Hello. The new Mercy Choir release "Two Machines In The Garden" is out today and available for digital download. Here's a little something I wrote about making it:
"The simplest ideas often take the longest to come to fruition. Is that true for you too? In this case, the simple idea was getting several musicians of varying musical backgrounds together in a room to perform a long drone piece, consisting solely of a C Major chord (Machine 2). The logistics of putting together something like that, particularly for someone like me who does most of his recording by myself in a small room, can be get tricky.
After much planning and organization, I got some people in a room. Some knew each other, some were friends, some were strangers, for all I know, some were enemies. Some were experienced improvisors, some were not. Luckily, all were enthusiastic about the piece. We set up some microphones and played our C Major chord.
Why a long C Major chord? There isn't a why. If there was, the answer would not be terribly interesting.
Machine 1 is a solo piece for three acoustic guitars.
Machine 2 is a collaboration. The most people to ever appear on a Mercy Choir record! I dedicate it to our friend Lys Guillorn, who was scheduled to participate, but was under the weather at the time. Thanks to her for the inspiration and thanks to all the musicians who played the chord.
I am still growing this garden."
I hope you'll download this album and enjoy it. Other new of interest: My chapbook "Lucy" is for real and it will be available to purchase on February 27th, 2015 via Good Cop / Bad Cop Press. Here is a picture of my hand holding a copy:
The evening the book is released, there will be an event in New Haven, Ct. I hope you'll come celebrate with me.