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Words and music composed, performed and produced by Ned Danison except where noted:
Piano excerpt from "Going to the River" performed by Ned Danison, taken from the song of the same name by Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino.
Dale Haskell played toms and sang backup on "Once You Feel It". Thanks also to Dale for helping me work though the vocal melody on "Hiding Fire" (whether he knows it or not!). Also on "Once You Feel It" is a recording of Albert Camus reading an excerpt from his book "The Stranger".
Cover photo of me playing bass on the roof of my house, circa 1979, by Leif Zurmuhlen, copyright (c) 2017.
In memory of Peter Danison, 1952-2015.
My goal was to write a batch of songs with a common theme and record them at home on primitive gear. The theme is childhood, both from the perspective of my childhood self and my middle-aged-dad self. The songs are personally meaningful and not contrived for a particular audience. I didn't aim for a musical genre, but an Americana flavor emerged. Music is something that people like or dislike for personal reasons, and the best I can do is just be sincere, do what I like and let the listener take or leave it according to taste.
I've been making music since I was about ten years old. I've written thousands of bits and peices of music and several dozen finished songs. This is the first time I've complied songs into an album and made it public. I was motivated by the death of my childhood musical hero, Peter Danison, to make something to show for all the years I've been writing music.
I can barely stand to listen to my singing voice. I have engaged other singers before (click here for examples of fine singers performing my songs), but as this album is rather personal, I toughed it out and sang it myself. I can only say it is what it is. This music and these ideas are just what come out despite my visions of grander things.
"I Heard You Play" is an homage to my brothers Peter and John, musicians and songwriters I have always emulated.