The hair puddle: river to river

As if writing about my own artistic endeavors isn’t self-indulgent enough, I suggest that you skim a previous post in which I discuss this project – just so you’re up to speed. I’ll wait.

Back? Good.

So here it is, my concept album, “River to River.”

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1) The Birth: A teenage mother gives clandestine birth to her son on the banks of the LA River. She abandons him, hoping that someone will discover and raise her boy.

2) This Hunger: A hunting coyote — while lamenting his deep and perpetual hunger — discovers the newborn boy, snaps him up, and brings him back to his pack to be eaten.

3) The Circle of Time: A domesticated female dog who lives among the coyotes is awaken by sounds of excitement. She sees that the pack is gathered around something, and breaks through the circle of animals and finds a human child. She has an epiphany in which she “breaks through the circle of time” to undo her inability to be a mother.

4) No More Hands: After adopting the boy, the new mother sings a song of freedom and names her son, “Mine.”

5) Life in the Basin: instrumental.

6) When the Sun Goes Down: Mine sings about his youth and being raised as part of the pack.

7) Living Graffiti: One of the older coyotes explains the benefits of living in the LA River basin.

8) Listen to the Voice: A preacher leads his congregation to the river for a christening ceremony. They discover Mine, and drag him away from the basin to be raised among humans.

9) Back Home: Mine spends his first night living with humans. He’s never been in a house before, and is disturbed by the thought of being surrounded by walls.

10) One Last Time: Mine observes the flaws in human culture, and vows to reunite with his coyote family.

11) I’m Out: Mine escapes from the humans and sings a song of freedom.

12) The Death: After escaping the humans, Mine finds his friends and family, but they’ve been exterminated by humans.

13) The Flood: After laying his head on his dead mother, and falling into a deep sleep. Mine is swept out to sea in a flood of effluent.

14) River to River: Mine wakes up on the banks of a nameless river in a primordial forest where he lives out his life absent of humans.

Here’s where you can stream or download the record.

Leon Alesi shot the cover photo – you can see more of his photos here.

I’m sorry to those who might feel put on the spot to make some nice comment about my record. Please don’t feel that this is necessary. I’m really okay with genuine criticism. I understand that my music is not for everyone. That said, enjoy!

    10 responses to “The hair puddle: river to river”

    1. Dave says:

      I downloaded this a couple of weeks ago and I’ve really been loving it. Some beautiful passages and catchy hooks — I’ve gotten a couple of these songs stuck in my head. I’m glad you posted explanations of the songs, because I’m bad at listening to lyrics and didn’t quite know what was going on. Congratulations, Scotty!

    2. Scotty says:

      Thanks Dave. I was kind of ambivalent about posting the song explanations — I liked the Idea of a somewhat elusive narative, but I know that I would’ve been happy to get a clear version of the story line. Ya know, given that it’s a convept album and all.

    3. Tim Wager says:

      I really liked this when I listened to it a few weeks ago, and am now really glad that you posted the explanations. Perhaps it was my awkward, fumbling interpretation of “This Hunger” that led you to post them.

      P.S. Keep doing what you do, Mr. Godfree! Also, posting this is a bold, brave move, one that I admire.

    4. J-Man says:

      I’m listening now and enjoying it immensely. I love the musical personifications of the different characters – I’m a big fan of contrasting textures in music and this album has a lot of that going on. Also, what’s wrong with earnestness? I get a little tired of everyone trying to be “flipper than though” all the time – it’s the hipster affliction. I’m also incredibly impressed that you decided to do this album, and then you did it. No hemming and hawing. Nicely done, Scotty!

    5. J-Man says:

      Oh! (how could I forget to mention this?) of course I love that it takes place in L.A., and especially the L.A. River! Perhaps a good mixtape or Record Club theme….

    6. N. says:

      Hey, Jen, I thought about it once I saw the post, “Some day, LA River will deliver me.”

      Scotty, I was also very impressed with the music. I am a fan of alternative, punk, and everything strange and unusual, which sounds awesome. Did you write it?

      Also, the concept was very interesting. At first, it sounds a lot like Maugli
      or Huckleberry Finn, but unlike the above mentioned characters, who were, in fact, close to nature, yours is raised in the concrete jungle, at the heart of urbanization. He is taken away by a priest (religion?). It’s interesting that he does not encounter anything good within humanity and finally returns to a place, where he started from (river to river). He lives his life away from humans, but he is ultimately human. (Can’t run away from yourself)

      Why would you ever expect criticism? Deep concepts deserve appreciation. Bravo!

    7. Scotty says:

      Tim, Jen, and N, thanks so much for the kind words. Yes, N, I wrote the record and recorded it with the help of my friend Adam Aaronson and John Woods (Mr. Lisa Tremain).

      N, I like your reading of my story. I love hearing others interpret my work. I’m from the school of thought that the viewer/reader/listener has less distance from the intent of the work than its creator. I primarily believe this because the creator never gets to hear his/her work with completely fresh ears.

      And Jen, I’ll never apologize for being earnest around you!

    8. Rachel says:

      Wow! I am loving this so far. Have you considered adding a button to the site for people to make a financial contribution if they wish to after downloading, or is it intended to be 100% free? Will there be a physical release (sounds dirtier than it is)?

    9. Scotty says:

      Thanks Rachel. For now, I like that it’s available as a free download. I’m not ready to turn this effort into a money making venture. As for a “physical release,” I like going virtual with this one. If for no other reason, I like the incredibly small carbon footprint of virtual release (dirty?).

    10. Rogan says:

      Very cool. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, and I love Leon’s photos! I especially liked Living Graffiti. The whole concept seems like it would be a great premise for a Miyazaki film.