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Soft Day

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In Ireland, when there's a sort of cool, misty, comfortable kind of day, people call it a soft day. Soft Day didn't start out as a tune at all. This is one of those times where things just fall together with no effort, turn out beautifully, and the ease of it all breathes right through the music.

We had Rudy Royston, who is a fantastic drummer, in the studio with the idea of making some sampled loops which we'd use as maybe the basis for a new tune. On somebody's suggestion, I went out in the room and just did some improv stuff on Dumbek with him on Kit, and we got into this very cool, open groove that had a nice development to it.

Listening back to the takes later, on a different date, the musicality of that groove became apparent as a piece on it's own. Derek had been working on some chord ideas which I rather liked, and we figured we'd try them out against it. Threw a couple of mics up on the piano, and rolled it a time or two, laid down tracks, and that was the basis for the tune.

I'd wanted to find some ambient sounds to act as a landscape for it, to situate it in a place. For me, the mood of the tune was fitting very well with the mood of a certain recording I'd made on a special day in northern California in spring 1997. Also fitting the mood and finding their way into the tune were some textural elements which were originally prepared for a sound installation I'd put on in '96 at Denver's Union Terminal Railway building.

- JM


from northstation, released April 24, 2000
(Written by D. Banach, J. Moore)
Derek Banach - PIANO
Jeremiah Moore - DUMBEK, AMBIENCES


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