After the Moon Rose
Welcome to my collection of songs and tunes! I hope you enjoy listening to them. Most of my songs have a gentle acoustic sound, although you'll notice on the first song that I can create a good driving beat when I want to. My instrumental works sound like either old-time string band music or slowed down progressive bluegrass. These instrumentals include an ensemble of various instruments but typically feature either fiddle or mandolin. These are my favorite pieces I wrote between the late 1970s and now. I rented a recording studio back in 1992 and recorded several of the songs (thanks to Tom Beisswenger), but most of the selections were recorded on a digital Fostex recorder I bought in 2006. It's very nice to be able to take my time with my digital recorder, and make sure everything sounds good (okay, I'm never really satisfied). All compositions, vocals, and instrumentations are by me. If you're interesting in the recording details, 1, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, and 22 were recorded in 1992; 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 15, and 21 were recorded in 2006; 3, 5, and 18 were recorded in 2009; and 6, 7, 16, 19, and 23 were recorded in 2010. I began writing songs as a teenager. It was definitely my preferred way of dealing with the bumps and bruises I felt growing up and sorting out my life as a young adult. Singers such as James Taylor and Michael Johnson were my primary influences. I also became interested in Appalachian folk music and contra dancing, and began playing the fiddle for square dances in college. I continue to have these two major musical interests: my 'mushy chord' songs and my fiddle/mandolin/banjo music. I am a music librarian at Missouri State University, and enjoy doing research on American fiddle music traditions. In my personal time, however, I still enjoy sitting down at a piano or with other instrument, and sorting my life out by putting together songs and tunes. Thanks again for checking out my music! © 2010 Drew Beisswenger.