Ponder is the musical voice of actor/songwriter Amos Glick. A veteran San Francisco, Bay Area performer, (SF Mime Troupe, Pickle Family Circus , BATS Improv, etc.) Glick currently performs as a clown in Le Rêve, the acclaimed circus/water spectacle at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Though this is Ponder's debut CD, A Little Bit Sane contains an eclectic collection of tunes written over a 25 year period. The songs span a variety of styles (Pop/Reggae, Rock, Folk & Americana) and represent the musings of a Bay Area seeker trying to make sense of our fragile existence.
Glick's thoughtful, witty lyrics are supported by memorable melodies that, while clearly influenced by the likes of John Prine, Phish, The Band & The Grateful Dead, make an undeniably original statement. This is due, in large part, to Glick's unadorned vocal style, lending the songs an "everyman," quality: a heartfelt honesty rare in pop music today.
The CD opens with Sweet Confused, a lilting, reggae-infused groove that honors the inherent confusion of being human, whimsically proposing that, "maybe we should stop trying so hard to figure it out." Got To Be A Way and Minstrel Caravan (yes, it is spelled wrong on the CD cover) are direct homages to the Grateful Dead; the former in terms of melody and feel, the latter paying tribute to the unique counter culture spawned by the iconic band. Homegrown is a lively drinking song for potheads, an "instant classic" novelty song in the tradition of The Toy's "Smoke Two Joints." The remaining tunes, Our Kisses Are Waltzes (an achingly sweet and intimate acoustic waltz,) Overrated (an "inadequate" rock-ballad,) Old Country (Jewish-gospel identity crisis) & Epilogue (akin to an acoustic, instrumental after-dinner mint) round out the CD with a satisfying mix of folk, pop and rock.
Co-produced by critically acclaimed songwriter Ira Marlowe, A Little Bit Sane features an all Bay Area band comprised of Marlowe, Joshua Raoul Brody (Clubfoot Orchestra,Tango No. 9, The Residents, Tom Waits, etc.) Charity Kahn (known for her children's music: Charity & The JAMband,) fellow Mime Troupers Velina Brown and Lisa Hori-Garcia and others.
For the recording A Little Bit Sane Ponder is:
Amos Glick - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, resonating guitar
Ira Marlowe - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals, percussion
Hud Bixler - drums, tamborine
Charity Kahn - piano, organ, flute, backing vocals
Joshua Raoul Brody - piano, organ, accordion
Charlie Crocker - bass
Velina Brown - backing vocals, featured backing vocal
Christopher Gray - backing vocals
Lisa Hori-Garcia - backing vocals
Jonathan Taylor - djembe, slit drum
MORE ABOUT AMOS GLICK
Musically, Glick cut his teeth playing in folk-rock and cover bands at The Cambridge School of Weston and then Earlham College. After moving to the Bay Area in 1990 he started A Rare Thing with Doron Amiran; a folk/funk party band which was a staple on the small club circuit, headlining venues like The Starry Plough and The Blue Lamp until the band dissolved in 1995. After a brief stint as a rhythm guitarist for the seminal, Dead-esque Buffalo Roam, he started Spazm with High School chum Peter D'elia, which in 2003, evolved into The Bastard Brothers: a comedic bluegrass band in which Glick primarily played mandolin. After busking and playing variety shows in Europe and eventually playing the San Francisco Bluegrass And Old-Time Music Festival, The Bastards hung up their axes in 2006. He was also an original member of the celebrated "family music" group Charity and the JAMband in which he played acoustic and electric guitars and mandolin.
In 2007, Glick landed a job as a clown in the cirucs/water spectacle Le Reve at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas where he stayed nine years and performed in Le Reve 3551 times! While in Vegas he played with many talented folks for fun (Emily Istre, Bazuka Joe, Ben Hale, Nathalie Gauvin, Jean Ainsley and Tyler Williams to name a few) and eventually helped to form the band Koocheekoo.
In 2016, after his short film A Man Wakes Up enjoyed great success on the festival circuit, he moved to Burbank to pursue acting, writing and filmmaking.
For more information on his acting career, go to www.AmosGlick.com