played in st. louis while on tour recently. the night of the show had intense storms, and flooding ensued as we headed from the radio station to the club. the next morning, after a breakfast fruit cup, we headed to the mighty st. louis arch, as sara p. had never been. instead of ascending the manmade wonder that i had visited so recently, i decided to enjoy the beautiful weather in the park, by the mississippi river, with bobby m. and joe s.; paul d. was napping in the van. i had my minidisc and mic with the intent to capture some sounds, but i was largely aimless, which often leads to the most fun times capturing moments. bobby m. suggested i record the river. how obvious and cliche i thought. as they headed back for the van, i walked down to the flooded waterway. soon, as a young boy and his grandmother departed nearby, i was lost in the hypnotic sounds of the river. i quickly realized i should record these moments of relaxation and quiet on an otherwise chaotic tour. if nothing more than as an audio memory of the refreshing morning of solitude and meditation. there are three separate tracks. first, the water lapping against a flooded stairwell, the slapping sound seeming so alien to my ears. the second track, the water washing over a flooded bank of cobblestones, the sounds falling somewhere in between the lapping stairs and the final track: the wash of water over a flooded slope of smooth concrete.
recorded may 28th, 2004
autumn records 'leaves' series