In the dusk of 2006, with a whirlwind of a year behind us, we came across a little bit of a dream. We've long talked about releasing a live CD, but we've shied away from it, in our fear of capturing mistakes, or in our fear that we'd be wasting our time. Or, when we've been unafraid, we've forgotten it -- in much the same uninteresting way in which one forgets anything.
But as we toured the country this year, many venues kindly recorded their shows, which left us with a growing collection of recordings that seemed to mark our journey, that captured the unfolding of our songs, the mysterious (and often hilarious) way in which a song moves from one meaning to another, the way we find ourselves in the music, or rather the way it finally finds its course through us and into the world.
We set out to collect some tracks into a live record, announcing its name and its coming to all our friends and fans. Ironically, the show we did after all of that is the one that ended up providing us with most of the material for the project you are now holding. Something about listening to the journey must have made the songs come together. At Rohs Street in December '06, they just felt right.
Some of these songs have been around for a long time, a couple are newer, and several are live versions from our 2006 release, Lying Awake. Regardless, each track is us, feeling at home, being at home, making a home for the two of us in the middle of some music in the middle of a stage. (Or perhaps in the middle of our living room.) We hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for listening. And thank you for making your home with us every now and then... It's such a gift.
There are shadows in the songs, she said
shadows, and these blank spaces like gasps,
or awful hesitations.
It's nothing musical, she said, I suppose--
Not that it matters, although sometimes,
or really in the best times, the music makes me--
lonely, or maybe just small, (it's me with all those
empty spaces you know, floating about like I'm
dreaming, except the words feel like earth and dirt
and breath, and those aren't so dreamy are they?
But they're sure. Most times.)
Does everything feel scarce and fleeting to you,
at least sometimes?
Because sometimes, she said, it does to me.
I think you know. There's some kind of--
frightened grasping in the songs. Shadows.
I've seen them before, underneath us,
underneath the smiles, wrinkles, porcelain,
the dirty smudges and lazy eyes.
They must haunt you, she said--
released April 9, 2007
Produced by Ellery
Engineered by Justin Golden, Joshua Ruble, Brian Stritenberger, Jason at Gravity Lounge
Mixed by Justin Golden
Mastered by Brad Blackwood, Euphonic Masters, Memphis TN, www.euphonicmasters.com
Photography by Michael Wilson, michaelwilsonphotographer.com
Art and Design by Able Parris, Office of StudioQ, www.officeofstudioq.com
Justin plays Taylor Guitars
Ellery is Tasha and Justin Golden
Studio versions of tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12 originally found on Ellery's 2006 Virt Records release, Lying Awake. Available online and at find record stores everywhere. www.virtrecords.com
All songs by Tasha Golden, music by Tasha and Justin Golden
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12 ©(p) 2006 Set Adrift Music (ASCAP), Songs 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 ©(p) 2007 Set Adrift Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved.
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