"Can't Repeat The Past? Why of course you can." J. GATSBY
"We Don't See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are."-Anais Nin
Apple River Diaries is back! The new CD has nineteen new tracks/ seven are poems written and recited by Lew Jones. The last track-Poem #7 Eternal December has pianist Babette Soll playing Eric Satie as Lew plays guitar and recites his poem. The poems are soft reflections of childhood and the surreal reality of life as an artist.
The songs begin with a Dan Ross production(SAND John Mellencamp), with Dan on drums, bass and dobro on 'Station Master.' Dan plays on 'Give me A Weekend' and 'If I Pretend' too.
The song 'Summer's Ghost' and Saint James Infirmary are from Rainbow Samplers/Poetman Records. The song 'Closer to the Sun' was recorded by Steve Clark in Dallas Oregon in his simple studio." Steve always managed to come up with fresh approaches to the recording of the homely folk song, dressing them up in all forms of raiment, making them new again."
The CD has slide blues,(Lew Jones guitar) rockabilly,(Dan Ross guitar) ragtime(Mario Carboni-Professor Longhair style piano). The songs give the listener a vast array of contemplation, intrigue and color to dive into.
As a sequel Apple Rivers 2 improves on the original concept of free form creativity. Apple River 2 is creative and focused. The vocals are less compressed and the mix better balanced. However it was the uneven quality of Apple River 1 that created so much attention. It tipped over some apple carts in the journalistic circles, but the majority of the reviewers liked the CD. It ended up in dozens of Borders Books in, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Borders tour was filmed but never entirely released.
It is always a blast to create abstract art beyond pop's audiological expectations and academic rules. Who better than Andrew Basil Walsh of Hemet/Los Angeles as the producer and engineer.?
The new CD has a Lew Jones painting on the cover. It is an abstract figurative painting meant to coincide with the music and poetry inside the CD.
Two live rock/blues/jazz cuts end the song list, 'Let The Water Roll On' and 'Live Dream. Christian Mulherin (DA DA) plays cool sax lines on both cuts and Jon Wager(Pink Martini) plays fast jazz moves on his bass. 'Let The Water Roll On' was recorded by Tom Robinson(Satyricon). 'Live Dream' was recorded by Billy Tripplett (sound man for Billy Rancher, Robert Cray, Paul McCartney). Tim Meyers plays jazz drums on Live Dream.
There is so much to download, buy this CD enjoy and listen to this diary of sound and thought just for the fun of it.
In 1998 Andre Hagestedt of The Salem Statesman wrote this about Apple River Diaries;"An album with a surreal, even disjointed and sometimes dissonant treatment of folk music, At times it has the dreamy yet cerebral quality of the free jazz band Oregon, or a folksy, acoustic version of Tangerine Dream. At other times it takes on the freakish territory of Tom Waits or even blue-eyed, electronic-edged soul."