Songs: Woodstock 1
In October of 2005, Val Emmich escaped the city life he was accustomed to and disappeared into nature, renting a house in historic Woodstock, New York. His goal was to put away all distractions, shake off any prior preconceptions and return to a place within himself of artistic innocence. Two weeks alone in the woods did the trick. With a revived sense of creativity and a willingness to take fresh chances with his writing, Emmich quickly worked up thirty new songs. He was soon joined by his band and friend/producer Jason Cupp who together turned the house into a makeshift recording studio. Playing late into the night as loud as they wanted with no one around to bother them, Emmich and company recorded the demos for many of the songs that would become the basis for Val's 2006 full length album SUNLIGHT SEARCHPARTY. This collection, entitled WOODSTOCK, contains some of the other songs recorded at the Woodstock house during the fall of 2005 and shows the many sides of Emmich's writing: from pure pop gems to experimental soundscapes, from the sparse to the orchestral, from the lighthearted and playful to the hopeless and tragic, all containing the naked honesty and keen real-life observations that have always characterized Emmich's work. WOODSTOCK is an authentic document of an artist testing his limits and reconnecting with his passion to express himself unhindered through song.