The Over Under Single

by Sulu and Excelsior

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Right before Thanksgiving, I was telling my better half, Mrs. Sulu, about a musical and lyrical idea I had for a Sulu and Excelsior Christmas song. I wanted to play with the words "under" and "over" and I had the opening lines and a hint of a melody. But that was it. So I was doubtful I'd actually follow through with completing this song.

However, Mrs. Sulu, really dug what she heard, and unbeknownst to me, started writing away. One day in the middle of work, she texted me an entire draft of a song, starting with my opening and then going off into a whole beautiful place. After that, I forced myself to sit and hammer out some chords and the rest of the melody, and ended up building the beat and the music shortly thereafter. With some tweaks to the lyrics to fit the music, and of some quick Sulu rhymes, THE OVER UNDER was nearly complete.

The final touches came when I recorded the horns, and Excelsior crew members, DJ Mas threw on some fine cuts, and Joel "Bernard O'Reilly" a nice bass coda for the Carnaval-style ending.

Music has always been the gift that has kept on giving to me, so I'm really happy to be able to pass it on just in time for the holidays.... so have the happiest of holidays and hope this song can be a part of your merriment and, hopefully, induce some booty shaking in the process. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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released December 22, 2017

Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Steven E. Mallorca
Lyrics written by Cindy T. Mallorca and Steven E. Mallorca
Recorded and Mixed by Steven E. Mallorca
Mastered by Steve Berson, Total Sonic Media

The Players:
Sulu - Vocals, piano and trumpet
DJ Mas - Scratches
Bernard O'Reilly - Bass

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Sulu and Excelsior New York, New York

SULU AND EXCELSIOR is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist/rapper/singer Steven E. Mallorca, aka Sulu, who is also a rapper and trumpet player in the alternative hip-hop group, P.I.C.

Building on the genre-bending of his work with P.I.C, Mallorca plays all the instruments and vocal performances with influences that span 40s and 50s jazz, 60s and 70s soul, and 80s and 90s hip-hop.
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Track Name: The Over Under
THE OVER UNDER

I’m under the weather, I’m under her spell
Under the tether of silver sleigh bells
Under a moment of wintry blue 

Underprepared for the enchantment of you

I wish you’d want to be
Underneath the mistletoe with me

I’m under the notion , I’m under the moon
Under devotion to bittersweet tunes
Under the influence, under the glow
Under a blanket of glistening snow

My wish, it could come true.
Underneath the mistletoe with you.

I’m over all the holidays
I’m over all the buzz
Over all the Christmas songs they play
And over all the fuss
Overall, there was
a tendency, the friends would see the grinch
but then I saw her in a dream awaken with a pinch.
Now there ain’t no party like a Holiday Party
and the Holiday Party just stopped.
Cindy from accounting in the corner she’s astounding
and the champagne bottles just popped.
Bravado kicking in and now i’m overcompensating
I’m debating how to kick it and the ego is inflating
So now I’m overly enthused, and think of heading over
And over think the strategy I witness like Jehovah
I see that hanging over
is a fresh glade of mistletoe
equivalent of a whistle blow
to tell you what I wish you’d know

I’m under the weather I’m under her spell
Under the tether of silver sleigh bells
Under a moment of wintry blue 

Under prepared for the enchantment of you

I wish you’d want to be
Underneath the mistletoe with me