Music 450 | Song Sessions Vol. 1

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Song Sessions Vol. 1

by Music 450

Compilation of new songs by singer/songwriters from the Brown University course "Music 450: On Songs and Songwriting." An amazing collection of folk, rock, R&B, and more.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When It Rains It Pours - Tookes
3:23 album only
2. Detached - Schonwald
4:13 album only
3. Storm - Specker
4:22 album only
4. Two-Wheeler - London
2:40 album only
5. It\'s Alright - Osburne-Rothstein
2:52 album only
6. Somewhere A Light Went Out For Somebody - Reed
3:17 album only
7. Anthrax in the Mail (A Love Song) - Brown
1:48 album only
8. Shades of Meaning - Rosenberg
3:28 album only
9. Hardly Ever - Taitano
5:55 album only
10. The Unvanquished - Hong
5:14 album only
11. Hotline - Gonzalez
5:15 album only
12. Summer Swells - Berman
3:32 album only
13. I\'ve Come A Long Way - Boccella
4:40 album only
14. The Simple And The Strange - Silzer
4:09 album only
15. Carnival for the Mute (neither did i) - Sigel
3:01 album only
16. Little Sister - Trinh
4:26 album only
17. Lead to Roam - Leibovic
3:57 album only
18. Spiral - Nicholson
4:38 album only
19. Counting On - Bergeron/Rovan
3:57 album only
20. Oceans - Morrison
3:16 album only
21. Geraldine - Mitra
3:35 album only
22. To See A Man - Garcia
6:41 album only
23. Café - White
2:59 album only
24. Cracks - Aufseeser
2:52 album only
25. (Beyond The) Tree Line - Noah
6:51 album only


Album Notes
We are proud to present this first volume of Song Sessions, featuring new songs by students at Brown University. The songs were composed and recorded during the fall semester of 2008 as part of Music 450, a new course that sought to explore the nature of expression in song through criticism, analysis, and composition.

This double CD is a testament to the remarkable creativity and intelligence of the twenty-five students who made up the class. It also reveals the endless vitality of song itself, which as a musical form has the capacity to speak in so many different accents, and to say so much with so little. We hope you will be as inspired by this music as we have been by those who made it.

— Profs. Katherine Bergeron and Butch Rovan

Student songwriters featured on Song Sesssions Volume 1 include:
Anna Aufseeser
Doug Berman
J.G. Boccella
David Brown
Josh Garcia
Roman Gonzalez
Larry Hong
Jonathan Leibovic
Annie London
Eshan Mitra
Josh Morrison
Ben Nicholson
Jeremy Noah
Julie Osburne-Rothstein
Ethan Reed
Dan Rosenberg
Rosalind Schonwald
Rebecca Sigel
Parker Silzer
Ida Specker
Adam Taitano
Christian Tookes
VyVy Trinh
Jenna White

Song Sessions Volume 1 was recorded, mixed and mastered by Butch Rovan at MEME Studios, Brown University, between December 2008 and January 2009. Most of the songs were recorded during an intense week of sessions in early December 2008. Additional overdubs were completed during a second set of sessions as the snow fell on Providence in late December.

Our most heartfelt thanks go to the Music 450 "House Band" : Nate Sloan, piano; Dave Harrington, bass; Ian Sims, drums. They did a remarkable job of learning a wide array of new songs and laying down many takes, all under tight time constraints. Thanks also go to the other musicians who participated in the sessions (for a complete listing see the inside cover of the CD).

This project would not have been possible without the generosity of:
Jim Moses, Nate Sloan, and Doug Berman, who helped in the studio;
and Joan Rovan ( who designed the CD graphics.

Bryant Yang plays guitar on "The Unvanquished" (CD #1, track 10)



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