I Am an Unknown Artist

by Diane Marie Kloba

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I AM AN UNKNOWN ARTIST is the fourth and latest full-length solo release from Chicago-area avant-pop recording artist Diane Marie Kloba.

Its musical foundation is built of Kloba’s own guitars, vocals and acoustic percussion with occasional contributions from a small group of collaborators. The voices on I Am an Unknown Artist are always emotive, ranging from lullaby-sweet (“To Live Up to It”) through urgent hollering (“Diane Has Words”) to haunted (“It Rained”).

Kloba’s lyrics grow from self-reflection tempered with a dose of humor and of wordplay. The album opens with a love song (“To Live Up To It”) but thoughts soon turn to the nature of creativity, motivation, persistence and the passage of time. The hypnotic “That’s How It Goes” finds the singer stargazing and draws parallels between light pollution obscuring the night sky and human isolation. A wry raggedness shows up on “It Was Me”, a lumbering and clamorous reworking of the “it’s not you—it’s me” cliché. Surf guitar and spy music themes are reduced to their bare essentials on the rocker “No Standing Still”, telling of a soul on the mend pushing forward.

There are some departures from Kloba’s earlier work: There is a more intimate treatment of the vocals and an introduction of some orchestral textures. To help get this done, Kloba enlisted mix engineer Ryan Albrecht, better known in classical circles, and Grammy-winning perfectionist mastering engineer Bob Katz to add final polish.

Despite the newfound textures and polish, I Am an Unknown Artist still emphasizes the economy employed in Kloba’s prior recordings. Nothing is wasted; what is present is essential and empty space is given its due respect.

DIANE MARIE KLOBA is a Chicago native, lifelong area resident and recording artist who has released four full-length albums of her work. She has been active in music since the 1990s when she led The Silent Workers, a guitar-powered modern rock quartet who were regulars on the club and festival scene. Since then, her solo work generally resides in the space between singer-songwriter and performance art, drawing from rock, folk, jazz and punk influences, but always distilling these sources to their essences: It has the intelligence of art music without its typical pretension and the uninhibited expression of punk without its usual aggression.

Kloba’s non-musical interests include astronomy, geology, meteorology, philosophy and psychology; these subjects all illuminate her lyrical content, through the lenses of emotion, humor, metaphor and a hopeful worldview. Her frequent wordplay is reminiscent of hip-hop, but without its anger or bravado.

Diane Marie Kloba’s latest effort, I Am an Unknown Artist follows I Kid You Not (2003), Messages From the Ionosphere (2005), and For You, Stranger (2008).

Striped Shirt Records • PO Box 57 • Franklin Park, IL 60131 • www.dianemariekloba.com

credits

released 08 March 2011

All vocal, guitars, drums and percussion
performed by Diane Marie Kloba unless noted.
All bass by Ted Kloba.
All songs written by Diane Marie Kloba (BMI)
except “No Standing Still” by Diane Marie Kloba (BMI)/Theodore Kloba (BMI)
All songs performed and recorded by Diane Marie Kloba|Striped Shirt Records
Post-production and Mixing by Ryan Albrecht|Senyah Sound
Mastering by Bob Katz|Digital Domain
Executive Producer Theodore Kloba
Aide-de-camp: Fan-Cee

Diane Marie Kloba plays:
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson SG
cymbals
singing bell
gong
toms
floor toms
claves
bendir
lemon shaker
tambourine
shaman rattle
notebook edge
floor boards

