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Kenny 03:21
Genevieve 04:20
I see stars in your eyes I see stars So tell me do you see the stars in your eyes?
Carma 05:37
Ithaca 05:40
I live in Ithaca, that's where I call home Once I find a place to park my car I'll never walk alone. I live in Ithaca, that's where I belong There are lots of quirky citizens to help me sing my song. It doesn't matter what the poets say - the skies are gray, not blue. It only makes the landscape more beautiful. Some people say it's always overcast, but that's just not quite true. It's sunny every other Tuesday one o'clock to two. Deep with snow the hill next to my house shines bright with sun's good rays. Driving up in winter time can make me crazy. We'll eat a ton of avocados to get us through cold days. Sing a song of Ithaca and pray for more enlightened days. I live in Ithaca, that's where I buy flowers With a charming local currency called Ithaca HOURS. I live in Ithaca, that's where I will stay There are groups performing Shakespeare almost every summer day. It's where the corner store sells tofu khan and dried adzuki beans (If you want more choices, go to Greenstar) And the first Monday of the month the Vegetarian Supper Club convenes; The entire population knows what "vegan" means. So let's all don our Angelheart and dine at a cafe - We could eat at Juna's or at ABC - We'll take a stroll down to the Ithaca Fest and watch the parade. Will we be in time to see the Volvo ballet? (The Birkenstock Brigade - The Chainsaw Band, The Daughters of Sweden, The International Association of Leisurely Persons and Cayuga Lake)
Janice 03:26
Jane 03:24
Cole 00:25
William 05:20
Stefan 05:16
Cameron 05:31
Maya 06:31
Wylatt 04:40
Elizabeth 05:59


The original Water Bear quartet members with their inaugural debut professionally pressed CD. The Name Music pieces heard here come alive with the improvisational arrangements created on the fly for most of the pieces. Their method: choose as you will from the written out elements of melody, harmony, and chords, or solo over the chord structure, just stick with your choice for at least 8 bars to see what develops. Usually only the starting idea might be selected -- as in "let's all start pizzicato!" as on Cameron.
We recorded all in the same room generally, but with separate microphones on each instrument. We did overdub the vocals for the most part! But otherwise the pieces emerged from multiple takes, where we could select the most striking rendition to present. Enjoy!


released January 1, 2002

Hank Roberts, cello, lead vocals on Ithaca and Genevieve
Mer Boel, violin (stereo right), lead vocals on Genevieve and backup vocals on Ithaca, vocal duet with herself soloing on Elizabeth
Ruth Roland, violin (stereo left), backup vocal on Genevieve and Ithaca.
Tim Reppert, bass, backup vocal on Genevieve and Ithaca.

Special guest: Joe Frisino, guitar on Maya

Compositions by Mer Boel /MerBear Adventures, ASCAP: Kenny, Genevieve, Ithaca, Jane, Stefan, Cameron, Maya, and Elizabeth

Compositions by Ruth Roland: Janice; by Ruth Roland and Hank Roberts, Carma.

Compositions by Hank Roberts, Toad Blink Music BMI: William and Wylatt.

Lyrics for Genevieve written by Mer Boel; for Ithaca by Ruth Roland and Hank Roberts

Recording engineers: Sim Redmond, Crow, Nate Richardson
Mixed and mastered by Tim Reppert, REP Studio

Watercolors by Alice Pantaleoni; Bear by Danette Matteo
Graphic design by Pat Burke
Produced by Mer Boel and Tim Reppert
Executive Producer: Bear Boel
Copyright ©℗ 2002 MerBear Adventures ASCAP, all rights reserved


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Water Bear Music Ithaca, New York

Water Bear emerged to soothe and engage the weary souls of upstate NY around the turn of the century.

Currently involved in solo projects, the musicians of Water Bear occasionally meet up to create anew. One way or another, the music lives on!
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