Crazy Love

Blue Hippopotamus

An intimate collection of songs paired with a 16 page booklet of sensual photographs

Caitlin Jaene Mercer - Vocals & Bass (also Jembe on “Want”) Christopher Mercer - Guitars Rob Durham - Drums

Produced by Blue Hippopotamus “Ring Around the Rosie” co-produced by Marco Delmar

Tracks 2, 4, 7 & 9 recorded at Take One Productions (201-788-3901) and mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studios Track 5 recorded at Recording Arts, Arlington, VA Track 10 recorded live at Sidewalk Cafe, NYC Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10 mastered by Mark Reiter for Recording Arts, Arlington, VA www.RecordArts.com

Model on outside cover and inside booklet: Laura Petersen - @laurapetersen_lp Photos of Laura by Nate Griffin - www.NateGriffinPhoto.com

Layout & Graphic Design by Caitlin Jaene

Caitlin & Laura For this album my band and I have collaborated with my childhood friend, Laura Petersen, for a sensual visual experience of photos that match the mood of this intimate collection of songs. The photos of Laura in the 16 page booklet are taken by the talented Nate Griffin. Thank you Laura and Nate for letting me use these beautiful images. (@laurapetersen_lp, www.NateGriffinPhoto.com)

Laura and I have been close friends since elementary school in the 80s when we used to do talent shows together (Yes, there is embarrassing video of this!) As young as I can remember, I wanted to be a singer and Laura wanted to be a model. Now that we are both moms, we are making it a priority to remember that women can still be serious about their art during motherhood. We are two women supporting and encouraging each other's creativity. We do not need to be 20 or childless to be beautiful, express our sexuality and celebrate who we are.  I hope you enjoy this CD ❤️

Xoxo, Caitlin

Lyrics:

Ring Around the Rosie (written for American Horror Story) Ring around the rosie, pockets of posies, ashes ashes, we all fall down. I feel him coming, creeping up on me, dreams and lies pull us under the ground. We fear the devil, darkness and evil, can't escape a fate that goes around and around.

Sunlight Are you comfortable inside my perception? I am full of love if you want to take it. Do you wonder if I'm real or deception? Baby, it's as real as you want to make it. If you rationalize anything I say, pleasure will turn to pain. If you want to understand the love we make, thinking will just get in your way. You can lay warm in these feelings of love, I'll never take them away. No one claims to own the light from the sun, yet they let it warm them everyday. I'm gonna give you credit for all the sound you're putting into my mouth. You can say resistance is what you want, I find you irresistible in my arms. There are things we'll touch that no one will know about, there are things we'll feel that no one will see. That's why it doesn't matter who else we're loving, these moments are between you and me.

Envoyez-Moi Mon coeur est ouvert et mes pensées courent à liberté, envoyez-moi à une monde imaginaire, donnez-moi tout ce que vous avez. (My heart is open and my thoughts run wild, send me to an imaginary world, give me all that you have) Envoyez-moi à une autre réalité (Send me to another reality) Il est possible qu'il n'y a pas demain, ce soir est tout et j'ai besoin de votre amour et d’être aimé par vos mains. (It is possible that there is no tomorrow, tonight is all and I need to have your love and to be loved by your hands) Mes bras sont ouverts, je suis affamé. C'est tout ce que nous avons, nous devons profiter des opportunités. (My arms are open, I am famished. This is all we have, we have to take advantage of opportunities) Permettez-moi d'apprécier votre corps comme une méditation. Envoyez-moi à une autre réalité, envoyez-moi au ciel. (Allow me to appreciate your body like a meditation. Send me to another reality, send me to the sky)

Crazy Love Oh there's a place now hiding deep in my imagination, hiding behind your eyes like a sky. I know no one really knows you, I won't pretend to. I know you have your own life but tonight, it's in my hands as I tighten the final band of trust, will it be enough, you're a strong one. I can not close my eyes without this vision of you slipping in. I can't believe how good you feel in my stomach, heart and mind. Crazy crazy crazy love, Crazy crazy crazy ahh Right place, right time, right words, now I'm addicted to a love that I can't have all the time. But I can make one promise to you, I'll never be true to any other heart. We're apart but I'm always here and you'll always have a place to hide, I swear as long as I'm alive I'll be good to you. Right place, right time, right words, right conversation. Oh my God boy, you have a crazy imagination

Want You can have today but you'll miss tomorrow, you can touch me now or you can have your sorrow. Hold on behind as you reach ahead, keep it in a box underneath your bed. You can have from my finger tips whatever you want if they touch your lips, you know how to run this. What do you like, what do you want? You can have today but you'll never know the freedom that you'll feel if you let it go. Take in what's all around, don't be afraid to feel the ground. I wish you would watch them as they move and picture in your head what they do to you, I know I do.

Any Old Day Bonfires in the sand. Games played in the dark at 3am. Where is this going on? Why are you not there? You don't want just any old day. In a sunnier place, can memories be erased by how good the moment feels? How good the moment feels. Open windows let it in. The soft winter sun is warm again. We've been to heaven, it could be even better now that we know how to live.

No Fear Have you heard they just announced today that there's nothing left to worry about? All your bills are paid, all your dreams are just around the corner. They rang the bells you woke up to the sound. You packed your bags and sat them on the ground. You put hands into the air, you take a breath, your mind is clear. There is nothing left to be afraid of anymore. All the weight is lifted off your shoulders, and the fears of the world. Everyone is off your back now and you're not taking anything personal. Can you believe how light life can be? You put your hands onto the ground, accept the fact that you know nothing about anything. There is always more than what you can see. You are inside a limited being.

