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Did She Change

by Push Farther Project

A release from the August 2016 live studio sessions of documentary songwriters Nora Willauer (cello), Will Foote (guitar), and Alex Wilder (guitar). Progressive folk with blues, classical, and fiddle influences.
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2. Did She Change
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3. The Beauty in Everyday Things
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4. Little Exchanges
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5. Girl Situation
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6. Nature
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9. Milk Carton
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
We believe that music can transport people out of normal existence for a minute, show beauty, and bring inspiration. To us, music brings a sense of well-being, optimism, and comfort. We are so appreciative of these experiences and we want to work hard to share them with the rest of the world.

Band Members (arrangement, live performance, and production):
Nora Willauer: cello, vocals
Will Foote: guitar, vocals
Alex Wilder: guitar, vocals

Producer: Malcolm Brooks

Personnel and Design Manager: Eliza Cuevas

Documentary Songwriters (story sources and musical sherpas):
Nora Willauer, Will Foote, Alex Wilder, Malcolm Brooks, Sarah Bullitt, Chloë Isis, Peter DiGirolamo, Rohan Edwards, Lester Tenney

Recording, Photograph, and Design
Ian Brooks, CD art design and web site development
Jud Caswell: live recording, engineering, editing, mixing, and mastering at Frog Hollow Studio in Brunswick, Maine
Alex Forcillo: videography
Devon Gordon: photography and videography
Dana Rae Warren: photography and videography
Rohan Edwards, film editing through the long winter of 2015

We’d like to thank:

Clio Berta, Barbara Brooks, Sophie Davis, Chloe Isis, Anna French, Abby Norman, Trink Wilder, Ian Brooks, Nate Martin, Jamie Oshima, Sean Oshima, Jay Wilder: They lent their mixing perspective and listening ears on headphones and speakers of all sizes.

Manuel Bagorro, Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School: Manuel has shown interest in our group from the beginning and has been so helpful securing gigs, spreading the word about our group, and making sure all details were taken care of. He could see what we could be.

Barbara Brooks: Barbara has provided unwavering support since day one. She’s listened to every version of our mixes, and always makes sure we are taking care of ourselves amidst our busy schedules.

Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School: Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is a wonderful organization in Rockport, Maine. This summer, Bay Chamber gave us spaces for rehearsals and recordings, organized our first outdoor concert, and promoted our shows.

Ian Brooks: Ian helped us ask, “And what will the effect of that be?” He has been our web site curator, CD art designer, copy editor, and diplomatic eye.

Malcolm Brooks: Malcolm is the primary reason that The Push Farther Project exists and, short of performing, he is involved in every aspect of the group. Malcolm brings experience and expertise to songwriting, arrangements, recording, rehearsal, and administration. His practical perspective helps to always keep goals in sight and to remind us when it’s lunchtime.

Sarah Bullitt: Sarah was our first volunteer at our first live documentary songwriting session. Thanks to her, the song “Mellow” exists. Sarah was also one of the first to start dancing at a concert.

Scot Cannon: Scot was the first person to give us radio airplay. He also interviewed us for WERU and compiled a sample list of songs to make it easy for listeners to hear our sound.

Jud Caswell: Jud made the process of recording this album smooth and easy, ensuring a professional sound, offering valuable consultation when needed, and making the best French press coffee in Brunswick.

Alvin Chase, Eastern Tire Service and Georges Valley Land Trust: Alvin and his brother Aaron run The Eastern Tire Café in Rockland and hired us as the opening act this summer. The Eastern Tire Café may one of the only in the country that features tires as well as wall art.

Eliza Cuevas: Eliza has been an integral part of our success in the past year. From visual arts designer to experimental story source, her passion and willingness to try new things have kept us laughing and inspired, and her incredible baking skills have kept us well fed.

Sophie Davis: Sophie has joined us on her violin for numerous concerts and videos. She has also gone surfing in Maine with Nora for Nora's birthday.

Dottie Foote of Wayfinder Schools: Dottie Foote and Fred Williams hosted our first house concert and provided us with rehearsal spaces throughout the summer.

Will Foote (from Alex, Nora, and Malcolm): Intuition and spiritual strength. And power. Once when we were asked whether we had amplification, Alex said, “Sure. We have Will Foote.”

Peter DiGirolamo, co-writer of “Nature”: Peter didn’t know that risking your life in the Sierras could make such a great song.

Rohan Edwards, co-writer of “Nature”: Rohan served as musical sherpa in shaping “Nature.” He also edited hours of Push Farther footage — often mismatched in sound and focus — into polished videos.

