A blog for Joe Henry fans

vrijdag 27 februari 2015

Joe on 'On Being with Krista Tippett'

In January Joe was interviewed by Krista Tippett for her public radio show 'On Being'.

I'm not telling anything new, if I say it's a must-listen. Listening to Joe is always a treat for the mind. He is gifted with the talent of finding the right words and sentences to fit a thougth.

Wonderful to listen to.

Listen to Joe reflecting on The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting .

(to read the interview)

He performed 'sparrow' from Invisible Hour live in the studio.

The Joe Henry & Sam Phillips concerts

Last week Joe Henry and Sam Phillips performed together in LA.
They where backed up by Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos, Levon Henry, Patrick Warren and Eric Gorfain.

Joe Henry performed for the first time live the song 'sign' from Invisible Hour.


God is in the details
Great summary of the evening and some highlights.

LA Times
 ...Henry’s songs twist and turn melodically, like a creek winding its way through the thorny territory he explores...


Een foto die is geplaatst door Eric Gorfain (@ericgorfain) op

maandag 16 februari 2015

Birds of Chicago Update.

Everyone can still help fundingBirds of Chicago's new album. (produced by Joe)

This Kickstarter project has 4 goals :
  • funding the recording session with Joe
  • A publicity campaign
  • Video production/artisanal Merchandising
  • Tour Support/Continuing Publicity

The first goal was already reached 7 days after the rowdfunding started, so that's great news ! Now, off course, they want to get their music out there for you.

We also know now that, no one less than, Rhiannon Giddens  (Go get her solo album stopped by to back them up with a few songs.

Give support to Birds of Chicago !

Update February 27, 2015 

Well,... If I'm not mistaken Birds of Chicago reached all their goals. Congratulations to all of you !

Lots of great stuff to be found on their Facebook
Here's a rehearsalclip with Rhiannon Giddens.

Great pictures of the recordings.

For example :

And finally, I'll end with 1 thought floating around in the air. Maybe what we all suspected was now spoken : ...These were the last sessions at Joe Henry's legendary Garfield House Studio...


zaterdag 7 februari 2015

Thoughts on Vinyl, but we'll have to wait for 'Invisible Hour'.

An article from diffuser, entitled 'Vinyl is Absolutely not a 'Fashion statement', (Except when  it totally is, rises again the question if Vinyl sounds better, than  MP3.

The article gives us a better and wider look into the debate. Which is always good (for any debate).

The question rised again, after Neil Young said : 

“All the new products that come out on vinyl are actually CDs on vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement.”

(1 sentence taken out of an interview. It's best to read it into context.)

Diffuser reached out to a number of labels, artists, and industry figures for their own takes on the vinyl debate, and came away with a more detailed — if still not exactly clearer — picture.
1 of these Artists was Joe.

"I love vinyl,” adds producer and recording artist Joe Henry,..."

About an 'Invisible Hour' Vinyl :
“...Alas, it was too expensive to do even a limited run. I hold out hopes for an issue of it in time,..."

About the general debate :

 “If one creates a vinyl version of a record to remain in the analogue domain — i.e., the record was recorded to tape and there is a desire to stay within that sphere — that is one thing. 
But when records are recorded digitally, and then pressed to vinyl, what is it you are really memorializing, beyond the romance of an idea? It’s like taking an analog photo copy of a digital image. Sure, it will still sound different, depending on how the mastering engineer treated the process — how hard they are hitting the vinyl when cutting the mother, et cetera — but no one should pretend that what you are hearing is a purely analog experience.” 

full article

I love vinyls, and find it a verry interesting debate. I completely agree with Neil Young and Joe Henry's view on it. For soundquality we need to look at the entire recording process, not only at the final format.

But the fact that you have an A and B side, gives not only the need to think carefully on the order of the songs on an album. No, I think, having to turn the record, makes you listen to it with more attention, and thus enjoyment (I assume you're playing it because you like it). It's not so practical to listen to a vinyl as background music.

And then there is the clear relationship between fysics and sound. You see the record turning, you see the grooves, you put on the needle, And then there is music.... And with old records you hear the aging process in the cracks.
I'm also fascinated by the clever mechanisms inside it, to lift the needle, starting the turning, arranging the weight of the needle,.... Specially old recordplayers.

Yes,... sit back, enjoy a nice whiskey and/or sigar. and enjoy the music.

Anyway, that aside, and if one day our paths will cross, let's talk about it further.


woensdag 4 februari 2015

There is a time to move forward.....

In, to my opinion, 1 of Joe Henry's most stunning facebook posts, Joe announced that he, and his family, will be leaving the Garfield House, thus also his basement studio. 

First of all, I'll quote fellow blogger David : I’ll let you read his heartfelt words and ponder them in due course.

I've always felt moving to somewhere is an exciting time : leaving the familiar, searching the new. But when reading that post, I first felt a little sad. "Oh No!" Was my first reaction, and it were the first little words of the little post I replied to the announcement. 

I kept on thinking about it all evening and morning. 
You see, I have no direct connection to the house. I've never been there, although I must admit I dreamed of 1 day visiting it, if only for 0,5 hour to absorb the place were all this great music gets made. 

Why do I react so strongly then to this news? I guess it are the stories told, mostly by Joe. He always knows how to use the most powerful, and wonderfully chosen words. 

His storytelling brought to me, and probably many others, the image of the Garfield House alive, and he speaks about it with so much warmth, that I think it was probably not the easiest decision to make for them.

The music made over there is forever and the memories they build together will always be theirs. 

And now the time has come to move forward. New places, new smells, new views, new experiences,… a new 'Home'. 

I wish Joe and his family the best of times to come, and look forward to hearing his new stories.