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This was my first full-length record after my EP, Mirabilandia, was released in 2002. It's a first effort in every possible way - it was, I believe, the first record that my producers had ever made, and my first full-length, and the first time the graphic designer I worked with had ever done CD art. The whole process was new to all of us, and in a lot of ways, it shows. Why wouldn't it?
And yet. I have such a soft spot for a lot of these songs. I had really high hopes that so many things would work out - "the music thing," whatever that meant, was brand-new to me at the time. I had only been writing songs for a year or two, and only performing live for about as long. I was naive and hopeful and optimistic in the way that only a 22-year-old can be. These are songs that only naiveté could permit - a 6-minute song about missing someone half a world away, another 6-minute song about fearing my love to be unrequited... an entire album's worth of self-doubt and heartache with no edit button in sight. These were the days before I began to write in metaphor or even dreamed of a concept album; these were dear diary days, and I'm okay with that.
We all have to start somewhere.
released April 15, 2003
Vanessa Peters - acoustic guitar and vocals on all tracks
Lindsay Graham - acoustic guitar on 2, 3, 5, 8, 12; bass guitar on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12; electric guitar on 2, 7, 10; organ on 2, 5; piano on 3, 4, 7, 12; lap steel guitar on 3, 4, 12; cognac glass on 3
Brian Beadle - drums on 1, 2, 6, 7; percussion on 1, 5
Ward Williams - resonator guitar on 1, pedal steel on 6, 8
Jaron Pitts - cello on 11
Trey Kazee - cognac glass on 3
Recorded at L.O.E. Laboratories in Dallas, Texas by Lindsay Graham and Trey Kazee. Mixed by Lindsay Graham and assisted by Trey Kazee and Vanessa Peters. Mastered by Nolan Brett at Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, Texas. Produced by Lindsay Graham and Trey Kazee.
All music and lyrics written by Vanessa Peters.
All songs by Vanessa Peters
Published by Little Sandwich Music / Vanessa Peters (BMI), 2003.
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