My dear departed friend Nicolai wrote this song as an instrumental jazz hymnal that we recorded on his album ÆTER back in 2013. I wrote lyrics to the melody and we would often sing it together but this is the first time it will be heard in this form by ears outside of direct family and close friends.
I wrote the lyrics while thinking about Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (or the Evening Redness in the West) which is both beautiful and terrifying. Levon Helm is of course one of the greatest musicians of all time.
This song now combines elements of all of these references and memories and tributes. Marie’s vocals add a warm yet haunting churchiness to it while Mads Hyhne plays a legendary trombone solo and I think the overall atmosphere does justice to the music while bringing the story in the lyrics to life.
Ned Ferm (vocals, keys), Marie Fisker (vocals), Mads Hyhne (trombone), Mads Brinch (Rhodes), Rune Kjeldsen & Jacob Funch (guitars), Anders Christensen (piano, bass), Jakob Høyer (drums)
I’m thrilled to have contributed to THE LETTER ROOM which was just nominated for SHORT LIVE ACTION FILM at the Academy Awards. Elvira Lind’s film stars Oscar Isaac as “an empathetic corrections officer who gets transferred to the prison’s letter room, where he finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row.” My contribution comes in the form of overdubbed vocal work in several scenes.
A sincere CONGRATULATIONS to the whole team and heartfelt thanks for bringing me in – it was (and is!) an honor!
Lots of delays and rescheduling entering YEAR 2 of the plague…
Tons of great live action coming everyone’s way once the weather gets warmer and more people are vaccinated!
I’ll start recording my new folk/country album this spring for a fall release – some great new songs to share with you all since the release of SPENT ALL THE MONEY! Stay tuned…
We’ve lost so many wonderful people recently, among them my beloved Mother, Ninette. She passed away very suddenly at the end of September 2020. It was a year of serious tests and challenges, including her passing, the loss of several other friends in various parts of the world, loss of income and resources and creative outlets due to the plague, a broken arm that didn’t heal – resulting in surgery and rehab, crippling anxiety regarding the state of the States, and too many other challenges to mention here. When it rains, it pours, and that was a typhoon and tsunami of trouble, evil, and awfulness. I have survived it thus far and am stronger and more hopeful than ever for this year and the future.
I’m greatly looking forward to getting back to Maine to see my family this fall, to celebrate my Mom’s life with them in person and hopefully exchange some of the hugs we and so many others took for granted before seemingly every single thing in the world went sideways.
It can always get worse! But at some point it has to swing the other way. I hope that shift has begun now. There are signs of hope, and rather than dwell too long or hard on them, I’m trying to get as much good work done on myself and for the world as I can in a period of opportunity/crisitunity. Let’s go!