Patch of Sunshine
Mixed, adj. : consisting of different or unlike elements or parts; combining diverse natures or qualities Message, noun : a communication sent from one person to another 'Patch of Sunshine', the album, certainly embodies these definitions. There are stories of childhood and of family. Songs of love, and a love/hate relationship....of finding one's community, and of the changes in society. A song of a human creation, but which has no human feelings. Of the 13 tracks, 11 are original offerings. 'Both Carol Lewandowski, AKA: Cski (pronounced 'see-ski' ) and I like to tell stories,' says Bruce Antink. Bruce's percussive rhythm guitar work is the foundation of many of the songs, a nice balance to Cski's strong, sensitive vocals. ' Though we spent most of our lives on the west coast, my early years were in Illinois. Cski's childhood was in Pennsylvania. The oral tradition is very strong in the mid-west - it seems only natural for us to try to tell stories with our lyrics.' This point is quite true, as evidenced by the opening lines of track 1: 'Grew up in a steel town, The mills weren't what they used to be Mom and Dad were wearin' down... Put a strain on the family' We are living in a time when 'doing an album' is not very difficult, as compared to 15-20 years ago. The advent of the home recording studio has opened up a multitude of doors for the independent artist. Mixed Messages is no exception: all but one track on this album was recorded in a friends' spare bedroom/music studio in the Santa Cruz area of Northern California. While the technical quality is quite good, the feel of the album is more like a group of friends getting together at the local coffee shop, open mic night, or... a spare room in someone's home. Friends helped out a lot, and also contributed on various tracks. There's no orchestra backing them up, no Phil Spector 'wall of sound.' Just some talented folks who wanted to tell some stories in an interesting way. There is a warm, personal feeling to this recording that is becoming all too rare. Enjoy.