MAGNIFICENT BIRD

by Gabriel Kahane

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1.
We Are the Saints
2.
Hot Pink Raingear
3.
The Hazelnut Tree
4.
To Be American
5.
Chemex
6.
Linda & Stuart
7.
Magnificent Bird
8.
The Basement Engineer
9.
Die Traumdeutung
10.
Sit Shiva 03:21
My mother, describing her mother, Fought back tears, it’s weird, I thought, The intimacy of seeing someone try Not to cry in close-up on a screen. Cousin Lincoln told a story about the Pietà He saw at the Metropolitan Museum; and after a silence of some time, Grandma turned to him and said: “You know, I think of myself as a Jew, but I really love Jesus.” And we sit cross-legged on the edge of the bed, Leaning into the laptop to hear what’s just been said, In the manner of a modern family honoring the dead. Aunt Susan, in her one-room schoolhouse Sang grandma’s favorite songs, simple hymns Of love and loss. And though her connection Was unstable, she was able to get Her message, more or less, across. And we sit cross-legged on the edge of the bed, Leaning into the laptop to hear what’s just been said, In the manner of a modern family honoring the dead. At the end of the afternoon, Grandma’s grief-shattered husband, Whom she’d met in the fall of 1939, Milkshake at the Automat in Morningside Heights. Before he was shipped off to Europe to fight— Fifty years, not a word, not a sight ’Til the touchtone phone rang in 1995: “Raymond, it’s Judith; my husband has died.” Back to New York, and they gave it a try And the photographs of great-grandchildren multiplied, These two ancient lovers walking side by side— His body ravaged, and hers turned to light— He raised his hand to speak at last, And everyone held their breath or gasped, As he said, “Goodbye, my darling, goodbye.”

about

In the final month of my year of being off the internet—no email, no smartphone, no texting, no web browsing, no social media, no Pasta Grannies YouTube binges—I decided to write a song every day, a sort of aural brain scan at the end of this experiment. 'Magnificent Bird' brings together ten of those songs, recorded at home, with the remote help of a dozen(ish) of my dearest colleagues: Sam Amidon, Andrew Bird, Gabriel Cabezas, Casey Foubert, Nathalie Joachim, Paul Kowert, Anthony McGill, Amelia Meath, Chris Morrissey, Ted Poor, Chris Thile, Caroline Shaw, Alex Sopp, Holcombe Waller, Elizabeth Ziman, and last but not least, Joseph Lorge, who both mixed the record and kept me from losing my mind while we were making it.

The paradox isn’t lost on me: a batch of songs written in self-imposed isolation, brought into the world with the help of friends whose contributions were made possible through the very technology I’d shunned. The truth is that after the often hermetic experience of living extremely offline (the last eight months coincided with the onset of the pandemic), I just wanted an excuse to get in touch with my friends. In that sense, this album is very much an expression of community.

credits

releases March 25, 2022

Sam Amidon - background vocals
Andrew Bird - violin
Gabriel Cabezas - cello
Casey Foubert - acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, drums, vibraphone
Nathalie Joachim - flutes
Gabriel Kahane - vocals, piano, synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, electric bass, drum programming,
Paul Kowert - upright bass
Pekka Kuusisto - violin
Joseph Lorge - synthesizers, drum programming, electric guitars
Amelia Meath - background vocals
Anthony McGill - clarinet
Chris Morrissey - electric bass
Ted Poor - drums and percussion, piano
Caroline Shaw - background vocals, violin
Alexandra Sopp - flutes, whistles, piccolo
Chris Thile - mandolin
Holcombe Waller - background vocals
Elizabeth Ziman - background vocals

Produced by Gabriel Kahane
Mixed by Joseph Lorge at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA

All arrangements by Gabriel Kahane except:

The Hazelnut Tree - arranged by Gabriel Kahane, Paul Kowert, and Pekka Kuusisto
To Be American - vocal arrangement by Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw
Linda & Stuart - vocal arrangement by Amelia Meath

All words and music by Gabriel Kahane © 2020-2021 Magdeburg Music (ASCAP); recording under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records.

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