Over the course of a week in early February of 2019, thirty songwriters huddled up in the warm confines of The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI to take inspiration from local visual artists in a one-of-a-kind pairing of image and song. The participants played a nightly game of spin-the-bottle to randomly select groups of three writers and one visual work to provide the muse for a new collaboratively written song. Artwork was displayed at the Miller Art Museum; songs were performed on Feb 8th and 9th at the historic Third Avenue Playhouse. Herein lies the recordings of those songs created during that frosty magical time from a motel snugly tucked midway up the thumb of Wisconsin’s Door County island peninsula.
Special thanks to: Steel Bridge Creative Foundation, The Holiday Music Motel, Steel Bridge Radio, Third Avenue Playhouse, Makin’ Sausage Music, Teresa Young for admin assistance and a million other things, Teflon, Door County Screen and Sign, Tony Menzer, Sturgeon Bay Music Exchange, Ty Helbach Photography, Chris Opper and Door County Short Film Fest, Kelly Avenson Photography, Mark Theide, Jon Calhoun of Econo Foods, Adam Goettelman of Healthy Way, Donny’s Glidden Lodge, Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center, Miller Art Museum, and all of the wonderful people who helped to feed the artists, take tickets, hang posters, shared photographs, and on and on and on… the outpouring of support we receive is essential to making it happen. <3 <3 <3
Recorded in February of 2019 at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory in Sturgeon Bay, WI by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith, Bruce Butkovich, Liam Hall, Eric “Wobbles” Rowe and Barrett Tasky.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). Cover art by Carley Baer. Package design Greg Welsh. Air traffic control and artwork curation by melaniejane. Produced by pat mAcdonald.