In early 2012 I wrote a series of songs that were designed to reduce stress surrounding the recovery of my Mother-in-Law from a significant stroke in December of 2011. I had no way of knowing the my own journey was about to take a huge detour.
After a couple of months of back and rib pain, first thought to be inflammation, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on July 5, 2012. I was in bad shape and treatment with Chemotherapy began immediately. I was fortunate that my body responded, but there were a host of side effects and one was neuropathy of the hands and feet, which can be short-term or more permanent.
With that in mind, I quickly set out to record vocal and guitar demos of the songs that I had written over the winter in the event that my guitar playing was significantly impacted over the long term. On two days in July and one day in August I laid down simple demos for the songs at Wellspring Sound in Acton with the help of Erick Kilburn, who was at the helm for my latest album "Love Songs (and other tall tales)" in 2010. Eric was kind enough to lend me his 1948 Martin D-18 that I had used on a number of songs on Love songs so that I could get used to playing these new songs on that guitar before coming in to record them.
I offer these track here now as this may be the final stop for some of them as my current sound is moving more to an electric guitar oriented genre. These come to you warts and all. These are rough mixes that were made at the end of each session so I would have a reference recording. Alas, some of the guitar playing is less than my best due to a number of Chemotherapy drugs, steroids, opiate narcotics and various antibiotics and antiviral drugs coursing through my system.
Proceeds from sales here will go towards my next project, a sort of low level Kickstarter fund. Buyers who choose the "pay more if they want" option will get at least a mention in liner notes of the new project(s). I'll have to think about some interesting swag for those who go above and beyond. It may include, but not be limited to a guest appearance on a song.
Just my way of spreading some music that might not get out there otherwise, and get a toe in the water for funding the next project.
released November 22, 2015
Stuart Ferguson - Vocal and Guitar
Eric Kilburn - Engineering and Production
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