Ever Brightening Day

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Ever Brightening Day - Eve's first album, produced by Bill Garrett. With guests Frank Barth, Cindy Church, Chris Coole, Al Cross, Bill Garrett, Randy Kempf, Ellen Long, Arnie Naiman, Dennis Pendrith, Mose Scarlett, Kelly Walsh, Rick Whitelaw, Chris Whiteley, Dan Whiteley and Ken Whiteley.



Track Listing

  1. Sweet Sorrow in the Wind (Jean Ritchie) (2:43) - Wistful love song in old-time style featuring banjo and mandolin. Jean Ritchie is a living legend of the North American folk world. She grew up in a singing family in Kentucky and is probably single-handedly responsible for reviving interest in the Appalachian dulcimer. A wonderful singer of some of the very old songs that were passed down through her family, she also writes beautiful songs that I think are timeless. Sweet Sorrow in the Wind provided the title of this album. I recorded both Sweet Sorrow in the Wind and Now is the Cool of the Day without ever having heard Jean Ritchie sing them. But I have now! Here's a link to her biography on Wikipedia.
  2. Let's Throw a Party for Ourselves (Eve Goldberg) (3:01) - An original swing/r&b style birthday song with trumpet, piano, bass, drums, and tasty backing vocals. I wrote four of the songs on this album. I consider myself a mere pup as a songwriter, but I'm working on it! I like songs that sound like they've been around for a while, which accounts for the sound of a lot of them. I'm not very disciplined, but I've recently read some great books about songwriting. Highly recommended: Steve Gillette's book Songwriting and the Creative Process and Jimmy Webb's book Tunesmith.
  3. Waiting for a Train (Eve Goldberg) (2:18) - Traditional-sounding ragtime blues with guitar, harmonica, dobro.
  4. Backwater Blues (Bessie Smith) (4:33) - Classic Bessie Smith blues with piano trumpet, guitar, bass, drums. What can you say about Bessie Smith? One of the best blues singers ever, she was another legend in her time. Backwater Blues is one of many songs written about the tragic 1927 floods in Mississippi.
  5. Now is the Cool of the Day (Jean Ritchie) (3:41) - Solo a capella voice on haunting Jean Ritchie song.
  6. Names (Cathy Fink) (3:34) - Cello and guitar underscore a moving song about the Names Quilt. Cathy Fink is a talented musician who performs as a duo with her partner Marcy Marxer. In addition to being one of the best banjo players around, Cathy plays a mean guitar, sings beautifully, and writes amazing songs. The two of them are also Grammy-nominated children's performers, producers, and generally a two-person powerhouse. Names is on their album Fink and Marxer and you can order it directly from them at their website.
  7. Watermelon Sorbet (Eve Goldberg) (3:18) - Infectious original guitar instrumental with mandolin, dobro and banjo.
  8. Having a Drink with Jane (Shelley Posen) (5:06) - Mellow jazz number with very clever lyrics featuring muted trumpet, guitar, bass, and brushes. Shelley Posen is an Ottawa-based folklorist who is a storehouse of knowledge about lots of things musical. He is a fine singer of early country music and traditional material from Canada and Britain, and he's a member of the excellent trio Finest Kind with Ian Robb and Ann Downey. Having a Drink with Jane is not the kind of song you'd expect Shelley to write, but having a PhD, he does throw in a lot of nice fancy terms.
  9. Cold Wind Blowing (Eve Goldberg) (4:15) - Stark, modal song about lost love with fiddle, banjo and cello. Sounds like a traditional Appalachian song, but it's an original!
  10. Know When To Move (John McCutcheon) (3:24) - A capella rendition of moving song about a strike in New Jersey. Gospel/spiritual feel. John McCutcheon is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, whose music moves from traditional American songs and tunes to his own compelling songs. He's also the president of my union, lucky me! His website is a wonderful resource to get lost in. I learned Know When to Move from a recording by the duo Rebel Voices.
  11. Traveling Day (Aldrich/Wolf) (2:35) - A short and sweet goodbye song featuring mandolin and dobro. Kate Wolf is well-known for songs like Give Yourself to Love and Across the Great Divide. She was a much-loved songwriter based in California who unfortunately died far before her time. Her songs have lived on, though, both in her own recordings and in recordings by dozens of other artists. Learn more about her remarkable music.
  12. Creole Belle (Mississipppi John Hurt) (5:55) - An encore! This classic starts with solo voice and guitar, and gradually builds to a BIG PARTY! With piano, bass, drums, bass, accordioin, dobro, harmonica, trumpet, tenor banjo, and all-star background chorus. John Hurt was a blues musician who sang and played parlour songs, ragtime, and ballads with a gentle, magnetic quality that was mesmerizing. He recorded a number of songs in the late 1920s, and quietly went back to sharecropping on a farm in Avalon, Mississippi when the Depression hit. He was re-discovered in the early 1960s by enterprising fans who tracked him down and convinced him to travel north to record again. He quickly became a favourite on the folk scene, performing at folk festivals and theatres around the United States, but died in 1966, only three years after his re-emergence. Click here to read an interesting and informative article about John Hurt and his music. His Creole Belle was actually a fragment of a much longer — and fascinating — parlour song which Michael Cooney recorded on his album The Cheese Stands Alone.

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