10 Year Wing Span. / by Emily Busch

This week amidst the cacophony of my life  I quietly realized that this year, and it's almost done, marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of my first record The Ways We Try. It was my first long play album intention, a culmination of songs that were trying to explain myself and my city (Philly) through music with the help of friends in a studio that no longer exists in the marshlands by the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

It was the project that made me completely transfixed by the process of recording. I remember us playing things and then coming into the control room and feeling that literal warmth from the analog gear hearth. For some, recording is tedious and anxiety inducing. For me, it's where the world allows me to finally just be. In some ways, these past ten years have felt like a by all means necessary attempt at getting myself back to that hearth over and over again. So much tetris-ing of time and schedules and funds to make it all happen and work but it felt natural in that I couldn't muster that much passion for anything else. Even still I have so much protective endless love for this process.

It can seem cruel the rate now at which recordings get eaten by the world versus how much goes into the process. Sometimes it feels like they get digested in the way a late night drunk blazes through a cupboard, or even more sadly, never digested at all like a forgotten non perishable soup can on some basement hutch. But I don't think that has changed the magic of it for me and I return to this beloved form again and again cause I do believe it's what makes up my core being. For me, it is a personal truth.

To revisit and celebrate this recording you can download it here for free at this link: https://birdiebuschmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-ways-we-try

 

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Birdie Busch has one of those voices that draws you in on the first phrase and breathes you out at the end of the record. It's not devastatingly beautiful, brimming with venom, or capable of coaxing small birds from their nests, but it's as familiar as storm clouds in July and as easy to ingest as a small-town milkshake. Busch and her slightly funky, sometimes quirky, and always-relaxed backing band blow through 11 slices of East Coast humor, pathos, and earnest observation that treat the word "pretense" as if it never existed. From the gentle swing of "Cup" to the bluesy Randy Newman-esque closer "Room Above the City," The Ways We Try is so subtle in its execution that it may get lost among the bevy of louder, lamer, and more opulent acts of 2006, but if the business were fair, and the cream really did rise to the top, there would be one less employee doing the serving.  released September 23, 2006 Bar None Records   Darcy Ataman Vocal Producer Joe B Guitar, Main Personnel, Slide Guitar Birdie Busch Guitar, Main Personnel, Primary Artist, Vocals Ivan Funk Drums, Lap Steel Guitar, Main Personnel Devin Greenwood Audio Production, Bass, Drums (Snare), Engineer, Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Main Personnel, Mixing, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Vocals (Background) Jerry Klause Executive Producer, Main Personnel, Percussion Christopher Luxton Artwork, Layout Design Matt Muir Drums, Main Personnel Neil Simpkins Drums, Main Personnel Emily Zeitlyn Main Personnel, Vocals (Background) Rachel Russell Intern Engineer Cover art by Alex Da Corte

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Birdie Busch has one of those voices that draws you in on the first phrase and breathes you out at the end of the record. It's not devastatingly beautiful, brimming with venom, or capable of coaxing small birds from their nests, but it's as familiar as storm clouds in July and as easy to ingest as a small-town milkshake. Busch and her slightly funky, sometimes quirky, and always-relaxed backing band blow through 11 slices of East Coast humor, pathos, and earnest observation that treat the word "pretense" as if it never existed. From the gentle swing of "Cup" to the bluesy Randy Newman-esque closer "Room Above the City," The Ways We Try is so subtle in its execution that it may get lost among the bevy of louder, lamer, and more opulent acts of 2006, but if the business were fair, and the cream really did rise to the top, there would be one less employee doing the serving. 

released September 23, 2006 Bar None Records  

Darcy Ataman Vocal Producer
Joe B Guitar, Main Personnel, Slide Guitar
Birdie Busch Guitar, Main Personnel, Primary Artist, Vocals
Ivan Funk Drums, Lap Steel Guitar, Main Personnel
Devin Greenwood Audio Production, Bass, Drums (Snare), Engineer, Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Main Personnel, Mixing, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Vocals (Background)
Jerry Klause Executive Producer, Main Personnel, Percussion
Christopher Luxton Artwork, Layout Design
Matt Muir Drums, Main Personnel
Neil Simpkins Drums, Main Personnel
Emily Zeitlyn Main Personnel, Vocals (Background)

Rachel Russell Intern Engineer

Cover art by Alex Da Corte