In January 2010, I went to Maine with Saul Simon MacWilliams, Tyler Strickland, and Kyle McCammon. We lived in a cabin for a week, roasting marshmallows, drinking whiskey, and making music. We all kicked some songs around together, and ended up recording two of them. Toward the end of the week we were joined by Adam Christgau, who laid down his sweet backbeats on the recordings we’d been shaping.
"Wake Up" was one of the songs that got itself written during the week. The cabin recording is not what appears on An Unwavering Band of Light, but the two versions do have some elements in common. The cabin recording is a bit slower, a bit dreamier, and involves me and Saul trading off vocal duties on the verses… which you know, if you’ve ever heard Saul sing, is a really really good thing.
I’m hoping with all my heart to eventually release the cabin recording of “Wake Up.” Sounds like exactly the sort of thing that should go on a 7-inch. Right??
Learn more about these gentlemen:
Saul Simon MacWilliams
is a producer, arranger, songwriter and an extremely handy person. Once he fixed a broken typewriter with a spool of dental floss. We met in college. Saul produced “Dissolve (The Lovely Light Re-Think)” for the Last Person EP
, has sung and played on a number of my recordings, and was a member of The Robot Explosion.
is a composer and a shredder of the guitar. We met by chance on a MAE tour - I was opening for the band, and he was their aux guitar guy. We dressed as each other for the Halloween show of that tour… which sucked for me, because it was a thousand degrees and Tyler has a beard. He plays on the album version of “Wake Up” and if I have my way we will be busting out a side project any day now.
is the tallest, the handsome-est, and the Jersey-est. He joined me on bass for the MAE tour and made me a very happy lady, as he is an absolute pleasure to be around/look upon. He also did the lion’s share of the driving. (THAAANKS KYYYYYYLE)
is an incredible drummer and human being. I’ve known Adam since college and we have spent a lot of hours together in various too-small vehicles driving all across America. He played drums & percussion on Batten the Hatches
and Transmitter Failure
, and percussion on An Unwavering Band of Light
. He currently does a lot of touring with Sia and Dispatch.
This completes the Weekly Song series for AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT. I hope you learned something, but if you didn’t, check it out: a group of ferrets is called a BUSINESS OF FERRETS. I learned this from someone on Twitter, and now perhaps you have in turn learned it from me. Hooray for learning!