Devon Gordon: Photographer and videographer for several Push Farther concerts and band portraits, as well as footage source for the Kickstarter campaign video.

Natalie Haas, cellist: Natalie inspired us as a pioneer of earthy roles for a classical instrument.

Sondra Hamilton of Zoot Coffee Shop: Sondra welcomed us to play at all hours and let us rearrange all the tables, even moving the stage area across the room in the middle of a gig.

Chloë Isis, co-writer of “Nature”: Chloë stepped in when Peter DiGirolamo asked for more grit, and then Will took it from there. Chloë also inspired — as she was dancing — the super high harmony on “Did She Change.”

Linda Lesher of Barnswallow Books: Linda opened her barn to our first live documentary songwriting session. Thanks to her, Sarah Bullitt’s “Mellow” came into existence and appears on this album.

Monica Kelly: Monica has known all of us since we were small and has consistently shown support for our musical development since then. This summer she began promoting our work under the umbrella of the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School. She was the first to say the band had international potential.

Joan Kulle, Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School: When we were stuck for a place to work, Joan arranged rehearsal space for us on zero hour’s notice.

Holly Miller, Hope's Edge Farm: Many of our rehearsals this summer were at Hope’s Edge — a community supported agriculture group located in Hope, Maine. This was also the location of our instagram running campaign: #pushfarthergetsripped.

Abby Norman: If it sounds good and looks good and you’ve heard of it, Abby probably had something to do with it. She listened to our mixes, made sure our clothes matched, and was a consultant for all things media related.

Our donors, both on Kickstarter and at performances: Whether it was a few bills in the jar, online support of our album, a free meal, a space to practice, or energy and encouragement, we are truly grateful.

Sweet Tree Arts: Chris Pinchbeck built it and Lindsay Pinchbeck said, “Take it as long as you like.” Thanks to them, Nora had a strong wooden riser to play cello on all through the summer.

Lester Tenney, co-writer of “Washington State Red Apples”: Lester’s book “My Hitch in Hell” contains enough stories for 50 documentary songs.

The Town of Rockport, Maine: At first we were set to play on the bridge 50 feet above the Goose River, but then we were moved to level ground at the Marine Park itself. A happy, safe time was had by all.

Dana Rae Warren and Langley Willauer: Dana Rae and Langley were at nearly every one of our gigs this summer, with video cameras in their hands. In addition to providing us with awesome footage, they gave emotional support that was indispensable.

Alex Wilder (from Nora, Will, and Malcolm): Acumen and perseverance. Long after the world has gone to bed, Alex is still listening, thinking, and figuring how to make a great song even better.

Trink Wilder: Trink has been a quiet supporter and gentle commentator for years. We’ll probably never know all the things she took care of behind the scenes.

Nora Willauer (from Alex, Will, and Malcolm): Drive, discipline, and openness. Once Malcolm told Will, “Forget it, Will, you’ll never catch up to Nora. None of us ever will.”

Tom Young of Tom Young Designs: Tom believed in our potential and arranged and promoted our first live documentary songwriting session. He also redesigned and rebuilt the barn where the first session took place.

Malcolm’s notes on the songs, from a producer’s view:

Leaving This Place: This song almost slipped into oblivion. Will had stopped performing it at solo gigs. He felt that the lyrics were too specific for listeners. How could they know who Bozzo was in the second verse? They had never hung out in Bozzo’s room in Will’s dorm in New Hampshire. But Alex really liked the song and kept it alive. To come up with an arrangement for the instruments, Will - in New York - emailed Nora - in Oregon - an iPhone recording with his vocal and almost no guitar. Then Nora made a second voice memo by playing Will’s sparse track through her computer speakers and adding a live cello part. She emailed her recording on to Alex in Ohio, who added his guitar part and harmony. When the band got together in Maine, they played and heard the parts for the first time in the same room.

Did She Change: This song is a composite of stories, and it means different things to different people. The coffee house in the song is Zoot in Camden, Maine. The window and the woman outside are real. So is the kiss. I told the story to Nora, who had her own version of this kind of experience. We made a scratch recording, emailing voice memos back and forth. Chloë Isis heard one and added a harmony. Then Alex came up with a guitar part that everyone loved. Originally, Nora and I were thinking that Will would sing it, but Nora sounded so great on one of the scratch tracks that the idea evolved into both of them singing lead.

