In “Reaching Higher”, Meg delivers an impassioned call to reach for our better selves in times of adversity. Jon Gordon builds a moody, bossa nova influenced track, playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass and percussion. Tracy Stark and Jon collaborated on background vocals.
“Inside” paints a haunting, highly personal picture of the disorientation and sense of unreality of being in self-isolation in the pandemic, and makes it instantly familiar and true. Meg’s intimate vocal is supported by a crystalline haze of overlapping acoustic guitars by frequent collaborator Jon Gordon. Holding down the bottom and providing a gorgeous solo voice is cellist Brian Sanders. Appropriate to the subject matter, the song was conceived, given form and recorded by Meg and the musicians in isolation, and assembled over the internet.
only see you
"only see you" is Meg Flather’s love letter to fellow performers. Showing appreciation and understanding of the trials and tribulations artists go through assembling, honing, and finally mounting their performances onstage, Meg offers encouragement and praise. Meg tries out new vocal territory in this rangy song, ably backed up by Tracy Stark on piano and vocals, and Jon Gordon on guitar, bass and percussion.
Meg’s song, "Anniversary" is a heartfelt celebration of her relationship with her husband and life partner Jamie. The story spans from their meeting by chance, to the maturing of their deepening marriage. Anniversary has the sound and feeling of an old-fashioned waltz. Meg and Jon Gordon, her longtime co-producer and collaborator, decided to keep it sweet and simple. To do so, Jon and Meg wrote a simple, sketchy arrangement of the song, and enlisted the help of cellist Brian Sanders, who largely improvised his part. The three of them; Brian on cello, Jon on acoustic guitar, and Meg singing and conducting from the booth, recorded the song live in the studio. There were no overdubs. Jon then mixed the song with a light hand, and an absolute minimum of digital trickery.
like a sunday
In like a sunday, Meg contemplates the recent loss of a loved one. She reaches to maintain a spiritual connection to the departed at the same time that she gradually makes herself let go of the earthly connections that can no longer be sustained. It stirs a memory of the canon, “Dona Nobis Pacem“ that they used to sing together, that now she sings alone. The song is set to a delicate, minimal arrangement around an ostinato-like acoustic guitar figure. Jon Gordon plays guitars and bass to Meg's solo vocal.
WE ARE AS STRONG
In "We Are As Strong" Meg addresses the sense of emotional exhaustion and creeping apathy that can set in following a defeat in the public sphere. She urges us to rise above feelings of defeat, and summon the strength to fight on for our principles and societal goals. Meg sings both lead and background vocals on "We Are as Strong". Backing her up are veteran session ace Robbie Kondor, providing delicate but pitch-perfect support on piano, and co-producer/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jon Gordon playing everything else, including a lilting solo on acoustic guitar.
In "i died", Meg turns to longtime collaborator John Mettam to augment the musical voice of her ideas. The song explores the premise that most of the things that torment and preoccupy us in life become much less troublesome when put in perspective. And the particular perspective she invokes is unique and interesting. In addition to Meg's lead and backup vocals, the song features John Mettam on acoustic guitar and backup vocals, engineer/co-producer Jon Gordon on electric guitar, and husband/life partner Jamie Rogers on bass.
He Shares Me With A Lot
In, "He Shares Me With a Lot", Meg contemplates the loving support of a life partner, who senses just when, where and how to be there for her. His presence makes her many day-to-day travails just a little easier to bear. In addition to Meg's vocal, the recording features Jamie Rogers (Meg's husband and significant other) on bass, and NYC based engineer/instrumentalist Jon Gordon on acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and engineering.
In "Like Me", Meg takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the toxic mix of an insecure personality with social media. It is all too easy to see a bit of oneself in Meg's heroine, who can't bring herself to log off until someone "likes" her post. The track is an eclectic mix of grunge-rock and bizarre vocal effects improv'd by Meg and John Mettam, and orchestrated by engineer/guitarist Jon Gordon.
Hold On Tight
In "Hold On Tight," Meg is reaching again into her experience caring for an aging parent with dementia. The song celebrates the brief, occasional and very precious moments of clarity that happen from time to time. The music is highlighted by the stately melodic movement of Jamie Rodger's bass, and the deft, airy counterpoint of ur-sideman Robbie Kondor's piano.
"The Secret" considers the death of a loved one from the point of view that death is a mystery that the living cannot understand. Features Jamie Rogers on bass, Robbie Kondor on accordion, and Jon Gordon on acoustic guitar and mandolin.