At the end of Liz’ birthday week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about her a little bit.
Liz and I go way back. Dinkytown, Brooklyn Center. All the family vacations. Holidays, Birthdays and everything in between while growing up.
We started making music together in 2006. Galaxy Drive, my band at the time, recorded a record called A Remnant Remains and Liz sang on two tracks. A couple years later, we recorded another album and Liz sang on two more tracks. She has a great voice and I was impressed and looking forward to the future. However, the future is not always what you think or how you think. Shortly after the release of album, that band broke up. I asked Liz to sing full time in my new project, she said o.k. and we’ve been at it ever since.
We started singing two and three song sets at open mics. Thomas, a friend of ours, opened up the Highland Park Music-Go-Round to performers on Friday nights. We would pretty regularly go down there and play a little bit longer set than your usual open mic. These are the first stages Liz and I shared and we met some pretty great people while doing it.
The band, King Fish Crow, has been all over the map. We’ve had an open musician policy since the creation of the project. The consistency through all of it has been Liz putting up with my shenanigans. There is a certain excitement that we both have right now in this project. It’s a full band for the first time and with these additional talents and personalities we’re exploring a whole new canvas for the music. It feels right. And we’re doing the work.
Now Liz is pretty extraordinary. Not only can she sing and does she have style, she has degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota. She doesn’t want me to brag too much about her, but have you seen her artwork? She’s amazingly talented. She’s working on a new website. I’ll get the link up when it’s complete. Until then, try this.
I think the first recording Liz and I sang together in King Fish Crow was one track at IPR. That’s when Corey B. Toth got caught in our web. Later we recorded four songs at Old Fashioned Records with Cody Fitzpatrick. Then we recorded in Corey’s basement and we lost a dozen scratch tracks at Kooler Sound. And most recently we recorded Hotdish Army at 27 Years Studio in New Ulm. I’m looking forward to the next one with her.
Through it all, Liz has added style, elegance, and balance to my rugged persistence. I appreciate it more than she will know and I am grateful that she is a part of this band. It wouldn’t be the same without her.
Happy Birthday, again, Liz!
“I found that dance, music and literature is how I made sense of the world…it pushed me to think of things bigger than life’s daily routines…to think beyond what is immediate or convenient.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov