When we released our 2011 album “When The Winds Blow”, we had no way of knowing that changes would wash over us in the next year or so. The album was released to coincide with the birthday of Peggy Chaney (my mother), who would die unexpectedly just after Christmas of that year. While we made dedications to a number of people on the liner notes, the album was really dedicated to Mama Peggy. It’s possible she never really understood that.
After Mama’s death, the band lost its way. That was mostly my fault. The projects and songs we’d been working on ground to a stop. I imagine Mama’s death hit me harder than it did Victoria, but the absence of this great lady took the wind out of both of our sails. I stopped playing. Just stopped caring. I’d pick up a guitar here and there, but never with any real enthusiasm. It felt like my music died with Mama, and it almost felt wrong to keep making it when she could no longer hear it.
In the absence of making new music, though, I began to re-appraise When The Winds Blow. I was proud of the album when we made it. But in the time since, I learned a lot about production. I got my hands on some new toys. Some things finally began to add up where mastering was concerned. The possibilities were so enticing for new projects that I found myself unable to listen to When The Winds Blow. All I knew was how terrible it sounded. It was just flat. And thin. The performances, though stilted in places, were not all that bad. But the production was bad. I knew it could be so much better.
That’s when our first project of 2013 began to form in my mind. It would make no sense to re-mix and re-master When The Winds Blow and re-release it. That didn’t feel right. Upon taking a long, hard look at the album, and considering some of the many changes we had gone through since its recording, both in direction and our conceptualization of what this thing called Windhaven really is, it made sense to me to do just do it over.
No, I don’t mean re-record the album. But I do mean to re-mix and re-master the best tracks, remove the tracks which just don’t fit, and fill in the blank spots with some of the material we’ve worked on since (which would fit better with the songs from When The Winds Blow than with the newer material, which is going to distinctly different directions). If we’re going to remove tracks, it’s not the same album. Simple as that.
So… is this going to be a new album?
We’re going to call it When The Rains Fall. I’ve mentioned it before on the web site, but we’ve never talked about it in any great detail. It’s a re-boot of some of the songs from When The Winds Blow, but mixed and mastered the way they should have been done in the first place (and would have been if we’d known what we were doing at the time). It’s not settled which tunes will be removed and which will be added, but we’ve already re-mixed about half of the album. We expect to have the other half done by the end of January. And once we’re done, we’re going to release this music as it should have been done the first time.
Both Victoria and I feel that we have to get this one right before we can move on. We’re doing this one for Mama Peggy. Anything that’s done for Peggy Chaney, in honor of her name and memory, must be done right.
In the end, that’s really all there is to it.