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Lyrics by Randy McQuilkin
Music by Jerry Boutot *
Produced, Arranged, and Recorded by Jerry Boutot
* – Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday: music by Mike Young
Randy McQuilkin is a published poet and lifetime member and award winner in the International Poets Society.
The Story behind the Dark Waters album:
In the mid 1980’s, Randy McQuilkin and I were really good party friends. We had a lot of the same philosophical views, we both liked to smoke weed and hike in the Northwestern Connecticut woods. We drank, we stayed up all night pontificating, and yet I had no idea even after a couple of years of “our conversation” the bomb Randy was about to drop on me.
We were hiking somewhere North of New Milford, CT when Randy said to me, “Do you know I write Poetry?”. I said, no, of course I didn’t and he asked me if I’d like to hear some. I said “Sure”. And then he proceeded to not speak, but sing a half a dozen songs while we were hiking along. These poems were actually songs and were complete, with hooks, verses, choruses, etc. I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if he’d like to put some real music to those poems and of course he said OK and the rest is history.
I was pretty much a minimum wage earning dead-beat back then (hey, I was in my 20’s) and so I convinced Randy to take out a loan with the Credit Union where he worked and so he did, and we purchased a Fostex 160 4-Track, a Yamaha digital effects device, and a Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine. We borrowed the guitars and used a Casio mini-key synth that Mike Young had, and we recorded the entire album in a couple of short months on the 4 track.
The amazing thing is, that when we started I asked Randy to give me the lyrics for the songs we were going to include in Dark Waters. But he couldn’t, because he never wrote them down!!!! That’s right, Randy wrote all of his poetry in his head. And he memorized it. To this day, 25 or so years later, he still does this. I had to get his then girlfriend Wendy to write down the lyrics for me and I still have those original lyrics sheets today.
In 2004 I began re-working the original 4 track recordings and reverse engineering them into Cubase and got everything recorded except Randy’s vocals. Then I spent years abandoning and revisiting this album. I converted the drums to Superior Drummer 2.0, converted the Bass to Spectrasonics Trillian, converted several of the synth sounds to newer and better versions, and re-recorded some of the guitar work. I also added new parts and changed some of the arrangement (like the industrial beat sounds and vocal auto-tune in Wayward Child, and the piano arrangement in Heartbeat).
In early 2013 I started really working on producing this album for release. Dark Waters was released on October 1st, 2013.