COMING SOON! THE THIRD SINGLE, PRAYING HANDS
“Praying Hands” will go live August 4 on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many others. We’re chuggin’ along toward our goal of twelve songs. And maybe, maybe, the album will be pressed in vinyl. Nine singles from now…
Ever since Mark first played “Praying Hands” with me on our first tour, he wanted a chance to record it. When we did record the song, it was several — my new favorite nonspecific adjective, several — several years later.
Finally, Mark and I met at his San Francisco studio in the Noonan Building, Pier 70. There we began our collaboration, this collaboration, this working together on all the music, all the images, all the techne, and all the arete, the realization of which I am hugely proud and glad.
We set to work recording “Praying Hands.” The basics of vocals, guitars, and a first mix were done. That was where Mark’s friend, Dave Lebolt stopped by to give a listen to the music Mark had been telling him about. That day, Dave added the piano arpeggios and he and Mark began improving the recording.
What is is remarkable about “Praying Hands” is its “will to live.” It began as an unfinished blues, with only a first verse. I’ll admit it. Long ago. Several years ago. In fact, the first verse fragment was recorded on a portable cassette deck, sitting on the carpet in an unfurnished apartment. In my own defense, a good song survives the Test of Time.
Lo! Several years later, that big E major chorus kicked the song into full form, even on an acoustic guitar. That version of “Praying Hands” endured until Mark and I gathered songs for the set we played on the UK tour.
Thence, several years later, we find ourselves here, in the Noonan Building, Pier 70, posting this blog.
P.S. You can listen to the song played live with two guitars, on the Harrogate CD, or by using the player below.