Michael Meanwhile / National Flower

Michael Meanwhile / National Flower

BandAmericanaPop

NORTHWEST AMERICANA We raised this music as best we could. All we can do now is turn it loose in the world and hope it don't kill nobody

Biography

Michael Sheridan arrived in Portland’s Eastside from the boroughs of New York City in early 2004. He released his first solo EP, produced by Paul Umbach, and began performing around town as Michael Meanwhile... The EP quickly joined the ranks of “CDBaby’s Top Sellers” and earned immediate attention with 4 songs regularly featured on the WB’s “One Tree HIll”, “Jack & Bobby” and “Summerland”. Two songs were placed in the ABC show “Wildfire” and another on FOX’s release of “Party Of Five” to DVD. Jeep adopted a track to launch it’s 2004 “Camp Jeep” promotion and several independent films featured songs from the album as well.

All the while in Portland, Michael was searching for a not so typical cast of musicians who could bring to life his growing notebook of songs. He was looking for players with diverse musical backgrounds, but a shared belief that all great music starts with honesty. This unlikely quarry resulted in a tremendous ensemble of some of Portland’s favorite sons. Scott Pemberton (Triclops, Conanza, La Dome) was the first to sign on playing lead guitar, pedal steel, bass and organ. Ji Tanzer (Rebecca Sanborn, Jujuba), a long time friend of Scott’s, was the next to come aboard bringing drums and percussion. Finally, Joey Cunningham (Sponge, Rubberneck, The Decemberists) stepped in to round out the line up playing everything from Sax to Melodica, Rhodes to Glockenspiel. Each Boasting a long and colorful list of credits, Scott, Joey & Ji are widely considered among the premier players in the Northwest.

The evolution of the project, nudged Michael to shed his solo moniker and release a self produced/recorded album under a new band name, National Flower. Early recognition of the single, “Rise & Fall”, has already been received from the folks at Mountain Stage and Performing Songwriter Magazine. It was selected as a finalist in their “NewSong Contest 2005”, and later declared a winner after a series of live performance rounds in West Virginia.

Refusing to be forced into a genre, National Flower has created their own. They affectionately call it Northwest Americana, which translates to great friends, making timeless music, from the most honest of places.

Lyrics

Here Comes The Water

Written By: Michael Sheridan

Here Comes The Water

Don’t go too far
it happens fast
This tide is strong
and built to last
It’s built to last long
That’s something we’ve learned
From the clothes I threw out
to the dress you burned

Here comes the water
Grab hold around my neck
I won’t lose you now and I won’t lose you when
it’s above our heads
It’s over our heads

So rest a while
before the flood
You must get tired
of being loved
Of being loved so much
by a fortunate fool
Who can lift a ton if you need him to

Here comes the water
Grab hold around my neck
I won’t lose you now and I won’t lose you when
it’s above our heads
It’s over our heads

Don't Forget Me

Written By: Michael Sheridan

Tell the boys i won’t be home
very soon. There’s a road that just appeared out of nowhere underneath
a peerless moon. Giving light to reveal what’s been out of sight and
I don’t know if this chance will come twice. Tell the wise men i have gone if they care. Cause the righteous on the other side of town never make it past the square. I will stand with
the queer and the bogyman and I think god can find me right where I am. Will you remember? Will you remember? Don’t forget me. New York city’s tough to leave if it’s home. There’s a ghost for every bulb in every marquee and they follow me everywhere I go. But
I could sure use the company from the dust and death that fell on soho Tell me you’ll remember

Better Luck

Written By: Michael Sheridan

Where's the weather..here it comes, turning awnings into drums. They beat the invitation and everybody runs, straight away, where it's dry for to claim the land up high. When down around their ankles crawl the indigents without the sense to get out of it all. Their trying to hold out for better luck. Their trying to hold out for better luck. Their trying to stand out but it's hard when your down in the muck. In the year of our Lord circa 2003 my X's got together and formed a company. With an instrument that charts just how better off they are without the extra weight of me. But in defense of this awful mess. I told them one and all that I'm trying to hold out for better luck. I'm trying to hold out for better luck. I'm trying to stand out but it's hard when your down in the muck. Yeah well that's where it starts for a handful of us. And you get so low when your down, down, down.

Discography

"Farewell Michael Meanwhile"

Set List

Usually 3, 45minute sets.
All original except for a handfull of covers.
ex:
Ian Moore, Bright Eyes, Wilco, The Shins, Patty Griffin, Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Kings Of Convenience.