The 13th Bar

The 13th Bar

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Welcome in the MS SAX MANU "Bluesical" World… Composing,writing,playing, singing,blowing in my harmonicas (since 17 years)… Me & my hardworkers are making up a "pot-pourri" of blues. Building some original tunes. Blues - Creative - Openminded - International www.myspace.com/ mississippisaxmanu

Biography

MS Sax Manu & the 13th Bar Project are involved in a creative blues musical process;
Adjusting Acoustic instruments (harmonicas, gtr, lap steel, dobro, celtic harp, upright bass) and electric amps thru analogic effects processing thru the electronics (computer)… What was a seed became a song!

I spent 12 years w/ the international blues band "Malted Milk" as the co-leader > one of my best souvenir is the 2007 IBC Finals we've reached and the blast we did like the only non-american blues band at the finals!! I did minimum 500 gigs in 1 decade…prestigious blues stages like "Springin' The Blues Fest" (april 2002) in Jax Beach,FL. (…)
www.myspace.com/maltedmilkmusic

My "bluesical" vision, understanding & perspectives changed when i began to play in the US, especially the southern part… southern music is my favorite. As a french harp player, i had to see and taste the infinite flavors of american "soul" music (blues, soul, gospel, funk, rock, country, jazz). I realized since my 1st trip in the US (2002) i must spend some times there, like i love to sing in english because my musical culture is american 1st.
So… i'm regulary travelling France-USA w/ my main axe to Memphis & the Mississippi Delta…a love story! I've played at Red's in Clarksdale, on the air with "Sunshine" Sonny Payne(KFFA Radio-King Biscuit Time) playing SBWII's song… In contact w/ Blues musicians & singers, young generation (Cedric Burnside), old generation(Super Chikan,Joe Turner)… they bring me everything i need… i'm curious so…let's play the music!

> Influenced by so many musicians, composers, writers, arrangers, producers, singers ---- from Blues to Hip Hop like from Lightnin' Hopkins to The Roots and in between G Love & Special Sauce.
-Classic Masters : Muddy Waters, James Brown and Stevie Wonder.
-Songwriters/Storytellers: Sonny Boy Williamson II, Tom Waits,Peg Leg Sam, Al Green,Lightnin' Hopkins,JB Lenoir,Sister Rosetta Tharpe…
-Composers/arrangers: Willie Dixon,Duane Allman, Isaac Hayes,Willie Mitchell,…
They are a lot to be significant!!

All this combination of acoustic, electric and electronic musicians show me the way for digging my "bluesical" trail!

Peg Leg Sam is my Hero it got to be said!
Our Music influenced by this whole artistic planet would like to be between the plucks caressing your cheek when you're laying down in your favorite coach…and the hi-energy of some Hot Nites down the Joint!

BLUES AND MUSIC give BLUESIC
Yes We Can!

"…when i turn on the octaver pedal and the T-Wah's, guess the audience looking for minutes and asking at each other "but who is playing that?!!"
from "Blues & Co" french Magazine (winter 2007) … sending my harmonicas over the musical frontiers, it's definitely my trademark!

NEWS:
> "2009 Spring Tour" (tbc) w/ Ms Nickki & The Memphis Soul Connection > Tour will start in Ireland, "Dublin City Soul Festival" (3 shows the 22-23-24 May). This tour will go thru London, Belgium,France, Spain? Italy? (european chitlin' circuit!). It will be the very 1st tour for the young blueswoman Ms Nickki > WE are all very eXcited!! 3 black Memphisians + 3 white frenchies = 6-unique-piece blues band ( - ;
> I'm finalizing a 4-acoustic-songs w/ Gill L to play in duet and trio in our area.

Lyrics

JUST WHO U R

Written By: MS Sax Manu

PLEASE__DONT LEAVE ME__
JUST TAKE MY HAND__AND TRUST ME
I SAY PLEASE__DONT LEAVE ME__
JUST FOLLOW ME__AS U TRUST ME__
YES I_CARE___AND I HOPE U CARE__
OF WHAT U R__ BUT NOT WHAT U WERE___
(chorus)
LISTEN TO ME BABY_I' M GONNA KEEP U THERE__
U WONT HAVE ANY CHANCE__TO COME BACK IN FRANCE__
ITS JUST WHO U R__ NOT WHO U WERE___
(harmonica solo)
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DONT LEAVE ME__JUST TAKE MY HAND AND TRUST ME__
PLEASE__ DONT LET ME__
JUST FOLLOW ME__AS U TRUST ME__
YES I CARE__OF WAT U R__
BUT NOT WAT U WERE__ I SWEAR__
(chorus)
IT WAS LIKE A DREAM__MAKIN' LOVE WITH CREAM__
I WAS FLYIN' SO HIGH__LIKE U SHOULD HAVE TRIED
BELIEVE ME MY BABY__ DONT EVER TRY TO FOOL ME__
U R GONNA LOSE THE GAME__IF U LIE TO ME__