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Track Name: To Live Up to It
To Live up, To Live Up To IT
he hears my breath, he touches my skinnnn
He comes home when I've waited for himmmm
if I've waited for..beautiful person deserving everything
To Live Up, To Live Up To IT
Oh you cannot CAPTURE wildness, innocence
you tamed without domesticating, THANK YOU!
I'll never run or hide away
This way I am worth more for you
earn the name and grow to recognize the signs
I adore the gentleness you create
Life is transcendent
No one has it figured out
Love makes it into all I do
To live up, To Live Up To IT
Clever and patient were the way you found your way into my distant and protected SPACE
Doing the same for you I will hold you to me and LOVE you to live up, to live up to it TO IT TO IT TO IT TO IT
Track Name: Face Forward
Time doesn't pass, it measures distance
your in a different place now
the past is running backward
face forward somehow
you are a long sought after vision
appearing at the most important moment
YOU ARE HERE
and you talk and you touch and you love
and your moments dont just pass they
DANCE FAST
Out THE WINDOWS and the doors open and
The air feels good
Dont use things the same way, you are unusual
Like an inspiration in front of me
This good attention strengthens intentions
Inspiration brings out the ARTIST
So here YOU are, MY desired situation
Making yourself apparent, calling staying
Content to be telling a story
Being heard
Loving all for what it is
Time dosent pass, it measures distance
your in a DIFFERENT PLACE NOW
The past is running backward
FACE FORWARD
You are a long sought after vision
finally making yourself known
AND YOUR LIFE DOSENT JUST PASS
IT DANCES
out the windows and the doors open and the air feels good

