Songs from Nowhere: Westbound Train 1
This album, Peter's first, is titled Songs From Nowhere (Volume One: Westbound Train). The Songs From Nowhere project began on February 26, 2011 during a time of personal turmoil. One song a week was recorded at home using only the equipment and instruments that were there. The vocals and rhythm guitar/banjo were recorded simultaneously to prevent recording something that could not be performed live, and each song was recorded in one session. The ensuing rough mixes were then immediately posted online, along with a photograph and some comments on the song and creative process. Each track is therefore a snapshot of a moment in time. The photographer Dorothea Lange once said, 'I will set myself a big problem. I will go there, I will photograph this thing, I will come back, and develop it. I will print it, and I will mount it and I will put it on the wall, all in twenty-four hours. I will do this, to see if I can just grab a hunk of lightening that is going on and finish it.' The Songs From Nowhere project shares that philosophy. The end result includes wild acoustic and electric guitars, strange hand built instruments ranging from lap steel to electric banjo to inbindi, and lyrics about love, loss, death and redemption sung and shouted. Darkness with points of light, accompanied by fingerpicking, feedback, and fret noise. The project is still open, but this release documents the results so far, and fixes them in a tangible form so the songs may find a wider audience.