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MP3 Carl Elizondo - The Crystal & the Cross

Music about Dreams & Nightmares, Carl Elizondo delves into the minds of Lennon, McCartney & The Gallagher brothers. Psychedelic with a hint of India influences brings forth fresh ideas based on a familiar sound.

7 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Psychedelic, POP: Beatles-pop

Singer/Songwriter Carl Elizondo brings experience to his craft. Indulging in writing, playing, producing & recording, all created by Carl at his Soundesign Studio located in Sparks, near Reno Nevada. Carl has many influences some being of course The Beatles,Oasis, Kasabian, India Influences mixed with the 60''s psychedelia and world music percussion.
Along with playing drums, guitar, keys, bass & vocals Carl is a B&W photographer & oil on canvas artist, and maybe a bit psychotic?..... Perhaps. a true Warrior Poet !
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Carl Elizondo''s Crystal Ball
by Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer

It was up an elevator to the 22nd floor of an undisclosed hotel deep in the city of New York, not far from the now infamous Ground Zero, where I found myself not knowing what to expect from this relatively unknown artist. I went over some of the questions in my head as I walked down the hallway on a French style carpet in the hotel. My knock on the door brought a shorter, rather wild raven haired guy with a big smile to greet me. After getting the formalities out of the way, I made myself comfortable in the rather uncomfortable hotel chair, as Carl moved his open luggage bag to relax on the sofa, and opened a Diet Coke.

BC: So what prompted you to write this collection of tunes?
CE; Woah!, talk about to the point! (laughs) Uh, well... I don''t know Hmm
BC: Ok ok , what''s your music background??
CE: Whew! better. I grew up in Los Angeles back in the late 70''s early 80''s in the local music scene.
I played in many local groups at clubs like the Starwood or the Whiskey, where it was common to see David Lee Roth, or Joey Ramone hanging out at the bar. I''m a drummer by trade, but I always remember hearing a million melodies in my head at two o''clock in the morning serenading my insomnia. Without formal song writing abilities, I sat back, played drums and learned from those guitarists and bass players around me who knew how to write a song, kinda mentally took notes ''ya know. I''ve always been torn between the very heavy loud aggressive songs and real wimpy sappy kind of broken heart songs.
BC: some of the tunes have a very 60''s British feel to them, what influences you in your song writing?
CE: Years ago I was introduced to a little group known as the Beatles, my guitar player Tony Perez from a former band insisted I really listed to the song structure and their writing because before this, I kinda hated the Beatles. Then a light went on in my head... Wow, this was a deep well of intrigue, these songs blew me away. All I wanted to do was get into the head of John & Paul, George too! That Beatle feel is so cool, it reminds me of a time of discovery!
BC:The CD has you listed as playing everything? Really?
CE: Wow, you say that as if its a bad thing?
BC: No no, just unusual.
CE: Look, I had been in groups with a dictator leading us and groups with no direction at all, band members punching it out or long drawn out screaming matches, its really like being in a relationship, you have to learn to get along or face the demise, so I decided to go it alone and teach myself guitar, bass, keys and production. Looking back if I had known how hard it would have been...Shit I still would have done it, after all I am a control freak in a sorta kinda way. The only person I can argue with is myself, and I need a mirror to do that! (laughs).
BC: So you are self taught?
CE: Yep, lots of hours with blistered fingers & finger tips!
BC: What do the songs on this E.P. convey, or what do you want them to say?
CE: I kind of write from the hip, but that being said, some of the subjects would fit nicely into somebody''s'' life that was going through some shit or had some problems or whatever, really I don''t think it out too much.
BC: What has been your biggest challenge?
CE: Hmmm, my biggest challenge is life and trying to be not dead, I wrestle with alot of crap in my head and......Oh oops, sorry, you mean on this album? well, being the producer and trying to critique myself, listening and re-listening to the songs, does this sound good here and is this stupid, things like that.
Carl releases his self produced E.P. titled " The Crystal & The Cross" soon..
BC: Carl, what''s behind the title of the E.P.?
CE: Its the daily fight that some people have compromising between their beliefs and life, ying and yang, you know, the good and not so good. A shot of whiskey or an ice water...which is better?
BC: Tell me one thing about you that most people don''t know.
CE: I''m insane, no!, really insane, depressive, dark, and dank, Shit!... I don''t know, I make faces in the mirror at myself.... There!... Damn, that is insane isn''t it?------Bobby Collini- Freelance Writer

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