Forest Creature is a project I started with my friend, Seth Faergolzia. We have influenced each other musically for two decades and we’ve toured together a few times in the US. Last year we finally decided to write together even though I live in CA and he lives in NY. Piece by piece we put this album together via the internet. Like a puzzle, it found it’s voice through file sharing, 3000 miles of actual distance and satellites. He has been touring Europe regularly over the years and was gracious enough to introduce me to all the friends he’s made. In one long, spectacular journey we took our beautiful puzzle to Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. We played for one month with one day off, traveling primarily by train, playing a different city each night. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and one I will gladly relive. This is a special album in that it is made of friendship and I can say with certainty that there is nothing else like it musically.
The project, Finn, began two years ago. After a piece of recording equipment I had recently purchased decided to go bonkers on me, I put it all up on a high shelf. I walked into the furniture and shortly after that, I did a musical, which took up much of my creative time and energy. When I returned to the project, I decided not to let lack of funds or faulty equipment get in my way. That’s really when the vision for Finn began. It would be fun, creative, inventive. I started getting musicians to do impromptu stuff with me at open mics, just playing whatever instruments were handy. I began recording with random items around the house and borrowing instruments from friends. A few songs were added to the album including ‘Snowing In my Room’, ‘Space Monkeys’, and ‘Amaryllis’. Some sound effects that aren’t listed on the credit page include water droplets in the tub, metal objects in the oven and my stomach growling.
Some Glitter is a ten-track, low-fi recording. The material was written in my early twenties after I lost my cat, and around the time I traveled from Boston to Arizona. I visited my friend Seth Faergolzia while he was producing his musical, Fun Wearing Underwear in Purchase, NY. Inspired by Faergolzia I wrote the majority of the material on the album there at Purchase College. I traveled to Arizona by train and on the observatory deck, I wrote the lyrics to Laughing for Pete’s Sake. I moved into an artists studio in my friend’s backyard in Prescott where Some Glitter was born. Everything was recorded on a Tascam four-track.
John Ludington’s Full Release Orgasmic Audio Production, Clouds Today, truly and sincerely, has courted me slowly, lured me in with a passionate intensity that isn’t too creepy, whispered secrets in my ear, and finally won me over. I am in love. every song the opposite of what critics would call “filler”. substantial as an old desk, I am wealthy in its richness. John’s Voice is a vast mystery of precise passionate tone. on the overall, I might say that John’s voice is a witches brew of the voices of Greg Brown, Donovan from the sixties, and Ben Harper. not a terribly educated declaration, but I mean every word of it. During the Album, John Floats through several different Octaves and Tones, honestly and in perfect proportion to what the guitar is doing, and it is this versatility that makes the album a treat and makes me match up Donovan with Ben Harper. This album is completely Accoustic, just John’s voice, maybe two tracks at once, I can’t tell, but not very often, and it seems just one guitar track. Simply Raw and Pure.
You might think from that description that it might be boring, the songs, too much not enough production. Want to know what I thought when I first went to listen to it? “Too Complicated. too much going on, wait, that’s pretty, what, did he just get discordant? wow, there’s a lot going on…too much for my silly ass at this moment…” Now, I am up to Six Listens. In Love. John’s a Genius. His wordery is poetic and descriptive, dabbled with intelligent metaphors and seems well thought out.
His Guitar Playing is Deliberately Chaotic, creating a soundscape that is at once Soothing to the Ears, and
Electrifying to the Musician inside of all of us that tries to follow along. It Rocks, Clouds Today. A 14 Track Long Continuous Outpouring of Passion Mixed into Two Stereo Tracks that sound like a F******* Symphony. I Shit you not. excuse my expletives and have a nice day. – Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot
Three From The Circle
I was 18, visiting my Dad in TN when I wrote 10 of the 11 songs on this recording. He took me to a recording studio on Lookout Mountain before my sister and I went back to NY. It’s called Pyramid Eye and it’s the same one he recorded at with his band in the 70s.
Chewing Lessons de España
Jil’s mom, Pattie, sent me a box of 40 physical copies of this CD. If you want one, let me know. It’s a trip to see them looking brand new.
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I remember Art doing the frog dance, Cafe Margaux, driving around in Jil’s mini van thing we called “the guinea pig”, blowing bubbles out Jil’s bedroom window while Tom Manion ran around in the back yard catching them on his tongue, watching Harold And Maude way too many times, our moms putting up with us and exploring an old abandoned house in Baldwinsville.
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