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MaryAnne

From the archives…a softer country crossover-ish piece written as a teenage lullabye.

Maryanne by Danica Waters

Posted April 12th, 2011.

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Six Rivers National Park, Northern California

These images were taken along Hwy 199, which stretches from Crescent City, CA to Grant’s Pass, OR.  It is some of the most breathtaking land  I’ve ever seen.  The water and the land contain high levels of Serpentine, which is a mineral that is strikingly gray-green in color.  High quality Serpentine is sometimes used to replicate jade in jewelry and art pieces – it is no wonder that the rivers that cut through the gorges here boast a deep jade-like hue.  Although the river runs hundreds of feet down steep gorges that are heavily shaded, at times the sun would find its way down the cliffs, turning the eddies into surreal-looking emerald-colored pools.

Highway 199 is mostly a narrow, two-lane, intensely winding stretch of road that cuts through a portion of the Six Rivers National Park.  While it’s challenging to drive, it’s even more challenging to keep your eyes on the road, as there’s so much to look at.  Thankfully, there are lots of places to pull off the road and explore.  One of the most fantastic and completely unexpected finds we made was a botanical trail that we initially thought would be a manzanita forest.  What we discovered was a Cobra Lily bog.  Otherwise known as “Darlingtonia californica”, the California Pitcher Plant (or Cobra Lily) grows in the middle of an otherwise “normal” looking forest.  Hundreds of stalks grow off of one main parent plant, and, each of the stalks looks exactly like a cobra ready to strike.  Each new “pitcher” twists itself in such a way while it’s growing that its final adult position directs its “hood” away from all the others, guaranteeing maximum insect-catching potential.

I could have spent a month on this one stretch of road…  maybe one day I will do just that.

Posted April 1st, 2011.

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The Void

… a ghostly girl’s vocal abstract against strong sonic textures that remind me of really thick ocean fog.

The Void by Danica Waters

Posted March 22nd, 2011.

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High Octane

This is a soundtrack/trailer piece I wrote for a heavy-duty action sequence, complete with helicopters, unmarked cars racing through the city, and a sweeping view of a military warship in the San Diego Bay…

High Octane – abridged by Danica Waters

Posted March 22nd, 2011.

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Launching Paper Cranes

After the 2004 tsunami that wreaked havoc and devastation on the people of Indonesia,  Myles Crawley wrote and recorded the song  Launching Paper Cranes. He asked me to add keyboards, my daughter Alana to add flute, and the whole family to sing backup vocals on the recording; it was a great way to make sense of the sadness we felt.   In light of recent events, our family offers this for free download as a memorial for the people of Japan.  We also hope that it acts as a renewed memorial for all those in the world who have fallen victim to disasters of all kinds:  natural disasters, terrorism, war, corporate neglect, environmental destruction, hate crimes… the list goes on and on.

I would like to add my own spin to the downloads that come from this site (and I have no way to track this, so it’s Scout’s Honor all the way):  if you like the song and download it, can you please donate a minimum of $1.00 US (or the international equivalent) to the American Red Cross (if you can afford it- if you can’t, please just download the song and send good vibes to Japan!!!).

xo

Launching Paper Cranes by Myles Crawley

Posted March 13th, 2011.

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Too Little Too Late

I wrote and recorded this song in 24 hours, trying to meet an entry submission deadline for a theme song to an up and coming British sitcom about a man flirting with a midlife crisis. Being a huge fan of old episodes of British sitcoms, including Are You Being Served, and As Time Goes By, etc. I couldn’t help but build the instrumental bridge to this song with a strong nod to the musical flavorings of those AWESOME shows. Thanks to the engineering wizardry and outstanding patience of my hubby, Myles Crawley, I met the deadline. Didn’t get the show, but I still think the song would go great with a generous helping of… oh, say, Bill Murray? LOL.

Too Little Too Late by Danica Waters

Posted March 5th, 2011.

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Eventually

This recording features Paul Castellanos on violin, Myles Crawley on guitar, David Page on drums, and Richard Tibbitts on Irish Flute. Thanks, guys!

Eventually by Danica Waters

Posted March 5th, 2011.

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