New Kids Album Will Save the Planet!

Winston with cape and CD's ready to save the planet

Michael Ryther’s “Kids of the Earth: Songs For the Green Generation” produced by Willie Wisely. Michael Ryther, a grade school teacher here in Los Angeles, approached me about producing an album of kids music. He had a batch of awesome rough demos, each with an important message about environmental activism. Gathered together these songs would […]

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The Singles Series: “Fall Inside You Eyes [Eric Heywood pedal steel]”

Jackie Lomax "Fall Inside Your Eyes" [Apple Records] The Beatles George Harrison

Transparent recording process reveals all. Eric Heywood came in yesterday and set pedal steel down on two new recordings. If you’ve seen Over The Rhine, Tift Merritt, Ray Lamontagne, Andrew Bird or The Pretenders over the past few years, you’ve definitely had Eric blow your mind. First, we tracked Jackie Lomax’ “Fall Inside Your Eyes” […]

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The Singles Series: “Sutures Loose [acoustic demo]“

ringer t-shirt tee. blue sky, wings, Saranac

Transparent recording process reveals all. Turning on to Ryan Adams hit me like a thunder bolt. In admiration of how prolific an artist he is, and how wonderfully nonchalant nearly all his work tends to be, I wrote this one as quickly and decisively as possible. No second guessing, or thinking too much about what […]

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The Singles Series: “Sleep” (live)

Transparent recording process reveals all. My wife walked over to the piano with our new born in her arms. She dipped down with one hand to show the babe how the piano makes noise. I stood across the room, witnessing this, and in her five random notes, received the vision for an entire song. I […]

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The Singles Series: It’s Better Not To Care

broken Gibson 125

Transparent recording process reveals all. In the midst of yearning for someone who doesn’t feel the same about you, who of us hasn’t wished that they’d have played it a bit cooler? Stayed aloof. Given less. Kept your stock high in the eyes of someone you wish would love you back? Good luck with that. […]

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The Singles Series: Always Leave The Tape Rolling

iPhone, Voice Memo, tape reel, Gibson guitar

Transparent recording process reveals all. Archivists know that the most illuminating moments in music often come when the engineer leaves the tape machine in recording mode, as the musicians talk about whatever suits them. This week Shelly Peiken and I finished writing a song we started last Spring. It’s called Better Not To Care. For […]

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The Singles Series: “In The Back Of A Taxi” – Demo

tugboat taxi boat harbor cruise ship anchor up

Transparent recording process reveals all. On June 18, 2009, Linus of Hollywood, the producer of my Parador album, is house sitting at some Hollywood Hills chalet, and is writing songs for his next album. He’s been producing albums for a ton of other artists and is now wanting to make music suited for his muse. […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Electric Guitar, Piano, Bongos, Conga & Triangle

Funkytown Studio, guitar, bass drums, velvet pants, plaid suit, long hair, Tamla drums

Transparent recording process reveals all. I’ve known John Fields a long time. It’s a friendship that veers between collaboration, BBQ, the camaraderie of our same-aged daughters, and our passion for the great music. With long-time relationships, comes funny stuff. Truth becomes unavoidable. Walls come down. And elephants in the room suddenly begin screaming. He and […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Slide Guitar, Mellotron, New Drums

Brass slide on Guild guitar neck with mid-60's Gibson 125 on the floor.

Transparent recording process reveals all. After years of not playing the slide guitar, “Invisible” beckons to shake off the rust. It’s something I love to do, having learned how in the 90’s, playing along to “Love In Vain” on The Rolling Stones‘ “Let It Bleed”, and J. B. Hutto & Lightning Hopkins records. It got […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Tracking Bass

John Fields plays bass in a recording studio to a new song called "Invisible" by Willie Wisely

Transparent recording process reveals all. Originally I’d shown up at John Field’s studio to talk him through my drum vision for “Invisible”, a new song by Cliff Hillis & myself. Instead, John picked up his trusty Harmony bass, and got to work laying it down. Without any thought or discussion we kept last week’s rough […]

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