- The new CD, Stay Warm, is finally done! I’m so happy to announce my new collection of eleven songs entitled Stay Warm. Woo-woo-woo-hoo! You can order it as of Monday, May 6th, 2013. In anticipation, I’m writing a series of four articles to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how Stay Warm came to life.
- Wow! When did this happen? I recorded it in Fairbanks, Alaska in the five months between April and August, 2012. I collaborated with many fantastic musicians. Shortly after the audio was “in the can” I began the next chapter of life by moving to an amazing Connecticut town called New Haven. The five thousand mile transition from Alaska to Connecticut took so much time and energy that Stay Warm had to await patiently in its little can for another four months. I returned to the project in January, 2013, taking care of mastering, graphics, web presence, and mechanical production, and … four months later … finally(!) … Stay Warm is out of the can and into CD form. Here’s a long-arm self portrait taken just days ago under a New Haven cherry tree:
- What songs are on it?
1. Overjoyed (Christine Kane)
2. Nectarina & Avocado
3. Fireweed Ladies
4. Yula (Borrina Mapaka)
5. Where is the Field
6. Echo Point
8. What Can I Say
10. Wintered In
11. Stay Warm
- Why Stay Warm? The cold is no myth in the far north, and Alaskans frequently depart with a cheerful “Stay warm!” I wanted to express this sweet sentiment with my music. The album weaves together my 15 incredible years in Alaska with songs of wilderness, whimsy, snow, and sunlight…
- Musically, this is my most diverse CD. Stay Warm mixes folk, pop, rock, funk and world with intimate vocals and harmonies. I play the mountain dulcimer and tons of flute, and I play power chords (yes!) on a solid-body electric dulcimer. I employ two djembe players, two cellists, and a classic funk clavinet player named “Mighty Dave”. I stroke wind chimes. I sing in the Lari dialect of the Congo. Just sayin’…
It’s been quite a journey. I’m thrilled with the results and think you will be too.