Whew! It’s been a crazy past few months! Between working, recording, performing, drawing, writing and generally staying busy with a plethora of activities, there hasn’t been much time for website reconstruction (a phase I’m into now!) but with luck and favour, that will change. I’ve got some great ideas for getting the site back into the swing of things!
But first…Do you remember that weekend last summer, you know, the one where the Hellcat and I went into the hinterlands up behind Avondale with recording phenomenon Larry Hennessey? Well I’m delighted to say that just last week I approved the final proofs for the production of the CDs AND I just got an email that they've been shipped!
Woo hoo…album number 2!!
As with all things, there have been changes to this piece of work. Initially it was going to be a story concept loosely built around the settlement of the New World…and in some ways it is, however, there were some tunes I wanted to include that weren’t particularly in that theme. I realized that what I had was in fact more songs that led to the title change of the album to “Migration Songs, Too.” The history lesson can wait.
On this album I have the considerable skills of Larry Hennessey, radio star, recording engineer, producer, musician and ‘friend since High School’. In addition, on three of the songs the masterful fretboard technician Danny Casavant lends his talents to my delight. And as always, I have the voice of the Hellcat bringing out the feminine edge and giving me the sweet backups. I am honoured to be in such company.
Despite the similarity in album titles [Migration Songs (2015) and Migration Songs, Too. (2019)] the album artwork could not be more different! For the first album I had the photographic strength of perhaps Newfoundland and Labrador’s most interesting Photographer, Terrence Hounsell, provide the wicked clear shots of the seagulls in flight (and the boat!). On the second album there’s a capture of an Infrared Snowden in full flight, bold and colourful, and glowing in the heat. The Hellcat took those, and I took a shine to them.
I like that both albums are in some ways very different and yet, similar in context. Different Producers, different design, same artist’s interpretation. Watch this space for an update when the album lands!