The Echo Is All That Remains

by Dann Morr

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"Winter in Chicago can be brutal and I had planned to spend the beginning of 2015 hibernating," Dann says. "No sooner had I decided that, when I received invitations to perform on one of my favorite radio stations, host a series of shows at one of my favorite clubs, and open for one of my favorite songwriters. It turned out to be a much better way to spend those cold nights that sitting on the couch, binge watching TV shows."

Friends and fans gathered on those cold nights to listen as Dann and his revolving lineup of musical guests worked their way through his catalog of music while also paying homage to some of his favorite artists. Each night a different line up. Each night a different theme. From pop and rock to folk and soul. Unplugged and intimate to loud and raucous .

"The Echo Is All That Remains" is just a slice of the music performed during that Chiberian Winter. The 10-track album was recorded in Chicago at The Hideout, Martyrs’, and live on the air at WBEZ. It features songs from Dann's 2014 album "Shouting Into the Wind" plus his previous projects Wells-next-the-Sea, Analog Radio, and Tom Daily. As he did on "Shouting", "The Echo" continues a musical exploration of where Dann comes from and where he is going.

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released October 16, 2015

produced by Brian Royer & Dann Morr
compiled and mastered at Squirrel Trap Studio, Chicago, IL
all songs except 9 published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)

art direction by Sara Millsap
cover photo by Roman Sobus

Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9
Dann Morr - acoustic guitar and vocals
Kristina Priceman - violin

recorded at Martyrs’
on Feb 12, 2015
Ted Dunham - sound engineer

Tracks 2, 7 & 10
Dann Morr - lead vocals and bass
Lee Ketch - lead guitar
Chuck King - rhythm guitar
Mike Medina - drums
Tom Slater - backing vocals and keyboard

recorded at WBEZ’s Jim and Kay Mable Performance Studio
on Jan 6, 2015
Charles Upshaw - board operator
Adam Yoffe - producer

Tracks 3, 4 & 8
Dann Morr - lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Larry Beers - drums
Chuck King - bass
Johnny Million - backing vocals and lead guitar
Tom Slater - backing vocals and keyboards

recorded at The Hideout
on Jan 13 & 27, 2015
Ryan Hembrey - sound engineer

Track 11
Dann Morr - lead vocals and bass
Chuck King - rhythm guitar
Mike Medina - drums
Bill Pekara - lead guitar
Tom Slater - backing vocals and keyboard

recorded at The Hideout
on Jan 6, 2015
Ryan Hembrey - sound engineer

Thanks to The Hideout, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, The Morning Shift, Martyrs’, Seth Dodson, Tony Sarabia, Jason Marck, Bruce Krippner, Jamie Jay, The Dashing Bastard Sideshow, The Tina, The Gear, Arts & Letters, Mooner, Hannah Frank, Zapruder Point, Kevin Lee & The Kings, Dan Navarro, Starshaped Press, Tom Daily, friends, family, & fans for making the Winter 2015 shows happen!

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Dann Morr Chicago, Illinois

Dann Morr is a Chicago-based songwriter and musician. Since the 1990s he has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist for his own bands as well as bassist and backing vocalist for a number of other Windy City artists.

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Track Name: My Last Cash
There's a lesson I learned I have to learn again
You'll tell me it's all okay, but then
I look in your eyes and know that's not so.

Affection comes back with a jolt and a flash
I'll tell you it doesn't fade, and well, that's
All you get from me, at least without a drink.

I always spent my love like my last cash.
I couldn't tell you how it all went so fast.

I should have taken time to ask you how you were.
Or maybe you told me, I can't be sure.
You can have me now, for all that it's worth

I always spent my love like my last cash.
I couldn't tell you how it all went so fast.
All I want is to kill some time with you now.
All I want is to kill some time with you now

written by Dann Morr & Jaime Vazquez
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: I Remember You
I held my breath as the train pulled in the station.
How strange to be back home.
This is the first time you won't be waiting
on the platform when I arrive
For the whole ride I thought I reconciled
my feelings now that you're gone
But as I stand here
on my own with bag in hand
I only feel deprived.

