Tokens liner notes

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Steve Macdonald
Cover art: Julia Lacquement ©1995


Dramatis Personae:

Steve Macdonald: Lead and harmony Vocals, Acoustic 6 and 12-string Guitars
Katy Dröge
: Vocals on Dark Wanderer

No steenking keyboards, electronic synthesizers, whistles, krumhorns, nose flutes or those little chingy-chingy cymbol like things were used to make this CD. Well, except for the compressor and reverb effects box...

Therefore, no digital bits were tortured or destroyed in the creation of this product. You may argue that playing this CD constitutes undue and unreasonable torture of the aforementioned digital bits- but since there's no legal precedent to support your case you'll have a long and expensive battle to prove it...


Special thanks to: Susan Moerdyk for the emergency use of her guitar. No guitar, no album.

Thanks to Katy Dröge for her ears and voice; and both Katy and Alyse Middleton for cover design help.


Song Notes:

Originally, this project was going to be titled Take Three. Why this title? Well, the whole thing took about 72 hours (3 days). I was pretty draconic with the recording. If I couldn't get a part by the third take I either scrapped the song, or kept it; warts and all. So- there's some warts here.

Why did I leave imperfections? Well, this CD is a short retrospective of music that really struck me over 2003. It will also serve as a reminder to me in future years of what I could and couldn't do musically at this point in my life. So- without further ado...

Camden Town Copyright © Battlefield Band: I first heard this song at the Battlefield Band concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor, MI; in November 2003. I've not been doing things on my own that much over the last 4-5 years; going to this concert alone was a milestone for me. And hey, it's a good song, too!

Never Did No Wanderin' Copyright © Michael McKeon and Harry Shearer: This song is from the movie A Mighty Wind. It parodies all the 'travelling' folk songs from the early Sixties; and really struck me because I NEVER travel at all. Anywhere. Ever.

Halleluja Copyright © Leonard Cohen: I was the Music Guest at Minicon in Minneapolis over Easter weekend this year. Three different artists sang this song over the course of the weekend, each with a slightly different take on it. I was really struck by the harmonies possible in the chorus, and combined with the impact in the lyric made this song irresistable. I listen to this track now, and wonder how I managed to sing those bass notes. Yes, they're really me. Nope, no pitch adjustment. I really really sang that low...

F.People Copyright © Rand Bellavia and Adam English: Normally I wouldn't consider recording someone else's song that's been out on disk for less than a year; but just listen to the lyric. It's SO perfect, and topical to the end of 2003. From Ookla The Mok's O, OK, LA CD.

Dark Wanderer Copyright © Steve Macdonald: This was the year of long awaited release of Peter Jackson's Return of the King; thereby ending the three year cycle of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings movies. I recorded this version on Trilogy Tuesday (December 16); the one day you could see all three movies in the theatre in one massive, 9.5 hour sitting. This song is about the title character in The Lord of the Rings. Katy Dröge's backing vocal was recorded in 2002 to a scratch track that isn't in the final mix. The guitars and lead vocals were recorded December 17, 2003.

Isn't It A Pity Copyright © George Harrison: I first heard this song posthumously. It hit me as similar things were happening in my life; and I couldn't get it out of my head. It has served to give me some comfort in dark places.

Queen of Argyll Copyright © Silly Wizard: This was the first year that I worked at a Ren Faire as a musician.. for money. This has resulted in a quest to find material that is appropriate for the venue, and has directed a bit of a change in the overall direction of both my writing and performing preferences. I played this song at Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire in July, 2003.

Who Told the Butcher Copyright © Steeleye Span: I heard this song for the first time this Fall, while chasing the aforementioned appropriate repetoire for use this coming year at Faires. The Butcher is the death of fantasy- and this is a riddle song asking who told the Butcher where to find various elements of English myth so that he could murder them. I think. Maybe. If someone else gets a better handle on interpreting this song, please tell me- it's a particularly well written Riddle Song...

Life Is A Long Song Copyright © Ian Anderson: This has long been one of my favorite Jethro Tull songs; and one that I never ever thought in my wildest dreams I'd be able to perform. It's something of a milestone to me that I managed to pull it off. Life really is a long song. Try to make yours as harmonious as possible this coming year.

Happy Holidays to you, and your loves

 

Copyright ©2003 Steve Macdonald