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I wrote the music and lyrics for VEGAS in less than ten minutes one day after catching the cover of the namesake Crystal Method CD out of the corner of my eye. The song narrates the gamble of love in an odd meter as Ann Klein drives the throbbing rhythm on her Telecaster, and James Maddock wrests out a muscular solo that points the listeners to the song's careening finish.


Baby have you been to Vegas
I keep hearing that it's grand
Tell me what you think
it looks like
And I'll draw us up a map
I will give you everything, babe
That I have left in the bank
Let's go, let’s go to Vegas
Get our tires stuck in the sand

Driving at a mile a minute
I will crash and you will burn
Where the winding asphalt banks
And the warning signs are stern
We make a blind-eye beeline
To our next hairpin turn
Gotta get ourselves to Vegas
Burn, baby, burn

We can stand in front of Elvis
And dress up all in white
We can make a drunken promise
And swagger at the sight
Of spun roulettes
and misplaced bets
Made in the middle of the night
When we’re starry-eyed in Vegas
Everything will be all right

When the lights go out in Vegas
And the desert sands grow cold
We will rub our eyes and wonder
Where is all the gold
When the charm won’t last forever
We’ll convince ourselves it can
It’ll leak like gas
Out the back
Of our stolen black sedan


from Sailor's Daughter, released July 1, 2007



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Celia Chavez California

The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has spent the past several years traveling the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias.
As a solo artist, Celia makes records in the tradition of 1970's Laurel Canyon; real musicians making real music.
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