Glen Ellyn, IL: Waterbug Records, 2014. Audio CD. 19 tracks. Total running time: 54:50. Cardboard gatefold CD case, full color layout and disc face. Photograph of the artist on the front cover. Recorded live at Ken Sanders Rare Books on August 4, 2012. NEW. Item #37242
From the artist:
"The songs on this recording were all inspired by books I've read. I composed these across a thirty-year span from 1982 to 2012. These songs are different than songs that come solely out of my own thoughts and experience; they are more a digestion of what I've gleaned from reading and are also spontaneous responses. I think of books as part of our collective consciousness. They are our record of history and also a canvas for the imagination. Whether a book is a great piece of literature or not, each contains some record of humanity - serious, comedic, pedestrian or genius. Art forms are related and the creative process is often carried into new formats of expression as culture is passed from one art form to another. Also, interpretations are individual. Someone else might read the same book but create a different song than mine, just as individual artists could illustrate the same chicken differently. This recording project celebrates shared experience by way of interpretive song. I lovingly joke that the state of Utah, where I've lived for over thirty years, is a cross between Dr. Who and a Clint Eastwood western. In the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah is an amazing bookstore run by a character the likes of which you might encounter in those film productions: Mr. Ken Sanders. I recorded these songs in concert at his bookstore, Ken Sanders Rare Books, on August 4, 2012, first with a small audience and then later in the evening with a larger audience that filled the bookstore to the brim. The simple music arrangement is mostly my guitar and voice - reflecting the simplicity of ink on a page. Harmony vocals were sung by Mark Hazel, who is also featured on Kate MacLeod and the Pancakes' 2005 Breakfast recording. My harmonica was added at the mixing sessions. For the sake of repeated listenings and to keep the focus on the songs, we've edited post-song applause from many of the tracks. There is one song that was re-recorded in the studio. Can you guess which song it is?