Win STEVE WYNN's CD 'Crossing Dragon Bridge'!
The days during my three weeks in Ljubljana were pretty simple. I would
wake up early and leave my apartment on Trubarjeva Street and cross Dragon
Bridge in search of a good cup of coffee which I would sip as I watched the
vendors in the open market as they sold cabbage, purses, cheap watches and
anything else that might be worth a Euro or two. I'd watch this panorama of
commerce and barter and think about which song I would drag into the daily
laboratory that was Chris Eckmanıs home studio.
I had never made a record like this before. I was in Slovenia, far from my
New York City apartment and in a musical world that had shrunk down to just
two people bandleader (Walkabouts, Chris & Carla). He had been wanting to make a
record with me for many years and seemed particularly intent on stripping
things down to my voice and my acoustic guitar and then building up another
universe from there.
No band. No session players (until later). No passing of the baton in this
relay race. Even Chris would hesitate when I tried to get him to play
something. Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals it. And thatıs why 'Crossing Dragon Bridge' sounds different from other
records I've done before but also more like the sound inside my head than
anything I've done before.
But it's not a record I would have made in New York. Or in Tucson. Or in
Los Angeles, Tokyo, Moscow or Mali, It's not like a record I would make on
the moon or on Mars or in New Jersey. It has the sound and the mood and the
sights and the overall vibe of Ljubljana. I swallowed the city whole and
then waited for the meal to work itself into a digestive hallucination
before spitting it out again each day at Chris' place. And then it was back
for a pint of Union beer by the river before starting all over again.
When I left Slovenia a few weeks later both of us knew we had something
special. And then we proceeded to add the extra bits that would take the
experience further. An eight-piece orchestra was added in Prague to a bunch
of the songs and a womanıs choir in Ljubljana was added to others. Linda
Pitmon, Kirk Swan, Chris Cacavas and Tim Adams (Teenage Prayers) chimed in
from New York, Los Angeles and Germany bringing in elements of familiarity
from my past and present.
Finally the whole thing was filtered through the creative and
impressionistic mixing skills of Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Laura Veirs)
and turned into the record that you hold in your hands. It's a snapshot, a
dream, an acid flashback, a tourist guide, a midnight snack, a morning cup
of coffee for three weeks last September. I hope you enjoy taking the trip back there
If you would like to win your own copy of this new CD just answer this easy question: Steve spent three weeks in Ljubljana, but what is the old German name for the city?!
Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these wonderful new CDs. Just send us an e:mail here before November 1st with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: STEVE WYNN CDs to:
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