Liner notes for Recognition

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Steve Macdonald
Cover art: Michelle Dockrey ©2004


Dramatis Personae:

Steve Macdonald: Lead and harmony Vocals, Acoustic 6 and 12-string Guitars, recorder
Katy Dröge
: Lead and harmony Vocals, Acoustic 6-string Guitar


Steve thanks Lufthansa. Profusely. For without them safely carrying Katy back and forth, well, this album would have been only slightly more difficult. He also thanks Katy, for far too many things to mention here (but he's willing to show her in person and private after the album...).

Katy thanks Yooh, for helping start this adventure. She regrets that Yooh now needs to find new convention roommates... are you available? Katy also thanks the ice cubes at the Wyndham Dublin Hotel. If you don't know the story, just ask. And be prepared to sit for a while... She also thanks Steve- but since he's typing this he feels amply rewarded by the smooch he just received.


Song Notes:

It's been a pretty hefty year. It started with my layoff from Worldcom, proceeded through a summer wearing tights and a couple of unprecedented trips to Germany, and culminated with this album in your hands (or on your hard drive).

The two things that drove the selection this year were songs that spoke about Katy to me, or were songs that I performed at various Renaissance Faires over the summer... as well as songs that combine both.

This album ain't perfect. With my technical limitations, combined with the loss of a sound-isolated area for my studio; mixing was a real challenge. On the other hand, comparing it to the other Holiday Albums, it's easy to see that... I haven't improved any in my ability to mix an album. Ah, well. Perhaps next year..

This was a year of mutual discovery and joy. We hope that you find that reflected in this collection.


Elf Glade Copyright © Meg Davis: Steve's always wanted to do this song. He's even recorded it a couple times, but it never sounded quite... right. Now he knows what was missing.
Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Katy and Steve

No Man's Land Copyright © Tony Carey: Katy and Steve heard Anne Haigis and her band do this song live in Hamburg in May, 2004. As we listened, we both looked at each other and went, "Hey... we could DO this song!". It was just right- she played a Takamine, he played a Taylor (Steve REALLY wants a Taylor, Katy REALLY wants a Takamine...). We love this song.
Low Guitar: Katy
High Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Steve and Katy

Yes Copyright © 2002 Katy Dröge and Steve Macdonald: The title of this song really says everything we feel about this piece. Recorded in one take in 2003 on Steve's mono computer microphone.
Low Guitar: Katy
High Guitar: Steve

Wond'ring Aloud Copyright © Ian Anderson: This song has said 'Katy' to Steve for quite some time.
Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Steve

Appleby Fair Copyright © Talis Kimberley: It's a song of seduction. The twist is in who seduces who?
Guitar: Steve
Recorder: Steve
Vocals: Steve and Katy

Circles In The Grain Copyright © Tom Jeffers: One of the interesting things I learned playing at Renaissance Faires over the summer was that there aren't a lot of people who have heard of filk. So there is this whole catalogue of appropriate music that the public at large just hasn't heard. This song got slipped in pretty often.
Guitar: Steve
Recorder: Steve
Vocals: Steve

Instrumental to "Snow Scene" Copyright © 2004 Katy Dröge: Katy wrote the music for some lyrics written by Naomi Rivkis, and started to record it at the end of 2003 at Steve's house. She never finished. In fact, all that was done was a short test of part of the guitar part. Steve loved the snippet, and wrote the melody line that appears here.
Guitar: Katy
Lead Guitar: Steve

No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature Copyright © The Guess Who: This is one of the first songs that we performed together. We liked it well enough that we recorded it... and Steve promptly lost the tape! After a year of searching (and a move) he found it. It's nice to be out of the dog house... (It's a good thing Katy really likes dogs...)
Guitar: Steve
Lead Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Katy and Steve

Health To The Company Traditional: Another song from Faires over the summer, this song is used to close the Michigan Renaissance Festival each day.
Guitar: Steve
Vocal: Steve

Home Copyright © 2004 Steve Macdonald: No matter where I go...
Guitar: Steve
Lead Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Steve

Any Kind of Light Copyright © Talis Kimberley: Katy introduced this song to Steve in 2004 (along with Appleby Fair). Talis writes the most wonderful songs, and almost anything we say here only spoils the poetry.
Guitar: Steve
Vocals: Katy and Steve

Happy Holidays!
(Hey, Valentine's Day April First is a holiday, too...)

 

 

Copyright ©2005 Steve Macdonald