The Skeleton Park Community Songbook is an arts project slash fundraising initiative, which has amassed a dozen musical collaborations pairing local professional musicians with various community organizations. Today, we’re featuring the last official contribution from Chris Brown and the Pittsburgh Institution Choir who’ve joined forces to perform Oblivion. This track is somewhat different from the rest of the series in that a video was not released. However, you’ll still find a description of this piece of the of the Skeleton Park Community Songbook puzzle, as well as an audio recording below.
The Greater Kingston area is home to 7 prisons. Every local has a connection to them. In a speech at The Grand Theatre years ago, Jean Vanier spoke on how the prison walls were to keep us out as much as to keep inmates in. We are ignorant of the living conditions, economy and challenges of a great many of our citizens; inmates, employees and volunteers alike.
Inmates gave their time anonymously and freely to donate this track to the Community Songbook. This track was recorded inside the prison, in 3 sessions, with participants working on arrangements and actually writing additional lyrics between recordings:( the ‘response lines’ you hear in the verses). All singing, arrangement and playing is theirs, with the exception of myself organ and Elijah Abrams on bass. Since this recording. the guys have been working on originals and arrangements of songs by local musicians.
For those of you who may have missed past additions to the Skeleton Park Community Songbook that were featured on Kingstonist, please take some time to explore the project via the links below. Of course, there’s always the possibility that organizers will add a few more bonus pages to the Skeleton Park Community Songbook. If and when that happens, rest assured that we’ll give them just as much attention and adoration as the first 13 tracks.
- David Francey & Open Voices – Torn Screen Door
- The Swamp Ward Orchestra and Rideau Public School – Je Fais La Difficile
- Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright, Lovin’ Spoonful and the Sunnyside Community Garden – Hallelujah Haircut
- The Gertrudes – Kings Town
- Unconscious Encore and ReelOut – Are We There Yet?
- PS I Love You and the Sleepless Goat Choir – Facelove
- Kyra and Tully with the Grand Theatre – Love in all These Things
- Rueben deGroot with the Grad Club – Little Red Mixer
- Wilderling with the QECVI ARTS Focus Program – Kallesnik
- Shane Dunne with The Irish Folk Club – I’ll Tell Me Ma
- Sheesham and Lotus with The CFB Vimy Band – Up the Wooden Hills
Thanks to all the musicians, community groups and folks who helped make the Skeleton Park Community Songbook possible. Also, thanks and credit to Christopher Gary for the SPMF photo that was used for today’s post.