Brothers and Sisters,
We’ve started week two as of right now! For your records, we’ve made eighty dollars. Look, I ain’t trying to guilt you, but I’ve seen more money raised for some jerk on **ckstarter for some guy to grow a stupid mustache. Let’s dig deep this week. These pieces of music will exist in perpetuity as benefits for the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago. A year from now, any money that comes in will go to them. This’ll go on forever. I swear.
Today’s single “Greys” by Elizabeth Dunlap and “Singer/Songer” by Singer/Songer are the second part of yesterday’s single, and continue the story of the first day of finals for Jeff Abell’s Sound class at Columbia this past December. “Greys” is a haunting and captivating piece of stacked a cappella vocals by Elizabeth Dunlap, and it sucked the air out of the room when we heard it. It’s a bold treatise on how we as humans provide little to nothing to the rest of the world while we take and take and take, but it’s also gorgeous. I’m gripped to be able to release it today. Cheers!
“Singer/Songer” is technically my final project, but I didn’t put my name to it, as it took seven of us to make it happen. It’s a seasonal song cycle in four parts and twelve minutes recorded and built by a septet of musicians. “Peggy Lee” is summer, and showcases the exquisite vocals of John Connors, the nylon-string wizardry of Mike Armstrong captured by Brian McNally and some left-of-field loops and vocals from yours truly. Fall is a duo piece by Major Miller and I by his band, Western Standards called “Autmnal Cannibalism”. Major and I have another release coming out this month, so keep your ears to the ground. Winter is the original position and placement of “Brothers and Sisters” by The Book-Burners’ Bradley R. Weissenberger. It pleases me to put this song back out again. Spring ends the piece with a demo of a new Small Awesome song by myself and Jim MacGregor called “Bored Alive”. This was fun one to mix and arrange, and took well over 50 audio tracks from various sources to make it hum. Pleased to be presenting it to y’all.
Ok! Let’s raise some funds this week. I’ve gotten such great feedback about this project, and it’s exciting to be able to set you up with some fresh new music from a wide variety of artists. Listen, enjoy and donate if you can.
February 8th, 2015
released February 8, 2015
recorded, edited and mixed by Elizabeth Dunlap
Mike Armstrong: Nylon Guitars
John Connors: Voice
Jim MacGregor: Bass, Recording
Brian McNally: Recording
Major Miller: Keys, Guitars, Loops, Recording
Faiz Razi: Voice, Guitar, Contrabass, Keys, Loops, Recording
Bradley R. Weissenberger: Voice, Guitar, Keys, Recording
George Joseph Miller IV and Reid Garrison Miller: Field Recording
Arranged, Edited and Mixed by Faiz Razi
Artwork by Elizabeth and Faiz
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