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Nirosta Steel "There’s a Word"

A) There’s a Word

Nirosta Steel – There’s a Word

B) Dark Blue

Nirosta Steel – Dark Blue

Nirosta Steel is the playground of Steven Hall of Arthur’s Landing–improv songs/instrumental sketches/happenings in collaboration with various friends old and new around the world in various styles and languages “As in a restaurant with an open kitchen I like to leave the process exposed–in fact I am usually more interested in presenting a casual or unfinished product because it is to me more immediate and compelling–I was lucky enough to see Michael Jackson perform when he was alive but I learned more from the rehearsal footage in his posthumous documentary–my work is informed by both the superficial glamour of haute couture (Issey Miyake and Alexander Maqueen) and the sexual bravado of athletes and action movie stars (Bruce Lee and Steve MacQueen)–I constantly strive to emulate David Beckham who brings these elements together–style in action–qualified by a graceful humility–therefore the Nirosta Steel motto is obviously “Go For It!”

“There’s a Word” written by Ernie Brooks, sung by Steven Hall

I have known Ernie for over thirty years and I think that he is one of the undiscovered greats of American pop songwriting–in the troubadour tradition of Hank Williams and Chuck Berry his songs are often set in the American landscape–central images of pinup girls in convertibles and sports heroes in triumphant poses highlighted in ironic contexts of adjacent industrial wastelands or distant epic natural landscapes–his lyrics are imbued with a vague longing which is distinctly American–the cowboy’s lament in front of the campfire in the middle of the night while a chorus of invisible wolves howls in a distant canyon

“Dark Blue” written & sung by Steven Hall

I always wanted to write a Xmas Song but I never expected this one–improvised and recorded in one take on my laptop last Xmas morning in Florida during a period of loneliness and despair–Mick Jones of Foreigner–one of my songwriting heroes–has often said that abject sadness is the ideal source of inspiration for classic love songs and I must agree–but rather than being a “power ballad” my song is more of an incidental poem where the “you” of the lyrics is both specific (an actual or imagined lover) and universal–like in the song “This Is For All The Lonely People” by America or the conversational writing of the New York School in the 1960s.”

Steven Hall

…if you’re going to buy a of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There’s nothing metaphysical about it.

from Personism: A Manifesto by Frank O’Hara

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