College Scholarship Blues

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COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP BLUES: This song was perfect the first night we played it – just as it is, it was and always will be. Simple stuff but one of my favorites. It’s a song about that moment when you realize you need to get the hell out of wherever it is you are… “I just don’t belong here anymore”. Each verse is a different story about someone dropping out of college… verse 1 and 2 is a a kid at school in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship. Verse 3 is a track/running scholarship to West Virginia. Verse 4 is a school in Pennsylvania (my story). Home is good ol’ NJ of course. I especially enjoyed playing the piano on this, Rob Martin marked his drum stick on the spot where he got the perfect rim shot hit. John capoed up to play the rhythm guitar and Ron took many takes to nail that high harmony… but he got it. We rarely play this one live though I have a great memory of playing this in Richmond, VA while a couple waltzed in front of us (I remember the girl had a red dress and the guy a white dress shirt). – Mick

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from Three Nights (2010), released May 1, 2010

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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

Formed in 2005 in Pine Hill, NJ The Successful Failures are Mick Chorba (guitar, vocals), Ron Bechamps (bass, mandolin, vocals), Rob Martin (drums), and Pete Smith (guitar). Eight full length albums under their collective belts and the band is still difficult to pigeon-hole. Call them indie-rock, power-pop, roots, or Americana, or better yet: no-nonsense rock 'n' roll. ... more

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