I've been writing songs for five years now. All of my instruments except keyboard and some banjo are self taught. All songs were recorded by me in the month of Febuary 2008 in Concord and Durham NH. All of these songs will be available at www.soundclick.com/richierosencrans as free downloads should you care to extend the listening pleasure to a more mobile music machine.
Richie Rosencrans plays all instruments including Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Harmony Vocals except on "Hippie Song" where Patrick Bowling plays flute.
Secrets of Trees(2008)
All of these songs were written within the last two years but many were unfinished, lyrically or musically. Some of the songs were written with the banjo or guitar as the primary instrument as opposed to the guitar. The recordings themselves vary from somewhat lush instrumentation to bare bones acoustic and vocal tracks. Overall I think the album came out rather well since many of the songs I once thought would never graduate into full songs. I realized at some point that I didn't need to use the verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus format that many songs employ. And while a number of track do indeed stick to those guidelines, others have been played with a bit or made very simply. I like that. Get out the musical idea but don't prolong it more than needs be. The album title comes from the first line of "Tame the Wind", a song inspired by an afternoon walk in the college woods at the University of New Hampshire. The theme of the song is one I've written about before however this song paints a few nice images that I can really picture well...looking up into the treetops, running down a road on a moonlit night, and sitting next to a rushing mountian stream where it has gouged out a channel in the bedrock over eons of time. All wonderful feelings and each has a mysterious sense to them. I love that sense of wonder and incomprehension, thus the title of the album, "Secrets of Trees", those which we will never know. A short bio of each song might be of interest to some: 1. The Hippie Song - The lyrics here a lighthearted look at individuality and reference to my failures (three at the time) to match myself with another person that I could be close to. Pretty positive that it would happen again (it did). Taking less and giving more...a simple solution to many of our worlds problems. And my belief that we really can do this and succeed. 2. I Won't Know - Written in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was interested in a young lady who happened to be still in America. My timing is usually terrible in most cases. This song was from frustraction of not being able to find out how that would go until I returned. 3. Missing Lines - Love the melody of the chorus on this one. Seems like it could be a lot more powerful with a full band. About others confusion and how they need to look for themselves. Similar to the theme in other past songs. 4. Silent Eyes - Another song about the person referred to in "I Won't Know". Same theme but the distance here is in communication between the two people not location. Which is really more frustrating in my opinion. It's more positive in looking ahead to the future. All she has to do is say yes. But remains silent...to this day actually. 5. Reaching for Rain - An incredibly personal song that turns into a stream of consiousness exposition at the end. It's a song asking forgiveness and not receiving it. Resulting in essentially accepting things at the end of the song. "I'll never be closer..." 6. End of the Night - Oh gosh this was the song I thought would never get written. If I played better guitar I could make this sound much better. It has a Dave Matthews -esque guitar riff with lots of slides going on. Pretty neat. But the song itself is about the interaction between "that" guy and the girl at the bar. The song is my observation of the situation and my plea to her to be smart and not make the wrong decision. 7. In My Mind - A very old song. I was listening to a lot Dispatch at this point in time and this song reflects that sound particularly songs "Here We Go" and "Prince of Spades" The lyrics aren't great at all in my opinion but the melody is cool. 8. All Along - To people who know my music this might sound similar to the "Radio" song. Which is true in some ways. I even say that the "radio will play the songs I've never heard before" which is a direct link back to the Radio song. However the song was really inspired by a Roy Hurd song called "Clinton County" which I love. I was trying to learn that song at the time but didn't have a recording so I did the best I could. That morphed into the chorus of this song. The verse was the closed I could remember from another song I think was called "Carolina" I heard it once, loved it, and never could find it again. Anyhow the lyrics pretty happy. Totally a Richie song. A bit of mandolin makes it feel like a campfire singalong. 9. Let Me Go - Written on the mandolin while walking though a field. Second verse written 6 months after the first. talk about procrastination. RPM helped me finish it finally. A bit edgy in the sound. I like. 10. Back Into Me - A very old tune I've performed many time but never recorded (thanks RPM). Another very personal song about not wanting to fall back into the shy guy I was before. And again my inablilty to attract those members of the fairer sex. 11. Crazy as I Say - Jason Mraz like -trying to fit lots of words into a small space. I think this could be a good song if someone else sang it. I don't think it's a style I particularly excel at. Oh well. RPM is all about trying different and new things. 12. Time is on Our Side - The first line of this song was said by the subject of tracks 2 and 4. And I said "Oh that would be a good line for a song". Bet she didn't realize I would write it about here. To bad for the fret squeaks when the second guitar starts playing. A good but really simple song. Fine with me. 13. Another kind of outdated song but still a neat kind of song. Not a style I'm really cozy with but I like the chords in the chorus espcially on "never be" Could be much more of a rocker if I knew anything about rocking... 14. Secrets of Trees - I've discussed this tune above already. I think it's my favorite of the whole bunch mostly because the lyrics are so strong and fit the melody quite well. This song was written using the banjo as the primary instrument. And so that's the way I tried to show in the recording. I love the part where the picked banjo comes in for the second verse. A great hopeful way to close out this album.
This album was assembled with a few half-written songs using mostly acoustic instruments. Song styles range from folk, old-time, traditional Irish, and what have you.
An album in the best traditions of the Emerald Isle. Ormond Sound is a varied mix of lively Irish jigs, reels, and songs performed by Richie Rosencrans and Paddy Bowling.