John T. Baker- Flirting With Azrael
Act 1 in which our hero decides to exact revenge for all the wrongs done to her.
Is satisfaction to be had? Can she even the score? What will it take? Is it even worth it? What monsters are born from the effort? Can they be controlled?
Dream analysts suggest that everyone in your dreams is some aspect of you. Could that apply here? Can you kill off a part of yourself in order to regenerate a stronger you?
Flirting With Azrael concerns itself with these ideas. Born of a spontaneous song creation described in Act 1, I have learned that when an idea starts to emerge, the best thing you can do is get out of its way and let it out. Once out of the box, that idea assumed vectors in a multitude of directions. I made no attempt to corral these things, just following each to its (il)logical conclusion. Some morphed into cartoonish macabre pieces (Put The Body On Ice and Black Magic). Some were more genuine & heartfelt, at least on the surface (Time Is Of The Essence, I'm Falling Apart). Some took on an angrier, more sinister character (Bullshit, I Can't Get No Satisfaction).
One thing's for sure: this is a departure from albums I've made before. I struggled with it at length. I've been working on it for three years. Without the participation and encouragement from many friends and fellow artists, it would never have been finished.
May we all retain the ability to reinvent ourselves when necessary.
released January 27, 2015
Recorded at Baker Acres, Knoxville TN by John T. Baker
except "Wake Up Call" which was recorded at Top Hat Recording, Austin TX by John Harvey and Mary Podio and "I Need Controlling" which was recorded at DBLF Studio, Knoxville TN by Doug Campbell. Mastered by John Harvey at Top Hat East, Knoxville TN. Artwork and design by George Middlebrooks at Aside Project www.asideproject.com
JTB all instruments and vocals except:
Jason Thompson- Saxophone on 2
Emily Parkeer- Bassoon on 3 & 7
Tim Lee- Guitar on 7
Jeff Caudill- Backing Vox on 7
Doug Campbell- vocals on 4 & 6, Banjtar on 11
George Middlebrooks- drums and bass on 5, electric guitar on 8 & 9
Gray Comer- Trap Set on 9 & 12
Jason White - Vocals on 6
Bill Ardison-vocals on 6
Bo Ratliff- vocals on 6, bass guitar on 10
John Harvery- Electric bass guitar on 9
Mary Podio- vocals on 8, tongue drum on 9
Thank you to Leslie, all the musicians involved and anyone who has listened to me go on and on about this project for the past 3 years and anybody who encouraged me to finish this when I was about to give up on it. This is a work of fiction. Me and my wife are just fine, thanks.