Another Sleepless Nap

by Henning Ohlenbusch

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2016 was a busy year for musician Henning Ohlenbusch. He’d just come off of touring with the band Polaris and it was time to release some new material. The band he plays lead guitar in, The Fawns, put out a record. His band, Gentle Hen, put out a new record of his songs. His alter ego, Turkey Andersen, released an EP of new family friendly songs. He produced and recorded a new album by Ray Mason. He released a single written about and for comedian Emo Philips. And finally, he released a new collection of songs under his own name.

Another Sleepless Nap is his latest in a long line of thoughtful, well-crafted, moving albums. Ohlenbusch wrote, sang, played all the instruments, recorded, and produced the record. He even did the cover photography.

The nine songs on this record illustrate Ohlenbusch’s ever maturing songwriting. The lead-off track “Untied States” is like a modern day take on the classic tune America by Simon and Garfunkel. It’s expression of isolation and disenfranchisement in lines like “We let the crazy people steal the conversation pit, there’s money to be made from a nation that’s been split” are countered with feelings of community and hope, “But we’re all in this together facing forward in our chairs, thinking only of mortality while hanging in the air.” It couldn’t have come at a more fitting time and is a soothing balm for this political climate. It was just voted #34 on WRSI’s songs of 2016!

This album also provides a home for the much beloved single “Maybe I’m Not Meant to Do Anything Remarkable After All”, which was treated to a year-long multi-video project by local filmmaker Jason Mazzotta.

The other 7 songs on the record roller-coaster between stark piano ballads, poppy synthesizer pieces, and personal acoustic guitar driven numbers. There is no filler here.

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released November 25, 2016

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Henning Ohlenbusch Northampton, Massachusetts

Songwriter and producer also found in the bands Gentle Hen, The Fawns, and Polaris.

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Track Name: Untied States
Lacing up our shoes on a bench in the sun
I’m putting on my belt in front of everyone
Bright blue screens are shouting from the rafters at the crowds
“Do you have your boarding pass?” I ask, while thinking of the clouds
But the news is too loud.

We let the crazy people steal the conversation pit
There’s money to be made from a nation that’s been split
But we’re all in this together, facing forward in our chairs
Thinking only of mortality while hanging in the air.

Up in the bright blue sky, we were sleeping
Shoulder to shoulder, knee to knee
Questioning the schedules we’ve been keeping
Row 23, who can it be, it’s you and me

You’re dozing in the window seat but I can see out if I lean
Being careful of your coffee cup, you added too much cream
Distorted in the travel we’re going faster than it seems
Below us grids of farmland stretch as far as I can see
Through the clouds, like a dream.

Up in the bright blue sky, we were sleeping
Shoulder to shoulder, knee to knee
Questioning the schedules we’ve been keeping
Row 23, who can it be, it’s you and me

Returning to the planet all the lines become streets
A country full of traffic jams but no one ever meets
And we are just the same although we’re in a different place
Believing that we’re grounded while we’re spinning ‘round in space.

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