JOSH RITTER – ” Rare & Unreleased Songs “

Posted: August 31, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Like everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about the times we’re in. Sometimes those thoughts come to me as lyrics:

“These days have made a change in me”

I had written a song with that line in it a while back, and recently, I listened back and I realized that it felt very relevant to me now. “Time is Wasting” became the nucleus around which I imagined a mini-album / EP / whatever that brought together several recordings and a few live performances from the last several years that I was proud of but hadn’t found a recorded home for. See Here, I Have Built You A Mansion is a collection of eight of those songs.

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There is a lot of time and distance and farewell on these recordings. “Miles Away” is all about physical and emotional distance. “Brothers In Arms,” one of my favourite Mark Knopfler songs, is a pathos-filled, Shakespearian rumination on battle and memory; this version was recorded during a soundcheck. I initially wrote “Be of Good Heart” for Joan Baez’s final album, but I loved it so much that I wanted to do a recording with my band as well. “Haunt,” “Heaven Knows,” and “Waiting on You” were recorded with the Royal City Band during the Gathering sessions. And “Lawrence, Kansas,” which was recorded live in Lawrence, Kansas, is one of my earliest compositions and a reminder of how much I miss playing live with my incredible band.

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I am indebted to the phenomenal musicians and producers that I am lucky enough to work with and call my friends. I am also very grateful to you for listening and giving me the opportunity to continue making music. Finally, a huge thank you to my incredible family! Be of good heart everyone. – Josh

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