Playing In Traffic liner notes

Produced by: Steve Macdonald

Recording Engineers:
Greg Gersabeck, Primeau Productions (Sep.- Oct. 1993)
Bill and Gretchen Roper, Dodeka Records (Apr. 1994, Jul.- Aug. 1995, Aug. and Dec. 2001)
Steve Macdonald, Thin Ice Studios (July 2002)

Mixing Engineers:
Greg Gersabeck, Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper, and Steve Macdonald

Steve Macdonald and Bill Roper

Cover Art: 2002 by Todd Cameron Hamilton with photographic assistance from William Dwyer

Dramatis Personae:

Steve Macdonald: Lead and harmony Vocals, Acoustic 12-string Guitars
Kylea Fulton
: Whistle on Tremor
Mike McGonagle: Drums on Tremor
Kathy Mar: Backing Vocals on Premonitions

Premonitions Copyright by Rick Cartledge and Steve Macdonald
Gallamor and Dreamer's Song Copyright by John and Steve Macdonald
Tremor Copyright by Steve Macdonald

Bill Roper and I were discussing this project, which at the time I had tentatively labelled "Crossroads 2.0: The Missing Tracks". Needless to say, I thought that this title was a little bit ponderous, and I was seeking ideas for a better name. Bill got this evil gleam in his eye, and suggested "Playing In Traffic". Immediately visions of standing under a traffic light in the middle of a crossroads, guitar case open, and angry drivers shaking their fists at me came to mind.

I was sold.

Song Notes:

Premonitions (10/84)
This is the story of a young man who dreams of the woman he'll bond with. Then he meets her; and happiness ensues. The circumstances of how he gets his premonitions are up to you...

Gallamor (6/82)
What if the magic from the Third Age was actually the remaining Creation-force completing the world? What happens when the world is done? If you grew up fearing a big bad beast, and believing in great forces to combat that beast- wouldn't life be kinda boring when both the good and bad are removed?

Dreamer's Song (9/79)
I'm not really sure where John came up with these lyrics. To the best of my knowledge, we were both ignorant of fandom and filk in 1979. This song said something very important for me then, as the title implies (John didn't title it; I did- he told me it was a stupid title but never gave me anything different to call it...) I was dreaming of how great it would be if the third verse ever came true. Well, still I read Asimov and Heinlein- Niven and Herbert still blow my mind.... *grin*

Tremor (1/94)
Inspired by the California earthquake of January, 1994.

Copyright ©2003 Steve Macdonald