Its done – after a last minute rush and a series of desperate emails back and forth across the world we finally have a complete digital download of my new EP Warning Bells.
This short style EP was lovingly recorded by Matt Heaton in his “spare time”, and mastered by Matt Malikowski at Dimension Sound Studios in JP just days before I left New England for Ol’ England once more. Sid Ceasar took the promo shots as my kids ran around in the background, and Grace Van’t Hof has been working up the cover design between shows ever since.
Even though its short, its a labour of love on everyone’s part and is in some ways my American legacy. In Warning Bells, I have included songs that explore life’s big risks, those that are accompanied by ‘warning bells’, that niggling feeling that even when life is good it could quickly turn bad. Originally this was going to be a longer project exploring the dark side of childhood. That will come next, but for now Warning Bells has a little bit of everything you might want- a hopeful young woman on her way to a new country, teenage pregnancy, existential angst, violence and murder.
The final song, Beware of the Kids, is my only self-penned song here. I wrote this whilst I was following the story of the Edlington brothers case in the UK. This terrible account sounded so like a folk song of old, and touches on so much of the politicking in Britain at present about the fear-mongering of the underclasses, child poverty, safeguarding and media violence.
So, thank you for listening, and if you like it, buy it on my BUY page and pass it on!
And special thank yous to those wonderful people who helped bring it here – to Liz Simmons, Peg Aloi, Liz Koch, Dunja Pechstein, Josh Loomis at The Haven, the Heatons, Flynn Cohen, Sean Smith and Steve Levy of Corvus, Laura Cortese, Val and Jon G-B, all my students and of course my family… May the road rise with us all. x