by: Bill and Gretchen Roper
Greg Gersabeck, Primeau Productions (Sep.- Oct. 1993)
Bill and Gretchen Roper, Dodeka Records (Apr. 1994, Jul.- Aug. 1995,
Aug. and Dec. 2001)
Bill Roper, Steve Macdonald, and Gretchen Roper
Bill and Gretchen Roper
Todd Cameron Hamilton ©2002
Macdonald: Lead and harmony Vocals, Acoustic, Electric, 6 and
12-string Guitars; pucker whistle; Synthesizer Nate Bucklin:
Lead Guitar on 'Movin' Along'
Andrea Dale: Vocals on 'Cold Butcher'
Julia Ecklar: Vocals on 'Touch A Star'
Kylea Fulton: Flute, Whistles
Greg Gersabeck: Electric Guitar on 'Crossroads'
Diana Huey: Vocals on 'Movin' Along'
Mike McGonagle: Drums
Kathy Mar: Vocals on 'Touch A Star'
Bill Roper: Vocals on 'Journey's Done'
Mary Ellen Wessels: Vocals, Recorder
Sarah Wilfong: Violin on 'Plain Valentine'
Copyright © by Steve Macdonald except:
Minstrel, Renaissance Melody, and I Wish I Didn't
Have To Go, © by John and Steve Macdonald
Copyright © by John and Steve Macdonald
liner notes (in much larger type!) available at http://www.stevemacdonald.org/discography/crossroads
someday at www.dodeka.com...
dedicated to my all my parents- both blood and found. Mom and Dad,
thank you for the gift of music, and the freedom to explore. Bill
and Gretchen, thank you for the opportunities to actually leverage
that freedom, the advice, and your friendship. Dave; thank you for
your heart, care, and love.
Thank you, John. An important chunk of this album would not exist
if not for you.
thanks to: Alyse Middleton, Evan Middleton, Katy Dröge, Susan
Moerdyk, Luke, Renee, and Joshua. Yer all still here, even though
I've committed album again...
Thank You!! to Callie Hills for the title.
the Songspinner and Journey's Done thank you's: Greg Gersabeck,
MEW, Thom Mattingly, Harry Smothers, Lee Billings, Alisa Cohen,
Tom Smith, June Morley, Lisa Hunter, Spencer Love, Mom and Dad,
Bill Roper, Kylea Fulton, Nate Bucklin, Andrea Dale, Kathy Mar,
Julia Ecklar, Mike McGonagle, Diana Huey, Andy Anda, Gretchen Roper,
Judith Hayman, the Journey's Done Chorus, and Tim Ryan.
Bill and Gretchen would like to thank the Supreme Court for their
ruling on parodies, but have nothing more useful to say than Justice
would like to thank Steve for being a real sweetheart. Bill tends
to agree, but would probably phrase it differently.
Dodeka Records would like to thank the following: Kylea Fulton,
who flew in from Winnipeg to help us out; Bill Rintz, who may have
been more worried about missing his recording session with us than
his stroke- thanks, Bill, and get well; Andy Anda, who stepped in
at the last minute; Nate Bucklin, whose talents we abused greatly
at Confusion; Mary Ellen Wessels, who spends most of her life on
I-94; our virtual army of vocalists; and Susan, who deserves the
Medal of Honor for handling three kids while we borrowed her husband.
YOU HAVE IN YOUR HANDS
presents selections from the previously released tapes "Songspinner"
(1994) and "Journey's Done" (1995). We have remastered
the entire album, making some voices stronger here, removing things
that made us cringe there, and in a couple of cases just throwing
away the original recording and starting over from scratch. We like
the results- and we hope that you do too.
The direct inspiration for this piece was the fairs, or 'gather
days', held at the various Holds during the summer season. The lyric
did end up much more fantasy oriented, but I could not leave Unicorns
out of the song, just because they did not exist on Pern.
This song attempts to capture a singe moment in time; in London,
late 19th century. time is transitional; we are always moving from
one moment to the next; and most time spans do not hold their own
This was written for the 1993 OVFF Songrwiting contest. I used the
Great Lakes Cree Indian legends of a creature called a Wendigo to
compose the lyrics. As the title suggests, a Wendigo is neither
cuddly or nice. It won.
I Think of You (6/87)
This is a love song I wrote for Susan while she was testing for
her Indiana Teacher's Certificate. Which is appropos of nothing;
but helps remind me when I wrote the dang thing.
One of my standard 'opening' pieces; it pretty much speaks for itself.
This is one of my initial reactions to fandom- disbelief that I
was no longer alone. I was always used to being the strangest kid
on the block with the most far-out books, and here I was normal,
if not downright mundane!
the Unicorn (10/92)
I wrote this at my first OVFF in October, 1992. It was a very powerful
experience for me. 'Nuff said.
on the Strings (3/92)
I'm really proud of this. Total orchestration is two guitars (one
capoed at the 5th fret, the other open) and two soprano recorders.
The second recorder part is optional and only adds ornamentation
at the end of the piece -- but it has definite impact. Just relax
John penned this one referring specifically to me. I am still trying
to live up to it.
Valentine (2/92, 11/93)
I wrote this for Susan when I didn't even have enough cash in my
pocket to buy a card for Valentine's Day. She preferred the song
to the potential card.
What happens when you need something so much, you steal it rather
than earning it?
Love Those Old B Movies (7/93)
This was written for TorontoTrek in 1994; where Mary Ellen Wessels
and I were the Filk GoH's.
The push for space is not an individual or national goal- it's a
racial one. Many have contributed to Mankind's push to go higher,
faster, and farther. This is for all who share that dream.
A Star (4/95)
For Joshua- May he dream the dreams and plant the seeds that grow
to where he wants to be. My daughter has since learned this song;
and used it as an audition piece. Nope, I ain't proud!! :)
To most people, discipline is a four letter word (myself included).
On the other hand, there's a lot to be said for focusing in on accomplishing
I came up with this melody, and it felt like a good 'traveling'
or 'driving' song. So, I had to figure out where I was driving from,
I Didn't Have to Go (5/80)
In 1980 I toured Central Europe for 4 weeks with the Blue Lake International
Choir. This was written for that trip, and sung to the host families
I stayed with.
It took about as long to write this song as it takes to play it.
Just keep movin' along.