On the night of July 1st, I came home to an empty house; The family went to visit Germany. My work plans took an unexpected change and I had plenty of time on my hands. As usual, with free time brings more writing opportunity. I thought about the tough year we all had and the 100th Birthday of Woody Guthrie and how he has inspired us.
I took my National guitars into the garden, along with an unusual looking "cigar box stomp pedal" contraption I erected in the garage a while ago, and started writing. I had no expectation other than come up with a few ideas for next year's project. After a handful of songs were written I, being in a lazy mood, decided to record the songs live in the garden too. I sang, stomped, napped, wrote poetry, read the news, skyped, grilled, played, ate vegetables from the garden, drank beer, and calloused my fingers all out there.
The 4th of July came. The sky overhead boomed with fireworks. I had a pretty respectable collection of songs after this end of a long, quiet weekend. I overdubbed an old washboard and some horns and it was done.
I hear Summer in these songs. I hope you do too, along with neighborhood birds, planes, children swimming, all faintly bleeding into the tracks. I also feel the interplay between the mind and heart that one gets when we live alone for a while. Sometimes the mind says things when dwelling in quietude. I listened, responded, and wrote it all down. I'm pretty sure I've played and written songs with greater clarity. But I don't think they've ever been written more sincerely. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I had recording. Have a Great Summer."
7, July, 2012
All stuff performed by Dino - July 1-4, 2012
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1 Dance of the Aloof
4 Summer to Spring
6 Long, Quiet Weekend
7 Child of Divorce
8 Boy With Tree
9 Sunday (Instrumental)
10 Independence Days