I put this project together for David Brewer, a friend of mine from seminary days. He now operates a ministry in Portland, Oregon called AllOne, matching churches in the St. John's neighborhood with needs in that community. David's creating a video presentation to bring AllOne to a broader stage, and asked me and several of his other musician friends to contribute.
David requested material that he'd remember from our time at seminary. I had a couple of songs from that period which never really went anywhere, and I had an unused drum track from a song culled from our first EP (recorded while I was in school). The unifinished-ness of these songs had been bugging me, so I jumped at the chance. Two newer songs presented themselves as well.
I don't know much about the West Coast, but I do know Western New York. I thought I'd focus on the part of the world nearest and dearest to me, knowing that David feels the same way about Portland. So here's the finished product--a love letter to Rochester and Portland both, decorated with photos from a trip I took through Rochester's abandoned subway. Bon appetít.
released June 24, 2011
Andy Smash--music, vocals, and instruments.
Jim Schreck--lead guitar on Midlife Crisis Car and Set 'em Up.
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