Sometimes it takes your feet flying out from under you to realize that landing back on earth alive and still able to walk is a gift.
"A heart that beats, a voice that speaks, feet that fly me down the street, I just want the things that matter"
I had a post-thanksgiving fall down a staircase that landed me in the ER with a broken L3 vertebrae. My fall laid me up for awhile through the Winter. I couldn't lift my new son, got a tad too dependent on percocet, but also had some needed time for reflection and writing .
6 Spoons of Honey builds on my past collaborations with producers Jon Evans and JJ Wiesler and involved a total of 20 players. While guitar is always ever-present on my records, and this one is no exception, you will also hear a metal filing cabinet used as a kick-drum, a chapei dong veng (a gourde-based cambodian stringed instrument), banjo, cello, a harpsichord found on the street (not a fun thing to tune), berimbau and more.
Still, I promise it's not art-rock.. I've tried to make (most of) these songs as singable and memorable as campfire ditties. I think this record will make you smile--that one you will reach for while you make dinner....
If you want a physical CD with stunning artwork by Alicia Buelow, they will be available in about 2 weeks on CDbaby. If you want to download the album first, and can manage $15, I'll send you a signed copy of the actual CD once it arrives. It will arrive in a beautifully designed "eco-wallet" (no plastic or shrinkwrap) with lyrics printed.
It would mean a lot to me for you to hear these new songs, so even if you can't afford $15 right now, download it for whatever you can afford to pay, even if its a token amount. I know a lot of you are under-employed at the moment, so I hope this CD can provide some needed distraction, while also being a worthy companion to your better times.
NB... I'm donating a percentage of sales to the Healing Hunter foundation with supports research into finding a cure for AML Leukemia in children. Hunter Zen Thawley, a remarkable young boy who passed far too early, inspired the song, Day at the Sea. 100% of the proceeds of that track go to research for finding a cure this disease. If you purchase the entire CD, 8% (1/13) goes to the Foundation.
released June 23, 2011
Aaron Brinkerhoff: drums
Alexis Harte: lead and backing vox, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, berimbau, synths, glockenspiel, mouth percussion, harmonica
Anna Bloxham Harte: background vox
Arsene Kounde: congas
Dave Lebolt: piano, harmonium, harpsichord
David Hamburger: pedal steel
Jack Livesey: electric guitar, bass, organ, piano
JJ Wiesler: backing vox, ukelele, acoustic guitar, percussion
Joe Bonadio: drums
Jon Evans: bass, banjo, electric and acoustic guitar, lap percussion, backing vox
Julie Wolf: piano, organ
Lily Taylor: backing vox
Maya Carina: lead and backing vox
Pasadena Kids Choir: backing vox
Ricky Carter: drums
Scot Stafford: chapey dong veng, bass, backing vox,
percussion, slide guitar
Semyon Kobialka: cello
Scott Amendola: drums
Ysanne Spevack: violin
Simone Benyacar: piano, organ
All songs written by Alexis Harte except:
Please Come Out and House a Home (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Alexis Harte and JJ Wiesler);
Less Seriously (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Scot Stafford and Alexis Harte);
Day At The Sea (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Alexis Harte and Simone Benyacar); and
5 Inch Wall (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Jack Livesey and Alexis Harte).
(1, 13) engineered, mixed, and produced by Alexis Harte
(2,5) engineered, mixed, and produced by JJ Wiesler at Decibelle Recording, San Francisco, CA (decibellerecording.com
(3,6,7,8,9,10,11) engineered, mixed, and produced by Jon Evans at San Pablo Recorders, Berkeley, CA (sanpablorecorders.com
(4) engineered and produced by Scot Stafford and Alexis Harte, mixed by Matt Boudreau (mattboudreau.com
(12) engineered and produced by Jack Livesey, mixed by Brian Demming at Duotone, New York, NY (duotoneaudio.com
Mastered by John Greenham (johngreenham.com
Cover Art and Design: Alicia Buelow (aliciabuelow.com
Art Direction and Layout: Alicia Buelow
Executive Producer: Alexis Harte