Mariners Willow

by Jeff Stonehouse



This piece is written in memory of my mum, who passed away in April 2015.
She lived in a little village, nestled at the foot of the South Downs, and the nature sounds in the recording were taken on the evening of the last day that she spent at home.
The natural sounds are combined with treated guitar and piano sounds. I tried to combine the piano with guitar sounds to try and give the impression of the ebb and flow of the sea, which played an important and very influential role in her life.
If you listen very carefully, you might hear a beautiful voice drifting in and out on the breeze.Mum was especially fond of the vocals of Alicia Merz , so I asked Alicia if she would allow me to use a snippet of her vocal in the piece. She went one better, and very graciously sent me one of her original vocal stems to play with, and the result is what you can barely hear.
It's not supposed to be a sad piece, despite its inspiration, more a celebration of the things my mum loved the most.

I hope you enjoy it.


released September 1, 2015

Music and production - Jeff Stonehouse
Additional vocals - Alicia Merz
Mastered by James Plotkin
Cover design - Bruno Merz
Photographs from the private collection of Jeff Stonehouse

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Jeff Stonehouse Sussex, UK

Formed as a duo at the end of 2009, by the end of 2010 Listening Mirror had become the solo project of Jeff Stonehouse.
Jeff's influences and inspirations date back to the post-punk period of the late 70's and early 80's and the electronic pioneers of the 50's and 60's.
Listening Mirror's original manifesto was to 'use sound as a defence against itself'.
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