Another day, another night. Another night, another day We want
to go home We cant find the way -- Cant Find the Way,
Between Daylight and Dark, Mary Gauthiers new Lost Highway
album, finds her aiming her compass at the sky and searching for home.
It is from this longing for home that this group of songs has emerged,
and they fill Gauthiers new album with both hope and anguish, with
faith as well as fear.
Gauthiers evolution as a songwriter continues, though the scenery
has changed. You have to look closely to see the difference, but its
there, like a flower pushing through rubble.
Gauthier has always been a unique lyricist, with an ability to illuminate
even moments of devastation and despair in beautiful hues. That gift is
evident throughout Between Daylight and Dark, though her perspective has
shifted somewhat. As a writer, Im figuring out what my job
is today, in this instant, she explains, What I did yesterday
does not matter. I am more in the moment. I know instinctively when Im
onto something, and then I have to chase that feeling down until I find
what it is I need to say in the song. The songs are a little more fragile,
more tender, more hopeful.
Her performances on the album reflect her growth not just as a songwriter,
but as an artist. Unlike Mercy Now, which was assembled layer upon layer,
with each part recorded in sequence, Between Daylight and Dark was cut
live, with only an occasional solo or vocal snippet added afterward. Just
as important, she gathered her musicians from a pool of players who know
how to go deep into a song, being familiar with the creative process from
Begin with Joe Henry, whose songwriting credentials are well established.
With Henry handling production, Gauthier invited musicians like Greg Leisz,
Jay Bellerose, Patrick Warren and David Piltch to Henrys basement
studio in Pasadena, with an aim to make an album unlike any shed
Everybody was in the same room, she recalls. The vocal
room is isolated, but theres a big glass window on either side,
so I could watch everyone and they could watch me. It was a performance,
which meant that we all knew when we got it, in real time. It was a live
performance with an intuitive band, and we all knew when we locked it
in. You can just feel it. I learned a lot by doing it this way.
All the guys played with a lyric sheet in front of them. For this
record, I wanted the band to do one thing really, to create an environment
for the words to enter the listeners heart. These musicians understood
that ultimately, Im absolutely about the words. It was thrilling
to work with a live band that took my lyrics in and then brought them
to life with their live performance.
No more running away. Ive made up my mind to stay. Im
gonna stand my ground, stare my demons down
-- I Aint Leaving,