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My friend gave me a tarot card reading over the phone one night as I was watching TV with a guitar in my lap. "I've drawn a mountain," she said. "I'm a mountain," I said. So begins a song that became the title track of my new record. Most of these songs have been milling about in my mind for a while now. Some I started writing back when I put down the electric guitar and ding-digga-dinged my way through summer on the back porch. All of them live in the same wide frame and seem to belong together. "I am Aglow," "The Ring," and "I'm a Mountain," are tunes inspired by country music and bluegrass bands, singing for the joy of it, and telling new versions of old stories in song. "The Phoenix" builds on the themes of courage and regeneration and the inspirational "How Deep in the Valley" came from somewhere deep in the hymnbook of my memory. Down low in the picture frame (under a log) is "Salamandre," a children's song written by my friends Kate Fenner and Chris Brown. I am thrilled this modern classic can be part of this collection as it expresses my own love for the magical and precious amphibian and the time-honored relationship between nature and imagination. "Luther's Got the Blues" is my old pal Luther Wright's enduring, scruffy sidewalk lament, and Dolly Parton's "Will He Be Waiting For Me" lives in the world of lost love and yearning that I, too, know something about. I wrote "Goin' Out for an AIDS Vigil," and I am so happy to have my dad singing it with me. He also lends his warm and wise timbre to "Oleander." And finally, casting its glow over the entire record is the new folk song "Escarpment Blues," which tells the story of a current land-use conflict in Southern Ontario on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. I grew up on the escarpment on the farm where my family still lives, within a long green corridor prized for its fresh water resources, its endangered species habitats, its prime agricultural soils, and its wetlands and forests. These lands are under serious threat from the aggregate (sand, gravel, and shale) industry. The problem is large multinational companies want to open new quarries on top of the escarpment and extract the rock below these ecosystems, thereby removing and destroying them. So, after writing the song, I got the idea for the "I Love the Escarpment" Tour and set out in June 2005 with some of my best musical mates to hike the escarpment and make music along the way. Julie Fader (vocals, keys), Jason Euringer (vocals, stand-up bass), Spencer Evans (clarinet, accordion), Joey Wright (mandolin, guitar), and I hit the Bruce Trail (the continuous hiking trail that goes from one end of the escarpment to the other) and spent two weeks rock climbing, caving, hiking, and performing in theaters and community halls along Southern Ontario's spine. All proceeds of the tour went to help finance the research and advocacy work of Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), a volunteer organization I helped form last winter when the new quarry proposal came to light in my old stomping grounds of North Burlington. After a wonderful tour we put away our hiking boots and went into Reaction Studio in Toronto to capture these songs, all wrapped in up our camaraderie. This record was made for everyone, everywhere. Like the smiles we had on our faces when we made it, we hope it spreads far and wide.
Country Music Artist Hank Brake's debut cd "Maybe I Best Leave Well Enough Alone"...Thanks for listening, Star Chaser Records, Nashville
Lots of sweet synth patches and guitar shredding make this Tangerine Dream song delicious. From their DVD "Tangerine Dream: Live in America 92".
a song about the dreams , relationships, the struggles with day to day life, love and war...and Desire, and what ever else one can feel...A song for all who dream and wake up!!
?Musically, we don't know what the end destination is, and I like it that way. Whatever we've created, it wasn't by accident, but it certainly wasn't on purpose. For me that makes music honest,? says Ron Fountenberry, the principle songwriter and unofficial captain of the good ship that is the Softlightes. It?s fitting that Fountenberry references bedrooms when he speaks of the Softlightes? incandescent and joyfully experimental music?it?s there that he tinkers endlessly with a dizzying array of instruments in search of the perfect melody; a way to channel an equal appreciation for Alvie Singer, Ready Made Magazine, Ali G, Boba Fett, Playstation and Larry David? a way to be real and make someone happy through song. But what?s more important to our chat right now are the products of the Softlightes? collective imagination and recording sessions: the dazzling pop songs that are collected on their shimmering debut album for Modular Recordings, Say No To Being Cool - Say Yes To Being Happy. Without digging too far back, the Softlightes story begins (roughly) in 2003, when Fountenberry and bassist Kristian Dunn?s previous project, the electro pop group The Incredible Moses Leroy, had caught the ear of one Mr. Cody Chesnutt. Or was it the other way around? ?I remember seeing a four star review of Cody?s album in Rolling Stone and thinking to myself ?It?s not that often that a black artist who isn?t doing a straight r&b thing gets that kind of attention,?? remembers Fountenberry. Meanwhile, up the California coast in Los Angeles, Moses? first album Electric Pocket Radio (E.P.R.) was becoming very popular at the rising star?s house. From there came a string of connections between Moses? and Cody?s management. Before long, Cody took the band on tour with him for a string of sold-out club shows. ?He and his management were always promoting us to other musicians and people in the industry,? says Dunn appreciatively. One of those people happened to be Modular Recordings impresario Steve Pavlovic. He immediately took a shining to the radiant pop that Moses were creating after hearing a copy of E.P.R. passed to him by Cody?s Australian tour manager. After releasing two buzz-garnering albums and working with acclaimed producers and musicians such as Joey Waronker (Beck) and Keith Cleverlsly (the Flaming Lips, Spiritualized), Moses disbanded and Fountenberry and Dunn and started up the ?idea of the Softlightes? in the fall of 2004. ?Professionally it felt as though it was time to move on, or maybe throw in the towel completely. We really didn?t have a lot of options. I just figured if we were going to try, I wanted to be happy and make music that was close to my heart, even if that meant sounding silly to some people,? says Fountenberry. ?Since it felt as though it might be our last chance, we decided to go for broke... something like that Eminem song or Rocky! We just tried to create a lush and beautifully balanced pop record, like the old days, even if we didn?t? have a record deal or access to a studio.? Over the late summer and fall of 2005, drummer Tim Fogarty (?besides being great drummer, he had a cool electronic drumset, so we knew we had to have him in our band ?) and pianist Andrew Van Baal entered the fray and the four embarked on endless sessions at Dunn?s Los Angeles home studio?better known to most as his garage. As the songs with the full band took shape, Dunn would send CDs to Fountenberry in San Diego, where the singer would tinker endlessly with melodies, harmonies and arrangements before calling Dunn to request changes (and more changes and more changes.) What resulted was a new home grown masterpiece. From the breezy sun-soaked opener ?The Ballad Of Theodore and June? to the glitchy electronica of ?Girl Kills Bear,? the thundering ?The Robots In My Room Were Playing Arena Rock,? to the utterly infectious ?The Microwave Song,? Say No To Being Cool Say Yes To Being Happy is a celebration of the sounds that would be blasting on your radio in a more perfect time. ?The thing I kept asking was ?what would happen if?,?? says Fountenberry of the experimental climate that recording at home allowed for. ?What if I used a vocoder here or replaced synths into this guitar part? What if I sampled the sound of my neighbor upstairs walking really hard and made a beat out of it? You just can?t work like that when you are on the clock.? Dunn adds, ?We?d all try to think about what a regular rock musician would do and then do the opposite.? Now that all the what ifs have been answered, the noise is about to begin. Please bask in the warm glow of the Softlightes with us.
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