World War Tree (Original Soundtrack)
This is the second CD release by Music From the Film (Gary Young and Arthur Harrison). Two years in the making, these recordings sat for a while. World War Tree is not as busy as it's predecessor, Playfully Abrasive, but incorporates the same formula. The introduction of an Ice Bucket / Rubber Band Guitar and an oscillating fan finds it's way to this disc, and a new feline vocalist (Poco Amorleon) makes his debut. About the music sample sources: "Gold Doesn't Grow on Trees" incorporates parts of two phone calls recorded from the Home Shopping Network in 1993. Music From the Film knows that everybody should have at least 3 gold chains, preferably more, but gold chains don't grow on trees, and you have to be paying attention to your TV, or you will miss out! "A Matter of Taste" incorporates a poem by Eve Merriam, and the track "Bike" uses a poem by Lois Lenski. The track "Ernest Saves" uses excerpts taken from the television syndication of the Ernest Angley Ministries crusade to Guyana in 2007. Ernest would pull a member from the audience (paid in vanilla wafers) who claimed to be unable to speak and suffer deafness in one or both ears. While grabbing them by the head or ear and saying the word "Baby," the recipient of the "healing" would try to mimic his words. Then Ernest would claim he had healed them of their problems through Jesus Christ. It was a very surreal crusade, with Ernest ultimately claiming to have the power to cure AIDS, kidney failure, arthritis, and other horrible human afflictions. He took these crusades to Africa and other poverty-stricken regions, shamelessly exploiting people in the name of his religion, all the while making it public on his syndication network. So, while it is a rather spooky piece, it is also very sad. See inside CD cover for a track-by-track breakdown of instrumentation.