Executed with sincerity,
emotion and plenty of universal beauty.
A record largely influenced by some of the most notable songwriters of the ’70s, Grace Gravity’s Dream Analog was captured live in a small home studio and recorded, mixed, and mastered analog. Later on, overdubs of horns, keys, percussion, and backing vocals were added with much meticulousness, giving the album a very warm, crisp feeling.
The cautious listen leads with the soft acoustic strumming and sweet vocals from Teri Hitt on “It’s Coming On,” which lays the foundation for the remainder of the album. “Go Ahead And Shine” then follows with a soothing, soft-rock quality as Hitt lets her strong pipes shine. “In The Center” continues with harmonizing backing vocals highlighting the folk rock approach.
The middle of the record offers some of the best tunes, including the reflective “The Long Road,” where brass and piano work together in soulful ways, while “Who U R” picks up the pace with a punchy rock ‘n’ roll feel. “Something New Can Grow,” a standout track, then finds a pretty place to reside as cosmic moments mix with the slow burning introspection.
Deeper in the listen, “Sunny Side Of The Road” moves with light melodies and a breezy formula that’s as timeless as it is memorable, and “Mother Earth” finishes out the listen with some of Hitt’s best vocals, as a dreamy quality enters the very sophisticated landscape.
A record that definitely brings us back to simpler times, Dream Analog and Grace Gravity herself reminds us of all the things we find appealing about Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, or Heart.
During these hectic, often heated times, an album like Dream Analog is the perfect antidote to the chaos with its serene, almost meditative quality that would have been as relevant in the ’60s as it likely will be 20 years from now.
180 Gram Vinyl
—As luck would have it we found a time machine and over the next year created an Analog Recording Studio in our home. All my previous albums were recorded digitally.When I finally heard my voice played back on tape for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It was significantly better. I had never heard my voice recorded in a way that could reflect it back so thoroughly. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in the sound. I knew I was on the right track.
Recorded Analog + Mixed Analog + Mastered Analog for 180 Gram Vinyl
Analog recording allows the messages in the songs to be more completely and clearly delivered. It has natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance. This resonance is missing in digital recordings as the recording process is to take samples and string them together. The space in-between the samples is missing. This creates square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about.
Over the next two years we carefully recorded these beautiful songs to analog tape.
The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live on a 1″ 16 track tape machine using tube and solid state gear. As we recorded live we were able to deeply connect as we played and magic happened. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.
This album is recorded at A=432 Hz tuning instead of the “standard” A=440 Hz. 432 Hz tuning is known as Pythagorean tuning. It is based on perfect 5th ratios. This tuning is in harmony with Nature. To me it feels better.
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Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar
June Kato – bass
James Whelan – hammond, piano, rhodes
Brian David Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds
Rebecca Stout – background vocals
James – background vocals
+ Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute
• Matt Crocco – additional piano
** Paula Montondo – additional drums on Whatcha Gonna Do?
1 It’s Coming On 2:23
2 Go Ahead and Shine 2:57
3 In The Center 4:12
4 Song of the Satellite+ 2:56
5 Whatcha Gonna Do?** 3:06
6 The Long Road+ 3:06
1 Who U R 3:11
2 Nothing To Break That Fall+• 2:46
3 Something New Can Grow 3:36
4 Real Clouds 2:44
5 Sunny Side of the Road 3:50
6 Keep it Together+ 3:23
7 Mother Earth 2:39
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Brian David Hardin.
Recorded at Thunderbird Studios in Culver City.
Mixed on a SSL console down to 1/2” tape at Laughing Tiger Studio in San Rafael, CA.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Joe Bozzi in Hollywood, CA.
All songs ©2020 Teri Hitt except **©Teri Hitt, June Kato, and Paula Montondo. All Rights Reserved. Chaldea Music [ASCAP]
Made with LOVE in the USA.
Photos: Brian David Hardin | Art/Design: Teri Hitt
Cover photo is the General Sherman Tree in Sequoias, CA.
(*Psst…She changed her name to Mother Tree)
Available on HQ-180 gram Vinyl, CD and Cassette April 2020.
Singles out now on Spotify.
Heavily influenced by the sounds of the 70’s,
Grace Gravity creates music that expresses
what we’re going through, living through, and being through.
The message is strong and hopeful, and has forward motion.
Step into the parallel reality of Grace Gravity!
Last night we played a set at The Republic of Pie.
We heard this great singer and amazing guitarist play before us. We invited the guitarist, Edward Tree, to sit in and he did. He was so great! You can check out some video here:
Eventhough the PA was having some issues (tweeters weren’t working), it was still a lot of fun and came across alright.
Go and check out The Republic of Pie if you are in the North Hollywood area. Highly recommend it! Delicious Pie and great organic coffee.
And remember that even when it looks like nothing is happening or moving forward it still is. Keep your intention in tact and don’t fall into any mud puddles. Remember its all in perfect timing. Love yourself, love it all!
With Love, Grace Gravity
7 is a magic number and that’s what the
Red Rock’s address adds up to. Sunset Strip energy line, meridian 8782, that would be 7. If you want to come and join in the good vibes and get this party started, come on by.
You can be assured we’ll will do our best with some good vibe sonic acupressure.
That’s why we came.
Let the Sun shine in . . . and out 🙂
Red Rock Bar
8782 Sunset Blvd
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone# (310) 854-0710
Parking: Rates at the City of West Hollywood public lot (located across from Red Rock, next to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) are a flat rate of $6 Friday after 5 p.m.). There is some metered parking on the street adjacent, Holloway Dr.
Parking map for the Sunset Strip area: http://thesunsetstrip.com/info/parking
The Red Rock is between Palm and La Cienega Blvd. on Sunset.
Join Us For The Closing Reception of the Occupy Ventura Exhibit
BELL ARTS FACTORY
NOVEMBER 26, 2011
3 pm – 9 pm
ART + PHOTOS + INFORMATION + NETWORKING + MUSIC
The exhibit has been on display for the month of November.
Come see the art and photos, find out more about the Occupy Movement and how you can be involved, hear music, and be part of an Open Mic. Also in solidarity with Small Business Saturday, there will be a Local Vendors area.
The ambition of this exhibit has been to fuel people with energy for the purpose of channeling creative efforts into creating some real, positive, meaningful and lasting change for people worldwide. It is part of the growing artist contingent of the 99% movement. The exhibit includes actual handmade cardboard poster signs used at Occupy Ventura rallies and photos of those actions. Like the movement itself, the exhibit is grassroots in nature and with emphasis on free expression. The experience of true and direct democracy and the quest of finding and giving voice for the concerns of humanity is what motivates and is at the core of this exhibit.
Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura