Jeff Rosedale | Scenes From The Observation Car

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Scenes From The Observation Car

by Jeff Rosedale

Acoustic fingerstyle guitar
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jamestown Train
4:11 $0.99
2. Annabelle and Sofie
5:02 $0.99
3. Shooting A Bear in A Cage
4:34 $0.99
4. Stunt Kites And Stiches
5:05 $0.99
5. Blood and Jasmine
4:40 $0.99
6. Bicycle Girl
3:53 $0.99
7. Carman's Cadeaux
5:12 $0.99
8. Dresser Drawer Baby
5:26 $0.99
9. Headlands
4:09 $0.99
10. Fake Presents
4:53 $0.99
11. Nashville Turnabout
4:04 $0.99
12. Where I Keep You
5:48 $0.99
13. 50
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Jeff puts his well-honed gift for songwriting together with great guitar chops to come up with a fine collection of guitar solos on his new recording 'Scenes From The Observation Car.'"
--Alex de Grassi

I began recording “Scenes from the Observation Car” in the fall of 2006. Earlier that year I had released my first CD, “Ooboo’s Pancake,” and was eager to start another project. After recording about 10 tracks, I took a break. Several weeks later, I listened to the songs with a critical ear and realized that quite a few needed tweaking: some needed a better performance, others needed to grow a bit more with changes to the arrangements or melodies. Some just didn’t “cut it.” Over the next year I wrote new tunes and honed the best ones from the initial recordings, coming up with a mix of 13 compositions that would eventually become “Scenes.” Two years in the making, this project combines stories, sketches and music to deliver a mood that will hopefully take listeners to a peaceful place—one of respite from fast lanes, cell phones, text paging, and the daily grind of survival.
I’ve wanted to produce a project such as this since I fell in love with Harry Chapin’s “Sniper,” an album from the 70s which combined music, lyrics and illustrations. Each song had an associated sketch beside the words, providing another dimension, taking one deeper into the track with each listen. Although the music on “Scenes” is instrumental, hopefully the short stories, sketches and melodies will provide an effect similar to Chapin’s.
From the poignant recollection in “Jamestown Train” to the quirky sentiment of “Fake Presents,” “Scenes from the Observation Car” represents special moments in my life’s journey—from childhood to 50. I hope you will enjoy listening and reading.

There were four very important people involved in the making of “Scenes”:

First and foremost, I would not be making this CD if it weren’t for the constant, unwavering support of my wife, Sandy. For 24 years, she’s been my biggest fan, constructive critic and promoter.

My lifelong dear friend, Mark Stacy, mixed all the songs, taking basic guitar tracks and bringing them to life with his prowess of digital recording. The crisp, clean sounds on this CD are a testament to his talent, patience, and immaculate attention to detail.

For the short stories associated with the songs, I’ve worked with another close friend,
Winnie Star. She has been a wonderful partner in the creation and completion of the stories, and has also assisted with editing of my website. As Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Easy reading is damned hard writing.” Winnie made sure every word in each story was the right one, every sentence succinct, every message true and honest.

Maude Church has drawn 13 illustrations that truly complete this project. A Bay Area artist, Maude spent several months living with these stories, listening to the music, and creating a sketch to best fit the mood of the song. I think she hit the mark on every one. Please check out my website where I will be showcasing all of Maude’s illustrations from “Scenes.”




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Downhome on the Northern Plains
As Jeff mentions in his liner notes about doing "Blood and Jamsine," a wonderful tune from Alex de Grassi, as you listen to "Scenes From the Observation Car," you just might think you've found a new de Grassi album. Jeff's playing style is vintage de Grassi to a T. And that in itself is exciting because Alex has progressed to other guitar possibilities and it's great to hear some of the ol' de Grassi once again. "50" is wonderfully folksy and a great closing tune. Bravo!