BODY OF WATER

(ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING)

Label / Thon Music 
Producer / Jim Walker

Engineers / Will Kast, Jim Walker

Facilities / Palo Alternative Studios. Palo Alto, CA.

    Studio 515. Portland, OR

Art Direction / Jackson Wylder

Mastering / Ryan Foster

    @ Foster Mastering on October 2nd, 2014

http://www.fostermastering.com

Running Time / 51:00

Release Date: May 15th, 2014

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THIS ALBUM:

In late 2013 an old friend of mine, Tony Kienitz, contacted me to tell me he’d written a play. 
Well, a musical. 
Actually a musical based on my songs.
What?

Tony (who is a director, playwright, actor, producer, author, master gardener, and many other incredibly creative things), and his wife (and creative partner-in-crime), Tanna, had evidently been listening to my music for years. Tony took some of his favorite songs, wove them into a storyline and - voila! - a musical. 
I thought it was very flattering, but I also know how hard it is to get something like that off the ground and actually performed somewhere. 
A few months later though, the show was cast, being rehearsed, the venue was booked down in San Francisco, and the tickets were for sale. Wow!


Kim and I went down to California for opening night. I was nervous, man.
The show features 15 of my original songs and the lyrics inspired the script. Or I guess they call it the BOOK in theater speak.
A couple of days before the show opened, I went to watch rehearsals and see if I could be of any use. The venue was the Southside Theater (Sam Shepherd’s old theater, in fact) Walking in the place, I really had no idea what to expect.
There were Tony and Tanna, and boom - after 20 something years of not seeing each other, and we fell right back into that comfortable rhythm as if no time had passed, the way it happens with good friends.


The cast of the show were amazing - all teenagers between 13 and 18 - great singers, actors, and also dancers! This show has a ton of choreography. I don’t think of my music as dance music but apparently the choreographer sure did! Incredible to watch. 
There was also a live band playing the music. Great!


Opening weekend was packed and got several rave reviews from respected Bay Area theater critics.

Here’s a nice blurb: 
“very edgy with great music and excellent choreography. Sort of a Lord of the Flies on a teen age canvas"
Cool, yeah?


When Kim and I returned home, I got a call from Tony and Tanna. They wanted to preserve the memory of the show by doing a record, and they wanted me to produce it. Technology being what it is now allowed the basic tracks (drums, guitar, and all the cast’s vocals) to be recorded in San Francisco, then uploaded to my FTP folder. I then took those tracks, loaded them into a Pro Tools session and did the rest of the overdubs at my studio. I mixed it as I went, then had it mastered by Ryan Foster over at Foster Mastering. 


And now, here it is.


Everybody involved in the show, and this record, worked very hard. I hope you like it.

TRACK LISTING

1. MUMMY & DADDY (Instrumental)               
    Jim Walker

2. WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE                        

    Company

3. HUMAN                                                       

    Winston Wang & Sara Gray

4. LIBERACE'S GRAVE                                  

    Jackson Wylder

5. THIS IS THE LIFE                                       

    Ido Gal, Alia Cuadros-Contreras, & 

    Audrey Forrester

6. ONE OF MY DREAMS                                

    Sara Gray

7. ALL FALL DOWN                                        

    Shayan Hooshmand

8. JOBS                                                           

    Company 

9. RACHEL                                                      
    Aaron Slipper

10. ALL UP TO YOU                                       
    Ali Arian Molaei

11. ALIBIS                                                       

    Company

12. LOVE COMING THROUGH                      

    Bella Wilcox

13. NORTH BEACH TUESDAY                       

    Elizabeth McCole

14. STEAMLINE                                             

    Cara Parker

15. POOR BABY                                             

    Company

16. MUMMY & DADDY                                    

    Jim Walker

All songs written by James Stanley Walker 

C&P 2014 Thon Music (ASCAP) 

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