Liner Notes to #103 Coming of Winter
The Coming Of Winter, begun on the first day of Fall, was recorded
in isolation in a small cottage on the Atlantic Ocean near Bath,
Maine. These 8 original and 5 traditional songs and instrumentals,
performed on the acoustic guitar, violin, autoharp, viola and
mandolin­p; share a theme, lyrics, and a mood that are consistent
with the change of season, impending cold weather, and the presence
of the ocean. It is intended to musically and emotionally reflect
the arrival of the winter season, the needs of winter music listeners,
and to bring the artists' interaction and performances directly
to the listener, without the editing, splicing,and distracting
production that almost always accompany modern recorded music.
Harvey Reid Guitars, autoharp, mandolin, lead + harmony vocals, jew's harp
Brian Silber Violin, viola, harmony vocal on "Guide Me"
Lynn Rothermich Lead vocal on "Guide Me"
Arrangements, Production, Engineering, Mixing: Harvey Reid
All Lyrics: Harvey Reid
Digital Mastering: FISHTRAKS, Portsmouth NH
Guitar: 1984 Taylor rosewood dreadnought 6-string, GHS strings
Autoharp: 1973 Oscar Schmidt 21-chord Appalachian
Violin, Viola: by the Holzapfel family of Baltimore, Maryland
Design & Graphics: Aphro- Graphics
Cover photo: (...the beach in winter near the Cottage) Elizabeth Reid
Special Thanks: EMR, Tom Daly, Jeff Landrock, Rex Holmes, Terry Kuhn,
Lynn, Margaret, Fil, Samantha, and to the North Atlantic for yielding some of
(^) A Third Hand Capo in Esus configuration was used on the guitar. (Standard
tuning, sometimes tuned low.)
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(+) an additional track was overdubbed; all other tracks recorded live
All selections ©, 1982-1986 by Harvey Reid. (Quahog Music, ASCAP) All rights
This recording was done with Nakamichi mikes, a TEAC tape recorder, DBX noise
reduction and Lexicon reverb.
1. The Last Dance Of Summer (Reid/Silber)(2:29) A joyous
jig, it wrote itself on the impossibly lovely afternoon of the
Autumnal Equinox. Autoharp, violin.
2. Twilight (H. Reid)(5:24) About light, darkness, shadows,
love, isolation, civilization, nuclear energy, the moon, and several
other seemingly disparate things. Recorded at twilight on a very
gray day at The Cottage. (^) Guitar, vocal, viola. (+)
3. The Bonnie Streets Of Fyvio (Trad.)(2:07) Learned when
I was a child. The words, that I probably should have sung, tell
of a tragic love affair between a Scottish girl and an Irish soldier,
I think. Maybe vice versa. Autoharp, viola.
4. The Fisher's Hornpipe (Trad.)(1:42) A favorite old-time
fiddle tune, it always reminds me of the happy days of summer
street fiddling. Luckily Brian played fiddle here and not me.
Mandolin, violin, jew's harp. (+)
5. Old Portsmouth Town (H. Reid)(5:16) Recorded live during
Dick Pleasants' radio show on WGBH in Boston in Jan '85 with Rick
Watson on piano and vocal and Linda Schrade on vocal. Portsmouth
is an old town that's been through many changes, but the water,
the tides, and the winter are a constant though it all. The types
of boats may change, but there are always boats. (^) Guitar, piano,
6. The Hunter's Moon (H. Reid)(7:41) Recorded quite impromptu
and almost entirely improvised, during our first evening together
at The Cottage. The Hunter's Moon is in October, the one after
the Harvest Moon.(^) Guitar, viola.
7. The Road To Dundee (Trad.)(2:42) Yet another old and
lovely Scottish melody we were playing and recorded without really
planning to. The words that I don't sing start out: "Cold
winter was howling o'er moor and o'er mountain..." Autoharp,
8. Guide Me (H. Reid)(3:19)An old-sounding harmony song,
inspired by hearing the music of Daniel Womack, a blind gospel
singer. A plea for strength, written during an intense fever,
it was done here the old-fashioned way­p; live, gathered around
the mikes. Guitar, 3 vocals.
9. The Coming Of Winter (Reid/Silber)(5:34) Written at
The Cottage during a rainstorm and recorded moments later. Listen
really carefully and you can hear the sound of the rain on the
roof during the quiet parts. Autoharp, violin.
10. The Minstrel's Dream (H. Reid)(22:10) A guitar solo
of epic proportions, about the Awakening of Knowledge in the younger
days of a minstrel, when he realizes that music is his calling.
There are many levels of trickery in this tune, including a Third
Hand Capo, a dropped tuning, and a lot of difficult, unorthodox
guitar techniques. It is bravely presented here live and entirely
unedited, clams and all, without overdubs or splices. I'm pretty
sure I did a totally perfect take of it just before and forgot
to turn on the tape machine. That particular perfection belongs
to the North wind now. The bagpipes stuff is done with two hands
on the fretboard, Eddie van Halen style. (^) Solo guitar.
11. Lord Of The Dance (Trad.)(2:25) One of my very favorite
melodies, and usually the first one I learn on a new instrument.
Also known as "Simple Gifts" to most Americans. It makes
me think of old-time harvest dances. Autoharp, violin.
12. Archibald MacDonald Of Keppoch (Trad.)(3:57) This eerie
Scottish air pops up in my head every time I go to the ocean on
a gray day. (^) Solo guitar.
13. Gathering The Harvest (H. Reid)(5:14) A hymn and a
prayer, and a song for Thanksgiving, written Oct. 6 during the
project. Autoharp,vocal, guitar (+).
NOTE: This recording was originally released in 1986 as an 85
minute tape that has been shortened to allow it to be issued on
compact disc. (Incidentally, the original tape was long because
the 22 minute cut,"The Minstrel's Dream" made it impossible
to release it as an LP, and the tape medium allowed time to include
large amounts of music.) Look for the 3 "missing" cuts
to be re-released on other recordings.