Recorded 2016 —
The ten songs on this recording come from a place that has been near-and-dear to me for most of my life. I started coming to Hornby Island with my family in 1962 for two-week vacations in the grass-roofed cabins at Shingle Spit Resort.
After my family built our own cabin in 1966, these vacations turned into summer-long stays filled with sunshine, swimming, fishing, sailing, bike-riding and myriad other golden memory-making activities.
It’s interesting to discover how the pull of a place can act as a well of inspiration for creative endeavours, whether by painters, potters, house designers, gin distillers, chefs, guitar-makers, weavers, or, in my case, songwriters and musicians.
It was a great pleasure to revisit a few of my older songs and write some brand new ones, then take them to The Barn Studio’s Marc Atkinson, who took such great care and interest, and brought his amazing musical artistry to each and every song. I was also thrilled to have wonderful background vocals sung by Kim June Johnson, a fine songwriter and fellow islander.
I hope you enjoy this set of songs written and recorded on the island that inspired them, by people who call it home.
Track list and links to lyrics, background on the songs, and images:
Words & Music by John McLachlan
Produced by John McLachlan & Marc Atkinson
Lead vocals, acoustic 6 & 12-string guitar, hi-string guitar, harmony vocals on “Ebb and Flow,” “Hand Troller”
Bass, drums, lead acoustic & electric guitar, percussion, keyboards, mandolin, harmony vocals on “Hand Troller”
Kim June Johnson
Harmony vocals on “There is a Star,” “Petrichor,” “Shingle Spit,” “Call it Home,” “Standard 8,” “Where I Belong,” “Your Day is Done”
Recorded & Mixed 2015/16 by Marc Atkinson at The Barn Studio, Hornby Island, BC
Mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios Ltd.
Made in Canada