01 Take Me Away
02 Running Low
05 The Blanco River
06 More Moving On
07 Goin’ Crackers
08 Circulation at Night
10 Moving Around
11 Sappy Ballad
12 The Sound of Nothing
13 More Moving On II
14 Tearing Branches
15 Another Sappy Ballad
16 The Olsen Twins
CURRENT STATUS: In production, scheduled for 2019 release.
Sometimes an environment can provide some extra push to get through to the next section of the song, or the next song. There was an old, not so nice but cozy concrete house on River Road in San Marcos, Texas. I had moved in around November 1st, which gave me exactly two weeks to get some ideas down. November of 2001 brought historic flooding to the area, and I became instantly homeless.
We’d spend the night at Motel 6, with my roommate’s family or with other friends. Often I’d just brave the cold and stay at the house. Using a single orange extension cable from the house next door, I’d plug up a desk lamp, a space heater and my monstrous (for 2002) computer. Often I’d volunteer to stay at the house alone, while my roommate David stayed elsewhere. This allowed me time and room to get some of these tracks right.
Once the trailer he purchased with FEMA money arrived I moved back and forth between the trailer and the house to write and record demos of these tracks. I remember being really low on energy and purposely saving energy throughout the day in order to get it right in night time recordings. Some of these tracks were in the works well before the Blanco River charged its way up into that concrete house at 2104 River Road.
Little did I know, another flood was coming in June of 2002, which would knock us out of that house permanently. Eventually I'd end up puttomg my music on hold, more or less, until early Summer of 2003 when I moved into an apartment on the square in San Marcos, Texas. I met Artist/Bassist Bret Nix, Drummer Jim Watson and I already knew Bassist Todd Landrum.
The days of Holding 1 were coming.
The family who owned the property in San Marcos had the concrete house demolished eventualy. Those "historic" floods that affected so many of us in Central Texas at the time were just beginning.
Les Heifner: Voice, Instruments, Programming, Production, Artwork. All Songs by Les Heifner
Special Thanks go to the Wisians, and to Mike Harris