"Music is Worthless"

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ou might have seen notice of this recording a few months back, when we posted a piece about the adventure of hauling a B3 organ into Signpost Studio, but in case this is all new to you we need to let you know that over the summer saint benedict’s table sent Mike Koop into the studio to do some serious recording work. The result of that work is a soon-to-be released disc called “Music is Worthless.”

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“Music is Worthless”

It might be worth adding here that the somewhat enigmatic title for the album will be subject of another one of these pre-release webposts, but for suffice it to say that at least some of us hear an echo of a particular psalm at work in the title track. But more on that in another week or two.

Mike is one of our core saint ben’s musicians, having offered his considerable gifts in Sunday worship every five or six weeks since he first wandered through the church doors nearly six years ago.  His working ensemble includes many of the people with whom he often plays on those Sundays – Allen Fehr on piano and organ, Charles Garinger (formerly of Winnipeg’s legendary band, The Harlots) on bass, Caraballo leader Robert Hobson on drums – along with Rob Pachol (of the Telepathic Butterflies) on lead guitar. Add to that the background vocals directed by our own Larry Campbell and the studio expertise of Jesse Bell, and you’ve got a serious line-up.

We might also mention the presence of three year-old Johnny Koop, who spent many a session at the studio, watching Spider-Man cartoons on the Signpost computer.

The recording, mixing and mastering is now finished, and things are getting in gear for the creation of the CD packaging. A first draft of the liner notes has been written, some photographs have been taken (and more are yet to come…). The overall “feel” of the cover art has been established, and things are well on their way to the finished product.

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“Save Me”

We’re aiming for a November completion for the whole project, which we’ll mark with a CD release party and concert, giving us all the chance to hear this project in a pure and unvarnished live version.

Stay tuned for details on the release event, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy these samples of the finished project.

3 Responses to "Music is Worthless"

  1. byron says:

    Assuming that “sending Mike into Signpost Studios” refers to support and not simply a way to get him out of your hair for the summer….I commend St. Bens’ for stepping up to support a fine musician in this manner.
    I am in for a copy!

    • Jamie says:

      Well Byron, you’re right… “sending” does mean supporting financially. And along with money from our church “arts fund,” a few others stepped forward to help make it happen, which is just great. Great music and art matters!

  2. rudy says:

    this is very exciting. can’t wait to hear and see the final product.

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