ITS JUST WHO U R __ NOT WHO U WERE______________
Instrumental ending

WHERE ARE YOU?

Written By: MS Sax Manu

1- Where are you Dad ? (bis)
‘ Hard to stay here without you daddy (bis)

2- My mamma told me, Think of your daddy…
Even if he was so far from home… Even if he was so late to come…

3- I try to sleep - I need some rest…
I hope you can join me in my dream,
I hope i can join you in your dream,
I hope you can join me in my dream,

(Bridge)
I’ll play each day for you and anyone who’d like to
That now I feel your voice sound like a cry to me
Dreamin’ dreamin’ about you
Ridin’ Ridin’ next to you
Thinkin’ of the peace for our family…

4- Thinkin’ of the past - when you were around…
I wish you were here helpin’ me (to) hold the wheel
‘Feel like a boat lost on the sea

5- I’ve cried and cried – i ‘ve cried so much…
Just let me see your smile one more time,
Just let me see your smile on your face,
Just let me see your smile one last time,

UNDER THE SUN

Written By: MS Sax Manu

1/ LOVE MIGHT BE_ JUST UNDER MY EYES_
LIKE YOU ARE_ RIGHT UNDER THE SUN_
WHITE PEARLS SHININ’ IN THE WATER_
YOUR LOVELY EYES IN THE SUNSHINE_
2/ DOWN THE SHORE_ I’M DREAMIN’ OF YOU_
YOU’RE IN MY CORE_ YOU’RE IN MY MIND_
SUN BEAMS SHINE IN THE RIVER_
LIKE YOUR LIGHT IN THE MOONSHINE_
SEE THIS FLOWER_ ON THE GOLDEN FIELD_
LET MAKE IT GROW UNDER THIS SUNNY SHIELD_
(Bridge)
> I FEEL WARMED_ I FEEL TOUCHED_ ‘MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD_
I WANNA GET HIGH WITH THIS NEW LOVE CRUISE_ (JUST TOGETHER)
AND I’M BURNIN’_ I WANNA SHINE_ BY YOUR SIDE_ FOR A RIDE_ ON THE RUN_ AIN’T NO TIME TO LOSE___ OH MY LOVE /
(breaks)
LET’S LIVE UNDER THE SUN
FIRE SURROUND MY HEART
FIRE SURROUND YOUR HEART
LET IT SHINE…SHINE…SHINE…

SEE THE CLOUDS_THEY WILL PASSIN’ BY_
LOOK AT US_ FORGET ANY CRY_
AIN’T NO STORMS THAT CAN BLOW OUR LOVE AWAY_
ALWAYS RAINBOWS WILL HIDE US FROM THE RAIN_
MY HAND IS RUNNIN’ ON YOUR GOLDEN FIELD_
WE MUST LAY DOWN AND MAKE OUR LOVE RAISIN’_
(bridge)
> YOU CAN BE_ MY GREAT FRIEND_ EVEN THE BEST_
YOU COULD BE MY LOVING WOMAN_ THE #1_ MY ONLY ONE_
YOU MIGHT BE THE ONE WHO TAKE MY HEART FOR REAL_
YOU JUST ARE_ WHAT I DREAM_ EACH DAY & NIGHT_
EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT /
(breaks)
FIRE SURROUND MY HEART
FIRE SURROUND YOUR HEART
LET’S LIVE UNDER THE SUN
LIKE I’M UNDER THE SUN
SEE NOTHIN’ BUT YOU
FIRE SURROUND MY HEART
FIRE SURROUND YOUR HEART
(SOLO)
Harmonica ---------------------------------------------

