BROWNSTEIN-HOUSTON MUSIC PRESENTS: THE ALCHEMY OF LOVE: BOOK ONE
Performed and Produced by David Brownstein & Chris Houston
Mixed by David Brownstein
Recorded by Chris Houston and David Brownstein
David Brownstein – Electric bass, electric, acoustic, slide guitars and one synth part. Vocals on “Acceptance Speech” and “This Song is Not About You.” Background Vocal on "Chocolate Neon Lite." Drum programming. Tons of editing.
Chris Houston – Synthesizers, sequencers, pianos, organs, sampled strings and guitars, complex voicings and one real guitar. Drum programming. Tons of tech support.
Sean Clinton – Lead Vocal on Shadow to the Sun, Rain, and Quintessence
Michael Duff – Vocals on Sticks & Stones - www.duffweb.com
Drea J. Gunness – Vocals on Chocolate Neon Lite - www.dreaonline.com
Kris Garrett – Vocals on I’m Lovin’ You Now
Francois Didier Bouvet - Electric Guitar Solos on Shadow To The Sun, Rain, and Nylon solo on Quintessence – www.bouvetmusic.com
Karla Downey – Backing Vocals on Shadow To The Sun, Rain, Quintessence – www.myspace.com/karladowney
Jason Brownstein – Backing Vocal on Chocolate Neon Lite
Carol Kahl – Recitation of Rumi Poem on Groove Garden
Vocal tracks on Sticks & Stones and Lovin’ You Now produced by Travis Allen – Nashville Tracks, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered by Scott Levitin: Levitin Productions.
Photos: Chris Houston, Carol Kahl
Cover painting The Spectre of the Rose - BURN by Thomas Woodruff.
1) Sticks and Stones
2) Shadow to the Sun
3) I'm Lovin' You Now **
4) Chocolate Neon Lite
5) Acceptance Speech (Accept Myself)
7) This Song is Not About You
9) Porch Fire*
10) Groove Garden *
11) Mirror, Mirror *
All songs written by David Brownstein. Fish Hook Music, BMI.
* written by David Brownstein and Chris Houston. Chris Houston Music, ASCAP
** written by David Brownstein and Jeff Wessman. Inner Active Music, BMI
© 2009 Brownstein Houston Music
DAVID would like to say:
The Alchemy of Love is about how relationships transform and forge us to learn whatever we need to get to our next lessons or life experiences.
I began writing these songs after my experiences in the Mankind Project’s New Warrior Training Adventure in 1996. I’d somehow known all my life that someday I’d start writing songs but was to afraid of what people would think if/when I began to reveal what was really bubbling up inside. After the New Warrior weekend I realized that for me, self-disclosure was it’s own reward and that what people thought of me was none of my business.
So these are the songs I wrote once I started to let those words out.
In the beginning Chris and I decided to create an instrumental, down tempo groove, electronic record that was tentatively titled “Between Something and Nothing” to reflect how ambient electronica was interesting atmospherically, but not engaging or distracting enough to stop someone from writing or reading. Porch Fire, Groove Garden and Mirror, Mirror set the tone for what was to be the album’s original direction.
Soon, with the discovery of Ableton Live software, we began remixing and re-imagining songs we’d recorded earlier with our band, Blood Sugar. These songs include, Shadow To The Sun, Rain and Quintessence. We then decided to remix Chocolate Neon Lite that I’d recorded with Drea in my Venice apartment and Sticks & Stones and I'M Lovin’ You Now that I’d had Travis Allen produce as Nashville tracks. This Song is Not About You I’d written when we had the Blood Sugar band, but never played as a band, and Acceptance Speech was written after I was featured in the New York Times article about life coaching in Hollywood. Acceptance Speech seems to sum up the process of “accepting myself” as a songwriter, musician, artist, coach and a man: joys, fears, doubts and all. Please sing along on the chorus if so inspired.
And I Would Like to Thank:
The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Bob Molay, JB Brown, Peter Casperson, Harriet Schock, The Mankind Project (mkp.org) Human Awareness Institute (hai.org) No Hands, Food, Dan Gold and The Invaders, Chris Miller Band, St. John, Amy Denio + Tone Dogs, Mackhand, The Greyhounds, Chillie Willie, Rods + Cones, Poison Dollies, Jason & The Argonauts, The Singles, Blood Sugar, Lothar Segelar, Rob Dimit, Bob Ludwig, Bob Stone, Bomb’s Aren’t Cool, Pick Up Sticks, Second Story Television (Jill, Ginz and Eug,) Jeff Wessman, A Course in Miracles, and Bota.org.
All the musicians, engineers, mixers and studio cats I learned from in NY, Boston, LA and SF. To all the muses, inspirations and triggers: Carol, Jennie, Celia, April, River . . . and more!
A big shout-out to my longtime collaborator and partner, Chris Houston. Thanks for playing!
My mom and dad for piano lessons, trumpet lessons, guitar lessons, life lessons and the ongoing gift of music which runs through us all.
CHRIS would like to say:
For me, "The Alchemy of Love" is the result of a performing/composing collaboration David and I began 25 years ago, put aside, and then rediscovered when we both found ourselves in the Bay Area.
When David moved to LA, we began a long distance process shaped by numerous phone calls and countless web exchanges. Leavened by face-to-face weekends, these songs took shape and grew. Lyrics prompted sound design choices, a collection of loops and phrases congealed into a grooving structure.
Though my profile is grounded primarily in jazz and classical theory, these songs called for a simpler, more direct approach. Gradually I discovered delight and satisfaction in finding a compelling instrumental sound, a unique texture.
In general, David built the house, the song, I responded with a bushel of backing tracks on synths and samples, the decorative elements. It was like playing in a musical sandbox.
In the end, David's mixes pulled it all together. These tracks are the fruits of a long friendship. Many thanks.