Mend The Hollow

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Jimi Haha is the lead singer/guitar player/songwriter for the bands Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Jarflys, both from Annapolis Maryland.

The Debut Record was Produced by Jim Wirt (J.C.S./Incubus/Fiona Apple), mixed by multi Grammy winner Tom Lord-Alge and mastered by the master himself Robert Ludwig. The record is a collection of songs written over the years, some new and some performed live by the band Jarflys.

Half of the record was tracked live in 4 hours at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland Ohio in the winter of 2015 with Jimi singing and playing acoustic guitar and members of Jarflys: Bryan Ewald on guitar, Noel White on drums and Larry Melton on bass. The other half of the record was tracked with Thomas Beall on lap steel, Dominic Fragman on drums and Jim Wirt on bass. The songs are alternated in order and flow seamlessly. The music is a mix of American music. With notes of rock, blues, soul, and folk the record has a genre morphing vibe yet an honest feel.

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released December 16, 2016

Engineered and Produced by Jim Wirt at Crushtone Studios assisted by William DeMarco
Mixed by Tom Lord-Alge
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

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Mend The Hollow Annapolis, Maryland

Mend The Hollow is a solo project by Jimi Haha the lead singer/guitar player/songwriter for the bands Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Jarflys, both from Annapolis Maryland.

Jimi is also a visual artist and publisher/creative director of Up.St.ART Annapolis magazine
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Track Name: Saving Up For California
I put the cap back on the
Paste another straight look on my
Face the day, seems so underwhelming
Mending the hollow

You can’t fear what you don’t fear
Anyone here could see it so clear
You’re saving up for California

She thought he was the right man
But he was a south paw
‘Cause he left again

You can’t fear what you don’t fear
Anyone here could see it so clear
If you’re saving up, think I should warn you that

Flowers will wither on warm winter days
And I’m a witness to nothing but still somehow amazed
By the passion for living and love in this town
But the roots that you make sometimes just hold you down
Seems we’re all just fading away
And the more that I stay here the less you will find
The truth you run from is best left behind
You can’t fear what you don’t fear
Anyone here could see it so clear
I’m not saving up for California
Track Name: Phone In
The beast in the garden
The house in the well
Retreat to the canyon
Hope no one can tell

All is not lost

The burning beside you
The won’t go away
The train wreck that flies through
The hole in your face

All is not lost
Failure’s response is
On the way
As soon as I
Can fake the grade
And misinform
The planned mistake
I hope to one day call home

I can’t escape what I am gladly trapped in wrong formation
No need to explain because this is all a great mistaking
Don’t bother trying to reason life is only for the taking
Try not to give a shit this might be it then your forsaken

All is not lost
Failure’s response is
On the way
As soon as I
Can fake the grade
And misinform
The planned mistakes
I hope to one day
Phone in
Track Name: Fallen Leaves
I said “Lately when I look at you
All my world’s complete and I’ll do
Anything to have you near me”
You said “Lately when you think of me
All you’re world’s completely fallen
Into dreams that have me in them”
Like things that never come but never go away
Yea we keep falling into
Where we all belong
And all there is to

Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river

I said “Lately when you look this way
All the words escape still I’d say
Anything to have you hear me”
Once here then up and gone
With all the hurt still know nothing’s wrong
With anything we’ve had between us

If the only thing that’s wrong is wanting you to stay
Well you can blame me for feeling
And holding on so strong
When in the end we’re

Fallen leaves flowing down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river

Bathed in doubt
Falling out
Not carved in stone
No matter what we make
We share nothing less than flesh and bone

Like fallen leaves
We are fallen leaves
We’re just like fallen leaves
We are fallen leaves

Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river
Fallen leaves flow down the river
Down the river
Track Name: For You
I wished upon a falling star
Turned out to be a plane
The hole in my chest can’t deny love by any other name
I threw a stone off a cliff, turned into a bird that took flight
The arrows arc predicts it’s mark no matter how the wind may fight

