Clear Blue Cemetery Sky
On this project Pat Kinsella plays electric and acoustic guitars, resonator, guitar synthesizer, fretless bass, digital piano, djembe, clay madal, bhangra dhol and darbuka. Two-thirds of the way through completing this project, in 2005, he suffered a SubArachnoid (brain) Hemorrhage. While rehabilitating at home after being released from the hospital, he recorded 'LifeFlight' (named for the critical care helicopter which flew him to the Neurosurgery ICU when he had the hemorrhage). Then shortly afterwards he wrote and recorded 'Out Of The Blue (for Lynne)' for his new love (who is now his wife). The writing and recording for this project was completed in mid-2005, but it was not released until 2008. When asked why there was this gap, Pat says 'I felt that i wanted to add SOMETHING more, but wasn't sure what. But in early 2008 I started focusing on my bass playing and formally working on some of the technique things i had never learned. So along the way i started thinking that whatever I did in the future was probably going to go in a pretty different direction than 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky?' was already going.' Pat says 'For me, tying off the end of a project is not some 'voila' kind of thing. I never really feel that something is perfect as it is and that there is nothing left to be done. I just decide something is complete because I have exhausted my reserve of relevant things to add. And when I get to that point, where anything more I add or do is just going to just add more mass without enhancing the quality of what i'm trying to get across, then to me it's time to wrap it up and finalize that project.' So in early 2008 he determined that 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky?' would stand as is, and he mastered it (basically only changing a few fade-outs and normalizing what was completed in 2005). Regarding the title, Pat says he thought of the title 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky?' in late 2005 when contemplating the imagery in the poem 'Les Corbeaux' by Arthur Rimbaud. He says 'I've always found cemeteries to be very peaceful and contemplative places, particularly on a nice cool clear autumn day. So this is the sort of environment i was reminded of when I read 'Les Corbeaux' by Rimbaud; and the title 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky' just came to me very spontaneously. So i originally started out calling it 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky'(with no question mark), but then between 2005 and 2008, as time elapsed and new experiences occurred, what started out as a simple feeling i was trying to summarize in that title began to change into something more complex, and i suppose more reality-based. So now the title is 'Clear Blue Cemetery Sky?' It may seem like a tiny thing, but to me that question mark denotes the concept of 'IS everything going to be all rosy?'. It begins calling a lot of assumptions into question. Things can and do change just like THAT, then all ones priorities, perhaps the whole crux of ones existence, can be TOTALLY different than what is was five minutes prior.' In both the music and the packaging I like to make the details of things a bit complicated - so hopefully it's accessible enough on the surface that people can just check it out, but i also want there to be some detail if someone wants to look for more complexity in the minutiae - So i try to make some content at different scales. Cause it seems kind of overly simplistic to me if there's not maybe something more going on beneath the surface.