Evolution of All The Time In The World
exactly take time off between our previous studio album, Scratch At The
Door, and this one. In the intervening six years, we focused on
touring, working on other projects, living our busy family lives with
our young children, building relationships, ending them, and moving
repeatedly. We put out two live albums and a Christmas album, and had
simply stretched ourselves so thinly that there wan't much energy for
Produced by John Whynot with Lowen
That was until a
March, 2003 series of conversations with producer-songwriter-musician
Marvin Etzioni led to a decision to kick start our record company with
a fan-funded album of new material, followed by an album of cover
tunes. The idea clicked instantly, and we raised enough money to record
and promote both albums properly. We owe Marvin a tremendous debt of
gratitude for the inspiration.
By the time the
dust settled in July, 2003 from Dan's fourth move in a year, we only
had about six songs at the ready, including Raining In My Eyes , If You Loved Me Like That , Green Haired Girl and three
songs culled from the Jacob Young sessions of 2000 -- Devil's In The Details , Opposite of Everything and
Something More Than This. We obviously needed more.
Compass Point had been started
in 2000 (or possibly earlier) and was persistently unfinishable. We
convened to put it out of its misery -- either finish it or scrap it --
and pounded out the remaining pieces in a Thai restaurant in September
2003. Eric brought in Grace Notes in November, just
finished with co-writer Jenny Yates, and we debuted both songs at the
Barns of Wolf Trap in Washington DC that month. Now we had eight.
Early in 2004,
we dusted off two of three lyrics given us by Charles John Quarto a
year earlier -- If I Was The Rain and Old Riverside. Charles John is a
poet and lyricist par excellence, with whom we had
written "Open Your Heart" for Broken Moon in 1993. His words are vivid
and cinematic, nearly three-dimensional. In about half an hour, the two
songs essentially wrote themselves. If I Was The Rain needed only
minimal editing -- a line here and there rearranged, and a second
bridge by Eric. Old Riverside fell out in a single stroke that took
about as long to write as it took to play. So by February 2004 -- a
month before recording commenced -- we had ten songs.
older songs were still sitting unfinished -- Legacy and Cold Outside from 2000-2001,
and Emergency , all started by Dan
between 1999 and 2003. In all three cases, he was stuck on second
verses and bridges. Sitting at a computer (not his normal writing mode)
he hurriedly filled in the blanks and figured he could "change it
later". He never did.
We had always
toyed with recording "Love" Song, our nasty he-said-she-said breakup
ballad and figured we would add it to the list of songs to cut. Now we
had 14. Eric capped things off with a new song inspired by his initial
reaction to his March, 2004, ALS diagnosis -- How Mighty Is The Silence --
and brought in an outside song intended for the "covers" album - All The Time In The World,
written by Iowa City singer-songwriter Dave Moore, whom we have still
never met. We had ten or eleven other outside songs intended for the
covers record, but didn't record them in the same sesions as planned.
All The Time In The World came out so well that it set the bar for rest
of the recordings, and as we progressed it emerged as the title track
-- the phrase and sentiment that encompassed everything this album
meant to us.
So now we had
sixteen songs, WAY more than we needed. We've always liked the idea of
generous albums, but 16 songs clocking in at around 75 minutes might
try anyone's patience. So, at the end of the day, we held back
Something More Than This and are making it available as an exclusive
iTunes digital download. And we decided to hide "Love" Song on the
album, buried in the electronic nether lands. It's on there. You just
have to work to find it. Happy hunting.
Recorded March - May, 2004 by John
Whynot at Stagg Street Studio, Van Nuys, CA; Cue
Recorders , Falls Church, VA; Electricdog Studio, Valley
Village, CA and Jamnation
, Mar Vista, CA.
Mixed May - June, 2004 by John
Whynot at The Palm Door, Mar Vista, CA. Mastered by Mark Chalecki at Capitol
Photography by Jay
Blakesberg . Cover design by Dan Navarro . Management - Mike Gormley / LA Personal
Development / e-mail:
Eric Lowen - 12-string
& 6-string acoustic guitars, Dobro, mandolin, vocals
Dan Navarro - Acoustic
guitar, percussion, piano, vocals
Parlapiano - Accordion, organ, acoustic & electric
pianos, harmonium. JT Brown - Upright &
electric bass. James "Hutch" Hutchinson -
Electric & acoustic bass. Brett Simons - Upright &
electric bass. Robbie Magruder - Drums. Don Heffington - Drums. Greg Leisz - Pedal steel
& lap steel guitar. Colin Linden - Slide guitar. Eddie
Hartness - Percussion.
Scott Breadman - Percussion. John Whynot - Percussion.
Richard Dodd - Cello. Eric
Gorfain - Violin. Julie
Murphy Wells, Michael Clem, Robbie Schaefer - Vocals.
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