I close my eyes,
keep the earth beneath my feet
The warmth of the sun
takes the chill out of the breeze
For a moment everything at peace
And I remember you.

This is the same path
we used to take together on autumn days
We'd walk in silence
no need for conversation, lost in our minds
I like to think that if I walk this path alone
I will feel you near
I'll pretend
you only wandered out of sight
or you're close behind.

I close my eyes,
keep the earth beneath my feet
The warmth of the sun
takes the chill out of the breeze
For a moment everything at peace
And I remember you.

I remember you my friend
I remember you
I remember you my friend
I remember you

written by Dann Morr
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Ghost of Your Voice
The ghost of your voice rings but it's hollow
the echo is all that remains.
It floats on the air I barely can follow
quietly quickly it fades

I stumble and fall as I call thru the valley
I'm closer while chasing your name

The pillar of doubt casts a long shadow.
Which one of us lost their way?
The sun starts to wane. Will you be here tomorrow?
There's little light left in the day.

I stumble and fall as I call thru the valley
I'm closer while chasing your name
The farther I travel the more of a gamble
I make our direction's the same.

The ghost of your voice rings but it's hollow
the echo is all that remains.

written by Dann Morr
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: Keep In Front of the Storm
It's a sixteen hour drive back East and we start before day break
I take the first shift since I know I'll be awake
and the darkness melts away before we hit Mile Marker 1
in front me all I see are the foothills and the sun

And it will be your turn to drive once we cross the Great Divide
for now you're fast asleep on the passenger side
Dark clouds gathering behind I won't pay them any mind
We'll keep in front of the storm and and we'll make it home alive

every mile thru the mountains brings more beauty than I've known
I should share with you but I prefer to see it on my own
with Painful on the stereo since I got behind the wheel
I sing with Georgia one more time "Do you know how I feel?"

And it will be your turn to drive once we cross the Great Divide
for now you're fast asleep on the passenger side
Dark clouds gathering behind I won't pay them any mind
We'll keep moving east and I know we'll be fine
We'll keep in front of the storm as we've done since before dawn
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long
There will be nothing but clear skies before too long

written by Dann Morr
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: I Need Someplace to Fall
written by Dann Morr & Philip Robbins
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Right Way
You write novels in the second person
And can't think of anything worse than being told what to do
You don't like it when I am forthcoming
And there ain't no bigger drag than to get stuck next to you.

You talk love but say you've never been in it
And no matter the subject you know your beliefs to be true
Your leather cuff doesn't make you tough
You just try too hard for someone with nothing to prove

So you say
There's only so much I can take
I cant let this go another day
I'll think it over but I think it's the right way

You own the rights to a new kind of sadness
And if anyone takes up your hobby you tell them you're thru
You live by a code that's unspoken
And someday you'll reap that reward that's so long overdue.

So you say
There's only so much I can take
I can’t let this go another day
I'll think it over but I think it's time I
Had my say
There is no more I can take
I won’t let this go another day
Now think it over ‘cause I think it's the right way

written by Dann Morr & Jaime Vazquez
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: Read the Manual
written by Dann Morr
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)
Track Name: Typesetting Jets
written by Tom Counihan
Track Name: How Far I've Run
I have a notecard in my pocket to tell me what day it is
I keep my journal close at hand
I use it to record the little things that add up to a life
I hope you understand

I check my notes
Put your face with a name
Remind myself this is New York not LA

I know it's not an easy task confabulations cloud my mind
Yet you stay by my side
It's a waste of time to compare self to what I used to be
Fill in all the lost time

I check my notes
Put your face with a name
Remind myself this is New York not LA

I used to fear there'd come a day I'd turn around and be 80
Missing years of my life
Now I have one request of you and it would mean the world to me
If we could cross that finish line

So don't tell me how far I've run
Don't tell me how far I've run

written by Dann Morr
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)