Dark Songs Vol. 9: The Taking of the Tower of Song (double disk): CD
  • Dark Songs Vol. 9: The Taking of the Tower of Song (double disk): CD
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Recorded at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory in Sturgeon Bay, WI during Dark Songs 2017 by Steve Hamilton, Dan O Stoffels, Steve Smith, Barrett Tasky and Liam Hall. Thanks to Marcus Trana for studio assistance at Painted Recordings.
Produced by pat mAcdonald. Admin by melaniejane (air traffic controller) with help from Teresa Young. Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). Cover Art by Carley Baer with pat mAcdonald (design and layout).

Special thanks to Third Avenue Playhouse for their undying support. www.HolidayMusicMotel.com

Songwriters filled the motel, then split into groups of 3. Two bottle spins chose each group and a third spin chose a letter, providing a grain of inspiration for each song. At the end of a 5-day songwriting and recording frenzy, results were woven into a loose narrative and presented live at the Third Avenue Playhouse. Based on the real-life plight of our local besieged grain elevator (which we contend is haunted) our tale is infused with history and lore—and a walloping dose of wishful thinking. Amazingly, in time for the show, life had imitated art and one of our deepest wishes was granted (see letter “A”). Now we are pleased to present the original recordings from those frenzied sessions. A collaboratively harvested alphabetical list of ideas (back cover) was our only script for the little rock opera contained herein.

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