new eye was written and recorded by mark marshall, from 2004
through 2007, in studios in both nyack and haverstraw, n.y. respectively.
a somewhat solitary work, the album consists of tracks composed
and recorded alone over this three-year period - on the heels of having written
and recorded that way, mostly in private, for nearly 30 years.
the subject matter of the writing is sometimes painfully private.
but there's a joy there too... and the telling of just part of a life story as
2005, composition began on a couple dozen instrumentals - some of which ended
up on the album, either with or without vocals.
the album started long ago, but the event that triggered it
actually happening was a waking dream, which took place in may 2005. that dream
was the impetus for "angelina" - the first song from the album to be
recorded. (the instrumental actually existed long before the dream - just waiting
for words and a melody.)
in the ensuing 5 months, more tracks were recorded, including
"the flame", "crossing", "bye, andy", "crossing",
"man walking" and an early and rough version of "taking you down".
of '05, the console was replaced by an old, warm, huge and not exactly silent
yamaha 2404 live console found on craigslist. not long after, some kind soul on
craigslist put up a cheap set of motu 1224 audio interfaces and digital performer
combined with a mac g3 450 that had been largely collecting
dust, the studio was reborn in full - and recording began once again. this continued
on and off for the next 7 months, and included "wanna be there for you",
"travelin band", and a bunch of instrumental work that would eventually
become the rest of the album.
in the fall of 2006, there was a 10 p.m. unprovoked assault
at the front door - surrounded by three men, and struck in the head, which didn't
cause any real damage other than a swollen cheek and ear. but it did kinda shut
things down for a month or so.
the yamaha console was great, but really needed babying to
get the job done - and it wasn't as quiet as one would like, nor did it have as
many inputs as needed to take full advantage of the 1224's.
after doing some research, the arrived-at answer was a yamaha
rm800, which is a highly underrated, wonderfully quiet and flexible console, with
lotsa inputs to boot. this
site was invaluable in making the decision.
the decision was made, the only problem was actually finding one - they
are older, and there were not all that many made.
funny how the universe provides - after really focusing on
getting one, one just appeared...once again, on craigslist. and the seller voluntarily
offered to take a third off the price - without being asked. in late fall, it
came home. :)
between october '06 and march of '07, the rest of the recording
and mastering took place, as well as the remaining photography and artwork. songs
recorded included "miss directed", "this town", "another
night" and "something to believe".
this section will be added to as time and travels allow, but
in the meantime, there are many well-deserved thanks that must
be shouted from the rooftops right about here, so...
this would all have been possible, but not much fun (and
not nearly as possible), without you:
youll never know how much i really love you, little man. ill never
stop trying to show you. aziz-light!
for the support and love and support and sharing of art and love - you helped
bring out the best of the artist in me - the photo sessions didn't hurt none.
i love you.
my longtime friend, compatriot and partner in crime - this could have never
happened without the love, hard work and struggles weve shared
you, and i love you always.
elyse, laura and andrea i always miss you. im proud to be your brother,
and am thankful that weve had each other to help figure this incredibly
challenging existence out. i love you no matter the miles.
(& joe, of course) for your unconditional
friendship and support, and voyeurism, and love, and competitive spirit, and love,
and music, and love. let's not forget the love. i will absolutely be buying the
friedman so deep in such a short span - thanks always for being there,
and letting me be there back. i love you, dawling.
kaye i meant every word about our friendship, and the way you inspired
i love you.
and dad i love you, and i am grateful.
chante bodrato and louis
palude you believed when few others did, including me - im more grateful
than you know, and i love you. dave fields
i love you, man. jeff stark thank you, big
brother. david noble (ello sausage!)
ted whitmore my playing changed forever because
of you and your incredible gift, and ill eternally be grateful.
andrew dark how beautiful that one can find a dear friend when it seemed
like that kind of thing had passed... barry &
liz hirshberg for being there when he really needed a friend. mark
lo bello and dean pillion at dse.
helena and john from the
matt at 30th street guitars for taking such good care of my baby, and helping
to support this album by taking so much crap off my hands. (ive got a really
nice muff fuzz...nevermind.) chris kienle and
john scilipote for the paths weve shared,
and for being the brothers i never had ill always love you for it.
now we all go back to work. sandy bill for
sharing a very big little light. fredo, tavo
and uncle mike for being friends, and being
so wonderful with my boy. chris eve this wouldn't
have happened without you - youre a rock in a storm, brother - keep on keeping
michael levine and laura kavanau your
love, support and belief has meant more than you could know. pat
jones for believing, and for being such a monster player to boot - you
helped me believe. nancy allard your transformation
- thank you for achieving it, and for sharing it. andy
justin for your generous support. richard quinn
for your invaluable support, friendship, partnership and belief. judy
martin for sharing, understanding and creating out of chaos - you do rock!
shari marshall thank you for your love, and for such a beautiful, beautiful
boy. carl hafner (lookout doris!) i miss you!
richard stratton for the inspiration - your
struggle helped awaken mine. brian blade for
putting up with the racket. rudy pensa and
john suhr for building one hell of a guitar.
dona coene thanks for your patience, and for
just being there. jerry at natraz (thank you
brother), billy cristiani and all from kellys
thanks for helping me keep it alive. tom olori, tom
hobbs, john hurson and frederic larreur
for invaluable help on the video.
bird york - your story was more of an inspiration than you could know
thank you for your love, light and encouragement. angelina
thanks a lot for not standing me up. sailor
a very, very special thanks - i learned more from your work than i could ever
say, and could we please share a meal, already? while we still have teeth? my
and to you who now read this, wherever and whenever
thank you so much for sharing it with me.
love and light.