COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION 12” 180 gram VINYL with Lyric Insert. Also available on CD. Photos taken in Cuba.
YouTube video 'MOON ON HAVANA" from 2008 on WendyWebbChannel.
Whether backed by a full band or a few musicians, while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and piano, Webb’s presence remains authentic and powerful. She has received honors in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Lilith Fair Songwriting Competition. Webb has performed in Cuba, Paris and New York. Originally from Iowa, Webb now resides in Florida.
“ I was inspired to make this record after visiting Cuba, a place all about love and the longing for freedom. The songs on Moon On Havana are about my life and my experiences within that context.
All ten songs were recorded in a three day session, mostly first takes, in a seaside cabin on a Florida Indian mound built by contemporaries of the Maya. It’s an ancient place; a pre-Colombian complex of burial mounds, canals and a ceremonial plaza where, for more than two thousand years, people sang songs and told stories. At night alone, sitting at the piano, I felt a powerful connection to the people who built the mounds and who -- according to archaeologists -- fled to Havana in the late 1700s, only to vanish into extinction.
I decided to record in the same space where I had written the songs because I wanted the music and my performance to come alive, unadorned, to be a true representation of what I do. The music is not about an extinct people, it is the voice of my own solitude.
Long after midnight, as I wrote and recorded, it was energizing to know my music floated among the mounds, and could be heard on the dock that inspired the song In The Blue Light. I think the music will speak for itself. ”
AUDIOPHILE RECORDING DATA
These songs were recorded over a three day stretch, almost all first takes, in a cabin atop an Indian Mound on Florida’s Gulf Coast. To do justice to the setting, and to the music, classic recording equipment was employed – a list of which, Audiophiles may find interesting.
Vocal: Neumann U87 AI on voice with Focusrite ISA 220 Channel Strip into Manley Vari Mu Compressor
Piano: Stereo Matched Pair Neumann KM 184’s on Mason & Hamlin Model BB 7’ Grand
Guitar: single Neumann KM 184 on Taylor Acoustic 914-CE
We used PreSonus Anthony Demaria Labs ADL 600 Tube Preamp on Piano
Recorded & Mixed by David Arnold at Pineland Fl. & Stump Sound Recording in Louisburg N.C.
Mastered by Kent Bruce and Wolf Stephenson
Malaco Records - Jackson, Mississippi
Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at AcousTech, pressed at RTI
All songs written and performed by Wendy Webb
Lyrics ‘The Fall’ & ‘Nashville Can Wait’ by Mark Keller
Design –r studio, Matlacha
Photography by Randy Wayne White, Cuba & Florida
Wendy Webb Publishing - ASCAP
All Rights Reserved.
REVIEWS of Webb’s 4th album, THIS IS THE MOMENT.
"Platinum plated singer-songwriter AOR of the highest order...Had I not known otherwise, I could easily have been persuaded that that this was some long lost, undiscovered gem from the halcyon era of Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters.'Venus Is Rocking In The Cradle Of The Moon', prompted a vision of Webb as a female Jackson Browne, with the song conjuring, both in its music and lyrics ...the classic moments of 'For Everyman' and 'Late For The Sky". - Fatea Records - UK
"'Eleven gems, and I emphasize the word 'gem'." - Keys & Chords -BE
"This lady has made an album of absolute world class...an absolute must". - Moors Magazine - NL
"High class repertoire, sung with extreme grace and poetry,evocative and heartfelt".- Planet Country -Italy