(The Caravan Sessions was successfully funded by gracious pre-paying fans in 2009.)
Here are the liner notes:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
To whom it may concern:
It’s early afternoon as I sit and write this at our kitchen table here overlooking the greening fields of this magical farm called Caravan... It’s the last day of April and the sun is finally starting to shine on all G-d’s creation. I’ve got the new record playing right now on these computer speakers...on this same laptop these songs were recorded on two months ago in a ten by ten plywood cabin up the hill from here, when the snow was four feet high and the darkness and doubt seemed sovereign in the rueful month of February.
I’d be lying if I told you that making this record wasn’t one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I had no money for a ‘real’ studio, and although I’d had a fair share of recording experience over the years, I definitely hadn’t paid much attention to the engineering side of things. Sure I knew people made cabin recordings all the time but I didn’t have a clue how myself, and besides that.... I had already decided long before, that I definitely didn’t have what it took to sit in front of a computer (or board, back in the ‘old days’ when I used to fork over a summer job’s worth of wages to a ‘pro’ for a handful of demos!) and get that kind of thing done. And here’s the truth of it: I just never was all that interested! I would’ve rather just written and performed my songs and said ‘Thanks a bunch I’m off now!’ But somehow 4 years had gone by (with a half-finished and abandoned record
somewhere in the middle of that) and I realized I had better get my motoring kicked into a different gear if I was going to keep this bus rolling down the highway.
Back in November, after hearing you could even do such a thing, I reached out to my ‘fans’ (friends) for help and by the end of January I had some money to work with. Not enough to go tracking in a studio... but I had promised a record! One thing led to another, and I started with what I could afford.. ‘just start something. But what songs? and where? I can’t do the album I planned! What!?... ‘just start something Indio’... so I did.
With one rented microphone, a computer program called Garage Band and a little box called a ‘Duet’ I got to work. It took a week and a number of phone calls to old friends like Jay Burr just to learn how to turn things on at times! Anyways.. more checks started coming in.... 20 bucks here.. 100 there... and this whole thing started to take on more meaning to me with each passing day. In the middle of the longest winter since G-d knows when, in the middle of this ‘recession’.. with panic and doom spilling in from all sides, all these people showed they cared that I make something happen out of nothing and that they were rooting for me.
And then there was Estelle, she was just plain wonderful. Most of the time I was trying to work during non-chainsaw hours, meaning 9-5 (at night), so she said goodbye to a good part of me for the couple of weeks I was in that cave, leaving food, notes, and rescue remedies on the table for whenever I came in.
I’m realizing all this again as I sit here in this almost summer sun and it’s all just one big miracle just what the faith and support of friends and loved ones can do. We all made this together and I learned a lot in the process about those famous old lines ‘Knock and the door shall be answered’ and ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ I couldn’t have done this without any of you and that’s something I want to celebrate now and I’ll never forget. Thank you.
You may wonder: Did I get the record I wanted out of all this? Hell no! But I got something a lot better than that. I re-discovered what and who I’m doing this for.
So here’s some more songs ‘to be a ponderin’ on friends’.
For general know-how, encouragement, help, and lending ears:
Carlos Marticorena, Leeroy Stagger, Jay Burr, and Farrell Spence. Gary Vallaincourt. Pat Braden. Hannah James. Dietmar Leibecke, Michael Maclean, Steph & Gerry, Elias and my family. James Mackie for videos and energy. Estelle Shook for everything else.
For Financial Support and much more:
(see website for more details)
Tony ‘Snowking’ Foliot and Dietmar Leibecke for starting it all off!
Hotse Langeraar, Kelly Payne, Elias Saravanja, Kevin More, Gordon Hamre, Judy Murdock, Peter Sands, Tawanis Testart, Diana Mathisen, Andrew Love, Gary Coward, Sue Turner, Peter Cullen, Line Gagnon, Sonya Meier, Mark Wilson, Jane Wolverton, Andrea Coyne, Heather Nicol, Pat Braden, Jodi Ouelette, Bohdi St. John, Herve Oudet, Alejandro Wainer, Mila Steele, Terry Woolf & Aggie Brockman, Gli Edmunds, Marty Levinson & Jacquie, Martin Julien, Jacques Spiry, Valeria Vergara, Kevin Mackie, Stephane Ritchot, Zav RT, Allison Green, Daphne Denniston, Treena Stubel, Ward Wylie, Laurie Sarkadi, Seattle Scott & Jill, Jasmine Netsena, Tom & Ann Hennessy, April Parchoma, Laura Wilder, Edward Becker, Orissa Forest, Cheryn Wong. Hedi Kottner.
thanks as well to everyone at Caravan (and ‘Chainsaw Mick!’ my good man!)
released July 2, 2009
all songs written and arranged by Indio Saravanja and recorded February 2009 except ‘Grace Of Thee’ recorded in one take at One Ton Studios Victoria B.C
. April 15th, and ‘Holding On’ back on the Caravan Farm in the cook shack with Cameron Shook, Sunday April 26th. Fiddle and Trumpet @ Dan’s warehouse February & April, All drums recorded at Woodshop Studios, Duncan B.C
Mixed by Zak Cohen with Indio at Woodshop Studios, April 09
Mastered by Zak Cohen
6 and 12 string guitar, vocals, banjo, organ, piano, glockenspiel, synth, loop percussion, harmonica and also bass on El Camino Dreams.
Daniel Lapp: Fiddle and Trumpet
John Ellis: Pedal Steel. Bass on Nothing Can Be Done
Pat Steward: Drums
Cameron Shook: Bass on Holding On
Grace Of Thee inspired by a poem by Rene Fumoleau and dedicated to Gary Cramer and my mother Maria Saravanja.
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