Originator

by Brooke Waggoner

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about

Originator.
To bring into being.
Begin. Start. Arise.

This record began as small simple melodies on my Spinnet piano; a piano that was once a golden honey color---A glorified brown.
I NEEDED this piano to be black. In a burst of rash action I bought 9 cans of black spray paint and coated the entire instrument in layers of murky froth.
Pianos are heavy and this one couldn't be moved. So my studio, speakers, microphones, books & records were draped with tarps while the vapors clung to the wood.
A party was had.

I couldn't wait til it dried to sit down and play the freshly painted instrument. Surrounded in a cloud of white clothe tarps--soaring on fumes I sat down and wrote songs; songs that bewitched me and are now smeared on the whites of the ivories. Sweat and paint went into each note.
A party was had.

Like a ray of perfectly aligned stars, Chad Howat (Paper Route) and I miraculously decided we should reunite and work together again to make this project. And we felt enlisting the mind of Dan Brigham (Canon Blue) could only bring it to another level. After numerous cups of coffee, late nights spent exchanging notes and emails, and geeking out over TalkTalk records we decided recording this lp in an old-fashioned and traditional manner only made sense. Vintage gear and 2" tape. No computers --- Just a room with really good musicians and ears for beautiful things.

It was January then and I have a vague recollection of layered coats, dry skin, cracked cuticles on the keys, and passing the chapstick around. Harps, Organs, big gold brassy instruments, field recordings, french films, basses of all different shapes and sizes, a magical choir, new friends and old somehow found their way into this music. I'm forever grateful it did.

credits

released 05 March 2013
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, & Vox: Brooke Waggoner
Drums: Jeremy Lutito
Upright Bass: Bryn Davies
Electric Bass: Tony Lucido
Tuba: Neil Konouchi
Trombone: Barry Green
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Horn: Jennifer Kummer
Clarinet & Bass Clarinet: Emily Bowland
Harp: Timbre Cierpke
Guitar & Lap Steel: Ben Gortmaker
Duet Vox on To Love: Sanders Bohlke
Samples & Field Recordings: Chad Howat & Dan Brigham
Choir: Trevecca Madrigalians

Produced by: Chad Howat, Dan Brigham, & Brooke Waggoner
Engineered by: Chris Mara & Chad Howat
Mixed by: Chad Howat
Orchestration: Brooke Waggoner
Mastered by: Alex McCullough

Recorded at: WELCOME TO 1979 in Nashville, TN
Recorded at: Bottom Bunk Studio in Nashville, TN
Mastered at: Yes, Master Studio in Nashville, TN

All Songs Recorded in an Old-Fashioned and Traditional Manner on 2 Inch Tape.

Photography by: RORSHAK
Piano Photography: Allister Ann
Design & Art Direction: JT Daly

Visit: brookewaggoner.com

All Songs © 2012 Brooke Waggoner Music BMI //// Swoon Moon Music

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