The Beauty in Everyday Things: All I knew in the middle of July 2016 was that Nora and Alex were working on some song up at the farm in Hope and that Alex was the story source and Nora was the musical sherpa. When I saw the lyrics they were working on, I was stunned by the idea of a feeling of anticipating a feeling — something that could only come from Alex. We all learned more about his relationship with Eliza. She had been up here from New York, drawing and baking and teaching herself Spanish on her cell phone as Alex, Will and Nora rehearsed. Soon she would be off to Spain. I could see how the city of Barcelona could feel so far away from a farm in Maine.

Little Exchanges: Some great lines that might have stayed in if there had been room for more verses:

Way before the sunrise
I walk to school to play cello
And it’s usually raining in Oregon

Sometimes it’s hard to be enthusiastic
So early in the morning
And I question why I work so hard but
Knowing that this guy has been working
All night long

That little exchange
Makes loneliness less
There will be 8 or 9 hours
That I don’t speak to anyone

Do you know his name? No
Does he know your name? No

Girl Situation: Two winters ago, Will came over to the house and talked about how it seemed that he had less and less time every year. Summers got shorter, and there was so much he wanted to do. I typed down his words on the laptop and told him I’d go make us some coffee and then we’d work on a melody. When I came back with the coffee, he said, “I think I’ve got the melody.” I couldn’t imagine how Will was going to sing the line “I don’t want to limit my opportunities.” It seemed unlyrical and I suggested changing the line. But Will had other ideas. The line stayed in and sounds great. Obviously, I didn’t know what I was talking about. In an arranging session, Nora added the Natalie Haas-influenced cello groove and then, for a bridge, she and Alex traded solos.

Nature: Peter DiGiralomo runs Trillium Soaps in Rockland with his wife Susan. At least that’s what he does now. At some point in the past he was in the California Sierras and thinking that to climb one was an easy walk. Mother Nature disagreed with him and gave him his comeuppance. He was not electrocuted and survived to tell this story to Rohan Edwards and Chloë Isis. Chloë made a recording that Will heard, and the song was off and running. I don’t know who suggested the second of silence after Nora’s solo, but it’s one of my favorite moments. Thanks, Peter, for making it back down that mountain.

Mellow: Before a small crowd in Linda Lesher’s barn in Rockport, Alex, Nora, and Will asked for a volunteer to come up and write a song with them. Sarah Bullitt told her story and then sang the beginnings of a melody. Evidently she was singing in the key of D minor, and Nora started playing a rhythmic, broken arpeggio groove. The key change in the bridge came about when Sarah shifted the melody up a step. I thought it was a mistake, but Will liked it and echoed Sarah’s melodic change on the spot. Alex figured out a way to modulate back to D minor and the song was done.

Meet Me Halfway: This song earned the nickname of “Communicate” – perhaps because that’s where Will joins Alex on the harmony part, or perhaps because the song has grown beyond a personal experience of Alex's. When the band was arranging the song, I asked whether Nora could do something on the cello to close out the bridge. She came up the sliding notes that creep back down to her rhythm part. There may be something humorous about a sneaky cello. Audiences often laugh when she plays this section.

Milk Carton: At a concert at Union Hall in the late summer. Nora finished singing the last line and nothing happened. No sound, no applause. It took a few seconds for people to transition back. Then the applause was resounding.

That Was the Past: In concerts, Alex and Will would play a game. They wouldn’t plan how long to hold the last line of the bridge. They would start singing and singing and keep sustaining the E chord. Somehow, Nora always knew when they would finally move to F#.

Lyrics

Leaving this Place
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

The guys on the floor became like big and little brothers
Living through the good times and the bad
But time is short for me and my big and little brothers
People on the floor became family

Here I am leaving this place
I called my home for three years
Although I’ll be back some day
I’ll never leave this old house of ours

Like 1960s teenagers
In Bye Bye Birdie shirts
We played guitars in Bozzo’s room
Everyone who wandered through could sleep and talk all day
Even when Bozzo was away

Here I am leaving this place…

One place I went to by the water
The mountain was right behind the lake
No cars, no sports games, no one around
Little waves crashed against the shore

Here I am leaving this place...

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Did She Change
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

I was sitting at a coffee house
Looking out the window
I saw my friend walking by
Blowing me a kiss

Did she change?
Or did I change?
Or was I wrong all this time?

For the talking we’ve done before
She was the calm and wise one
She said I was afraid to feel
The size of my emotions

Did she change…

When I started spending time with her
I said I’m afraid I’ll fall in love with you
Then she laughed, said it would never work out
And yet this morning she blew a kiss
What’s going on?

