Posts Tagged ‘The Alder Fork’

Tracts

August 25, 2011

The release dates of Tracts is rapidly approaching and the songs have rounded into form. I am incredibly excited about this collection. It may seem like bluster but I really believe these are the among the best songs to ever come out of The Alder Fork. The track listing (in no particular order) is: Random Places We Meet, Who Wants To Know, Space, Ghosts and Mysteries, and Summer Running Down.

I also want to mention that I will be releasing a second collection of 5 songs at a later date. The Lost Spoons will feature 5 acoustic song. One is the familiar Twenty-Five from The Lights I See You In Shadow. The other 4 songs are brand new and two have never been heard before by anyone.

More details about both are coming soon.

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Do You Really Want To Know?

August 16, 2011

Please join us in this public service announcement, with guitars!

Joe Strummer

This blog began with a long series of posts dedicated to the release of a new album by a new group. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about The Lights I See You In Shadow and the history of my music. I have returned today to begin a new series on a new collection of recordings by The Alder Fork.  Over the past few months I have been working on a number of songs with no real plan for what to do with them. I am in the early stages of creating a new band, The Histrionics, with some friends, which means The Alder Fork is at risk of vanishing. This EP of 5 songs, called The Long Spoons, may represent that last new material from my solo project for awhile. It also might not, such are the whims of my musical career (If you really want to know about how I have evolved musically go back to post number 1 and start reading).  The release date is September 17t, with more details to follow. In the coming days and weeks I will be making posts about the tracks and other related material. It should be another fun ride.

Beautiful Skies

November 11, 2010

Recently I have been thinking about the moon and the stars a lot.  Not so much the technical aspects, but more the real majesty of the universe. For a place that is so filled with empty space it is really very beautiful.  For millenia, people have tried to find meaning in the stars, without any real success.  The only real meaning to space is the underlying principles that govern the formation and movement of objects.  Some people would say that ignoring a “deeper” meaning robs the universe of its magic.  I think that trying to force an explanation onto reality serves to minimize the true wonder that really exists. Yes, there may be more to the universe than we can see, there may even be a supernatural explanation to existence. For me, however, there is only the inescapable fact that the universe is beautiful, mysterious, and full of unrealized possibilities.  This is the starting point of my latest project.

I don’t intend to write an album about stars and planets, but rather to play around in possibilities. My hope is to explore some familiar topics in new ways.  I also promise that future posts aren’t so self-indulgent!

Roll On

May 26, 2010

An interesting project has been floating around for several months.  It focuses on eating disorders and is mostly musical.  Although most of the work is still to come, here is a piece of literature that was written for it. Many anorexics describe their illness as a person.  Essentially they have a relationship with their eating disorder.  In treatment this relationship is challenged and addressed. I hope these words capture some of the inner turmoil.

If I knew of a better way

I would tell you to roll on

Oh so far away

Oh so far away

It’s in your head why won’t you eat?

What my mother says to me

But it’s such a feat

But it’s such a feat

The doctor’s offer a remedy

The potential for recovery

And this year is killing me

With promises it can’t keep

The time I’ve spent on this pursuit

My life with you under wraps

For us, us alone

For us, us alone

I hoped for it all night and day

The answer to my prayers

A new way to live

A new way to live

The doctor’s offer a remedy

The potential for recovery

And this year is killing me

With promises it can’t keep

With you it’s so easy

One hour of this

No time for that

I always listen

To your sage advice

My life makes sense with you in it

The doctor’s offer a remedy

The potential for recovery

And this year is killing me

With promises it can’t keep

I Blame Home Video

October 27, 2009

Pathology is meaningless to the passage of time.
And shallow words hold this life hostage
On a boat moored to the shore
This legacy is boundless
Impatient
Transcribed to thousands of pictures
Beaming needlessly from coast to coast
Yet savagely you introduce new thoughts
A language unencumbered by mystery
Clarity is the most desired thing
Forward we move and outward we crumble
So only the inside remains
Time
Time a fantasy
A life worth calculating
Replicating after a memory
Preserved
Captured and questioned as a fugitive
From dozens of years
In the wilderness
Lost, stumbling
Angry, colliding
This is the only moment
The lasting premonition
You are my only visitor
Because all that’s left
Is seconds
Second to nothing

Love, I Don’t Like To See So Much Pain

October 16, 2009

No reason for the Peter Gabriel quote.  In Your Eyes is one of my favourite songs of all time.  Beautiful.

New podcast today.  You can click on it over on the side there–>.  Today’s show features The Alder Fork performing at my recent festival. Here are two more video clips from the show (thanks to Martin!):

Continuing Coverage

September 13, 2009

In the aftermath of last night’s festival, great little pieces of the evening are trickling out.  First up we have a video, courtesy of The Alder Fork drummer Martin, of the band’s opening number Coast to Coast. Enjoy!

I Can’t Find Nothin’ On The Radio, Yo Turn To That Station

August 15, 2009

I’m going to be chatting on the University of Waterloo’s radio station tonight at 8pm.  You can stream it here: http://soundfm.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=9&Itemid=78

Click on the big “listen live”. If you live in Kitchener-Waterloo you can also find it on the dial at 100.3 FM.

I will be playing a tune or two and chatting about music, the festival, and who knows what else!

A Poster and Some News

August 10, 2009
Festival Poster by Caillin Kowalczyk

Festival Poster by Caillin Kowalczyk

This fantastic poster for this year’s Alder Fork Festival. High school friend, and gifted artist Caillin Kowalczyk put this together for the event.  He made the very first festival sign back in 2000 when it was The Mid-Summer Festival of Peace and Tranquility and he was the bass player for Urban Moon.  You can see more of his work, and even pick some up for yourself, here.

In other Alder Fork related news, CBC Radio 3/New Music Canada has added the band to its featured artist page. Here’s what they had to say about the album:

Hamilton native Peter Snow’s latest CD “The Colour I Remember Most” is an inventive collection of rock, electronic, folk & pop songs that resonate long after you’ve hit the stop button.

Thanks CBC Radio 3/New Music Canada!

For more info about the band and the festival head over here.

The Review Is In

July 24, 2009

Jade Sperry, a photographer and blogger of note, was kind enough to review my album.  She sums it up quite nicely by saying, “Overall, I found this CD to be powerful, haunting, visionary and imaginative from The Alder Fork and comes highly recommended from this writer.” You can read this review in a few place depending on your fancy:

NXEW Blog (poke around this one for awhile)

Jade Sperry Photography

Jade’s MySpace Page

If you have arrived here thanks to that review you can find all kinds of info about the band, including how to buy the album, here.