Lisa Hake | Wind Under Wood

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Wind Under Wood

by Lisa Hake

Surrealistic story songs involving Tarot cards, Worry dolls, and the Theory of Relativity...hypnotic acoustic guitar paired with sexy double-bass…Nick Drake reincarnated as a woman this time around.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Enough To Know
2:48 $0.99
2. The Lovers of Lough Key
3:50 $0.99
3. Pure As the Driven Snow
3:29 $0.99
4. Which Wind
4:03 $0.99
5. Last Boat Out
3:48 $0.99
6. Relativity
3:39 $0.99
7. Worry Doll
3:36 $0.99
8. Three Sisters
3:54 $0.99
9. Fisherman's Tear
2:50 $0.99
10. Gold Dust Kid
2:34 $0.99
11. Tarot Cards
3:26 $0.99
12. Father Sky
3:24 $0.99
13. Slainte Mhaith
2:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dear Friends,

Welcome to Wind Under Wood world.
I’m not sure what you might like to know about this album, but here is what I recall about recording it:

Most importantly, it came to life in a magical place—James Blennerhassett’s studio in Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon, Ireland which overlooks rolling green mountains; cows and sheep; Monet-style haystacks; and Lough Skean hidden in the valley below. The album’s autumnal ambience was sown by recording during the full moon in the months of September and October. The showery-sunny weather gave us at least one rainbow everyday, and on the final day, I counted no fewer than seven.

Because it was already quite chilly outside, James kept the studio warming lights on so my fingers wouldn’t freeze and I drank mugfuls of vegetable soup. Immune to the cold, James returned refreshed each morning having spent the night aboard his boat on the Shannon River. Jake, James’ beagle, kept us company until becoming bored, when he would wander off to the next village’s pub for a pint.

When I wasn’t playing, I went walking in my wellies to Turlough O’Carolan’s over-grown grave; down into the nearby Arigna Coal Mine; and around the ruins of Kilronan Castle on the shore of Lough Meelagh, where I collected green-puff-emitting mushrooms. I also visited the Kilronan Abbey well where I performed the cure for back trouble (caused by bending over a guitar too long) which consisted of crawling under a low-lying rock and circling the well clockwise three times.

For guitar aficionados, I played a Goodall 6-string guitar (from Hawaii), a Gibson J-180 6-string (from Montana), a Freshwater mando-cello (from Scotland), and a Deering banjo-guitar (from California.) James played everything under the sun including electric guitar, keyboards, recorder and the priceless double bass passed down from his grandfather. All the songs were recorded in one go, complete with creaking chairs and rattling strings, with no drop-ins to alter the authenticity of the moment.

My tunings for each track are:

1. Old Enough To Know / Standard/ Banjo-guitar
2. The Lovers of Lough Key / DADF#AD
3. Pure As The Driven Snow / EBDGAD
4. Which Wind / GDAD / Mando-cello
5. Last Boat Out / DADEAE
6. Relativity / CGDGCD
7. Worry Doll / CGDGBD
8. Three Sisters / DADGBD
9. Fisherman’s Tear / DADF#AD
10. Gold Dust Kid / DADGAD
11. Tarot Cards / DADGBD
12. Father Sky / CGDGCD
13. Sláinte Mhaith / DGDGBD

As with my first CD, Tree Over Sea, each song on Wind Under Wood is paired with an I Ching hexgram equivalent and the album title is derived from the hexagram that best represents its central theme. Hexagram #57, or (Wind, Wood) doubled, describes the way of the gentle but penetrating, the way of wind and wood. It suggests that what is most mild can also be most powerful: even when barely felt, wind prevails because it persists; trees bend in the wind to avoid being uprooted; a flexible mind has great advantage.

The CD was finally mixed, mastered and pressed by July 13th, rendering it a Cancerian water baby born during the “week of the persuader” according to The Secret Language of Relationships. “Passionate…Cancer III’s…include Nelson Mandela, Woody Guthrie, David Thoreau, and Andrew Wyeth…and are no strangers to the depths of human emotion.”

If you think of anything else you’d like to know, please drop me a line at
Thank you so much for listening. Namasté, Lisa



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