The Big Embrace

by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



Enjoy 16 funky and fanciful FCC-friendly new songs composed and produced by iconic multi-instrumental musician and member of Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, composer Amy Denio.

Denio has toured the world as a musician since 1987. She runs Spoot Music, has produced 50+ recordings solo and in collaboration with others, and has founded a dozen creative bands. She also produces multimedia performances and installations, and has received dozens of international commissions, awards and fellowships.

Her 10th solo recording The Big Embrace features her sensuous voice, along with guitar, bass, accordion, sax, clarinet, glockenspiel, percussion, and field recordings. Her dark sense of irony is showcased while she sings along with our current hapless leader on Tracks 12 & 16.


released October 3, 2017

Amy Denio: brač (Croatian 4-string), guitars, bass, alto saxophone, clarinet, accordion, field recordings, glockenspiel, shaker, frame drum, cardboard box, voices. Ahmad Reza Yousefbeigi: percussion on l'Abbraccione. Elizabeth 'DB' Lawrence: voice and percussion / Pete Comley: samples on Rx For the Wife. Mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studio. Artwork by Annie Grgich.


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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Track Name: Romadame
I am a lady of vivid colours, with
vivid dreams that I don't care to share
~ whose fingers snap and slice the air
~ whose eyelids flutter a tempest in my hair (Bel Air)
~ whose neckline is graced by gypsum jewel's flair
~ whose ruby lips are a jeweled lair
Track Name: Thanksgiving
Gather around a table laid bare
Turkeys were gobbling
And now they don’t care.

For the day of morning
New era warning
Many are forlorning on the day of mourning
Track Name: Zap Sistah
A beautiful lady named Cookie
Tall and elegant
with a gracious spirit
so generous and colorblind

Born with ebony skin in the south in 1944,
She's endured more than most of us
We agree that pain builds character
There's a lesson in every upset, in every surprise

Oh she's my zap sister
We laugh at adversity
We're surviving, we're the fittest,
And winners take all
Oh we're zap sisters...

In fact, one time in Savannah Georgia
Cookie had a flash, her soul came home to peace
in a restaurant, all familiar
She was cradled by the web of life, she found herself cradled
Track Name: Rx For the Afterlife
Use your imagination
Hear echoes from your dreams
Light, shadows, a part of sound sparkle alive
The afterlife is gonna be all right

I’d like to know the recipe for the afterlife
Amongst cinnamon and cardamom and shadows of optagons and parthenons
All the sounds that I’ve heard will boil down to one big hum

Death ends pain in Hungary
Pain builds character in Woodsville
In China a character can sing
In the afterlife, we’ll be free of static cling

Do you have the recipe for the afterlife?
How do things taste over there, when we meet?
Isn’t there a recipe for the afterlife
The cosmic oven is now on pre-heat

All the sounds that I’ve heard will boil down to one big hum
Track Name: Rx for the Wife
Peace of thee
Breathe thee free
You and me
Every breath
Breathes the life
Every sigh
Outs the blight

You are loved
As you love
Love to thee
Breathe thee free
Track Name: Rx For A Scrambled Egg and Peanut Butter Sandwich
I got a little hunger for some peanut butter going out with scrambled eggs on a date on my plate

Number One:
Put on your hunger pants and start to dance
Think of savory flavors mingling together

Number Two:
You get to choose your starch:
Fancy rice cakes, wonder bread, or a slab of pumpernickel

Number Three:
You find some eggs, beat them 'til they’re over and done
Add some seasoning to your reasoning
To taste the case
Pants got to be just right for the fight and they’re wonderful all night
Of scrambled egg peanut butter sandwich

Number Four:
I sample, eat and repeat. A protein punch in the middle of lunch.
Track Name: Rx for Recife
Take one beautiful town with white sand beaches
Add to it beautiful weather, fresh water estuaries
And a pinch of happy surfers, surfers
A big pinch of surfers

Recife is on the beautiful sea
With bull sharks romping and breeding in glee
Build a new port, sharks closed out from their birthing foam
Guess what happens?
Surfers, delicious surfers are in the way
Not too long to say, those many surfers…

Nice! Recife!

Slaughterhouses’ blood is spilling in the little rivers
Water is high in iron and toothy sharky smiles
Sharks improvise to find new homes
Since the old one is boarded up
Bull sharks enjoy buff prey, every day

Nice! Recife!
Track Name: Boat People
Boat people from Viet Nam
Know the unknown, settled the unsettled
Boat people from Viet Nam
Found their land legs after living through living hell

Boat people had hope people could never repeat defeat
That history would delete
The strife the knife
The dimming of life

The sunken boats, the drowning
The cold shoulder of super power frowning

Boat people from Viet Nam
A mobilizing again
They hope to help their desperate floating brethren
Track Name: Mayflower
Incessant creaking timber
The monotonous slap of the waves
No seagulls for days
As the scurvy blurs are ways of knowing
Seasick, not a lick of luck
As the familiar shores slip sight unseen away

Behold new turf! New planet ear(f)th!
New land, new lines, new hands, new lies
We come as false friends, eyeing your turkey hens
And the sweet strong legs of your lasses
We’ll cover gladly with molasses
Our hands will creep, we’ll make some passes

Behold new turf! New planet ear(f)th!
New land, new lines, new hands, new lies
We come as false friends, eyeing your turkey hens with the legs

Your turkey hens with the legs.
Track Name: Donald The Lump
There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and cia than dt

There’s no games, right? No games, right? We’re not playing games!
We’re not playing games!
Home games, foe games, woe games, war games

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones
And unite the civilized world against radical islamic terrorism
Which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth

Should I keep the twitter going or not? Keep it going? (Crowd screams) I think so.

Ya know, the enemies keep saying oh that’s terrible!
But you know, it’s a way of bypassing dishonest media, right?
Track Name: Feral Fleas
Feral fleas say pretty please
Don’t make us freeze or turn to bees
Our mighty hinged legs notched us up a peg
And so we beg: leave us to bite out of sight

Feral fruit flies are ripped from pies
So sweet so tipsy from fructose highs
If we could only be their size
We would be demoralized

Feral ants are not so wild
As adults or when a child
Follow the leader, swallow the feed here
The sheeps have been six hands with little greed

Feral cockroaches as cucurachas
Stalk the noches searching for crumbs in spot
And strong in bed
Mighty and diligent and strong survivors
They’ll be the ones to dance on our head
Track Name: 7,500 Kisses
Seven thousand five hundred kisses
seven thousand five hundred and one

Your heart is in me, I feel it all through me
Your eyes they play me, o play me
Track Name: Biopsy of Statecraft
Biopsy of statecraft
New truths up for grafting
Freedom hangs from gallows
Fields of speech lie fallow
Hope tills soil

Normalcy of warcraft
Pundits pounding blindly
Mother of all bombs
Made by men who don’t know love

Fields of broken words dry out
Track Name: I Love This Cunterie
I love this cunterie, thank you very much

We have over 200 generals and admirals that have endorsed our campaign
And it’s special people and it’s really an honor

So I also have to say I’ve gotten to know some incredible people,
The secret service people (applause)
They’re tough, and they’re smart, and they’re sharp
And I don’t want to mess around with them, I can tell you

And when I wanna go and wave to a big group of people and they rip me back down
And put me back down into the seat…
But they are fantastic people, so I want to thank the secret service

While the campaign is over, I’ll work while this movement is really just beginning
We’re going to get to work immediately for the American People

I love this cunterie, thank you very much