The Seattle band, The Muttering Guppies, was voted into the final round of the Washington Emerging Musicians award for 2004. They're also being featured nationally on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered Open Mic. They offer up powerful eclectic blends of alternative rock/pop/country/and jazz--- all built around great lyrics and vocals. Singer/songwriter/guitarist James Thomas has been distilling songs for this CD over many years, and chose some of the most infectious for the CD. Thomas's road led through getting a Ph.D.and teaching college writing and lit, before he left to breathe more freely and devote himself to music. Seven years ago he joined up with friend, bassist and backup singer Robert Peterson. They were midway through work on the debut CD when they found guitarist Justin McReynolds, whose guitar atmospherics were just right to complete their sound. The Guppies rely on a variety of drummers to express their eclectic range. Recording of their second CD is under way. Look for it this spring (2005). A Lyrical Sampler: 'And you drive by with a wave of your hand/like a tourist on a bus afraid to set foot on land'-- When Angels Tire of Eternity 'There's something strange here/ready or not/the door is open, the key in the lock/ It's an adventure/ you start where you are.../ and it's so far... I'm in a cage with lots of bars/and all the people look up at the stars/ but not the kind shining in the sky/...I want to die...' Ticket 'Daddy bought me a brand new bicycle/ Daddy bought me a brand new car/ daddy bought me a word processor/ to write essays/ about the way things are..' Daddy Bought Me (aka Sorority Girl) 'Step into my world..step into my world/ I see skies are sunny/ I know bees make honey/ rich people make money/ and I look around/ I see a coin cup....on the ground' Step into My World 'Where in hell did I go wrong this time around./ I'm sittn' in the dark all alone wondering what I lost and found/ When we met you said you were a cat/ and I said I was a dog/ Turns out you're a princess that I kissed/ Yet I still remained a frog/ but I know that I'm not the only one to've not landed on my feet/ though looking at you move on it seems your heart hardly skipped a beat/ hardly skipped a beat...' Princess and the Frog.