Tiptons Sax Quartet: Tiny Lower Case

by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



A mix of ska, punk, funk, spoken word, anthems, songs of joy,
noise bop, jazz and traditional Italian music.


released March 8, 2014

From 'Tiny Lower Case' c&p 2014 Zipa! / Spoot Music / Sowiesound Records.

Amy Denio: alto sax
Jessica Lurie: tenor sax
Sue Orfield: tenor sax
Tina Richerson: baritone sax
Robert Kainar: drums

Recorded by Carlo Cantini at Studio Soli in (Mantova, Italy)
in March, 2013
Mastered by Dieter Pimiskern at Dorian Gray Studios, Eichenau, Germany


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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: Amara Terra Mia (feat. Peppe Voltarelli)
Sole alla valle
e sole alla collina
per le campagne
non c'è più nessuno
Addio addio amore
Io vado via
Amara terra mia
Amara e be..e..e..e..lla

Cieli infiniti
e volti come pie..e..tra
man'incallite ormai
senza speranza
Addio Addio Amore
Io vado via
Amara terra Mia
Amara e be..e..e..e..lla

Tra gl'uliveti è nata
già la luna
Un bimbo piange allatta
a un seno magro
Addio Addio Amore
Io vado via
Amara Terra mia
Amara e be..e..lla.
Amara e be..e..lla.
Track Name: Humans in Tiny Lower Case
Shimmy shammy contra-blammy
Sammy had one in pyjamis
Got a little shiner when he haggled with a shriner
Shaker baker, oh go make her
Quaker undertaker
When he jumps, he is a Laker
oh lord, please don't forsake her!

Skipping ripping maybe take a sip
and let the swallow fill the hollow
Gorgeous glow to follow
Satan was sated, I waited for fate then
Fate don't show your face, peace can't keep the pace
Silly human race, but still holier than thou ~

Tiny lower case, silly little humans!

Why don't we darn our souls to make them whole again?
Why don't we just thread a needle, patch our souls and make amends?

Uh oh!
Track Name: And There I Thought
Her love, he was a sailor - took boats up north and towards the equator
She would come with him sometimes ~ traveller adventurer
Her love at sea now, her | belly grows ~ til he comes  | home

He put his hand on her belly and said ~ keep this safe for me, keep your self safe
she went ashore and then the phone | rang ~
And then he was gone (keep yourself safe) and he was gone ~~~~

And there I thought all I had to worry about was the rain

In the eyes of a child ~ sun sea wind and shadows play
click and clack ~ the train comes back  ~ the boy grows into a | sailor
Track Name: Bronty
A child of God with potential untold
she comes to earth with a mission to unfold.
Marks on her face which will bring her disgrace
from the kids on the playground
who laugh at her face.
Mom and Dad give refuge from the pain
caused by the judgements for not
looking just the same.
They bring her to a doctor with tenderness and care
who takes away those marks,
as if they weren't there.
The ridicule, the madness, the unforgiven glare
this all now avoided to make her life fair.
Because we seem different,
sometimes we cannot see
and the pain left inside us is from our society.
To see who we are please shun the disguise
see the spirit in the body,
the soul through the eyes.
For we are all special, created with love
we all have our markings given from above.
My sex is a birthmark
my preference is not picked
I didn't come here to get ridiculed and kicked.
I will stand up and be the best that I can be
accept me as I am and don't give me therapy.  
For the thing I did not choose,
I cannot change if I'm queer.
God made me this way though the purpose is not clear.
We are all like Bronty,
perfect from the start
with God given markings to set us apart.  
If I am not like you,
and you are not like me,
the difference between us is only what you see.
Find out who you are and then you'll know me
for we are all made from the same family.
Track Name: All Good Things
All good things come in threes
see your fortune in the coffee cream or in the tea cup
it's the seven year itch for the cat times nine
if they're black cross your path ~ and your break out in a sweat the sky will
Fall on your henny penny head
Knock on wood, test the wind, break a leg and say a prayer
Rabbit foot horseshoe, wishing on the first star mind the
Ladders and the cracks, everything thirteen
in the mouth of the wolf, and we hope he bites
In culo alla balena speriamo che non caga!

"Cingulu cingulu ja 'ppè via
....l'occhi rossi lu viria
si nun era 'ppè gamme torte....
Cingulu cingulu era morto...."
Track Name: Earth Slows Down
Earth slows down in winter / gravestones frozen solid
Winter enters all corners / the winds in her arms, tucking in her arms

Moon and the earth are slowly drifting away from each other
The soul will expand in its change from life to colour, full colour

Earth slows down in winter / gravestones frozen solid
Waiting for the last breath / the change frees the soul, the soul at last