Brand New Crescent
FROM ROB CURTIS Originally, this was to be a simple laying down of some old songs that I'd written back in the latter half of the 1970s and the early 80s and maybe some new songs. Just some simple recordings. Me and my guitar. But the yahoo in me couldn't help but come out. Songs expanded; took on lives of their own; their number grew. Friends helped out. One thing led to another. Long story short, here we are: a group of separate pieces. But we have our music to share. And that is what attracted me to Carrie and Garry. They not only 'give of' but they 'live through' their music. At least in part and that part matters. I understand and appreciate it. Hope you do, too. Now, more about the story of how Moonprize came to be. Carrie Morrison and I met standing outside The Back Room during an open mic evening. I think it was late 2005 or early 2006. It was cold outside. She said she liked my song; the one in three-quarter time: Me and the Sky Feelin' Blue. Inspired, sometime thereafter she wrote her own three-quarter time song: Journey of You. In addition to our musical predilections, Carrie and I are educators. So we had that going for us. We stayed in touch every now and then, we hiked some, we played our music usually apart but always in sync. Then Carrie told me that she'd written the words to this song -- this country song -- and, since she didn't 'do' country music, could I write the music for it? Let's see.... There's G-C-D. Yep: piece of cake! Thus, our collaboration deepened. And then in December 2009 I wrote three and one-half songs, including Rob's Rules of Order and one or so to be heard later. The one-half song I knew needed Carrie's music. She agreed and a meal, several beverages, and fifteen minutes later she had it all worked out. Great Habit was born! I figured out pretty quickly that I couldn't sing it like she did so I asked her to record it, just so I could hear it and finally get it down. Problem was, from the moment she hit the first strain that night at Hogrock, I knew it was her song to sing. So, reluctantly at first but ultimately willingly ... not to mention, aMAZingly ... she agreed. In early 2011 as 'my album' was nearing completion, Caro and I got together to talk and kid around (a lot!) and swap some new songs. She shared one, then still rough: Colors. I decided I wanted it on the album. I shared with her my vision of this becoming a Moonprize album. While she did nothing but continue to encourage and promote me, she finally agreed. Just like always, Carrie rocks! One sunny afternoon, I was introduced to Garry Segal by good ol' J. Larry Keith down at the Tempo Music Center. It was November 2009 and I was a music-lovin' fool with money to burn enjoying some simple guitar retail therapy in downtown Hooterville. Now, J. Larry, bein' nobody's fool and quite the salesman besides, said to me something like, 'You definitely wanna hear this guy play harmonica.' So, I did. There was this relatively normal looking guy looking around for some piece of musical amplification in an attempt to project his mouth harp high into the stratosphere. I listened. I couldn't help but listen. The freakin' windows literally rattled and some kids out front on the sidewalk hollered for it to be turned up. I thought Garry'd be good for a song which originally was slated for Brand New Crescent but now might see light of day on our second album. We spoke briefly and then Garry and I stood there in Tempo, played a few songs and exchanged contact info. Over the months that followed things happened and ultimately slowly but steadily got out of control. At my request, Garry played lap steel on a song that could see light of day on an album to follow. Then came more harmonica on Me and the Sky Feelin' Blue and dobro on Rob's Rules of Order. He had shared one of his CDs with me and, when it came to me in early 2011 that Garry, Carrie and I were better as Moonprize than I would be alone, Garry kindly agreed to allow several of his songs to be placed on Brand New Crescent. Without Rain & Two Broken People (c)(p) 2007 GS all rights reserved Garry rocks! So here we are. Moonprize. Many thanks to Carrie and Garry for your music, your support, your encouragement, and for your fun. Let's rock on! All songs are recorded and mixed by Terry Wetton at Hogrock Studio except #3 and #8 recorded by Collin TiltonBar None Studio and #13 recorded by Steve Whiteside in his East Flat Rock studio. Terry also mixed and mastered the artwork for Brand New Crescent. He also played innumerable instruments on innumerable tracks, and provided great feedback, suggestions, and patience always with a sense of humor. Terry, we can't say ThankZ enough. All songs are mastered by the incomparable Charles Brooks, except #3 and #8 which were re-mastered by Charles Brooks. This album was co-produced by Rob Curtis and Terry Wetton. So, originally, this was to be a simple laying down of some old original songs and maybe some new ones. Just some simple recordings. Me and my guitar. Shows what I know! We hope you enjoy the Music. More to follow..., soon by the grace of God.