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Track List, Description, & Lyrics

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  High School My School
  Bill Pere  with the LUNCH Ensemble

Qty :
$7.95

Track List

1. High School, My School (Life 101) (4:11)
THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL TRILOGY:
2. Shadow Lad (3:17)
3. Most Likely to Succeed (The Yearbook) (3:58)
4. Pebble (7:54)
lead vocal: Kay Pere

5. All I Need Is a Friend (5:19)
6. Bein' Cool (It Ain't So Hot) (5:35)
7. Teacher (Do I Matter Much at All?) (5:20)

THE FRIDAY NIGHT TRILOGY:
8. Jack T. Tation (3:28)
9. Friday Night (Reflection) (5:17)
     lead vocal: Chris Kaufmann and Shauna Beth Mandelburg
10. Past The Pane (3:30)
lead vocal: Shauna Beth Mandelburg
11. Revelation (Philosophy 101) (5:07)
12. Taunted (3:43)
13. Songs, Flowers, You and I (4:00)
lead vocal: Shauna Beth Mandelburg
14. Teach Me How to Fly (3:54) 
lead vocal: Shauna Beth Mandelburg
15. Kram It! (Overload) (4:09)
16. Shine On (Graduation) (3:02)
17. Four Years Out of Forty (Reunion) (4:12)

(Bill Pere, Kay Pere, Kathryn Prokow, Ben Freiert, Melody Pere, Sarah Simoncini,
 Chris Kaufmann, Shauna Beth Mandelburg)

Lyrics:  Click Here!

Listen:  Click Here!

Description:

HIGH SCHOOL MY SCHOOL --

Long before "High School the Musical", there was Bill Pere's "High School, My School", a poignant portrait of life in today's American high schools.
These are real stories of real kids,  inspired by events at Columbine and Virginia Tech, and so many other schools across the U.S.

written and recorded by Bill Pere, with the LUNCH Ensemble

"I'm amazed at how accurately this really captures what goes on in the classrooms and corridors of today's schools" -- 11th grade student, Groton CT

"I admire greatly what you have done. I see this as a powerful suicide prevention resource"  --  Michael Whitman, Executive Producer, "Before Their Time"

When was the last time a song really made you think?

BILL PERE is an award winning songwriter, performer and recording artist, known for lyrics that tell unforgettable tales of ordinary people who weave the tapestry of human experience. Bill's songs can stand alone as a musical experience, but there is always the important and subtle underlying message of social conscience that makes them touch you even more deeply.

In High School My School, Bill's 10th release, 17 songs weave together to paint a hauntingly accurate picture of today's life in the halls and classrooms of America's schools. In 1 hour and 16 minutes, the feelings and events of the teen years are portrayed with musical power that complements Bill's lyrical artistry and his vocal delivery. His guitar versatility is well represented by a variety of acoustic, electric, and Midi styles, backed by full band accompaniment. The vocal backing of the LUNCH Ensemble and the guest lead vocals by Kay Pere (who also wrote "Pebble"), Shauna Beth Mandleburg, and Chris Kauffmann add variety to the presentations, while Bill's arrangements bind them together with consistency. Overall, a musical experience that will touch you and leave a lasting impression. 

17 Tracks, 76 minutes, LYRIC SHEET INCLUDED!

"High School My School" is Bill's best album since his "Crest of a Wave" caused a sensation when it was first released in 1991. The three songs that make up "The American High School Trilogy", which includes Kay Pere's "Pebble", alone are worth the price. It is a rare portrait of teenagers looking down many paths trying to find meaning in their lives.

Proceeds from the sale of this CD (and all of Bill's CD's) go to help Hunger Relief and family service agencies, through Local United Network to Combat Hunger (LUNCH).

If you like lyrically rich songs that have meaning and emotion:

High School My School is part of Bill's AMERICANA series of CD's, which also includes "Crest of a Wave" (maritime setting), "Cityscape" (urban setting), "Rural Mural" (rural setting) and "College Collage" (college setting).

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BILL PERE - background highlights

A national IMC Indie Artist of the Year

• Official Connecticut State Troubadour appointed 1995 by CT Commission on the Arts

• President and Executive Director, Connecticut Songwriters Association

• Founder and Executive Director, LUNCH (Local United Network to Combat Hunger) raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for hunger relief programs in Connecticut through benefit concerts

Multiple songs in the Top Ten for more than 100 consecutive weeks, across various charts on several Internet radio stations

• 15 CD's of original songs recorded and released

• 25 original theater plays produced

• Producer of the Harry Chapin Legacy Concert series

• International appearances and performances with the Steve Chapin Band

Official judge and critiquer for national and international songwriting and performance competitions

• Citation by the Connecticut State Legislature for Community Service through Music

• Founder, Connecticut Songwriting and Performance Conference

• Director, Connecticut Songwriting Academy

• 1997 Citizen of the Year Award from Mystic Chamber of Commerce

• 1995 Community Service Award from International Artists Cooperative

• Five-time recipient of the CSA Award for Outstanding Community Outreach through Music"

• Author, "Songcrafters Coloring Book -- Songwriting Techniques that Get Results"

• Song "The Wish" selected for inclusion on compilation CD produced by Rhode Island-based Artists Against Hunger

• Editor, Connecticut Songsmith

Member Connecticut Music Educators Association

• Internationally published articles in numerous music industry publications including "Songwriters Market"

• 1981 and 1991 Connecticut Songwriter of the Year

• Two-time recipient, CSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education through Music

• First recipient of the CSA Renaissance Award for multiple music achievements, presented by Pete Seeger, 1995

• Presenter of award-winning Music Technology programs for teachers and students

 

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