Once again we seem to be re-inventing the wheel with Windhaven. Heading into 2012, we’re more aware than ever of the mercurial nature of life. Wicasta’s mother, Peggy Chaney, died on December 30th. That threw us for a loop and our spirits took a definite beating. But as you have to do when Life tosses you a curve ball, we’re getting ourselves together again, and we’re looking ahead to our future projects.
One of the first items on our agenda is to record our version of “Mark’s Song” by Eastmountainsouth. It’s a special song for us, especially given that it was played at the conclusion of Mama Peggy’s funeral. We’re going to record it as an homage to Wicasta’s mother. Partly because everyone who heard the song asked if it was Windhaven anyway. Make of that what you will.
Another of our projects is a purely aesthetic one. We’ve always wanted to take a crack at an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. As strange or as unlikely as that sounds, you’d be amazed at how well that chord progression lends itself to an acoustic 12-string guitar. More than anything, we want to see what we can do with it, whether or not we’re ever able to play it live. Victoria’s voice is uniquely suited for “Kashmir”. And Wicasta points out that “nobody ever plays the bass line right”. So we’ll see what we can do with that, and hope to have it posted relatively soon.
One of our most important and pressing projects is a re-mixing and re-mastering of our CD “When The Winds Blow”. The make-up of the band changed dramatically during the recording of the 2011 album. So much so that by the time we were finished with it we no longer felt like it represented who we were as a band. The new mixes will do that. What you can expect is a much simpler, stripped down version of “When The Winds Blow”, more akin to what we sound like live. If we’re happy with the outcome of the re-mixing, we’re going to release a new version of the album, which we’re going to call “When The Rains Fall”. The album calls for a new name, because while it’s same material, it’s been dramatically re-worked.