William Ackerman | In Search of the Turtle's Navel

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In Search of the Turtle's Navel

by William Ackerman

Guitar music that is pure, simple and sincere. This is the first record put out by Windham Hill Records.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen
5:32 $0.99
2. Ely
5:27 $0.99
3. Windham Mary
4:27 $0.99
4. Processional
3:43 $0.99
5. The Second Great Tortion Bar Overland of West Townshend, Vt
2:34 $0.99
6. What the Buzzard Told Suzanne
4:34 $0.99
7. Barbara's Song
7:28 $0.99
8. Gazos
4:36 $0.99
9. Slow Motion Roast Beef Restaurant Seduction
3:34 $0.99
10. Dance for the Death of a Bird
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
It seems both like yesterday and in another lifetime that I recorded Turtle's Navel. (It was originally recorded in 1976) This was intended to be a record for friends who had heard my music at Stanford and in the Palo Alto, CA area. However this naive and innocent ambition was the beginning of Windham Hill Records. I had not listened all the way through this CD for a very long time and it feels a little like it was written by someone else. I can hear clearly the influence of John Fahey in "What The Buzzard Told Suzanne", Kottke in "The Second Great Tortion Bar Overland of West Townshend, Vermont, Jose Pepsi Attending" and "The Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen", and Robbie Basho in "Ely". Two songs are still a staple of my live performances: "Barbara's Song" and "Processional." The years and all the music that has come since make the fruits of this exploration rather like finding artifacts in an archaeological dig. I am pleased to say that Turtle's Navel sounds to me now as simple, but also very sincere.
I hope you find something here that you enjoy.
Will Ackerman
Windham County, VT August 2017



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