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The four men were lowered down the shaft, carrying nothing but a pickaxe and a menagerie of instruments. We stood at the lip of the mine and waved until we could see them no more. The glint of the saxophone kept our eye the longest but it too eventually went black.

For seventy-two hours we heard their wails. We heard pianos thunder beneath the steady drizzle of dirt, guitar riffs that cut through the earth’s crust. We put our ears to the ground to listen to far-off vocals echo around the auditorium of empty ore.

After three days of rumbling, there was quiet. We thought they had died. After all, the four men — James Dean, Peter, Matthew, Baird — had little experience underground.

But before we could construct the amount of stretchers needed to retrieve the bodies, we heard something even more remarkable than their music: we heard their footsteps. They emerged into the hard light of morning, looking swollen and angry and hurt. Tired certainly, bloody in places, sporting blisters where blisters had no reason to be. Yet they clutched a nugget of gold so large and so shiny that we knew their toil — the countless axe swings and the dynamite and the years shaved off their lives from breathing that toxic air — had been worth it.

That piece of gold is this album: Many Splendored Things.

Over hot water, covered in blankets, the Playboys told us what they had done down there, how they had been visited by the ghosts of old friends — Levi, Sean, Laura, Ken, Carol, Brad and Dave, even poor Thomas Paul — as they prospected the depths beneath our feet.

We said we believed them. We all knew what they had been through.

Later, after the gold had been pressed into vinyl, we went down the hole with our miner’s hats and our kerosene lamps. How had they done it, without food or water or natural light? In the circle emanating from our lanterns we saw their scrawls; first just scratches and dents, but then notes and a staff and eventually horses, running horses, then women, naked women, then great scenes of gambling and commerce, Breugel-inspired aerial works — even sculpture, decadent fountains and baths carved from the cave.

This album has been extracted from a hard place. This band — the Eastern Oregon Playboys — hit a deep and fruitful vein that we all knew was there but didn’t have the heart to dig at.

Put this on the record player. Listen to the sounds deep inside.

-Tim Trainor
Gentleman, Journalist

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released September 12, 2014

Produced by Sean Ogilvie & James Dean Kindle
Mixed by Levi Cecil
Recorded by Sean & Levi at The Great Pacific, Wooden Fences, and Levi's house
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion Studios
Studio photography by E.J. Harris
Cover photograph, design & layout by P.R. Walters

James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys are

J.D. Kindle, Brian Baird, Matt Van Sickle, & Peter Walters

All songs written by James Dean Kindle (Blue Mountains Music) ©2014 unless noted.

Dedicated to the memory of Dick Jones

Thanks to Ken Schulberg, Carol Hanks and the entire Great Pacific crew, Alice & Gordon Hepburn, Bev & Dan Kinsley, Ric & Pat Walters, the entire Kindle/Thompson family, Rian Beach,
The Jazz Club, Kris Doty, Rob Oberdorfer, Cody Nash, Will, Christina and Tater.

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Straddling the state of Oregon from Pendleton to Portland, James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys use-up most of their remaining characters just typing their band name.

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Track Name: The Other Way
My blues appear
When you draw near
Off of your lips
Love words I hear
How can I believe
Anything you say
You've got me hooked I'll always look
The other way

Many splendored things
Are all the pangs
Inside my heart
That your love brings
But I hold out
Hoping you might change
So I proceed to turn my cheek
The other way

I'll ride the highs
And bear the lows
I've dimmed the lights
In my heart’s glow

Each move you make
Just brings me pain
I'll take your blows since I don't know
Any other way
Track Name: I'll Be Around
Time after time you've said
That you won't see me again
If that's the way you want it then that's fine
Though it hurts to see you go
I just want you to know
I'll be around if you ever change your mind

One by one the tear drops fall
Their collection's on the wall
But I'm not necessarily resigned
To the fact you've gone astray
I'll tell you just in case
I'll be around if you ever change your mind

I'll be around right here where you left me long ago
In the exact same state I've always been confined
Though I'm no longer in demand
I want you to understand
I'll be around if you ever change your mind

I'll be around right here where you left me long ago
And you know precisely what you're going to find
A love sick fool like me
Waiting for you patiently
I'll be around if you ever change your mind
I'll be around if you ever change your mind
Track Name: Taken By You
We're bound by this plan, the ropes on the hands
And plans, they rearrange
I'm hanging off your double cross
We really need this change

I'm so taken by you
And you'll be taken by me
There's no telling who's
To be believed
We think we know the why's
But did we think it through?
You'll be taken by me
I'm so taken by you

There's nothing to fear, I need you near
It's clear to see you've an itch to flee
It's just our luck how we've been stuck
This kid's so rich, why aren't we?

