Marshal McKitrick | Older and Wiser (The Bender Studio Sessions 1988-1991)

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Older and Wiser (The Bender Studio Sessions 1988-1991)

by Marshal McKitrick

Honest, insightful, and witty explorations of life with a blending of folk, rock, blues, old-time, and world beat.
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2. Moonlight
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3. Earth Changes
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4. Older and Wiser
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7. Who Is John Galt
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8. Owls At Twilight
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9. Beauty Is
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Album Notes
Older and Wiser (The Bender Studio Sessions: 1988-1991)
(Evolution of a singer/songwriter and a recording studio)

I made the acquaintance of Christian Heilman in the mid 80’s in Sacramento, CA while he was attending a local community college and gigging around town as a drummer with various musical ensembles. During the late 80’s, I was experiencing one of the deepest musically creative periods of my life via gigging at local coffee houses, jamming with other singer/songwriter-musicians, and writing a lot of original poetry and songs.

At some point during this period, Christian had the idea of putting together a home recording studio with a good friend, so they could work with other musicians and whoever else might show up for the party. Those were the humble beginnings of Bender Studio. Where that name came from, I don’t know or recall. I know it was a moniker that Christian came up with from somewhere in the attic of his creative thoughts.

I had done simple recordings of original tunes a few times before this by myself and with other folks in the early/mid 80’s on very basic recording equipment; even once in a studio with decent gear. However, I never really liked what was captured on the recordings and didn’t fully connect with the folks who were engineering for me. After talking with Christian about trying out more recording again, I was inspired to go for it. This time around, I felt different about the process. I had hope and inspiration and a belief that something big was about to happen. Also, this time around, I had the support of a creative partner who wanted to co-create and get “music crazy” with me. My musical egg was about to hatch big time.

From late '88 to early '91, Christian and I co-produced three musical projects; Knew Age Dude, How Time Flies..., and New Territory. The studio gear morphed from two four-track reel to reel recorders in the beginning to a full multi-track console and digital keyboards before Christian moved out of the area and closed Bender Studio. We enjoyed the experience of having a community of musicians and singers who took turns appearing on each others musical works.

After completing my final project with him in early 1990 and one additional tune in early ‘91, I decided to put my music on the shelf and “get on” with my life for personal reasons. I must have thought it was time to grow up and be more responsible. It’s still a mystery to me. That long musical “break” lasted for over ten years until, early in the new millennium, I began to pick up my guitar again and resume songwriting.

Eventually, I had the idea to assemble all of my Bender Studio sessions into one retrospective collection of songs. It felt like a good way to honor all the great times that Christian and I had recording in the studio with our musical community at the time. This is my ode to all of the good times I shared with my musical mates at Bender Studio. As Christian and I used to say back in the day, “Ah’m goin’ to Bender.” Enjoy the tunes, everyone!

* Note from Christian: This music represents the start of a dream for me. Marshal allowed himself to be the artist, while I got to play with producer and engineer roles for the first time. We rarely got testy or negative about anything. It was almost all unbridled fun and creative joy. We involved a community of musicians and made the music in a very comfortable, safe place...the cozy home studio environment of Bender Studio. Many thanks to muses Ted, Nick, Paul, Steve, Jon and any other musicians or supporters along the way of this particular musical journey. I have always felt like studio recording is an amazing way of documenting a time, a scene, and the unique vibe that was in the air during those days. We were creative because we didn't know enough not to be anything else. Good times lead to good music, I say. Cheers!

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John

Meditations of the generations
The deepest and light filled music in this album flow and take you on a passage to a different shore where you find yourself right at home.
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Micah Weinberg

Diverse sounds and sentiments
What I like the most about this album, which I have listened to dozens of times now, is the diversity of the sonic palette and the sentiments expressed by the singer-songwriter. In spite of the disparate influences and types of songs, the voice is unmistakably his own. My personal favorite is opener "Invisible."
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El Nido Productions

Refreshing in so many ways!
Marshal's passion for music is evident in the diversity of styles represented, explored, and created, often times in the same song, providing the listener with a rich experience. What surprised me is that it didn't stop there: we are treated to a wide range of emotional territory, from political unrest to silliness to quiet romance and more, blended together in a way that feels natural and organic. By the end of the album, it is clear that Marshal has simply been enjoying himself. Whereas that can often open the door to a subtle complacency for some, his talent and love for music never allows that to occur. After listening to the album and taking another look at the title, I was surprised to see that this is the representation of only 3 years of creativity! I am excited to hear what occurred and will continue to occur over the next few decades!
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Bruce OBrien

Just Look What I Found!
For me, this album is a pleasant revelation from the past, helping to explain how the artist arrived at his current style. Mr. McKitrick must always have had a 'folkstyle' approach to music, but is obviously quite at home writing & performing in the considerable mix of styles included on this cd. Marshal is the consumate wordsmith & philosopher, searching for the deeper meaning, even in what could have been ordinary 'pop' tunes. 'Lotta quotable stuff: "This life may be illusion, but look what I found!", & much more.
Thank You, Marshal!
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Older and Wiser

Music runs through his veins
Clearly, Marshal McKitrick comes from a musical family, as all aspects of his life inspire song. Hear his love affair with music in the playful whimsy of Owls at Twilight, the haunting beauty of Beauty Is, and the political irony of Blood for Big Oil. Every cut reflects this, because music runs through his veins.
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