No Strangers Here, Vol. 2
A folk-like twist merges with classic rock, jazz, and pop of the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and today. Multiple tempos, easy to listen to acoustic sounds, moments of electronica with tension, release and intimate sweetness.This world theme with slightly modified arrangements of earlier hits are perfect for reaching into memory banks of your soul with it’s earthly and universal appeal.
This was a lot of fun!
A folk-like twist merges with classic rock, jazz, and pop of the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and today. Multiple tempos, easy to listen to acoustic sounds, moments of electronica with tension, release and intimate sweetness.
This world theme with slightly modified arrangements of earlier hits are perfect for reaching into memory banks of your soul with it’s earthly and universal appeal.
I waited four months to get guest musician Corey Walden to play fiddle on Long Time Gone! He was traveling with Rockin' Road To Dublin! It was worth it!
Space Oddity: It's so Bowie! I hope he listens to it and likes it. I love it.
World Falls: This was wicked fun because I tossed all my sessions and ended up cutting a live ensemble with Brian and Mike. It's a medium tempo Andantino, it’s called. Or, really upbeat Allegrisimo double time. Is it folk/rock/country? Who cares. I like it.
Calling Occupants: a challenge from the beginning. It took a full year. This one is also Bowie inspired because the original was cut at about the time when music in America had these psychedelic influences! It changes tempo, there are several riffs. A lot of times the slide sounds like voices. We had many discussions over what I wanted for direction. Brian arranged it. It is different from the original. Mike did not know the song, but grew to love it by the end. We all worked hard on it. It's a great soundtrack as well.
What A Wonderful World: A jazz song. A classic. It's a well written song that makes it easy to sing with heart and soul. Brian did bass guitar, Mandola, keyboard. I did some picking rhythm on it, but ended up not using it. Mike put on shaker, cajon and tambourine.
Somebody’s Knockin’: Pop/easy listening. It's a song that makes me feel a little naughty when I sing it. Brian did the rhythm. We can hear crows cawing in the background of Somebody’s Knockin’ just before I sing. Cool. We get little bonuses like that when we record over at Brian's studio at Indie Music. Once we get to Clark Creative, Mike said no. We can't have that. Fun as it is to hear the crows I agree, no crows. Although we did have crickets. LOL. We put on tambourine, cajon, shakers, slide, background Ahh’s, ooh’s, a little harmonica and an organ pad. Brian replayed 3 rhythm guitar tracks and 3 harmonica tracks to choose from. I have 4 vocal tracks to use also. Brian added harmonica to it again, more aggressive this time. Sparse! He went out and bought a harmonica just to put on this track. He added electric guitar, a 1992 Fender. Sounds good. One Take! Nice. I just put a pad on it. Brian was putting a solo mandolin on it, but it won’t work. Doing electric guitar solo instead. Oops, broke a sting. Now he still playing! Brian added some harmony and ah’s. I got to do the second round of ahh’s with him, fun!
Long Time Gone: This cover was supposed to be on Volume 1, but waiting for Corey Walden to be available was just fine. Brian encouraged me to do it the way I wanted to do it. Not only did I put my own spin the vocal I modified some of the lyrics. I am not sure Brian liked that, but I did it anyway and it makes me laugh. It makes it more personal to my own experiences.