I'm so taken by you
And you'll be taken by me
Where're we going to?
Our house amongst the trees
We think we know the why's
But did we think it through?
You'll be taken by me
I'm so taken by you

It's a simple scheme if we work as a team
It's after dark and I can hardly see
If we keep it together, it'll all be better
No one gets hurt but me

I'm so taken by you
And you'll be taken by me
Where're we going to?
Our house amongst the trees
We think we know the why's
But did we think it through?
You'll be taken by me
I'm so taken by you
Track Name: This Hotel Room
Sometimes I start to feel the pull
From the ghosts of our love
That haunt me not unlike a welcome guest
We know that it's impossible
To be hand in hand in glove
But we just can't lay some spirits to rest

Though we've both had to confront
Our hearts are tied and bound
We have found a way to cheat our fates
'Cause come once every few months
You'll know where we'll be found
Beneath those neon lights on Interstate

At least we'll always have this hotel room
Where you and I can lie down for a while
If only for a night, just like we used to do
And then we go back to our usual lives

If these sheets could only speak
The secrets they would tell
How each discrete meeting fills me with pain
It leaves my heart completely weak
To know tonight could be the final time
I ever see your face again

At least we'll always have this hotel room
Where you and I can lie down for a while
If only for a night, just like we used to do
And then we go back to our usual lives

At least we'll always have this hotel room
Where we can lie to ourselves for a while
If only for a night, just like we used to do
And then we go back to our usual lives
Track Name: In Your Mind
In your mind everything is perfect
Perfect as you'd want it all to be
In you mind everything is perfect
Living in your altered memories

You don't have to take responsibility
Or accept blame for the wrongs you've done
Troubles aren't the product of your making
And yet they seem to pile on one by one

In your mind everything is perfect
Perfect as you'd want it all to be
In you mind everything is perfect
Living in your altered memories

None of your former friends has ever left you
Except when your borderline's trespassed
Blazing trails of regretted lovers
Because none of them ever passed your test

In your mind everything is perfect
Perfect as you'd want it all to be
In you mind everything is perfect
Living in your altered memories

Flights of fancy hang on the horizon
Falsehoods ring out loud and true
You deserve everything you desire
And deserve everything coming to you

In your mind everything is perfect
Perfect as you'd want it all to be
In you mind everything is perfect
Living in your altered memories
Track Name: Let's Pretend We're Strangers
Wouldn't it be such a thrill if the two of us wrote
Staged and scripted a quote - chance meeting - unquote
A simulated encounter on this soap opera set
Let's pretend we're strangers darling like we never met

Let's pretend we're strangers in a crowded house party
I'll watch you work the room just to take a part of me
From our ice cold shaking hands nobody would suspect
We're pretending that we're strangers like we never met

You don't know how I look forward 
to the games we'll play
When we're in the maddening crowd in the 
harsh light of day
My heart is yearning for you 
but I just can't show it yet
Let's pretend we're strangers darling like we never met

Let's pretend we're strangers when we go out in public
And feign the faintest glimpse of each other 
would make us sick
I know that you are old enough to keep a secret
Let's pretend we're strangers darling like we never met

Let's pretend we're strangers 
when we go out on the town
There'll be no trace of the histories 
that lie between us now
Forever I will hold these cards up close to my chest
Let's pretend we're strangers darling like we never met
Track Name: I Only Hit Her Once
Can you see just how she's made up
A portrait of style and grace
Standing there in eyeliner and rouge
But no matter how much make up
She applies to her face
It will never fully conceal the bruise

Of when I lay my hands on her
To touch her burns like fire
The flames of which she stands to bear the brunt
And you know how I am sorry
And it won't happen again
But I swear that I only hit her once

It's so hard to learn the lesson
You hurt the ones that love you
Sometimes I think she'll never learn
She threatens her affections
Can always be removed
But no matter what I know she will return
To step back into the ring
Where the kid gloves I'm removing
You know it wouldn't make any difference
In the way I feel about her
Or the way she feels about me
But I swear that I only hit her once

I'm a man and I'll own up to
Actions that I can't undo
Don't you know my poor pride has paid the price
And you know how I am sorry
And it won't happen again
But I swear that I only hit her twice
I mean I swear that I only hit her once
Track Name: Brian Cells
Brain cells, killing brain cells
With every substance I consume
Brain cells, killing brain cells
To erase these memories of you

Don't try to tell me how it's over
You know exactly what I'll do
Tonight I can't stand to be sober
Believe when I say it's true

Brain cells, killing brain cells
As I'm sucking down these fumes
Brain cells, killing brain cells
To erase these memories of you

You told me time and time and time again
Not to go down that road
But tonight I think I'll do it
'Cause it's the only way I know

Brain cells, killing brain cells
'Cause it's the only way I know to cope
Brain cells, killing brain cells
'Cause it's the only thing that gives me hope

Brain cells, killing brain cells
With every substance I consume
Brain cells, killing brain cells
To erase these memories of you
Track Name: Last Blue Yodel
You always asked for me to write a dedicated tune
This is my last blue yodel to you
All it took was for us to part for this song to come to
This is my last blue yodel to you

A thousand times I've cried your name 
in the middle of the night
Without the decency of your reply

I thought that I was over you 
but then I thought too soon
This is my last blue yodel to you

My desperate wish is that you catch 
this lingering melody
That carries itself on the evening breeze

All I want is to forget but hell what can I do?
This is my last blue yodel to you
This is my last blue yodel to you
Yodel lee hee hey, yodel lee hee hey,  yodel lee hee