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Push Farther

by Push Farther Project

A second 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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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walk with You
2:52 $0.99
2. Push Farther
3:11 $0.99
3. Sailing in the Fog
2:55 $0.99
4. Either Fall or Winter
3:50 $0.99
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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

Documentary Songwriters (story sources and musical sherpas):
Nora Willauer, Will Foote, Alex Wilder, Malcolm Brooks,

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

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, copy editor, CD designer, 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Linda Lesher of Barnswallow Books: Linda opened her barn to our first live documentary songwriting session.

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.

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.

Ignacio and Marina from L’Astrolabi and La Iguana in Barcelona: Ignacio and Marina gave us the performance spaces so that we could complete our first European tour. Both were a success, and we are grateful for this opportunity.

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.

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.

Notes From a Producer’s Perspective

Walk With You: Nora sometimes jokes that documentary songwriting is better than therapy, and I think this is a great example. Walk With You started as a song about a difficult experience and has turned into a way to sort through difficult emotions. During the writing, the chorus started out as the bridge, and the bridge started out as the chorus. Then we tried switching them. Nobody expected this idea, but sometimes it takes a while to sort through a song’s sections, too.

Push Farther: The song is a chronicle of Will’s first year in college in upstate New York. When he recounted these events to Alex and me, we weren’t sure how they were going to coalesce into a song. But at one point, Will had said the phrase “Push Farther,” and that seemed to be what he was doing, over and over. One exploration after another. The words became the name of the band as well.

Sailing in the Fog: Another glimpse into Nora’s life. She’s the only person I know who has sailed into Halifax at one o’clock in the morning to connect with a friend. And she’s the only person I know who has warned off barges from a tiny sailboat.

Either Fall or Winter: Sitting in the music room in the house, I asked Alex to let his imagination go, and whatever he saw, whatever he experienced inside, that would become a song. I don’t know where he traveled in his mind, but things like “the little bell above the door” in the record store became very real. As did the pang of regret that comes out at the end.


Walk With You
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

Started seeing this guy,
This winter maybe last fall.
We were out with friends had too much to drink.
Things progressed rapidly,
But in the morning,
I burst into tears

He would ignore me then say,
I make your life better.
He said I want to walk with
You a little longer.
He’d call me crazy then say
I could be better.
He said I want to walk with you.

After a month I said,
We should just be friends.
I don’t want to see you romantically.
He said fire’s in my veins.
He turned around and walked away.

He would ignore me then say...

I found I couldn’t talk.
I had a block in my throat.
I couldn’t say what I wanted to say.
Didn’t want to make decisions
Or be responsible,
I needed to find myself.
I was only a shell.

Finally one night
I’d had enough.
I told him I don’t want
To ever see you again.
He started yelling but I stayed strong.
He said forget it and walked away.

He would ignore me then say…

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Push Farther
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

One night I climbed a silo,
Climbed a silo to sit on top.
Not many people know about it,
150, a pretty steep drop.
Found a picnic table waiting up there.
I saw the stars that night and felt the air.
Push farther, the stars above the silo say,
Push farther, they say.

They call it the Grass River,
One morning I put in.
I canoed through woods and marshes
For hours on end.
An old man at a cabin said, “Come sit.”
So on his narrow dock, I talked to him.
Push farther, the old man and the river say,
Push farther, they say.

The Avenue of the Elms,
Long road and shady ground.
At the end there’s a chapel
But the steeple has burned down.
One night I went there, in my bare feet.
I saw the moon where the steeple would be.
Push farther, the fires that burned the steeple say,
Push farther, they say.

Additional verses:

New York hills and farmland
Remind me of the ocean.
If you go out far enough
Instead of water, grass in motion.
Hard to get to when you don’t own a car.
On a bike it feels like twice as far.
Push farther, the waves of endless farmland say,
Push farther, they say.

Seven miles of woods and snow
On cross-country skis,
Hiked an icy hill and saw
A mansion before me.
Two dogs and a carpenter appeared,
Working there for 17 years.
Push farther, the carpenter and the two dogs say,
Push farther, they say.

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Sailing In The Fog
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

Hannah – I saw her this summer
For the first time in three years.
At one a.m. in Halifax, when I was on another boat
We talked about sailing Josephine,
When we were only sweet sixteen.

How did I do that?
Who in the hell was that person?
Sailing in the fog
I’d be scared to do that now.

Hannah and I had left
So sure of our course
To this buoy that we’ve sailed to a thousand times before,
But something went wrong.
All I could see was fog.
How did I do that…

We were sending our radio calls to the barges,
Telling everyone that we sailing
With limited engine power, please
Nobody hit us.

So we turned around 180 and
Made it back to the breakwater.
We sailed around the harbor to get back our confidence
And then we tried it again.
We found the buoy in the fog.
How did I do that…

We were sending our radio calls to the barges...

Then the fog bank lifted
As joyous as a sunrise,
And now I get inspiration from the confident sixteen year old
Who managed to pull that off.
I need to be her now.

How did I do that?
Who in the hell was that person?
Sailing in the fog,
I need to be her now.

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music

Either Fall or Winter
Words and music by the Push Farther Project

He sits in a field
And thinks about
Where is she now
He writes a letter, doesn't know what it’s for
It's seven pages long
But it haunts him even more

He went to the sea
Some time ago
Fell in love with her
He wanted to tell her, but decided to wait
The summer ended soon
And by that time he knew it was too late

Now it's either fall or winter,
And he can't make up his mind.
No he doesn't ever call her and he hasn't seen her since,
It's either fall or winter,
And he can't make up his mind

He's wasting his day
At the record store
And she walks in
Doesn't even know what she's looking for
She walks out again
And the little bell rings above the door

Now it's either fall or winter. . .

Oh where is she now?

Well it's either fall or winter,
And he can't make up his mind.
He doesn't ever call her,
And I haven't seen her since.
All those conversations on the beach,
Well it's all my fault you're out of reach
And all I want is to hold your hand in mine

But I can't, no I can't, leave you
Cause it's either fall or winter
Oh, it's either fall or winter

© 2016 Beauchamp Point Music



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