Between Five and Seven is as the name suggests, the sixth studio album by folk singer-songwriter John Gorka. It was released in August 1996. It is the last of the five albums Gorka recorded for Windham Hill/High Street Records before returning to the smaller, Red House label. Gorka produced the album with John Jennings who also produced Gorka's previous record, Out of the Valley. Unlike the previous record made in Nashville, Tennessee, the recording was done at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota and the instrumentation has been described as "more acoustic, less pop-oriented." Paisley Park is southewest of Minneapolis and is the studio designed and owned by the artist, Prince.
The album includes several lyrical portriats of Gorka's misfit characters, love songs, and philosophical musings. The songs are also full of the wordplay for which Gorka has become known.
The album features an impressive array of supporting musicians. Lucy Kaplansky and Jennifer Kimball add carefully placed harmony volcals to many tracks. John Jennings also brings along several other members of Mary-Chapin Carpenter's band including drummer Robbie Magruder, guitarist Dean MaGraw, and pianist Jonathan Carroll. Gorka's fellow Minnesotan Peter Ostroushko sits in on mandolin. As with many of Gorkas recordings Michael Manring plays fretless bass on nearly half of the songs. The tracks alternate between two different sets of instrumentalists which varies the pace of the music. The two bass players styles are distinct enough for the listener to recognize the difference.
He could always find the holes in the bottles
Even with a blindfold on
Never kept his seat on the wagon
Rolling off like a rolling stone"Blue Chalk" was first recorded by Irish singer, Maura O'Connell for her 1995 album, Stories. More recently it has also been recorded by the new-England based bluegrass band, Northern Lights for their 2005 album, New Moon. It has also been covered in concert performances by Lucy Kaplansky.
I have a lot of trouble
My boss at work
Yeah I'm still self employed
I'd better wipe that smirkMusicians:
tambourine & vocals
And I hope you will forgive me if I don't return your call
But there's someone whatching every move I make
And I've got more hands than I could ever shakeAt times the message appears to be of a more personal nature. Perhaps as a touring and performing songwriter Gorka sees parallels between himself and the politician on the trial:
I pay my bills to the time collectors
They're getting more from me each day
I pay them off a few words at a timeUnlike the other songs, the basic tracks of this one were recorded by Eric Paul at Imagine Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. An earlier mix of the song appeared on the EP, Motor Folkin' (Windham Hill/High Street Records, 1994).
My name is Edgar
And I am a party man
I come from a party town
I come in my party vanMusicians:
percussion, and vocal