Adagium

by Mark Mitten

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MUSIC VIDEOS:

"This Too Shall Pass"
youtu.be/_4Pae0zgxLs

"Comin' Home (Cheyenne)"
vimeo.com/19345979

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released January 1, 2010

ABOUT THE BAND NAME:

Mark Mitten's 1st folk album, under the artist name "Mark the Vaqueros."

ABOUT THE MUSIC:

An indie acoustic style, finding its roots & inspiration in the jagged high country of Colorado. A vaquero is another word for cowboy, an older word - in fact, the authentic influence of the American cowboy. The band name means something like "watch the cowboys." It's a call. A call back to origins, to identity. Far away from concrete & cell phones.

"Adagium" is latin for "adage." Finding its own place on the Americana horizon - watching, impressionistic, poetic - Adagium is a compendium of adages evoking a landscape both high & untraveled. Melodic. Memorable. Conveyed in baritone & thought, this album will last.

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Mark Mitten Winsted, Minnesota

Solo singer-songwriter & also lead singer for the indie rock duo Atomicana.

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Track Name: Black Crows Fly
"black crows fly"

black crows fly with broken wings
cross grey skies & the snows they bring

on battered clouds & winds of sleet
beckoned by the paths they seek

feed your fire / lock your door
sinking sun & yesterdays
are no more

sanctuary, weaving dreams
life is never what it seems

you summit peaks to touch the sky
to wake the soul asleep inside

chorus

raise your cup, smile some more
that's what we're created for
curse your night
seize your days
Track Name: I-25
"I-25"

crack in the windshield
right where you need to see
driver-side sunburn
wish you'd wore long sleeves
dotted yellow line, like
counting sheep rub your eyes

& the miles go by & you shift and sigh
& the miles go by & you rub your eyes
I-25

sunrise on the front range
you're just where you need to be
alpenglow on evans now
it's just what you need to see
down the road a few more miles, and
castle, springs & you smile

chorus

before the afternoon rains
before the clouds come in & stay
just to see that fourteen grand
above this promised land
Track Name: Cross the Short Grass
"cross the short grass"

old vaquero / ridges topped in snow
clouded windows / nothing left to sow
water boilin' / he makes coffee on the stove

across the short grass / up to argentine pass
paintbrush / & columbine
graces / timberline
cross the short grass / up to argentine pass

sun grows dim / he's uneasy near the rim
where the dogwood blooms
is where the windmill stoops
well the wind will blow / tall on the saddle tree

across the short grass / up to argentine pass
paintbrush / & columbine
graces / timberline
cross the short grass / up to argentine pass
Track Name: Hell is Where
"hell is where"

angels
watch with shadow smile
seein'
sunset fading all the while

hell is where
the road it runs to empty sky
hell is where
the road it runs to empty sky

halo high
sun looks down on a wayward sky
reflections flow
river runs & memories go

hell is where
the road it runs to empty sky
hell is where
the road it runs to empty sky
Track Name: Pale Blue Sky
"pale blue sky"

can you feel?
can you feel?

autumn sees
yellow leaves
& a pale blue sky

& you walk away
& you walk away
Track Name: Leave Your Bitter Tears
"leave your bitter tears"

leave it
leave it
for another day

leave it
leave it
for another day

when you will have your say
it just won't be today

i feel your pain
yeah, you must stay sane
& tend your bitter tears

i feel your pain
yeah, you must stay sane
& leave your bitter tears
Track Name: It's Time
"it's time"

just like the prophet's wine
it's like the eschaton's vine
trace the beetle's line
beneath the bark of all this pine
it's found its time

sunrise on this jagged line
& 2000 miles, great divide

just like a bitter root
it's like the serprent 'neath your boot
trace the river's line
beyond the valley bend it winds
it's found its time

sunrise follows a horsethief moon
& after all these miles, won't be too soon
Track Name: This Too Shall Pass
this too shall pass
by "mark the vaqueros"
(c) 2010 mark mitten
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/_4Pae0zgxLs

there was a time
when wrong & right
were black & white

there was a time
when day & night
were dark & bright

a friend of mine
once said this too shall pass
like a blade of grass
into the past
Track Name: Hazed & Infused
"hazed & infused"

dazed & confused
hazed & infused
just the simple pleasures
just the simple measures

of all we leave behind
think of all we leave behind
yeah

tatiana (rum), child
microbrew & strum, child
aspen leaves & sunshine
alpenglow & moonshine

all we leave behind
think of all we leave behind
Track Name: Comin' Home (Cheyenne)
"comin' home (cheyenne)"
by mark the vaqueros
(c) 2010 mark mitten
OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/jsvHYT-kC-4

winter's day / beneath these clouds of grey
lightly blowin' snow / cover buffalo

cross the railroad line / to the other side
old dirt road / in the mud & snow

i can see the smoke / from the chimney goes
into the sky / into the sky
cheyenne / cheyenne
i'm comin' home

rusted pickup truck / runs on faith & luck
chewed up hitchin' post / the one i love the most

whitewash country home / sits there all alone
cornfields stretch away / rows of memory

i can smell the smoke / from the chimney goes
into the sky / into the sky
cheyenne / cheyenne
i'm comin' home