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"Unique singer/songwriter artistry carries a comfortable strength in the vocal performance and lyrical interpretations. This is a rhythm pleaser with solid musical performances that draw the listener into a state of familiar country delight. Great musical arrangement and instrumentation not overwhelming the production - or the simplistic textures that work so well. What makes "Color Me Gone" attractive to the listener, whether you like country or pop, is the amount of musical warmth, words worth hearing, and the production that compliments the voice that give the music life. Promising."

Mike believes that some songs come so easy it's almost unbelievable and that's exactly the case with "Color Me Gone."  Mike was working alone in the studio one day when he heard the catch phrase "Color Me Gone" as part of a script in a movie.  The creative juices started flowing as Mike grabbed an acoustic guitar and started hammering out the lyrics to the song.

Sammy had just called the studio, telling Mike that he was on his way for that evening's recording session and Mike told him that he was busy working on a new song.  Sammy arrived about 45 minutes later and when he walked in Mike told him, "Man, I think I've just written the best song of my life."  Sammy laughed because Mike says that about every song he writes.  Mike went over the tune with Sammy and minutes later they were in the studio working on the demo.  When they were done, somewhere around three in the morning, they played the tune again and again.  "Color Me Gone" was born with a short dreamy Jimi Hendrix-style intro that ran smack dab into what sounded like a wall of dirty guitars and Mike falling in with, "Tumbleweeds, pumpjacks, windmills, train tracks, I ain't never comin' back baby."  Talk about havin' a lotta' fun but "Color Me Gone" was great and Mike and Sammy had a great time putting it together.  Sammy literally tore up the lead guitar part, which are actually triple-layered guitars in three-part electric harmony paying homage to "The Eagles."

Mike sang, "Ya painted me a picture of a life so grand.  Little white house on our own piece of land.  Ya' painted in the kids and the dog and the car.  Ya' painted in the sun and the moon and the stars.  But ya' never told me nothin' 'bout how I'd feel so alone.  Ya' never mentioned nothin' 'bout a combat zone.  When ya' get around to paintin' me . . . color me gone . . . just color me gone."

The song is really about getting out of a completely bad one-sided relationship and feeling no regret whatsoever.  It's about survival or self-preservation, knowing when it's time to leave and live for yourself for awhile.  The cool thing about it is that no one's crying in their beer on this tune.  This song makes leaving a really fun thing to do.

Lead Vocals: Mike Parrish
Background Vocals: Sammy Hundley
Acoustic Rhythm, Bass, Acoustic Lead, Electric Rhythm & Lead Guitars are all performed by; Sammy Hundley
Drums: Alan Dossett
Mixed & Mastered by Kyle W. Smith

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Mike Parrish
Mike Parrish (ASCAP)
Song of the Year Honorable Mention Winner
February 2007
Color Me Gone
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