Faces in the Crowd

This was the last song we recorded for the Ishmael album. We recorded it live in the Studio and video taped the recording of it. It’s an older song and dates back to 1976.  We wanted a more acoustic song that we could use to interspace between some of the more up-tempo rock songs on the album and set up the albums third act. So, I took it out of mothballs and dusted it off. Being that the song was originally written so long ago, I went back and re-wrote most of the lyrics for it.  On the surface, this song is about a guy going back to an old hangout from his past hoping that he’ll run into an old flame (that was responsible for him going to jail) In the end she was only there in his memories. The song is also about getting older, the choices we’ve made in life, what we might have done differently and if it would have mattered in the end anyways. The song was originally inspired by the melody and title of the Beatles “I’ve just seen a face” and I also make sure I pay homage to Bob Dylan by referencing that the answers to it all  were still “Blowing in the Wind”. ‘Faces in the Crowd” was recorded at Perfect Sound Studio’s in Frogtown CA.  The musicians on this song are: Sarven Manguiat on acoustic guitar; Bonnie Brooksbank on violin; Rob Hall on Standup Bass; and Stephen Haaker on percussion. Brett Grossman and Sean Kellett were the engineers; and Stephen Haaker and Brett Grossman Produced the song. The video of “Faces in the Crowd” was shot and edited by Noel Ross.

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