in the summer of 2020 i was living at home with my parents in a suburb of Orlando
around that time i found myself nurturing a deep friendship with my buddy philip weinrobe, a friendship which i’m happy to say continues to grow.
having been inspired by working with him on his album Good Grief i found myself, after a number of years, wanting to record a new collection of songs.
i asked my pal chris p. thompson to send me some daily surf reports that he found interesting.
i set those words to music on a borrowed acoustic guitar, writing and recording most often early in the morning. Then, as would be my practice for a number of months, I’d wander out alone making my way in an old toyota truck all across the coasts and interiors of florida all the while letting my mind wander off to places far away.
Nicaragua, Japan, Hawaii. All over really. Nameless constantly shifting shelves of sand heaving clear hollow barrels into the night
You ever hear those sounds?
at some point i wrote a couple of other tunes inspired by a zoom powerpoint presentation i participated in with some friends online. we said it was for educational enrichment but really it was highly competitive. adam and kate were the clear winners. So anyways then doug wieselman arranged some things, so did paul wiancko. I imagine him in a tuxedo. philip played a drum machine and then mixed and mastered the whole thing in a couple of hours. I imagine he did that in his baseball cap. If something sounds beautiful on this record, my ears owe that to those dudes.
A number of months later I found myself reluctantly at an artist residency in New Orleans. Somehow I knew I was coming back to New York but needed to ease my way back into the swing of things and New Orleans seemed like a place that knew about swings. Once there tho I didn’t know what to do with my time. Luckily my friend grey gersten thought it would be a good idea to cover a Bob Dylan song so I did that and it seemed to fit in nicely with the other tunes.
It’s still unclear to me how cohesive this work is or even if I mean for it to be taken that seriously, but I am happy it exists and I’m happy to share it with whoever wants to listen. To me it represents a time in my life when things were, for a moment, simple and unadorned. Unworried with the weight of age, or occupation, or relationships. It was and continues to be, to me, a celebration of being with ones own self, considering the weather and then getting out into it. You stare disasters squarely in the eye, and then you dance directly into their paths. Bop and weave, bop and weave.
Both land and sea seem to require this of me from time to time. I’m not afraid of you. I am made by you and for you.
released September 30, 2022
All songs written and performed by aaron roche
except Shooting Start written by bob dylan
Mixed and Mastered by philip weinrobe
Strings Written and Arranged by paul wiancko
Banjo, Fingercymbals, and Drum by doug wieselman
Drum Machines by philip weinrobe
artwork by aaron roche