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by Roger Kunkel

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Circus Crew 05:29
Total Slav 02:17
Nice Gnaw 02:47


The lockdown is not so tight that music cannot escape.

I had no plans to make an album like this at this time, but the shelter-in-place had me alone with my guitars, microphones, and a computer night after night and I began to dabble. Although I have experience as a recording artist and as a recordist, I do not have a well-outfitted home studio. I thought I was headed squarely into low to mid-fi demo land, but today's technology is strong and the sounds emerging were bright and clear. This mini-album is the result of a few weeks of poking at new tools, enduring some hours of YouTube tutorials, and having some faith that rough ideas can be honed.

A couple of these songs I wrote many years ago. Others are from more recent life. Others just popped out. My brain is primarily wired for abstract instrumental music and that is represented here too, but It feels good to finally let some lyrics and vocalizing loose to the world-wide ether. The title Roger Kunkel Sings was briefly considered and rejected with apologies to the Chet Baker estate.

The cover photo is what I saw leaving my house for a walk one evening. All over the world, people living in social distancing bubbles are feeling disconnected, but nature can still deliver beauty straight to our doorsteps. We need to keep an eye out for the silver linings.

My family, cohabitating 24/7 in a small home, has been very patient with me and I am grateful. Thanks to Rusi Gustafson who, besides being a fountain of musical energy and solid friendship, contributed lyrics to Circus Crew and Sleeping in the Daylight.


released June 17, 2020

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Roger Kunkel except Sleeping in the Daylight and Circus Crew - music by Roger Kunkel, lyrics by Roger Kunkel and Rusi Gustafson.

Mastered at Baxter's Ranch Recording Co.


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Roger Kunkel Davis, California

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