WE WANT THE RAIN WE NEED THE STORM
Here comes the spring, here comes the rain
it reminds me to look harder until then
They need relief I feel their grief
We need the spring
My sleepy mind is ready to awaken
Bring on the storms with that the warmth
Remind me again while I dance in the RAIN
Track Name: That's How It Goes
I used to sit on the roof at my old house and
I COULD SEE THE STARS
I Would call up my boyfriend , my bandmates
common on over at sunset
COME UP HERE ON THE ROOF!
We would lay side by side and watch the sky
Sometimes we saw what you could call peculiar
but mostly we watched for meteors
and passed around the binoculars
for zoning in on star clusters
This wasn't very long ago-visibility is getting lower
living in the city where the light blocks out the stars
some people don't get a chance to mix up
Arcturus with Antares
WHEN ITS DARK THE GROUND GLOWS
Some people never know how good it is to see the stars
THATS HOW IT GOES
I throw my hands up cos I feel stuck I cannot express
how much you are missing if you've never seen the stars with a friend It never ends
I threw a rock and it hit my neighbors floodlight
I tried to reason with him
I said I'm not missin the Opposition
and I have to find Andromeda at midnight
thats why I broke your FLOODLIGHT
I will pay for it, all right?
If it's beautiful NO ONE KNOWS
WHEN ITS DARK THE GROUND GLOWS
some people never know how good it is to see the stars
THATS HOW IT GOES
Track Name: Diane Has Words
They asked me who I was
and I wasn't really sure what they meant by that
my name, my home, my title ? or the reason why I came?
My name is Diane and I hold my guitar in my hand
LIKE A LIFE RAFT
And I have words that I'll GIVE you
WORDS< WORDS< and more WORDS
You asked my why I was here and I said
I THINK I'M HERE FOR YOU
And I have words that I'll give you
words- words- and more WORDS
I liked to play with words as soon as I could write
My guitar became the vehicle to DRIVE them with
MUSIC SAVES ME FROM DIEING
it stops my heart from breaking
MUSIC SAVED me from dieing
IT STOPPED my heart from BREAKING
I am not affected---never swayed or tempted
DRIVEN AND FOCUSED
replace the fake state, take the walk straight
know your SAFE PLACE, Face the Fate Ace,
Paint the blank slate, space the race right
make your straight face, earn your namesake
Ace the Place
Track Name: No Standing Still
NO standing still for me there's days to fill
Don't feel the chill
Need a WILL made of STEEL but still have to FEEL
Moving to the beat I find my place
I didn't trace the steps of the ones in front of me
If there's no room I'll find my way around them
Walking to the rhythm that the universe plays
Amazed the visions of the day
I remind myself I'm O.K-- OKAY
still looking at stars when I have a chance
feel like I'll find an answer there
A seeking mind a lot to learn
Laughing at the clouds, stepping in the wind
waiting out the cold, chasing the storm
planting in the SUN
THATS THE WAY IT WORKS
Track Name: Everybody Knows Me
Everybody knows me- Everybody knows me
I keep finding new things to do
Now I have another way to look at you
I keep changing my point of view
Now I have a new way to look at you
I know you THINK you know me
The strength of men inspires me
the desire to aspire to a higher place and face the truth
Treat the world like Home
Keep finding another point of view
now I have a new way to look at YOU
You don't even know me
I dont even know me Crazy guitars
Track Name: I'm Okay if I Can Play
There is music in my head, this happens all the TIME
I can hear the footsteps in the HALL
and the creak in the WALL
and the squeaking by the door from the FLOORBOARDS
I"m Okay if I can play the music in my head
mmm mm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mm mm
Words come to try to calm me and I want to be able to share it
Yes I'm sure there is someone standing in the hallway
now the door knobs turning and I'm deciding
what I can do once you come through
hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm
I don't think he's going to try to remove me ANYMORE
he moves through the CORRIDOR towards the DOOR
that leads to the room where I play with the music
that FORMS
I can't hear the world outside
The music in my HEAD
HM HM HM HM HM HM HM HM HM HMMMMMM
Track Name: I Am an Unknown Artist
I am an UNKNOWN ARTIST
A poet with a WORD SHORTAGE
A PROFIT ILLITERATE writer with a broken pencil
trying to explain a complicated situation
Maybe I'm not an artist I'm a laborer
It takes too long to get it right
months before I complete my paintings
weeks before I finish a song
I write songs for no one and so what? and so on
Here now I'll perform one just like a vagabond
I find there is no need for an audience
Sometimes I write beautiful songs
and throw them away
I do this for the ones who are so ignorant
I am an unknown artist
My expressions and words being personally symbolic
influenced by habitat, being a diplomat and all that
A poet
Sometimes I write beautiful songs
I do this for the ones
Who are not so ignorant
A poet with this short message
I am an unknown artist
Track Name: It Was Me
I wish I could've been a little better friend
Jim was at the front door with some flowers in his hand
Stan was Standing by my Stereo Surrounding me with Sound
Keith was underneath my bed
he was supposed to crawl back out the window
but he fell asleep instead
NO ONE COULD BLAME THEM
But NO ONE told them they could come HERE
Scorn dethrones the hoards of them
She is honoring the scores of men
don't suppose any of them
was happy with the way she left
She adorns the hoards with words
Abhors the drawl she falls into
It wasn't you, it wasn't you
IT WAS ME YEAH YEAH YEAH
ME YEAH YEAH YEAH
sorry
Track Name: Stand Up Tall
stand up tall-dont destroy me
your'e sinking and PULLING
Make yourself Strong
But not by Losing me
denying knowing
what it means to be conscience
Tentative Squall is not stalling now
Just reduce the fall by falling loosely
That will boost me
You scared me away
How it saddens me
I thought I was the one who understood your fun
I ROOTED FOR YOU
but you never asked me why I cried
when you went away
and kept on leaving me
Leave me again and I'll reduce the fall for you
Track Name: It Rained
What did you thing I'd write a telltale novel about you?
send it to your family for the holidays
did you think I was gonna RAT YOU OUT?
What'd you think I had information I wanted to give
and was waiting for the perfect moment?
This I know wont console you much
but I have different aspirations
you thought your game would be a way
for me to destroy you--but I employ you
I AM NOT A DESTROYER WARRIOR
AND I"M NOT SNEAKING UP THE BARRIERS
It rained so hard the other day. I thought I was sunk
It rained so hard,it rained so hard
I didn't know it was gonna rain
I didn't hear the storm or the thunder that came
didn't feel the wind, wasn't aware of the rain
or the clouds
or the sound of it all
I wasn't aware of the wind or the danger that came
it rained so hard, it rained so hard
Didn't hear the storm or the thunder that came
didn't feel the wind
wasn't aware of the rain or the clouds or
THE SOUND OF IT ALL
Didn't notice the absence of the MOON
I didn't hear the storm TO KNOW TO FEAR THE WIND
wasn't aware I was supposed to take cover
didn't have to DEAL with this as I was safe asleep
Left untouched dreaming
Dreaming of this beautiful world
When it rains like that, I cant see
Track Name: Ace the Place
the artist is not affected never swayed or tempted
Driven and focused
The artist is not protected or revered without fame
I come from humble mumbling to bring you what I wrk to find
all that matters is if it means something to you
Makes me untoucheable bull bull
Ace the place mate, put on a straight face
state your case Ace, wash your face late
keep the suitcase,ditch the place mat
Kiss my face mate kiss my face mate
I love your knapsack I mail no haz mats
Take the turnpike dont get stuck lots of luck mate
ace the place mate ace the place