Once and Over Again
Self-produced between 2005-2007, Once and Over Again is my debut album. I've since wanted to call it Basement Tapes or something like that, but no matter.
I set out some rules for myself when I recorded it. I only let myself use my one Strat, "The Crow," apart from a touch of acoustic guitar at the beginning of "Strangers." I avoided using a keyboard-synthesizer except for the instrumental break in "Burying Our Promises." I tried to record all of the instruments twice and dump each take into different speakers. These rules worked well for most of the tracks.
It ain't professional, but I enjoy listening to it. I'm particularly proud of the production values in "How It Came To Be," "Two Mirrors," and "Strangers." Writing-wise, however, it seems the standout track is "This is Our Land." That's the song I get the most reactions from at this point.
The liner notes feature a personal essay about the lack of folk music in British Columbia. I don't know whether I still agree with the ideas I proposed there back in 2007, but it shows my thinking at the time and a lot of the impetus behind the album's tone.
I made a whole bunch of copies of the album, but never really got to market it. Still, I hope you can enjoy some of these tracks from Once and Over Again. I hope to sell copies of the album at a discounted price at any upcoming gigs.
Jeffrey Nordstrom: All vocals, guitars, basses, programming, keyboards, engineering, mixing, photography.
Jesse Bannerman with Roy Milner: Final mix and master.
Kelly Pearce: Graphic design
Recorded in Victoria, Central Saanich, and Hope BC.