Thank you, Cowpoke,
I rejoice that I am receiving replies here and growing with each post and video entry thank you.
It is a big moment for me to discover or learn that you have two boys and their age, I bet that they are very kind and polite like you!
And oh, boy how to respond to all the beautiful magic moments recorded here, I'm 57, how is it that I am still growing... with every exchange for sure.
I have a question, what are the bell like sounds all through Ghost On The Canvas, is it a celesta.
Can you think of any other other kind of bell like sounds, there are a lot of them, harmonics from a guitar, a vibraphone perhaps, tuned percussion... or bells...
There is a certain kind of music from the late 19th to early 20th Century called Cradle Songs or Lullaby's or Berceuse, Ghost On The Canvas appears to be filled with them.
Tender, nurturing, soothing, rewards the listener...
How was the overall sound tone, arrangement feel or temperament of the album reached.
Did the producers work with the Campbell's over the years long enough to know all their favorite stories and manage to encompass them some way.
Could somebody please tell me more about Paul Westerberg's musical training in composition, musical background and influences leading up to Ghost On The Canvas, did anything serve as an impetus.
Is there a way that I can learn more about the blending of instruments without dissecting the work too much, Ghost On The Canvas is one of the most pastoral works I know, and that can only be achieved by inventing new blends or mixing of various instruments to create a whole new sound while preserving some of the most original ones like Carol Kaye's high end bass guitar, oh, my.
I know a lot of Progressive Rock that strives to achieve a sound bordering on the atomic or molecular level, but GOTC owes the one and only special distinction I know of attaining a sound or feel on a cellular level, the chemical processes we undergo to wash away all the pain and poisons, nightmares we ingest or endure only to attain the beauty and promise of a new day and chance to start all over, have you noticed the two motifs on the album that sound like water filtering through a system, master effect, these are real magicians handling the arrangements and overall hypnotizing effect upon the listener.
A Better Place is a prayer and we should be so lucky to take part, and yes lights are going off in the official video as he steps up on stage and we see his back as a spotlight comes over him, not the usual sort of vantage we get from our seats in the audience, very personal to be up on stage with him, more from the vantage point or view of a band mate or angel even, watching over him.
A Better Place ties in with a song that I was listening to last night Waitin' on the Comin' of My Lord from the album See You There.
And also the title track to the album No More Nights.
And Cowpoke, when you mentioned the song Nothing In The Whole Wide World I suddenly could see and feel for the first time what it would be like to ride in the saddle and draw close to a warm campfire, the leather saddle tempered and soften over time from years of riding the range.
In My Arms is definitely in the moment, the group mind strong each instrument lending it;s weight with a hint of spontaneity or improvisation to reach that divine spark*
An album always fresh and rewarding its' listener, spiritually, aesthetically, most entertaining, a welcome fixture at our house.