The Shrine of Impossible Love

Shrine Inside

Here are the songs.

Download Files

And a video: Denmark

Composition - Peter Moller
Piano - Peter Moller
Violin - Brigitte Dajcze
Animation by Cam Christiansen (Anlanda Productions)

The Shrine of Impossible Love is something someone scrawled on a bedroom door at the Black Sheep (Moutin Noir) in Wakefield, PQ.

It's about layers and continuity… I guess. Actually, it’s about this long and then it’s over. I’m not saying that’s a metaphor but I’m also not saying that’s not a metaphor. Love’s involved. But I don’t think I used ‘baby’ in Shrine. My colleague Geoff Berner insists that people who use that word in a song, even if it’s just once, should be required to obtain a baby license. I don’t know if that’s to restrict it’s use or perhaps Geoff sees a get-rich-quick opportunity.

This whole thing was played, recorded and assembled over a couple of years in the basement of my home after I took the photo in Quebec. Happening mostly between gigs and designs, it was recorded using one stereo microphone (Sony, like a hunerd n fifty bucks when I bought it), my trusty mini-disc for the live recordings (Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Denmark, Montreal) a Yamaha 8track mini-disc, and a Mac using Digital Performer and Peak, and this old version of Sound Edit that has a bending function that I’ve used too many times, perhaps.

This is one of those oh-he-did-it-all-by-himself projects that was, I think, somewhat of a test to see how the available technology would help me realize what I heard in my head.

Kris Demeanor did the guitar that was cut unto loops by yours truly on the track called Falling. Love you Kris. See you at the next gig.

I lucked out in having Brigitte Dacjzer bring her ridiculously vast improvisational skills to bear on a few of the songs. Brigitte plays with Calgary’s Rembetika Hipster’s, and a plethora of the great world music outfits that populate her home base of Montreal.

My high-school friend (and the first guy I ever played live with; suburban home, parents gone for the weekend, drunk 16 year old girls and boys, one guy on drums the other on guitar, Suffragette City) Mark Bandola and I exchanged random sound files intended for use in each other’s projects shortly after we met again for the first time in 20 years. Mark used to play with England’s Lucy Show and has produced a wonderful solo project under the moniker Typewriter. The first CD is called Skeleton Key. 

Those wittingly and unwittingly recorded: the ridiculously talented Carolyn Mark, the ultra-ridiculously talented Karen Hines, P2 and his invention, Brigitte von Rothemburg and her voice.