About ten weeks before the birth of my twins, I had an epiphany :
this would probably be my last chance to record music for years.
Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and very much want and enjoy them, but having three babies will put some serious constraints on your time. I've been dedicated to playing music for 20 years; I've been part of some great music created by some wonderful, inspired people. I just have never had the courage to create and produce an album of my own. I will admit that working with/for other people is difficult in that most of the time you are either arguing for hours to have your voice heard, or selflessly helping someone else make his/her music come to life. The larger problem was this : because I was worried that I needed to create something that would be 'better' than past projects or music created by my friends, that I needed to come up with something 'Genius' with a capital g, I did little. 15 years of sketches remained just that. I started struggling with questions like 'what genre should I write in?', 'why are my lyrics so embarrassing?', 'who would ever want to listen to this stuff?' etc.... So, now I had a finite window to do something ....anything.
Some parameters were set : I would write and record a song a week for ten weeks. After the week was done, I would move on- stop recording- no matter how embarrassing the results. I would just concentrate on making the song as good as it could be in the time I had to do it, with no thought about anything else - no help from anyone else. 'It Is What It Is' indeed.
The results are here for anyone to listen to. I'm proud to finally have something of my own. I hope you enjoy it.
This album is dedicated to Nova and my daughters Soleil, Selene, and Celeste.
Every note of every song on this album was played me, but that's not to say I didn't have help. I would like to thank the following people for their advice, love, inspiration, and/or encouragement for this project. Nova, all four of my wonderful parents, David Fitzhugh, Peter Carvelas, Jesse Kolber, Jim Walsh, Matt Murphy, Adam Ash, Jim McCabe, Rob Sondles, Shannon Artis, Bert, Blake and Chris, Chris Donahue, Jace Panebianco, Jeff Hiatt and Jay Levin at Turtle Studio, Suzie Brown, Mike Measer, Shane Kirsch, Johnny and Scott Thompson, Tank and Faux2, Mason and Lowell, Steve Blanco, Mike Palmatier, Rick Robinson, Rene Mckane, Vince Chiarmonte, Shaun Swezey, Matt Kinne, Pat Myers, John Warner, Marcy D, Ayana D, Carsie Blanton, Adrien Reju, Aaron Comess, Billi Shakes, Andy Stack, Lady Rizo , Chris Kufner, Marc Jaffe, Ryan Stokes, Jeff the Jedi master Jones, Dave Brassard and McNeil Music, Shane Kirsch, Scott Barkan, and Pearson Constantino.
released 16 December 2011
Jeffrey Pettit : electric and acoustic guitars, drum kit, Moog, Stylophone, conga, cowbell, fretless and fretted electric bass, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, alto sax, percussion, lead and background vocals.
Produced, Engineered, Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Jeffrey Pettit
All music and lyrics by Jeff Pettit (Listen Here Now Music, BMI) except
Otherworldly written by Jeff Pettit and James McCabe (Tropical Death Music, ASCAP)