~ Liner Notes ~
Eliot Osborn: guitar, bass, foot box, keys, vocals
Louise Lindenmeyr: mandolin, button accordion, vocals
George Potts: guitar, bass, vocals
~ the indians ~
Michael Wiskey: drums
Brian Melick: percussion
Eileen Cozzaglio: violin
The Mighty Half Fast Singers: Bobby MacVeety,Lisa Sturz, Eileen
Produced and Recorded by the joint chiefs at Donít Come Over Studios
in Taconic, CT.
Mastered by Arthur Adams at Last Stop Digital, Claremont, N.H.
graphic design: Elizabeth Yoakum for Nonobaddog Design
interior photos: Tom Zetterstrom
~ unsung heroes ~
Colter Rule, Stuart Leigh, Charles Emerich, Skip McMillan, Rona
Roberts, and everyone at
~ the songs ~
1) There Goes My Love (B. Owens) Tree Publishing BMI
2) Come That Day (G. Potts) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
3) Real Life (G.Potts, L.Lindenmeyr) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
4) Just Dance (E. Osborn) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
5) The Last Whippoorwill (J. Nuese, M.Ward) ASCAP
6) Sycamore Shade (G.Potts) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
7) Big Brown Eyes (E.Osborn) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
8) La Libelula (O. Torres) C & P 1999 Le Loup de Faubourg
/color>9) I Donít Want Love (D, Hicks) Great Guns Publishing ASCAP
10) Wanna B your Baby (E. Osborn) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
11) Poison Love (E. Laird) Hill & Range Songs BMI
12) Iím Only Sleeping (Lennon-McCartney) Northern Songs BMI
13) Still Kickiní (E.Osborn) Y.M.I. Publishing ? BMI
14) Someday (M. True) copyright 2003 Marie True
~ about the songs ~
1. There Goes My Love...
from a tape of Barry and Holly Tashian recorded on an evening we shared a stage,
this song is also available on their most recent release At Home (www.tashian.com)...
written by Buck Owens, recorded by the Farmer Boys... earlier than the Everlys,
but on the way there to my ears... e.o.
2. Come That Day
written by George in response to one of those ageless questions....inspired by a
performance of the old spiritual "Somebody's Callin' My Name", but not about
3. Real Life...
George wrote the melody and the changes, I wrote the lyrics... an
anti-intellectualís appeal to just follow oneís natural instincts ... made all
the more persuasive with all that smoldering encouragement from Brazil ... l.l.
Louise has a favorite memory of two people dancing, without music, at a bus stop
in the Dominican Republic... here itís a husband and a wife just gettiní goofy
Ďround the house... in celebration of those over the top moments so conducive to
romance and happiness... e.o.
5. The Last Whippoorwill...
an endangered bird cries out for hopeless love...from The Gram Parsons Notebook,
co-written by Cornwall resident John Nuese, who played guitar with Gram and
poured countless hours into raising Eliotís awareness of rhythm guitar playing
and great country writing many years ago... l.l.
the early morning light looking west across the Housatonic, and the golden
sycamores that line the river in Kent....just lay back, look around and remember
twenty years ago, under the spell of the
Nevilleís and the Wild Tchoupitoulas, this song fell out after an afternoon
hanginí with a seven year old... this time with a calypso flavor and spontaneous
combustion provided by the Half Fast Singers... donít wait to be asked, just
join in... e.o.
from Chile and the throat of Maria Montalvo, ... two dragonflies meet, she
bathes at the riverís edge... he appears... they consummate their
relationship... he dissolves into thin air... life the way it oughta be..? l.l.
Don't Want Love
from "Last Train to Hicksville" to "Beatin' the Heat", Dan Hicks
musical shenanigans have influenced many a recording...we're proud to have this
one be counted among them.....g.p.
10. Wanna B your Baby...
inspired by the spare sound of early Al Green/Willie Mitchell collaborations...
advancing the notion that what a big tough guy wants and needs in a woman boils
down to this when life overwhelms... e.o.
- the Elmer Laird classic...we are guessing that he was a
bit unhappy when he wrote it.... and performed with a big time nod to Buddy
Miller, whose candle burns brightly in our shrine....g.p.
Iím Only Sleeping...
could the music match the mood of the lyric
any better...? I first heard this in someoneís basement at an 8th grade
make-out party... still dreamy after all these years... l.l.
13. Still Kickiní...
this incantation sprang from haunting and
helpless conversations with a close friend whose brother, Kevin Murphy, perished
on 9/11/01... for his family and all they continue to work through... in praise
of the power of maintaining a positive attitude in the face of despair... e.o.
excavated from a fuzzy tape Eliot made at a reunion of my family in 1986...
written by my Aunt Mary who played piano professionally well into her
eighties... a standard just waiting to be heard... and wouldnít that be just
and in case
youíre interested... ~
~ "HALF FAST" ~
because this happened that way. We did the tracking in a couple of
days, but between life itself, flame outs, crashes and just plain
winginí it... over a year later, here we are... crawling to the
finish line, clinging to the wreckage of the plan.
~ the recording ~
We recorded this using Digital Performer 2.7 on an old beige G3 (
with one 300MHz processor ), which in itself added definition to the
title. We used Tube MP preamps, a Neumann TL170R and an AKG 414 on
the basic tracks, and the same mics thru an Avalon VT737 preamp for
solos and vocals.
~ the production ~
Weíre a trio, but because recordings capture a moment for repeated
listening, we added stuff and engaged the assistance of a few
friends to give these songs a greater depth. All of us arranged...
George and Eliot engineered, mixed, and tried to steer the
additional players toward what we were hearing.
~ the photos ~
In search of a cover photo, we passed a digital camera through the
audience at Music Mountain on September 11th, 2004. One unknown
genius and the low light environment did the rest. The really good
images of us were captured on 35mm film by Tom Zetterstrom who,
among many endeavors, has spent years compiling a museum quality
portfolio he calls the Moving Point of View. The image on the CD is
a ceremonial "crown " as worn by a chief or village elder of the Nso
people in NW Cameroon.
~ the design ~
Elizabeth Yoakum is a painter and graphic artist who achieved
everything you are looking at when it would have been a lot easier
for her to say no. We were so happy with her similarly sumptuous
work on our earlier effort,
we unleashed a ferocious emotional blackmail campaign until she
realized that resisting was fruitless. Eliot assisted her in
collecting artifact and served as both an objective and subjective
~ in addition ~
/color>would like to thank the extended Redwood, Sandacres and Amazingrace
families, but most of all Elissa, Kate and Sarah... heíll take out
the garbage soon. Louise /color>
would like to thank the Raviní Mavens, the True family, Rosalie,
Nicolette and her Mom and Dad for the lifetime of love and support. Eliot /color>
would like to thank the men and women of Outerspace, Steve Gaboury,
Barry & Holly Tashian, John Nuese, Eileen Joyner, and Mary Beth
Dougherty... Rosalie and Nicolette, too bad your parents never grew
up... Louise, itís over... Iím going to bed
the joint chiefs
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