I CAN DO

Written By: MS Sax Manu

(Verses)
I CAN DO WHAT I LOVE TO DO_ ‘CAUSE I_
DON’T DO WHAT THEY WANT ME TO_
I CAN GO WHERE I WANNA GO_ ‘CAUSE I_
DON’T GO WHERE THEY WANT ME TO_
I CAN PLAY ANY KIND OF WAY_ ‘CAUSE I_
DON’T PLAY THE WAY THEY WANT ME TO_
I CAN TALK AND SING WHAT I LOVE_ IT’S LIKE_
EXPRESSIN’ MYSELF__
(Bridge)
I JUST OPEN MY EYES AND MY EARS_
I LISTEN TO MY HEART_ SOMETIMES_
AIN’T NO SIMPLE WAY__
(Verses)
I CAN WALK ON THE WAY I LIKE_ WITHOUT
ASKING MY DIRECTION_
YES IT’S TRUE I’M A LUCKY MAN_ SINCE I_
CHOOSE TO LIVE ALL THESE CRAZY DREAMS_
I DON’T FORGET WHAT I LEARNT FROM YOU_ ‘CAUSE I_
JUST DO AND PLAY NOT LIKE YOU_
I TRY TO BE LIKE THE MUSIC IS_ LISTEN_
DON’T YOU FEEL WHAT THAT MUSIC FILLS_
(Bridge)
I JUST OPEN MY EYES AND MY EARS_
I LISTEN TO MY HEART_ SOMETIMES_
AIN’T NO SIMPLE WAY__
I CAN DO WHAT I LOVE TO DO.

TRYIN’ TO WALK

Written By: MS Sax Manu

Chorus (x 4)
1/ I FEEL SO LONELY_ WALKIN’ DOWN THE TRACK_
I FEEL SO LONELY_ WALKIN’ DOWN THE TRACK BY MYSELF_
(Q) JUST MYSELF_ IT’S ALL I GOT_
Instrumental Verses for now ! (x 2)
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2/ I USED TO FEEL HAPPY_ WHEN YOU WERE TAKIN’ OF ME_
I USED TO BE SO HAPPY_ WHEN YOU CHOSE TO STAND BY ME_
Instrumental Verse (x 1)
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3/ REMEMBER_ THAT LATE NIGHT_
STANDING UP UNDER THE RAIN_
REMEMBER_ ONE MORNING_
WAKIN’ UP FEELING SO BAD_
Instrumental verse (x 1)
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4/ YOU WERE MY LOVER _ THE ONE WHO SHOWED ME_
TRYIN’ TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A MAN CAN BE_
YOU WERE MY WONDER_ THE ONE WHO LOVED ME_
TRYIN’ TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MY LIFE COULD BE_
(Bridge)
> 4 bars - instrumental for now !

1/ … + (Q)

Discography

- Working on the 1st EP-Demo for spring 2009 for this personal project.
- 6 Demos-Tests-songs can be listened on MySpace: www.myspace.com/mississippisaxmanu.
I'm working on a set of others writings & compositions.
Considering "The 13th Bar" 1st LP(33rpm+CD) release early 2010?…
- I've recorded 2 LPs w/ Malted Milk (FR):
"Peaches,Ice Cream & Wine"(2000) + "Easy Baby"(2005) > autoproductions: Bad Bacon Rec.
- 1 CD w/ "Karl W Davis & The MilkMen" in 2006 > same label.
- A 4-Songs-Demo as Producer and harmonica player w/ "Ms Nickki & The Memphis Soul Connection" (10/2007) - recorded at Bing Hampton Audio in Memphis,TN. Ms Nickki is famous at Wild Bill's Juke Joint North Memphis!
- 1 EP (06/2008) w/ "Vinz & The Mystery Machine" (FR): original 8-piece soul/funk w/ 1 lead singer, 3 back vocalists, 1 spanish rapper + his samples…
(www.myspace.com/vinzandthemysterymachine)
Last LP release "In Da Houz"(MS Sax Manu composition) from King Pepper Band (FR) - 09/2008.
- "My French Connection" (02/2006) w/ Joe Turner (and his Memphis Blues Caravan) at Mystic Records (UK). He died the 01/31/08…
It means a lot of french, european and american tours since 1998 w/ Malted Milk first > minimum 600 gigs.

Set List

If MS SAX MANU got to do a cover, it will definitely be :
" Groovin' " (Booker T. & The MG's / Stax) … so sweet and so simple chords & melody!! or…
A Sonny Boy williamson song like "Cross My Heart" … or
the traditional "Rock Me Baby" in any rhythm! whatever…
I got so many songs to learn still…