to a relentless tribal tom-tom beat.

“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” — Ecclesiastes 5:5

We all have a debt that we are unable to pay. We are all bankrupt before the Holiness of God, who created time, space, matter and energy by expressing His infinite and eternal mind through His Word. And we all have a benefactor in the Person of Jesus Christ, who is the “Word become flesh”, and who has paid the sin debt of each of us, individually, from His limitless resources.

"There’s no time for payment, due for that received — but it has come. And I am bankrupt. If I Fall — what saint will rescue me? If I Fall…

Think twice — think about your friends’ advice. Think twice about your friends." ...

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” — Matthew 6:12

Words, music, guitars, bass, vocals: W. Wade Stooksberry II Drums: Maxwell “Al” Gore Rhythm

Tongue-in-cheek Video (copy and paste url in browser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCIlvnbumuA&feature=youtu.be

Alternate Video (copy and paste url in browser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki5rOECyj-Y&feature=youtu.be

The DOVES website (much more music, video, info, etc.): http://www.thedovesamerica.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDOVES2010

Mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios; Macon, GA): https://www.joeystuckey.com

“If I Fall” blog entry: http://www.thedovesamerica.com/blog/if_i_fall/

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Maybe Tomorrow

The Doves

“Maybe Tomorrow”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a 3-minute blast of pop “Driving Acoustic Lyricism.” “Maybe Tomorrow… is the day that we’ve been waiting for.”

I used to love going to the fair as a kid. In Memphis, there were two: the Mid-South Fair, in the Fall, held at the old Fairgrounds with its heirloom, rickety old wooden roller coaster,

“Maybe Tomorrow”, the latest single by The DOVES, is a 3-minute blast of pop “Driving Acoustic Lyricism.” “Maybe Tomorrow… is the day that we’ve been waiting for.”

I used to love going to the fair as a kid. In Memphis, there were two: the Mid-South Fair, in the Fall, held at the old Fairgrounds with its heirloom, rickety old wooden roller coaster, called “The Pippin” (which a quick search reveals still exists, though now relocated in Green Bay, Wisconsin); and in the Spring, there was the Cotton Carnival, held along the riverfront, on the banks of the mighty Mississip’.

One of my favorite rides was called “The Matterhorn” (or, alternatively, the “Ski Bob”, among other names). It was a simple concept; 2-passenger cars arrayed on a circular track, that changed a few feet in elevation over its course, making a graceful curve maybe 10 or 15 high at its apex, the circle itself perhaps 50 feet or so in diameter. I recall being propelled backwards on the ride, at speeds approaching that of sound (at least, it felt that way). And the cool thing was that they blasted the hit music of the day — anything from Cream to Jimmy Hendrix to Lep Zep to Grand Funk Railroad, et. al. — at airplane engine levels, with you pulling your 7 Gs and generally violating the laws of physics. The whole affair presided over by the ride’s operator, who traditionally was missing digits or limbs, or had an eyepatch, or any combination thereof. And bore tattoos — which were not conventional, in those days. The ride was both a rush, and curiously relaxing, as its motion was a steady, elegant circuit; the only changes being the pleasant sense of acceleration and deceleration to and from its top speed.

For some reason, that ride is what I think of when I listen to “Maybe Tomorrow”. I think it would be a good fit for it, blasting out over the sound system in accompaniment to the breezy blur of high momentum.

“It is our duty to be optimistic — but the pessimist has more information.”

“Maybe Tomorrow” things will look better than today. “Maybe Tomorrow” will be a brighter day. “Maybe Tomorrow” all your work will finally pay.

Or maybe today…

The song features Trena’s characteristically strong vocal, and is the most nearly a truly co-written effort and collaboration to date. We’ve had songs that I’ve written, that Trena has sung (e.g., “Why Don’t You Love Me?”). And songs written by Trena, that I’ve had a hand in arranging (“Everybody’s Happy But Me”, “Why Did You Hurt Me?”, “Kiernan’). And, of course, Trena has been strongly involved in all the songs, from a creative standpoint — lyrics, structure, harmonies, etc. But “Maybe Tomorrow” is a song that has been kicking around in my repertoire for years. A while back, I had trotted it out, and Trena began singing alternate verses to it. Soon, we had re-structured the song to make it her own, and began playing it live. Now it’s recorded for posterity. And for amusement park rides the world over…

“Maybe Tomorrow” video (copy and paste urls in browser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfS_5WoTydM&feature=youtu.be

Words and Music: W. Wade and Trena Stooksberry Vocals: Trena Guitars, bass, vocals: Wade Drums: Max Machineman

Masterfully mastered by the incomparable Joey Stuckey (Shadow Sound Studios): https://www.joeystuckey.com

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