Storycatcher 2012 - Red Tail Farm Recordings - Whidbey Island, WA

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My music had been put away for years. That’s why after 9-11 I was shocked to get the urge to write and record again. I had no illusions about going back into the music industry. This was just for me.

 

It all started with a dream in which the song “A Thousand Different Towns” came to me almost fully formed with Jennifer's help. What followed was re-discovering and re-writing pieces of things I had never finished over the years. What emerged were these personal reflections on parts of my life infused with the memories I had of those moments.

 

I set up a home studio and worked on this for about 3 months. The stories came easily.  Not as much getting in the way. And then I put these recordings away for 10 years until I stumbled across them again and remembered how much pleasure writing and singing brings me. In some ways these songs were a full circle exercise with me coming all the way back to just me and my guitar. The way that it all started all those many years ago.   

Words of a Poet - David Riordan
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I have always loved road trips. Something about being in motion lights up my creativity … this was one of those times.

Old Friends - David Riordan
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I am old enough to have lived through a number of life cycles, each one filled with friends that remain in spirit for the long run. This song is for them…

The Things We Do - David Riordan
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For me, the desert has always been a place of sanctuary and reflection. After a particularly troubling period, this was one of those times.

Back in the Alley - David Riordan
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One of the great gifts my mother gave me before she died was all my school report cards. With my less than spectacular school career, I was curious to find a teachers note on one of my junior high reports. “He’s no trouble, just stares out the window a lot”. At the time I couldn’t tell you where I was, but this song is about one of those places.

Wanted in Love - David Riordan
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This world by most estimates can be a dark and cruel place. That’s why I always thought it was a miracle when you actually found someone to love. Even when things are challenging, a song likes this reminds me to be thankful that I can still love…

Rolling Thunder - David Riordan
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When you are in the middle of experiencing the thrill of being a rock and roll musician, there are many souls that pass through that fantasy. If only for a moment, I was grateful for the woman in this song …

Take A Chance - David Riordan
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When you have broken off a major relationship and spent time alone, it can be interesting, reflective and most of all feel safe. Yet, there comes a moment when that carefully constructed comfort zone gets shattered by a look…

The Prayer - David Riordan
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Many of us suffer from some sort of depression. I always thought it was the oddest thing that the same world from the day before could suddenly feel so dark. In those times the remedy is love…

A Thousand Different Towns - D Riordan/J Walton
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Most of us can remember where we were on September 11th. One of the interesting things for me was the tremendous outpouring of art of all kinds, as we all tried to make sense of it. I hadn’t written a song in forever, but one night soon after the 11th, I had a dream where I was handed these words.

 

I first thought the words were a poem, but when I showed them to Jennifer, she said… “It’s a song” and hummed a bit of a tune. Turns out she was right…. Now, this refrain didn’t completely come out of nowhere. A philosopher we knew named David Spangler had envisioned that everyone on those planes, including the hijackers had a made a deep sacrifice for all of us… those individuals he said came from a thousand different towns…