For so many reasons I'm finding it increasingly hard to let go of the things I record. I wrote and recorded the earliest versions some of these songs as far back as four years ago. The name A Few Pieces of Repetition is as it suggests a collection of few songs from an album called Repetition that I never released. I think I initially began that album, like most I write, as a concept album...unsurprisingly I got lost and decided to scrap the concept and focus on something a little bit more on the abstract. I had the idea of writing a cohesive "pop" album, whatever the hell that meant I don't really know now. In any case I found finishing it extremely fruitless and decided to give it up. These five songs are not only songs that I considered almost finished but also songs I feel comfortable enough to share. Maybe they're enjoyable? I don't really know anymore. But I felt it was important to let go of them.
I haven't written much in the past year with the exception of five songs which I will release in due time. I think with those a "pop" album was achieved? As much as I've had the appreciation and the good fortune of being a consistent songwriter, I feel like the backlog of unfinished songs and ideas has left me a little lost. I've been holding on to things that I don't relate to as much anymore. So much has changed in the last seven years or so. I have such a hole in my gut from not writing about the things that are relevant to me and others now. Things that are important. As I have begun to let go, some ideas have began arriving. I'm starting to see some kind of shape. Somewhere far away still, but arriving nonetheless.
I wasn't alone. I had the ridiculous good fortune to work with some friends whose talent and diligence I respect so much. Chris, Jane, Jon, Dennis, Scott and Adam, thank you so much for being infinitely patient with me during the constant pushing and pulling of these ideas. However much I may want to distance myself from these songs they are still important to me and are full of worth. I hope that can be sensed.
I also hope that in letting go of these songs I can make some space for some new ones. Thank you. Always. For listening.
released August 16, 2016
A Few Pieces of Repetition:
Recorded, mixed by Cedric Noel on Saunders
Drums recorded by Chris MacLean at All In The Mind Studios
Drums by Adam Guidry
Vocals by Jane Blanchard on 1, 4
Lap Steel by Dennis Goodwin on 3
Lap Steel by Scott Mallory on 4
Vocals by Jon Bowie on 5
Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keys, Organs by Cedric Noel
Photography by Cedric Noel