NOCTAMBLOG II: JOHN BROWN’S BODY, The SECOND CIVIL WAR, PINING FOR THE FJORDS, and The POINT RICHMOND ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES
December 9, 2014
November 8, 2015
It has now been four months since the release of our last CD, “The Waking”. We are generally pretty happy with it, and, we are grateful that people who write music reviews seem to like it too…
But, good grief, Charlie Parker, that was four whole months ago. Through the mire of the post-partum depression we found ourselves thinking…what next? Our first two albums wound up being ‘thematic’ -- “Travel in the Shadows” was about night journeys, and “The Waking” was about the vicissitudes of time. Both themes emerged while we were actually in the process of recording. This time, we are thinking we might get the jump on our own process, so here are some thoughts we’ve been noodling over:
An album of Irish Traditional Music….and, on that subject, here is a video we recorded a while back that we, er, forgot about, where we play Turlough O’Carolan’s moving and mellifluous “Eleanor Plunkett”. We can’t say, of course, that Turlough wouldn’t have had some feelings about his piece being recorded in a parking garage in Berkeley, but I think he would have made quick sense of the acoustics…
An album made entirely of songs crafted from Stephen Vincent Benét’s epic poem about the Civil War, John Brown’s Body…we are quite taken with this work, both for its beautiful language and for its insight into human nature (on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line)...
An album centered around the theme of birth and death. We have already figured out that we have enough material. While tempting in the abstract, we noticed that nine of the ten are about death, and only one about birth. Perhaps we need to give that a little more thought…
Well, anyway, we just wanted to let you know….and we would like very much to hear your thoughts on the subject!