I’m still sitting at a coffee house
Dazed and amazed
I want to call her and ask her out
I bet she’d say

Did she change?
Or did I change?
Or was I wrong all this time?

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

The Beauty In Everyday Things
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

In a month or two
She’ll be gone
She’ll be flying to Barcelona
I’m losing a life that feels so easy
When she’s near to me

And I guess I’m scared
That I won’t see
The beauty in everyday things
Cause seeing things through Eliza
Is to see them again

Like how the rain sounds
Or the view from Beech Hill
She’s got a love of life
That calls to my own
And I don’t want to be with anybody who can’t see
The beauty in everyday things

I feel her hand
I hear her voice
I don’t know why I think of bells
When she found me, I found beauty
In everyday things

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Little Exchanges
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

Well I get early in the morning
Before the sunrise
In the hallway there’s the cleaning man
He’s cleaning up
I say good morning and he laughs
He says that not quite right
For you, it’s good morning
For me, goodnight

Little exchanges
Are all I need
When I’m working hard alone
I could be lonely but for
Little exchanges
Like goodnight
And good morning

In the winter I tried sleeping in
And came to school a bit later
But I missed the quiet mornings
So I got up early again
I saw the cleaning man
The moment I walked in
He said I set my watch to you
Where have you been?

Little Exchanges….

He said your shoe’s untied
I said I already knew
I said I’d deal with it later
Like I always do

Little Exchanges…

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Girl Situation
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

Life is moving fast
And moving faster
Once those summers
Never seem to end
It seems to move faster
The older you get
And there’s no time for love

But I’m not giving up
On my girl situation
I’m okay with what I have
Someday it’ll come
But maybe it won’t
I’m not giving up
On my girl situation

I have a tendency
To work so hard
And push for that something
I want to be
Cause I don’t want to limit
My opportunities
And there’s no time for love

But I’m not giving up
On my girl situation…

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Nature
Words and music by Peter Di Girolamo, Rohan Edwards, Chloë Isis and the Push Farther Project

I lived in California for a year
But I hadn’t been up the peaks
It hadn’t rained much at all
I decided I’d take my sleeping bag
And climb one of those mountains
I didn’t take water or food with me

Nature will treat me as nature does
Nature will treat me as nature does

The farther up you get and it’s just rocks
But I got right up the peak
Up 10,000 feet
I was looking out into the sky
And I could see one raincloud
It must be half a mile wide

Nature will treat me as nature does
Nature will treat me as nature does

It felt like something was crawling in my hair
My hair was standing up
Reaching up for the clouds
I thought I better get out of here
I can’t get struck by lightning
I don’t wanna be a lightning rod

Nature will treat me as nature does
Nature will treat me as nature does

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Mellow
Words and music by Sarah Bullitt and the Push Farther Project

I had a black, long haired cat
With enormous soulful eyes
He was my soul friend
I called him Mellow

He could walk up a wall
And he’d leap up on the trees
He was my soul friend
I called him Mellow

One weekend I went away
When I came home, he was gone
He was my soul friend
I called him Mellow

Calling his name through the woods
Through the paths by my house
Sitting under a tree and asking
Wailing, Where is Mellow?

A month later at dusk
When I looked down to the floor
There was my soul friend
It was Mellow

He spoke without words
Don’t worry about me
Here was my soul friend
It was Mellow

Calling his name through the woods
Through the paths by my house
Sitting under a tree and asking
Wailing, Where is Mellow?

He said, I love you
And then he disappeared
He was my soul friend
I called him Mellow

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Meet Me Halfway
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

Well, darling you know how much you meet to me
And you know how much I care
I’ll do what it takes to stick with you
Or as much as I can bear

I’ll communicate, cooperate
But if I’m gonna put the work in
Meet me halfway

Well, I’ll talk it out from start to finish
Find out what went wrong
I’ll give in, I’ll check in, I’ll let you in
We’ll be back where we belong

I’ll communicate…

Some things are beyond my control
Some things just need to be let go
Some things you ask would be harmful to my health
So, babe, you gotta do some understanding for yourself

Well, I’ll be there when you need comforting
I’ll be there when you’re down
I’ll give you space when you’re suffocating
When you’re lonely I’ll be around

I’ll communicate….

