Chapter 01: Home

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On my final drive home from work, before the stay-at-home order went into effect, I was lamenting the uncertainty ahead. Part of what keeps me sane, whole and healthy has always been the magic of making music with friends both near and far. But now, being in the same room and pushing the same air with these beautiful souls will not be an option for the foreseeable future. So, taking cues from how I've been able to still feel the magic with friends from afar, I had an idea to keep my Geneva-centric collaborators cosmically connected... well, through the internet. The purpose, process and name of this idea all came to me simultaneously. Surely, my friends would feel the need to make some sort of art that matters during these times, to feel a sense of purpose but also to feel the cathartic release of just creating something. Online jamming really ain't a thing yet, even with the technology we currently have. Sending projects back and forth and taking turns with revisions is something I've done, but sometimes the process is slow and clunky and clashing artistic visions have stood in the way of making progress. So what if everyone just sent me audio snippets, without any guidance about what those sounds should be and without anyone knowing what everyone else in the group was working on? Would they all just acquiesce and fall backwards into my arms? And would I be able to catch them all and assemble something that makes everyone feel connected and amazed at what we could create, while still completely isolated from each other both physically and artistically? Would there be an audience that would enjoy this project? I really thought so. And then I simultaneously thought about how some of my coworkers at Seneca County were showing up during this crisis to keep things under control for the masses as best they could. Their job title: Public Health Sanitarians. Surely we artists could be sanitarians, too. Just for one day?

I reached out to my Geneva people and shortly thereafter the sounds came pouring in. These sounds were beautiful and they were playful. They were created with love as gifts to all of us who are wading through these uncharted waters ahead of us. Once I began piecing things together, I was immediately taken by how real that "lattice of coincidence" and "cosmic unconsciousness" really is. Chord progressions and melodies and lyrics and field recordings, all created in isolation from one another, were lining up in perfect harmony. I worked quickly but tirelessly. Nothing needed to be shoehorned. Yes, some tempo and key changes were made, but nothing major, nothing laborious, nothing heavy-handed.

The plan worked. I felt the magic. I felt the connection. I was uplifted. Even though I finished the first song on March 29th at 11:30PM, I made myself wait until midnight to share it with the rest of the group, just because I felt that something so special deserved some sort of extra reverence and a midnight release was the best I could muster up. I sent it out and the other sanitarians felt the magic, too. And immediately we were all eager to share this magic with anyone who will listen. I felt a "proper" single release would be ideal, meaning this A-side needed a B-side. So we went back to work. I still had a pile of stuff that wasn't used yet and the team got cracking on making new sounds. By Thursday, I started caving to the pandemic anxiety, really spiraling. So I knew it was time to get those idle hands moving again.

Lightning struck twice. As I worked on this new song, the pieces fit together so easily that I caught myself gasping and yelling and jumping up out of my chair to dance and clap my hands like a lunatic. After a day of working on and off, we had another song and solid proof that the first song wasn't just a fluke. Another song so powerful that we may have a double A-side on our hands.

So here they are. Our testament that love is real, that there are some connections that science has yet to uncover and that, if you build it, they will come on home. We plan on continuing this project, but couldn't hold onto these two any longer. Look for more music from us in the coming weeks and remember that I love you.

-B.Leo

credits

released April 9, 2020

Joe Calabrese: Yamaha DX7 (track 1)
Kevin Dunn: vocals (tracks 1&2)
Cute Door: vocals (tracks 1&2), synth (track 1)
Paul Crowley: guitar (tracks 1&2), Casio CZ-1000 (track 1), bass (track 2), accordion (track 1)
Kelly Walker: processed field recordings (tracks 1&2), synth (track 2)
Scott Ostrowski: percussion samples (tracks 1&2)
James Haswell: field recordings (tracks 1&2)
Nick Ruth: percussion samples (track 2)
B.Leo: drum programming, arranging, mixing, mastering

Artwork: "Your Move" by Nicholas H. Ruth
www.nicholashruth.com

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Track Name: Homecoming
I fucked up once again
I told her I'd be home by 10
But now it's 3AM
I'm outside and she won't let me in
I've got no one to blame
I'm just a player with no game

I don't wanna be all alone