Fourth Time Around

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All new music from:
 Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Laura Cantrell, Peter Holsapple, Dave Schramm, Freedy Johnston, Jody Harris, Victoria Williams and special guests Beth Orton and Sam Amidon

Live performances by Beth Orton and Sam Amidon; conversations with Peter Blegvad, Peter Holsapple, Beth and Sam

Starring Radio Free All-Stars; David Mansfield, Dave Schramm, plus Jessie Carrot, Sam Amidon and Gary Arnold

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

Kate Jacobs, Tell it to the Marines (Kate Jacobs) performed by Kate with Andy Burton on piano. Arrangement and recording by Andy Burton, mixed by Gary Arnold; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Peter Blegvad, Winner Came There None (Peter Blegvad)
 performed and recorded by Peter; Copyright Control Peter Blegvad

Laura Cantrell, Whole Different Story (Laura Cantrell) performed by Laura; Thrift Shop Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Beth Orton, Candle (Beth Orton) performed live by Beth with Sam Amidon, Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, and Jessie Carrot;

Nicholas Hill, Singing to the Dentist (Jeffrey Fredrick) live with Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Jessie Carrot, Sam Amidon and Gary Arnold. Beth Orton and Kate Jacobs harmonize

Peter Holsapple, Live Without (Peter Holsapple) performed and recorded by Peter, Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music

Dave Schramm, Halfway Home (Dave Schramm) performed and recorded by Dave; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Freedy Johnston, Her Hair was Blowing in the Wind of Another Planet (Freedy Johnston) performed by Freedy, recorded at The Aerie in Austin, TX by Mark Addison; Trouble Tree Music (BMI)

Jody Harris, What Love Can Do (Jody Harris) performed and recorded by Jody; Copyright Control Jody Harris

Victoria Williams, Heaven’s Door (Victoria Williams) performed by Victoria with Joey Burns, Isobel Campbell, Jolie Holland, John Convertino  “it was in nyc and tucson. i recorded the track at jacks with jolie holland and then in tucson john convertino and joey burns recorded onto the track. sounds like they were there!”; Mumbletypeg Music (BMI)

Sam Amidon, You Better Mind (trad. Arr. by Sam Amidon) performed live by Sam with Beth Orton, Dave Schramm and David Mansfield

Beth Orton and Sam Amidon, Thirteen (Alex Chilton) live with Dave Schramm and David Mansfield

Nicholas Hill, Eileen Aroon (trad.) live with Beth Orton, Kate Jacobs, Jessie Carrot, Sam Amidon, Dave Schramm and David Mansfield

Engineered by Gary Arnold at Gary’s Chop Shop, NYC
March 17, 2010

Songwriters’ comments:

Peter Blegvad on Winner Came There None:

Peter Holsapple on Live Without:

So here it is.  I’m not thrilled with where the middle eight is lyrically, but it’s a kind of warts-and-all demo, like what I used to do at the Music Building in the 1980s.  Sadly lacking drums (packed).

I’ve been doing sorties between the house and the mini-storage of late, with the house getting ready for showing.  It’s way the hell and gone out near Catsburg General Store, and the owner is nothing like the guy in the song.  But I thought, ‘what an interesting life, living as the caretaker of other people’s stuff, all left for any number of reasons.’  And there is a pond behind it, full of noisy frogs.

The verse structure is copped somewhat from an old song of mine called “Visible Man” which about twenty people heard on the Water Music Compilation album years ago.  I figured a.) if Ray Davies and John Fogerty can revisit musical themes in their own catalog, then I can to and b.) those twenty people who’ve heard “VM” before can crab at me if they’re completely insulted at my self-cannabalism.

Laura Cantrell on Whole Different Story:

My offering for this program is the first I’ve written in the allotted month’s time frame of our song club.  I am often a crafter of song fragments, and sometimes it is frustrating to write a piece of a song that feels promising but incomplete on its own.  In the case of “Whole Different Story,” several parts spilled out of the initial idea, which awoke me from a nap.  By the time I was done with this version, some of the lyrics were brand new, while others date back to the last Clinton administration.  I’m not sure that I wouldn’t have been better off just finishing my nap.  However, in the spirit of the Radio Free Song Club, I thought it would be good to serve one up fresh and see how the recipe seems to go over.  If it is the last thing left on the sideboard after our song feast, then I’ll adjust the seasoning a bit.

Dave Schramm on Halfway Home

Here’s this odd little song about, on the face of it, climbing Mt. Everest. Something I have not done, of course, it’s an insane endeavor, but something I have lately read about, watched about. The most dangerous bit is apparently the descent, the return home. One reaches one’s goal with great effort only to find that now comes the hard part. Heartbreaking, actually.
Sometimes the setting or arrangement of a song makes all the difference in the telling, I think. I tried to get a little bit of the texture of a barely turning music box into it, to mimic the breakdown of the human body, the slowing down of every motion, every step. The vocal is impaired as well but that’s just the common cold….