I am so proud to announce that my latest project is available for you! I have been hard at work most of this year putting it together - it was really fun to focus on just two songs, and two very special songs at that.
First things first, here’s all the links to where you can stream or buy the digital tracks or physical vinyl. Also you can go buy a copy at Sonic Boom Records if you live in Seattle!
Why these songs? Why a vinyl?
Queen of Hearts and Persepolis Song are both songs that I wrote for the Bushwick Book Club Seattle, and so both inspired by novels (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi) rather than my own personal life - even though there are emotional themes in the songs I really connect to. So in a sense, to me they are stand alone tracks that might not fit so well on an album of mine. They are also the two songs that people have asked to purchase the most after a show. I thought they deserved their own little special vehicle and what is more special than vinyl? I wanted to give them the royal treatment.
I finally decided to record them after I got approached by PBS to be a part of their documentary series The Great American Read so they might incorporate Queen of Hearts into an episode. It gave me the push I needed to finally do it.
This two song project was a big communal effort and out of it came so much beauty. I got the opportunity to record at Studio Litho (uh, hello Pearl Jam) and work with people in the Seattle music community at the top of their craft. Moe Provencher (host of the new podcast Grief Relief) was my sound engineer, co-producer, and backbone. Michael Thomas Connolly of Empty Sea Studios (remember my album LIVE in an Empty Sea? Yeah, that guy.) recorded most of the backing track for QoH. Alex Guy (Led to Sea, Laura Veirs, Sera Cahoone) created a beautiful string arrangement for Persepolis Song. I was honored to have Ed Brooks of Resonant Mastering to master the tracks. From the artwork to every last note and edit there was intention behind every little detail. I am so happy with how it came out, and I hope you enjoy it!
A note on the title
The title isn’t really all that creative, to be honest. But I felt it appropriate. This record shows the two sides of my song writing - funny and sad. It shows the two main sides of my musicality - piano and guitar. Plus a vinyl literally has two sides. Also, I love explaining things that are obvious. Just in case.