I’m breaking my heart for you

Blown away or simply tossed aside
The deepest of truths need not reveal the depths in which they hide
As the years creep by some memories fade and some are etched into our souls
With each passing glance and brush of our arms they commence to take their toll

I’m breaking my heart for you
I’m breaking my heart for you

Your scent like a needle, it penetrates
The air moved by laughter resonates
A tender kiss like a trance intoxicates
The beats of two hearts syncopate

So once again i sit quiet and still
Breathing in deep yet some how i can’t seem to get my fill
Blessed from birth
Cursed to the end
I puncture holes in my heart to force it to mend

I’m breaking my heart for you
I’m breaking my heart for you
I’m breaking my heart for you
Track Name: Falling Back To Earth
Falling back to earth
Falling back to earth

She said “I’m not like this. You’ve got me at my worse”
Though I’m no Edison you’re better off to jettison
The weight that compensates the worth
The least you could expect when falling back to earth
Might be better to forget
Just begging for a bet
What demon does it serve?
Who gets what they deserve?

What other kind of lover is there but a bitter one?
What other kind of lover is there but the other one?

I said “I get the gist. I guess I must be cursed”
It’s plainly evident my heart remains irrelevant
My fate will function as the verse
The least you could expect
I guess it could reverse
Might be better to forget
Criteria’s been set
Take the worst for a turn
Just dumb enough to learn

What other kind of lover is there but a bitter one?
What other kind of lover is there but another one?
What other kind of love could compare to the mother one?
What other kind of lover is there is no better one for me
No better one for me
No better one for me

She was an angel
’Til she came falling back to earth
She was an angel
’Til she came falling back to earth
The least you could expect
I guess it could be worse
The least you could expect
When falling back to earth

Falling back to earth

Falling back to earth
Falling back to earth
Falling back to earth
Falling back to earth
Track Name: Sparkle
By far you’re the undebatable
Champion of all of my unrelayable
Dreams can’t compare to what you emit
If you wonder why I look like this when I’m so transfixed it’s because

You sparkle
When the world is sepia tone
You sparkle, oh you’ll never know how bright
You sparkle every time I look at you
Your sparkle is warm enough for

Two is my lucky number and I’m one
So I guess I’m always half way
There it goes again, and i’m blinded
In the darkest of nights
I know I can find it

Your sparkle
When the world is sepia tone
You sparkle, oh you’ll never know how bright
You sparkle every time I look at you
Your sparkle is warm enough for

Us as your spark ignites our flame
Gracing Ila with her name
Simple praise is not enough
To let you know that

I’ve come to the undeniable
Truth that my love for you could never die
You are my heart I’m just a chest with a hole
You’re the piece of the puzzle that makes me

Sparkle
When the world is sepia tone
You sparkle, God I hope you know how bright
You sparkle every time we look at you
Our sparkle is warm enough for me
Track Name: Balancing Act
Can’t hear a sound
Except for the beat of the heart inside me
Delicate pulsing from under the ground
Retracing steps that have brought you to me
Please take my hand and believe
That we are not the same
And need not understand or treasure
Every mistake that we breathe
A kiss upon the hand
Recovering what time reveals but cannot measure

What I know is delicately balancing the space between us
Telling you the secrets of my soul
I go
Can we keep from falling as we walk the tight rope?
Delicate the balancing act on

So float like something from a dream
Patient and serene
Grateful for the time that we’ve had to show
Like nothing ever seen
The ways within our means
We’ll take these steps while blindly feeling

What I know is delicately balancing the space between us
Telling you the secrets of my soul
I go
But can we keep from falling as we walk the tight rope?
Delicate the balancing
Act in control while telling me the secrets of your soul
We try but cannot fight the gravity that holds us close
But can we keep from falling as we walk the tight rope?
Delicate the balancing act on
Delicate the balancing act on
Delicate the balancing act on and on and on and on

With what I know is delicately balancing the space between us
Telling you the secrets of my soul
I go
Can we keep from falling as we walk the tight rope?
Delicate the balancing
Act in control
While telling me the secrets of your soul
We try but cannot fight the gravity that holds us close
But can we keep from falling as we walk the tight rope?

