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Ghosts and Spirits

by Phil Woodward

Intelligent, interesting, literate rock.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. The Grey Town
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2. Safety
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3. Bleeding Charity
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4. Thirst For Water, Inquiry For Truth
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5. Trust in a Sigh
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6. The Teacher
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7. First Love
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8. (Only) A Mother
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9. The Lizard and the Stallion
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10. Saint Sarah
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11. Vetoing Heaven
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12. The Sunrise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ghosts and Spirits is a concept album by Phil Woodward based on C.S. Lewis’s classic text, The Great Divorce. Woodward began writing songs for the album in 2004. He and his band began recording the songs the following year. It was released in August 2007.

Woodward’s lyrics for Ghosts and Spirits predominantly consist of first-person ruminations, from the perspective of the various characters the narrator encounters in the story. It has been pointed out that Lewis, eager to depict the deep immaturity of his characters, tends to portray them as somewhat ridiculous; Woodward is able to humanize them, despite their perversity. His lyrical style, reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens, is philosophical yet playful, tender but often dark.

Musically, the album ranges widely, from the austere intimacy of “(Only) A Mother”, to the epic prog-rock-esque development of “The Lizard and the Stallion”, to the bitterly playful folk/pop of “Safety”. The sophisticated lead guitar stylings of Myron Marston—a long-time musical collaborator of Woodward’s—color the album throughout.

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Joan

Amazing
I love this album. I am going to buy the CD and use it in my course on 2oth Century Christian Writers. We are disscussing The Great Divorce now and this CD is exactly what I needed to inspire my senior students to give the book a chance. You have done an incredible job capturing the feelings of the ghosts. Thank you.
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Andrew Nelson

remarkable album
An incredibly beautiful piece of art combining compelling music with a spectacular retelling of lewis' classic story. Good work!
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matt

love it
great cd. excellent driving music. the album as a whole is a work, as opposed to a compilation of works.
well done.
(also very tasteful use of cowbell)
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Timothy Marston

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Way to go guys. This is an amazing CD.
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