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Music and lyrics by Joy Gregory. Produced by Steve Zimmers and Rick Karr for Box Set Authentic. Basic tracks engineered by Jeff Boyd.


The first time I saw you fly through a water-colored sky there was nothing but my breathing in the night. Then the traffic faded in; it was just a place I’d been, like when people say, yeah, once I was in China. Floating by the Summer Palace. Kites on Tiananmen Square. I got it down, I got it captive: There goes that bird again. There goes that bird again. And I’ve seen how wing meets side, so I’ve got it quantified: mass of body and velocity of glide. But tonight your heavy sighs and sad gorilla eyes seem to say we’ll never get it off the ground. What’s that sound? Almost snared us in the steeple, shaking throttle in my hand. Look at all the tiny people! And all I’m thinking is: When are we gonna have to land? See, I still can’t let it go, and you still don’t even know. You just raise your oval hands and take flight. And there’s nothing but my breathing in the night.


from Peace in the Middle West, released October 1, 2011
Guy Crundwell: bass;
Joy Gregory: vocal, guitar;
Rick Karr: guitar;
Mike Sankowski: drums, guitar




Box Set Authentic Brooklyn, New York

Box Set Authentic is a loose-knit group of eight friends and longtime musical collaborators who really like one another’s songs. Most of us played in and around Chicago in the bands Shovel Choir, Tart, and the Velmas. We've recorded in Chicago, the Bay Area, and New York and played live in LA, NYC and Portland. ... more

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