Scott Detweiler | Between Lake and River

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Between Lake and River

by Scott Detweiler

Between Lake & River, a haunting tribute to New Orleans, is one of Detweiler's most important works. Released on CD in 2003, this digital release is in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the recording.of the album.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Angels of New Orleans
2:49 $0.99
2. Between Lake & River
6:44 $0.99
3. Ponchartrain
4:04 $0.99
4. Hurricane Jane
4:07 $0.99
5. Cane
5:52 $0.99
6. As the Crow Flies
3:31 $0.99
7. Esplanade
9:23 $0.99
8. Black Girls
5:42 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
In celebration of the 15th (fifteenth) anniversary of the original CD release of "Between Lake & River", Detweiler Records is proud to release it in the digital format for the first time. It remains one of Scott Detweiler’s crowning achievements.

A haunting tribute to his hometown, "Between Lake & River" is a rich tapestry of stories from Detweiler’s imagination set against the backdrop of New Orleans, one of the most unique and interesting cities in the world.

It starts with the sentimental ballad, "The Angels of New Orleans". "The Angels of New Orleans" is a reflective journey of a man looking back on his life. He realizes that through all of the trials that have been put before him, he has been protected by the angels of New Orleans. From mention of the nuns in school, teaching about God, to “from California to New Orleans, jobs and women I have known…”, the song would have to be one of his most autobiographical.

Next is the title cut, "Between Lake & River". This is a gospel testimony of a faithful man who, until God calls him home, will be waiting “between lake and river”. The lake would be Lake Ponchartrain, and the river, of course, would be the mighty Mississippi (the city of New Orleans is nestled precisely in this spot).

"Ponchartrain" is the story of a man who could not find work to support his family. So he gets a gun and drives across Lake Ponchartrain and steals food from a store. He doesn’t steal money. He steals “turkey, French bread and lemonade…king cake and cans of soup”. When he crosses Lake Ponchartrain to get home to feed his family the stolen food, he is arrested. The sheriff then takes him back across Lake Ponchartrain to put him in jail.

In "Hurricane Jane", Detweiler personifies both Hurricane Jane and the City of New Orleans. The lyrics are a plea, or, an open letter from New Orleans to Hurricane Jane, asking her to spare her people. She even suggests Biloxi and Bay St. Louis as other possible Gulf Coast targets for the landfall of the hurricane. But the hurricane never responds.

"Cane" is the story of a love triangle between Natasha (from Seattle), the handsome brother of her friend in New Orleans, and the personification of Cane Bayou. Natasha was so beautiful that as she and her friend’s brother paddled their pirogue (Cajun swamp canoe) through Cane Bayou, Cane Bayou fell in love with her. So much so, that he swept the young man out into the black waters of Lake Ponchartrain and sucked Natasha down into the muddy bottom of the bayou. The bayou became one with her.

Next is "As The Crow Flies". This, too, could be considered semi-autobiographical. The singer goes from New Orleans to California looking for work. As he settles in California, his homesickness is eased whenever he sees a crow flying in the sky. For the crow in the sky reminds him of his home in New Orleans.

"Esplanade" is the magnum opus of the "Between Lake and River". It is composed and produced in the grand tradition of some of the songs of bands like Meatloaf and Queen. It is the story of Monique, a beautiful young girl who lives on Esplanade Avenue. She marries a man who then goes off to war. When she learns that he was killed in action, she takes her own life. There is then a musical depiction of her soul rising towards heaven. When she gets there she is greeted by God, and they have a conversation. He forgives her for taking her own life and then she is admitted through the gates of heaven. “God will love you if you do the best you can, if you do the best you can, God will love you in the end”, are the final lyrics to this epic masterpiece.

The album ends with an instrumental piece entitled, "Black Girls". "Black Girls" is Detweiler’s musical depiction of 3 (three) girls walking home from the corner store, drinking their strawberry Barq’s sodas and laughing together.

“I had all of the songs composed and arranged and ready to record except for the title song”, says Detweiler, of the planning of the album, "Between Lake & River". “Since I wanted to do a New Orleans themed album and all of the songs worked well together, I needed a title that would describe the city and also name it at the same time….so I came up with the title ‘Between Lake & River’. I was just going to call the album that…..I did not have a song by that name. But a few days went by and the song came and it became the title song”.

"Between Lake & River" was recorded from June through September 2003 at St. Martha Studio in Burbank, California. Detweiler made every sound on every song, and engineered and mixed the album.

After you listen to the album, a smile will come to you. That is, if you have been to New Orleans, because through every song, you will recognize the names of streets, waterways and areas of the city. If you haven’t been there, when you finally get to go for a visit, your smile will come to you then.



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