Cool Find

Yesterday, I went to a local vintage shop that has all sorts of cool old stuff, including a crapload of vinyl. I’d come to see if they had any Tom Waits or Nick Cave on vinyl. (Yes, I’ve been fixated on Waits and Cave lately.) Nothing. But I did find a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s, The River. I bought it and that was okay, but it wasn’t the cool find.

There was a record crate on the floor marked Spoken Word and Sound Effects. The records were cheap, just a few bucks each. I found poetry, sound effects, the sounds howling wolves, race cars, and a bunch of other oddities. I bought a handful of these weird records including spoken word from poets and authors such as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dylan Thomas.

Here’s why this is such a cool find for me. Sure, I’ll listen to these records, but that’s not why I bought them. I’ve been composing experimental music as Anderhill for the past few years. Sampling a variety of sounds, words, and voices has become part of the Anderhill sound. You probably know where I’m going with this.

Look for some new Anderhill music in the near future; music that incorporates the sounds and voices of some cool finds from a vintage record store. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.