Beneath A Flagless Moon - my next release - is almost ready to go into mass production.
It's a good old fashioned double album. Remember those? Two CDs with 9 songs on each.
The final mixing and mastering were done by Grammy-Award-winning sound engineer Rob Eaton. And I'm absolutely thrilled with the results.
As the title suggests - hopefully - there is something a little nostalgic about the songs on this album. Not that they all deal with the past, the nostalgia seems to come from the sound, from the songs themselves. Although I did notice that the one word that crops up in the lyrics more than any other is indeed "past". This is how it turned into a 2 CD set. I knew if these songs were not released now, and together, they'd probably never see the light of day. The songs for the album after this are already written and mark a return to the rockier songs of my last one, Raised In Vain.
I am working towards a release date for Beneath A Flagless Moon of 1/2/12. I'll probably not be writing about it again until I can tell you it's available. But I wanted to mark this milestone and recognize the invaluable contributions made by Rob and the other musicians. The album features Deborah Domanski (a name familiar to any Opera fan) on backing vocals - but proving her non-operatic voice is as beautiful as her opera voice is powerful! My good friends Peter Farrell on keyboards and Craig Snyder on guitar. My new Santa Fe friends Jim Oliver on keyboards, Michael Stearns on keyboards, shaker and Hopi flute, and Sharon Gilchrist on mandolin.
I play guitar, dobro, banjo, dulcimer and ukulele. Many of them for the first time on record. These parts plus my vocals were all recorded in my own openDmusic Studios here in Santa Fe - so this album marks many milestones of a personal nature too. I'm proud of it and I hope you will enjoy it when you finally get to hear it. Not long now.
Not that it will mean much before you can hear the words and music, but here's the track lists:
LIFE ON HOLD
CITY OF GHOSTS
SEE WHAT TIME HAS DONE (for Dennis Hopper)
THIS CRAZY WORLD
EVERY WORD YOU WRITE (for J.J.Cale)
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU
ON BRIGHTON BEACH
FADE TO BLACK
MORE THAN ENOUGH
ANY MINUTE NOW
WAITING FOR MY HEART
THE ROAD TO NEVER MIND
The album title comes from the first verse of City Of Ghosts...
"Love and youth are sisters
And both were ending soon
As we held on to each other
Beneath a flagless moon."