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Love Handed Down
  • Artist: Bill Kahler
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 893394001339
  • Item #: CDBY400133
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
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  • Rank: 1000000000
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Love Handed Down on CD

Love Handed Down is my fourth CD and I feel really good about it. I decided as a challenge to play all the instruments but still try to get a band feel. I also did all the graphics which was a fun creative sort of outlet with differences and similarities to making music. The songs vary from heartfelt realism to Flannery O'Connor sort of dark humor. 'Feet Make the Path' came from an essay I read about someone's yard being ripped up by the city. Originally there was a path that was made by people taking a shortcut across one corner. When the city was working they left a sharp edge and a few feet down to the street. Eventually the path was worn smooth again. The song goes beyond that into walking, meeting people and the fact that they are what makes our lives worthwhile. I actually dreamed the electric guitar part that comes in every so often - woke up one day and went down to the studio and recorded it! Sure would like to see that happen more often. 'Longest Road in the World' is a song about the struggles we each go through in our own way. Haven't we all faced some sort of thing that seemed like it was taking forever and would never be over. There is still humor in the song with lines like 'If our mistakes teach us how not to get burned, I should be a genius with all that I've learned by now . . . .' 'Love Handed Down' is the title track and a connection to a sort of theme that runs through most of the record. Having had many discussions with various people over the years about whether or not there is life after death (I've never had anyone come back to prove it), I believe the proof is that the love we experience, or not, is passed down to our own kids. There have been so many times when I've been talking to my son when I felt like my dad was talking. . . . I think this song may be more directly from my heart than anything I've written to date. 'Sail On Love' was a challenge by a friend and supporter of mine who's really into sailing. Thanks Dave! My first CD has a song called I'll Sail Again and I didn't want to revisit that exactly so this one eventually became a love song lullaby sort of piece. Skin on skin, drifting off. . . . 'Driving Through Ohio', swimming upstream - it's where I'm from. Sometimes you can go back home. Sometimes you have to. 'Doyle, Loretta and the Alligator Farm' - with a title like that how serious can it be? Check it out. As Vonnegut would say, 'And so it goes.' I realize you may feel as I do that sometimes a record done totally solo has it's drawbacks and limitations. Other times the project comes out in a special look-inside-the-mind-of-the-artist way. Of course one of the great things about CD Baby is you can preview the stuff and decide for yourself before committing to buy. I firmly believe that if you did not know this was a solo artist production, you would not be able to tell by listening. I also believe that the quality does not suffer because of that. Additionally, I think it may serve as an example to other musicians it can be done and I would be glad to help out if I can - just send an email. I had planned all along to do as much as I could as long as the album did not suffer. In other words, if I thought it would be better at any point to bring in other musicians, I told myself I would. As it turned out everything came out fine. (I've done the same thing with home repairs - 'I'll just get into it as far as I can and if i need to call someone I will but if not. . . .') I play a lot of coffeehouses and either low pay or no pay shows so I thought that keeping the budget low would allow me to sell the CD at gigs for a lower price but still pay for itself and make money from sales once the initial costs were recouped. While the decision to do the whole thing myself was not based economically it turned out to be a good thing in the end as all I had to pay for was the replication. Thanks for checking it out - I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. While you're at it, check out my web site for additional downloads, free youtube lessons etc. Take care, Bill.