Welcome to this page and my latest (as of this writing) music album. I've done several now and the writing and recording process has always been a fascinating journey.
This album, perhaps more then most, is rooted in a particular place (the US, and specifically New York City) and time (early Spring 2016) which seems to be an interesting time for many. I've always had a few political or topical references that crept in to my work, this one has more then most, though by no means is it entirely political or topical. It's probably a more focused collection then others, perhaps.
As always, the songwriting communities I've been a part of, especially "February Album Writing Month" have helped inspire and shape this album. Thanks to everyone at the site (fawm dot org, by the way) for their kind generous and insightful comments and thoughts.
Thanks especially to Nancy Rost, a big part of that community, and my co-writer on many songs I've done over the years, including '"Love is a River" from this album, which she sings and plays piano on as well.
Most of this album was written in February 2016 as part of "February Album Writing Month" with a few songs written for the 2015 '50 songs in 90 days' project.
Instruments I used on this album include acoustic guitar (Taylor on many songs, Guild D-35 on the DADGAD-tuned songs) a Flatiron mandolin, and old tenor banjo, hohner harmonicas, a bass that's a steinberger copy, a Mexican made Fender Stratocaster guitar, some drum stuff played live from thumbjam and/or garageband, percussion instruments from all over, and a National baritone resonator guitar on the title track.
Enjoy, and thanks for checking it out- please feel free to download (its a free or pay-what-you-want download)
end of March, 2016
released March 27, 2016
Mike Skliar- guitars (acoustic, electric, baritone and resonator), tenor banjo, harmonica, mandolin, bass, percussion, drum programming, vocals
on #5- add Nancy Rost- vocals and piano
All songs written by Mike Skliar
except #5 "Love is a River" written by Mike Skliar, Nancy Rost, and Aaron Nathans
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