I have been writing for years and haven't had the opportunity to record very much. When I decided to make this record I moved back to my hometown of Simi Valley, California. I started living by myself in a one bedroom house that had orange and grapefruit trees in the yard. I committed to record my album without incurring any debt. I worked with my dad doing construction for over a year to happily pay my engineer in cash every other week to continue the recording process. Luckily I happen to be friends with a number of talented musicians who agreed to share their gifts with me (and with you!) I paid most of them in cash and happen to still be paying a few of them in small payments when I have the funds.
I don't know that many people have the patience to be in a dark room for hours at a time listening to big and subtle sounds, but as I spent many a night in the studio I realized that, I am definitely on of them. Recording The Curse & The Gift, was such a special time full of metaphor and reflection. I had dreams that I was pregnant with twins - yes the curse & the gift. The title is also a track on the album originally written about the curse & the gift of being in relationship (and then out of relationship) and being a song writer. Songwriting is not much of a choice, it's something that has to happen to clear and process daily living and rare interaction. It's got to be rough dating a song writer and it can be a challenge being one... forever trying to immortalize a moment... a feeling. As the album evolved the meaning of the title evolved as well. It became more about accepting both parts of me - the light and the dark - my humanness and my divinity.
The album art started by me snapping photos in the mirror with my twin reflection and led to artist Joshua Smith making two beautiful paintings.
I hope that you enjoy the record and that I am able to continue to make new recordings to share - because I enjoy it so much!
released March 13, 2010
Produced by Anita Coats
All songs written by Anita Coats except "The Curse & The Gift written by Anita Coats and Erik Penny
- Anita Coats - guitar & vocals
- Scott Cambridge - electric guitar - tracks 1-6, 8 & 10
- Jeremy Kelley - bass tracks 1,4,5,6,7,8 - vocals track 5
saxophone track 1 - hammond organ track 5
- Ryan Brown - drums - tracks 1,3,4,6,8
- Scott Doherty - piano track 1 - rhodes track 8
- James Logan - vocals track 2
- Emile Hassan Dyer - vocals track 7
- John Adorney - cello track 7
- Curt Piar - bass track 3 - slide guitar track 4
- Sarah Kramer - trumpet track 3
- Robert Musgrove - things that shake & clap track 4+8
cover art paintings by Joshua Smith www.jtsmitty.com
engineered, mixed and mastered by Curt Piar at Proving Ground Studio, Simi Valley, CA www.provinggroundstudio.com