I have always had problems with editing down my songs. In general I write music that takes its time building up and even once I achieve a type of climatic arc I try and draw that out too. I’m not really interested in long form music but my upbringing might have something to do with my affinity for longer songs.
My father was an opera singer and also a choir conductor. The type of music I had access to while growing up were things like arias and symphonies and it wasn’t really until grade five did I discover pop music like Michael Jackson or Peter Gabriel. Up until that point it was Puccini and Verdi. It’s only recently that I’ve realized the type of influence my father has had on my music outside of lyrical content and more on form.
Appendix C is probably the first time both form and content have aligned in such away that I didn’t feel the need to have to give it a lyrical title to explain myself. The song is just indexed so that it can be culled from other songs. I had this singular idea but wanted to convey it somehow as an experience not just a three and half minute song. I had finished writing and recording the Holy Hum album and had all this momentum so I just kept going. On the first day of working on this song I had reached up to twenty minutes. I thought that it was pretty long but I got so obsessed with it that I kept working on it and by the time I got my head out of the studio three months had passed and I had a song that was an hour long.
In the winter of 2011 my father passed away. He got an evil type of thyroid cancer that was terminal and I had just over a month to be with him. It’s a sad story and I don’t need to tell it here but what I can say is that this experience, that winter, the landscape, the hospitals and all of the traveling on airplanes had a huge effect on me. Since then the music that’s been coming out is evocative of that time in my life and I can’t really do anything about it.
Appendix C is a type of a song that sounds like my life during that winter of 2011 and 2012. With all that said, the sounds and imagery that were running through my mind and heart at the time influenced it a great deal, but ultimately it’s just a song. I think it’s a good song to listen to while exercising, doing drugs, yoga, or having sex.
Thanks for listening.
released January 1, 2015
Written and recorded by Andrew Lee in Vancouver Canada (2014).
Andrew Lee: Juno 60, Yamaha CS-80, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ryan Flowers: Bass
Ash Poon: Yamaha CS-80
Rob Tornroos: Cymbals
Brian Chan: Cello