Bag of Tricks Up and down, highs and lows, in and out, on we go. I've got a bag of tricks, that is the answer. Stay away from people who have no ideas of their own, misery is contagious. They want to catch your mind, create the illusion of comfort that comes when foolishness combines. Don't get upset when the happiness ends, it will be back again. Don't be let down when the madness sets in, soon it will come around to an end. Love and war, fear and doubt it all, it will all work out, this is a crazy life. Here we go taking on what comes our way, going to the city that invites us. There is a big woman dancing with her arms wide open in the back of your eyes as you say...

Snake Eyes These snake eyes look upon you with love. These talons scratch you but these hands will always hold you tight. Sometimes I believe in reality but we can't see past our own minds, even my own head is feeding me lies. I'm with the stars but I'm coming down, I want the whole human experience, snake eyes with the wings of a dove. Don't live in fear and then try to call it love. This cold water should not be your only bath. I push you off the tracks before the train wreck happens behind your eyes. Evil, don't believe in it, this is beautiful, and authentic.

Fever (O.Blackwell-E.Cooley) Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care. When you put your arms around me, I get a fever that's so hard to bear. You give me fever when you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight, fever in the the morning, fever all through the night. Sun lights up the daytime, moon lights up the night. I light up when you call my name, and you know I'm gonna treat you right...Everybody's got the fever, that is something you all know. Fever isn't such a new thing, fever started long ago. Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet she felt the same. When he put his arms around her, he said Julie baby you're my flame, you give me fever, when we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth. Fever, I'm afire, fever yea I burn forsooth. Now you've listened to my story, here's the point I have made, chicks were meant to give you fever, be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade. They’ll give you fever, when you kiss them, fever if you live and learn. Fever till you sizzle, oh what a lovely way to burn.

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All For You

Blue Hippopotamus

A passionate full length CD of dream pop alternative rock songs with jazz chanteuse vocals. This CD includes 12 tracks and a 16 page booklet.

Click on the song titles below for lyrics and credits. Enjoy!

Produced by Marco Delmar, Recording Arts, Fairfax, VA www.RecordArts.com Mastered by Bill Wolf, Wolf Productions, Arlington, VA

  1. Today Is A New Day: Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars & moog, John L. Langsford III - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco Delmar. Featured as the theme song for Cindy Eyler’s new Video eCourse, “Manifesting Breakthroughs Level 2: Self-Mastery & Manifesting”!

  2. Run Away With You (2015 remix):  Caitlin Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco, Stephanie Milne & Ken Barnum

  3. All For You: Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco Delmar, Stephanie Milne & Ken Barnum

  4. Music Everywhere (2015 remix): Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco, Stephanie Milne & Ken Barnum

  5. SuperHero (2015 remix) & 6. XDressing (2015 remix): Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Produced and remixed by Marco Delmar in 2015 at Recording Arts, and Mastered by Bill Wolf. Originally produced by Jason Rubal, recorded & mixed by Jason Rubal and Brandon Thompson at Seventh Wave Studio in Harrisburg, PA, and mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studio in 2009

  6. Lies (2015 remix): Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer

  7. guitars & moog, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco Delmar & Megan Kutsko.

  8. No Fear (2015 remix): Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer - guitars & moog, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco Delmar & Megan Kutsko

  9. Child (2015 remix):  Caitlin Jaene Mercer - vocals & bass, Chris Mercer

  10. guitars, Rich Breazzano - drums,  Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco Delmar.

  11. Bleed Into Me: Caitlin Mercer - vocals & upright bass, Chris Mercer

  12. guitars, Recorded & mixed at Recording Arts, Engineered by Marco. Written for the movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and submitted to the music supervisor by Donna Britton, www.DonnaBritton.com.

  13. Choose Again: Caitlin Jaene (Parsons) Mercer - all instruments, Recorded & mixed by Caitlin in the master bedroom of Rick Rubin's mansion in LA, Mastered by Bill Wolf. Caitlin gives thanks to Ours for the amazing opportunity to live in The Mansion with them and play on their album "Mercy". Caitlin played upright bass on the song "God Only Wants You" (cello sounding part). Through that experience Caitlin was also blessed with the opportunity to meet and play with other great musicians including Michael Jerome Moore (who played drums on several tracks of "Mercy"), Stephen Perkins, the band Gosling and engineers Phillip Broussard Jr and Peter Katis. 

  14. Caravan (J. Tizol-D. Ellington): Caitlin Jaene (Parsons) Mercer - vocals & upright bass, Rob Durham - drums, Recorded live in 2007 at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia, PA

Cover Art Painting & Hippo Logo by: Kristoffer Ziegler, www.kmzstudios.com Layout & Graphic Design by Caitlin Mercer

Special thanks to Pops Parsons, MomCat, Dad & Mom Mercer, our babies Tristan Raine Edward Mercer & soon to be born Della Storm Catherine Mercer, and to Cindy Eyler www.CindyEyler.com

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Instrumental Tracks

Blue Hippopotamus

Note from Caitlin: I made a CD of the instrumental tracks from our new album "All For You" to sing along with and when I listened to it I realized you can hear Chris's amazing guitar work so much better when you take out the vocals! He sounds great! Enjoy :)

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Blue Hippopotamus

Blue Hippopotamus

Portishead meets Peggy Lee. Jazz influenced and tribal at times.

On this demo:

Caitlin Jaene - Vocals & Upright Bass Rob D - Drums Clancy Flynn - Violin Locke - Keyboard & Vibraphone Race - Trumpet

Blue Hippopotamus plays in NYC, NJ, and sometimes Philly and Boston.

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