Link: The Longest Day of the Year

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CD cover art by Nancy Walker

It’s the longest day of the year! which was the working title for a piece we composed many years ago on the longest day of the year.

The song opens with a plaintive melody by Robert Minden heard on blown glass bottles and the twangy acoustic of repetitive plucked old guitar strings (a musical invention –  “string box ” by Dewi Minden as a gift to her father when she was twelve) then the easy voice of Carla Hallett singing an elegiac ode to the natural world. The sounds of tuned glass milk bottles and cider jugs played by Andrea and Dewi Minden provide the quirky textured ground of this dark environmental song. The piece was lovingly recorded at Vancouver’s historic Mushroom studios with engineer Simon Garber and released as “Alone Together” in 1992 on the album “Long Journey Home” by the Robert Minden Ensemble. 

“Take a listen to one of the most interesting musical entities on the planet and off-the-wall” – Gary Cristall.

 

2 thoughts on “Link: The Longest Day of the Year

  1. ROBERT,
    LOVE SO MANY TRACKS : “MMMH, TERRA COTTA, WHAT IS YOUR NAME, LIKE LIGHT OFF WATER” …….. SAW YOU AT THE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL IN LONDON, ONTARIO IN THE 90’S. YOU WERE INSPIRATION FOR ME AND SOME FRIENDS. WE CREATED A GROUP CALLED “SALONGO” AND YOU SET ME ON A PATH TO WRITE SONGS AND DEVELOP SOME MATERIALS. REALLY!!!!!!
    SHALL HAVE TO SEND YOU A PACKAGE. I AM EASING MY WAY BACK TO THINGS AFTER A MILD BRAIN INJURY SUSTAINED IN A CAR ACCIDENT 8 YEARS AGO (MESSES UP MY BALANCE NECESSITATING A WALKER OR MOTORIZED CHAIR).
    DOING A BOOK CALLED “IMPROVEYES”: interviews, bios, composition/recordings lists, possible soundclips ~ A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF MUSICAL CREATIVITY.
    MERCI. GREAT SITE WITH CLIPS!!!!
    ALL THE BEST & ALL THE BEATS,
    JACK BARNES
    DRUMANTICKS
    57 SIMMS COURT,
    LONDON, ONT.,
    N5Z 5E7

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