Dear friends, readers, kindred spirits all,
I am super thrilled to announce that, finally, my husband’s first solo album is ready and hot off the (indie) press! It has been christened Water SignZ, and it is the first and only album in the world recorded with a single water bottle.
Yes–you read it right–a single water bottle.
You see, my husband Paul is a percussionist, and for over 10 years now he has been enamored of the whole concept of making music out of recycled instruments. Like many percussionists, he started out performing with Latin instruments until that fateful day when, as his story goes, he passed their water cooler at home (as he had done countless other times before that) and tapped it just for fun.
What he heard amazed him. There were so many sounds and textures–coming from just one water bottle! He decided to play around with that flat-bottomed, five-gallon water bottle, and THIS is what happened after that:
It’s been an amazing ride since then, and I’m honored to have been present for most of his journey. Paul has performed using his water bottles (hence christened “aquadrums”) for everything from huge concerts to intimate gatherings, advocacy events, and corporate affairs alike–for everything from the United Nations to Greenpeace to the Malasimbo Music Festival–and he has even held drum circles for children and cancer patients. Paul’s aquadrums have also accompanied him to performances in the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, the Cracking Bamboo International Percussion Festival in Vietnam, and the Homeless World Cup in Italy (where we got married!), and they have pretty much been with him through the ups and downs of the creative life life. (It also paved the way for our spoken word/poetry+percussion collaborations!)
As someone who is privy to his joys and pains, his dreams and frustrations, his triumphs and failures, I can say this with all candor and sincerity: I am immensely proud of my husband, and extremely grateful to that humble water bottle for everything that it has brought to our lives. 🙂
I am equally thrilled to have been my husband’s collaborator for this project, as I’ve had the pleasure of designing the CD and album art out of Paul’s photography. (I did a bit of post-mastering audio clean-up, too–thanks to Garage Band!–and likewise have producer credits :))
We’re test-driving the whole package to a small group of family and friends, as a post-Christmas/”Age of AquariuZ” gift, but you’ll soon be seeing more details about the album, its humble beginnings and back story, and order/download details here. In the meantime, I’m just so thrilled to have reached this milestone in my creative and life partnership with my husband, and I hope you can share these good vibes with us. 🙂
What more can I say? 🙂 It’s been a real blessing to be living the creative life, and I bow my head in gratitude and awe to the Universe. This is an awesome way to cap what has been a great year, and I look forward to more creative adventures in 2013!