Delicate the balancing act on
Delicate the balancing act on
Delicate the balancing act on and on …
Track Name: We Burn Fires
We can't duct tape pounds of trees to a fifty dollar car
Drive across the country just to stare at the stars
While we squat a national park that’s been snowed in for months
We rolled over some boulders sparked a blunt and ate lunch

We can't all have the same girls on the beach at night
While the other punks and jocks are all getting in their fights
So we baled on our friend Joe got arrested that day
He didn't have a ride home so he decided to stay

All summer, tan.
What a bummer, man

We burned tires on our bonfires
We burned brains and guitars on funeral pyres
We glowed green for days on end
We woke up and tried to do it all again

But we can't do that anymore
We’ve got kids now

So self serving and undeserving
So underwhelmed vessels unhelmed
Here's to the lies we love to lead
The invincible could never die or bleed.
And to mistakes we took them well
All you believers can take the crooked road straight to hell
We've no regrets just unhedged bets
The world’s a stage we're passing cues behind the sets

And this one's in the can

We burned tires on our bonfires
We burned brains and guitars on funeral pyres
We glowed green for days on end
We woke up and tried to do it all again

But we can't do that anymore
We’re all growed up now

We're gonna have to pay for it all
We're long gone past the sell by date
We always see the trees for the forest
And never fail to burn them down
In this town

We burned tires on our bonfires
We burned brains and guitars on funeral pyres
We glowed green for days on end
We woke up and tried to do it all again
We burned tires on our bonfires
We burned brains and guitars on funeral pyres
We glowed green for days on end
We woke up and tried to do it all again

But we can do that
Yes we can do that
Yes we can do that
Evermore
We burn fires
Evermore
We burn fires
Evermore
We burn fires
Evermore
Track Name: 40 'Til 5
Sweet things roll past us
Chill in the bus
She walks with purpose
A one woman circus

It’s 40 ’til 5
This joint is smoking
I’m alive but I’m broken

So play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now
Play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now

It’s 40 ’til 5

Fallen héros
A series of zeros
She walks with purpose
A one woman circus

It’s 40 ’til 5
This joint is smoking
I’m alive but I’m broken
It’s 40 ’til 5
This joint is smoking
I’m alive but I’m broken

So play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now
Play another drum beat for the ladies

“Cause I’m heading downtown and you know I’ve got this craving
Gonna hang out at some joint and look for someone new to save me
People out on West street singing that song
Have you got an extra cigarette?
Keep humming along
But I wake up every morning pick out one of my faces
Burn up all the baggage look for someone to replace these
People out on Main street, somethings always wrong
If you got some extra change they can sing you this song it goes

It’s 40 ’til 5
This joint is smoking
I’m alive but I’m broken
It’s 40 ’til 5
This joint is smoking
I’m alive but I’m broken

So play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now
Play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now
Play another drum beat for the ladies
Play another drum beat for me now
Play another drum beat for the ladies

It’s 40 ’til 5
40 ’til 5
I’m broken
But I’m alive
Track Name: From A Dream
With words to thee of love I wrote
Each word conveyed a simple hand
Like Eden’s fruit her lips they spoke
Without an effort

She flew off like a sparrow meant to fall
Do I wish she’d fly back to my tree?
No not at all

Her eyes a sea, my dreams afloat
Set a sail, forbidden lands
Soft as a dream, my god, she spoke
Without a message

In her wake my worries soon dissolve
Around her brilliant light my world revolves
‘Cause in my heart I know I’ve always known
Though my bridges smolder while my walls have grown
Sometimes reaping of the fields before my seeds are sown
The solitary lesson is
We’re not alone