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Milk Carton
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

I don’t know if you ever met my uncle
He died nearly four years ago
My mom’s youngest brother, he lived in the woods
In a cabin he built by himself

He would drink our milk from the carton
And then he would put it back
My mom didn’t like that, she’d get so annoyed
But she still loved to have him there

Things I hesitate to do
It’s mostly everyday
Like what to wear and what music to listen to
I think of him drinking milk from the carton
And I laugh and say
I don’t care what they thought of him
Or what they think of me
No, I don’t care what they thought of him or me

He would come to Thanksgiving dinner
And drumsticks he’d eat with his hands
My family wished he’d use a fork and a knife
But they still loved to have him there

He really liked to play fiddle music
And he also played the blues guitar
He’d write his own songs and play them with me
And he also taught me how to waltz
He taught me how to waltz

Things I hesitate to do…

One day we got a call that something happened
He died in the woods by himself
And it was all too soon, so much I could have learned
I wish we’d had more time
I wish we’d had more time

Things I hesitate to do…

When I think of him I’m more accepting
Of people who do their own thing
There are people who care and people who don’t
I want to be more like him
I want to be more like me

Things I hesitate to do…

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

That Was the Past
Words and Music by the Push Farther Project

When we were at York beach
We put our feet in the water
And talked for a half an hour
We got back up and dug a big hole in the sand
The sun was shining
And there were no clouds in the sky

And then I can’t believe
I heard you say
He still likes you
Don’t you know
That was the past

You put your face in my shoulder
And cried me a river of tears
You told me he would not leave you
I told you he gave you much more pain than happiness
I reminded you of all the times
You came to me in tears

And then I can’t believe...

When we were at the New Year’s party
You stayed by my side the whole night
When 12 o’clock started getting closer
Everyone else had a partner
Everyone else had a partner
You asked me if I could be your New Year’s kiss
And so we kissed

And then I can’t believe...

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

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Jason Brooks

Storytelling through song
Each song is compelling and unique. Bringing life to stories that many people can relate too. Personally my favorite is Milk Carton. Keep them coming please!
Jason
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Did she change

Uplifting and Vivacious !
A compelling blend of intricate melodies, sweet harmonies and intelligent poetic lyrics, this album echoes and honours those music makers and troubadours who came before but brings depth, humour & an outlook that is current and relevant. This rich collection of songs will offer up new enjoyment each time you listen, a treasure chest from a very talented group!
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Peter Galloway

Great storytelling!
Well done! Each song tells a unique and vivid story taken personal experiences, and the album as a whole depicts a remarkable range emotional storytelling. I am eager to hear where this project will go in the future!
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mary ann

A talented trio
Think NPR's acclaimed StoryCorps set to original scores.
The Push Farther Project is a trio so compelling they will make your heart swell. Listen to oral histories of the extraordinary in the ordinary experiences of everyday people. All sung through cello and guitar compositions.
You will undoubtedly want your own stories in song.
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mary ann

A talented trio
Think NPR's acclaimed StoryCorps set to original scores.
The Push Farther Project is a trio so compelling they will make your heart swell. Listen to oral histories of the extraordinary in the ordinary experiences of everyday people. All sung through cello and guitar compositions.
You will undoubtedly want your own stories in song.
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Amme

Well done!
Great harmonies and a beautiful soul. Well worth a listen.
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kathyb

Harmonies!
Really enjoying listening to this album on a rainy, windy Sunday morning. Tasteful and elegantly simple instrumentation leaves plenty of room for the vocals to shine in every song. The weaving harmonies are particularly lovely throughout Leaving This Place, an enchanting gem of a song. Overall, each song rings true, telling personal stories that are completely relatable to the listener. Besides Leaving This Place, my favorites are Mellow (cool song about a cat), The Beauty in Everything and Meet Me Halfway.
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Langley

Soulful, with a beat...
It's so amazing how this group makes all this work in what is essentially a live album. I listened with my brother the other day and he kept pointing out all the different things going on at the same time, cello as bass, cello as percussion, amazing harmonies in unexpected ranges, and on and on. And underneath it all, authenticity, something that's very welcome in these times. Great stuff!
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T. Arau

Riveting storytellers
Each time I listen to this album I am drawn in by the lyrics and grooves presented. The instrumental layers prepare an excellent base for the harmonies that they have a nuanced understanding of. It has been a joy to watch The Push Farther Project come this far, and I am looking forward to their coming works!
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Peter

Memorable stories
Well done! Each song tells a unique and vivid story taken personal experiences, and the album as a whole depicts a remarkable range emotional storytelling. I am eager to hear where this project will go in the future!
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