Tinamou

Tinamou

 Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
BandFolkRock

Tinamou is an indie band from Cleveland, Ohio whose music is an amalgamation of soulful melodies, intricate yet unified arrangements, and poignant lyrics.

Biography

Tinamou, a band founded upon friendship, passion, and a love for music, formed in 2007 when childhood friends Morgan Mecaskey (guitar, vocals) and Cameron Schenk (violin) began performing original music at local coffee shops in Cleveland, Ohio. The two grew up together studying piano and violin. After regularly performing classical repertoire, Mecaskey and Schenk’s musical palettes broadened as the two began listening to a variety of musical genres. Anthony Foti (drums, percussion) met Mecaskey and Schenk at a local gig, and the relational and musical connection was instantaneous. A welcome addition, Foti’s distinct, expressive approach brought a rich texture and versatility to the group. 'Providence', Tinamou’s second EP, showcases a musical maturity uncommon for such a young band. The genre-blurring trio draws from a wide musical spectrum, combining the energy and immediacy of folk and rock music with the subtlety and finesse of classical composition. “Collaboration was key in making this record,” says Mecaskey, “I would bring songs to the table and then we would collectively work out arrangements. We learned to listen to, appreciate, and respect one another so much more through the process of honing in the five songs that would eventually make the cut for this EP.” 'Providence' was recorded and mixed at Cleveland’s Sky Parlor studio by producer Dave Douglas (former drummer of gold-selling band Relient K) and mastered at the Synergy Studio by Doc Harrill (Son Lux, Sole, SesTor) during the early summer months of 2010. Tinamou’s EP has much to offer-infectious melodies, intricate arrangements, heart-felt lyrics, driving rhythms-all of which will keep listeners coming back for more.

Lyrics

Mr. Bones

Written By: Morgan Mecaskey

MR. BONES

Verse 1
I sleep on skeletons
Walk on a pile of bones
Trample any good thing
I’ve ever had
Now I’m all alone

Verse 2
A disease so common
Not only to me
Woven into the fabric
Sewn into the seams
Of all humanity

Chorus
Oh, to be known
To be loved
To be set free
Oh, to be known
Release me

Verse 3
You fold your hands
Now you eat yourself
You cannot stand
This plague of doubt
In your soul

Chorus

Bridge
Release me (6X)

Interlude

Outro
Oh to be known
Release me

? 2010 Tinamou Music. Words and music by Morgan Mecaskey.

Providence

Written By: Morgan Mecaskey

PROVIDENCE

She trails along
Withered wooden bucket in her hand
Fresh water from the river
He pulls the cart
Filled with the harvest crops
Sugarcane, barley, and corn

To quench the thirst
Satisfy the hunger
Of a thousand dying souls

They lay the fleece
Out to obtain some peace
To discern the will of the Lord
He holds her hand
Open arms to children from foreign lands
Love is growing love

Now they will seek
Daily on their knees
His provision

? 2010 Tinamou Music. Words and music by Morgan Mecaskey.

The Dreamer

Written By: Morgan Mecaskey

THE DREAMER

I am a dreamer but no one hears me
I am a prophet in my home country
I am their Saviour but they still kill me

So kill him, kill him
Cause he’s just lying
Pound in, pound in
These stakes of iron

Why can’t, why can’t
Why can’t you hear me
This love I, this love I
I give you freely

? 2010 Tinamou Music. Words and music by Morgan Mecaskey.

Endpoint Called Origin

Written By: Morgan Mecaskey

NDPOINT CALLED ORIGIN

Self-attesting, self-authenticating you stand
Transcending time and withered, mortal man
You give it out, pass it to the bees
Spread it to the pollen so it may travel with ease

Pre
(and singing)
Oh my, oh my, oh my God, oh my God

Chorus
By what standard may I
Measure what’s in your hand (repeat)

My purely diplomatic means
Derived from autonomous reasoning
Crumbled on the countertop
Along with fruitless, irrational thought

Pre

Chorus

Interlude

Bridge
Fruit on the vine, fruit on the vine,
Again will I taste of your goodness this time (repeat)

Chorus

? 2010 Tinamou Music. Words and music by Morgan Mecaskey.

Wake

Written By: Morgan Mecaskey

WAKE

Verse 1
Take no part in works of darkness
Take no part in works of darkness
But expose them

(Chorus)
Wake o sleeper
Wake o sleeper
Rise up from the dead
Rise up from the dead

Verse 2
Speak to people with songs from your heart
Speak to people with songs from your heart
Giving thanks

(chorus 2X)

Interlude

Briddge
O light, why shine you so bright on me (6X)

Outro
In the darkness you still see (you still see) 4X

? 2010 Tinamou Music. Words and music by Morgan Mecaskey.

Discography

Debut EP: The Bird Runs
Providence [EP]