Visitors

With "Visitors," I was trying to write and record with a broader palette than on my first album, both musically and in terms of the songs' subject matter and emotional content.  Love and family still are at the center, but these songs try to dig a bit more deeply into mortality and redemption.  I must be getting old.

The Musicians:    Albion: Howard Simon - acoustic guitar and vocals; Cary Black - electric bass; Ed Johnson -                         acoustic guitar Libby McLaren - keyboards; Paul Weiss - resophonic guitar; Richard Brandenburg -                   harmony vocals

                 In Her Name: Howard Simon – acoustic guitar and vocals; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson –                        guitar; Libby McLaren – piano; Loryn Barbeau – harmony vocal

                 The Devil Every DayHoward Simon – electric 12-string guitar, vocal; Cary Black –                     electric bass; Ed Johnson – guitar, keyboard; Mark Ivester – drums; Derek Bianchi –                   electric guitar; Loryn Barbeau – harmony vocal

                Tomorrow is a Long TimeHoward Simon – guitar, vocal, harmonica; Happy Traum –                       guitar; Cary Black – bass

                Where You Are: Howard Simon – “C” 12-string guitar, vocals; Cary Black – bass; Ed                     Johnson – guitar; Mark Ivester – drums; Libby McLaren – keyboard; Loryn Barbeau –                     harmony vocal

                Visitors: Howard Simon – guitar, vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson – guitar; Libby                 McLaren - keyboard

                Let it RiseHoward Simon – “C” 12-string guitar, vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson –                    guitar; Mark Ivester – drums; Libby McLaren – keyboards; Richard Brandenburg, Cary Black, Ed                  Johnson and Loryn Barbeau – harmony vocals; vocals arranged by Ed Johnson

                 Christmas DayHoward Simon – guitar, vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson – guitar; Loryn                         Barbeau – harmony vocal

                  Normal LifeHoward Simon – vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson – guitar; Mark                       Ivester – drums; John Worley - trumpet

                Sweet Words and HistoryHoward Simon – guitar, vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson                 – guitar; Mark Ivester – bass; Loryn Barbeau – harmony vocal; Kris Strom – saxophone;                 John Worley – trumpet; Marty Wehner – trombone; horns arranged by Ed Johnson

                AntoniaHoward Simon – vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson – guitar, keyboard; Mark                        Ivester – drums; Paul Weiss – resophonic guitar; Kris Strom – saxophone; John Worley –                        trumpet; Marty Wehner – trombone; Richard Brandenburg, Loryn Barbeau – harmony vocals; horns                  arranged by Ed Johnson

                 Sweet Little MysteryHoward Simon – vocal; Cary Black – bass, harmony vocal; Ed                       Johnson – guitar, harmony vocal (lead); Mark Ivester – cajón; Richard Brandenburg –                   harmony vocal; vocals arranged by Ed Johnson

                The Librarian's GardenHoward Simon – guitar, vocal; Cary Black – bass; Ed Johnson –                      guitar; Mark Ivester – drums; Libby McLaren – keyboard; Richard Brandenburg, Loryn Barbeau –                  harmony vocals

                 Three Horses: Howard Simon - guitar, vocal

The view from this horizon

The sixteen songs on "The View from this Horizon" are, unabashedly, about love -- romantic, familial and otherwise. The writing spans many years -- from my 20's to my 50's -- and thus the songs consider love in many lights and through the widely differing lenses of a young man and one somewhat older (though in my case, one probably not much wiser).  If there is a common thread that ties these songs together, it is that love -- all love -- brings wonder in addition to its joy and sadness, and sometimes loss.  This album is an attempt to capture and communicate some of that wonder as I have experienced it and imagined it throughout my life.  I hope you enjoy it.

The Musicians:

 

Secret Waters: Howard Simon - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed Johnson - acoustic guitar; Cary Black - electric bass; Libby McLaren - keyboard; Phil Hawkins - drums; Richard Brandenburg - harmony vocals

Brother: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Blaine Sprouse - fiddle; Richard - harmony vocals

Nothing Left to Hide: Howard - vocals; Ed - nylon-string guitar; Cary - upright bass; Phil - drums; Richard - vocals; Kris Yenney - cello; Heidi Yenney - violin (strings arranged by Ed)

Boston: Howard - baritone acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - electric guitar

Ain't it Funny: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic and electric guitars; Cary - upright bass

Woodside: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Libby - keyboard; Phil - drums; Richard and Ed - harmony vocals

Please Stay: Howard - acoustic six and twelve-string guitars and vocals; Ed - mandolin; Cary - upright bass; Blaine - fiddle; Richard and Ed - harmony vocals

Middle of the Night: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic and electric guitars; Cary - upright bass; Richard and Ed (aka "The Vienna Sausage Choir") - harmony vocals (vocals arranged by Ed)

Nancy Ann: Howard - twelve-string acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - electric bass; Phil - drums, steel drum, car parts; Richard, Ed and Howard - harmony vocals (vocals arranged by Ed) 

My Father's Days: Howard - vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Paul Weiss - resophonic guitar

To Ashes: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Jeff Sanford - clarinet; Richard and Judi Jaeger - harmony vocals

Winds of Separation: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Blaine - fiddle; Richard - harmony vocals

The Day that Never Comes: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - electric bass; Libby - keyboard

Something More: Howard - acoustic guitar,vocals and harmonica; Ed - acoustic guitar; Cary - upright bass; Richard - harmony vocals

High Falls Road: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Cary - electric bass; Blaine - fiddle; Richard and Ed - harmony vocals

Sausalito: Howard - acoustic guitar and vocals; Ed - nylon-string guitar and keyboard; Cary - upright bass