PLAYERS on 'Saint Stephen's Dream' by garagecow ensemble:
SONGS & LYRICS: All songs by Douglas Imbrogno (except 'Lights' by Rebecca Skeen Webb; 'Rosie's Lullaby,' by Bob Webb; and 'Scarborough Fair,' traditional)
LEAD VOCALS: Douglas Imbrogno
BACKING VOCALS: Heidi Muller, dhruva, Kate Long, Erin Webb
PRODUCED BY: Bob Webb and Douglas Imbrogno
PRODUCTION Assistance: Gar Ragland
ENGINEERING: Bob Webb
SONG-TWEAKING: Bob Webb, Gar Ragland
TUNING TALIBAN: Bob Webb
FAVORITE STUDIO CAT: Misty
FUZZIEST STUDIO CAT: Sally
MOST Bi-polar STUDIO CAT: Sally
KEY SUPPORTIVE SPOUSE: Laurie McKeown
BEER: St. Pauli Girl
-----The avenue is wet and cold and dark/ Rain pours down like it's time for Noah's ark...-----
Garagecow ensemble was gathered together to feature and record the original music of singer-songwriter Douglas Imbrogno of West Virginia. 'Saint Stephen's Dream,' was released in early 2005 and is available through CD Baby.com , Best Buy, Tower Records and at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., in Charleston, W.Va., and Fret'n'Fiddle in Saint Albans, W.Va.
"Saint Stephen's Dream," is a collaboration between Doug and musician, engineer and best mate Bob Webb. Select musicians join in on electronic keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, cello, flute, mandolin, drumkit and hand drum. Electronica-flavored folk-rock? Appalachian-style Beck? You make the call.
About the name. My Italian father, Dulio Imbrogno came through Ellis Island at age four with his mother and two brothers. They grew up dirt poor, but well-fed near the shores of Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio. They had a small house with a garage near the railroad tracks. They couldn't afford a car and instead kept a cow in their garage.
One night some years ago, my older brother David and I heard our Dad recount this tale while sitting on the sofa. Hmmm... a cow in a garage. David (who runs a forest) began to agitate for an Imbrogno cultural offering referencing a cow in a garage. He was a proponent of 'Cow Garage' for a band name. I suggested Garage Cow. Or garagecow. Or how about garagecow ensemble?
Then, I noticed an ad for a band named Two-Cow Garage. Can you believe it? Someone had already staked a claim to the cosmic nexus of cows and garages! The brotherly hectoring continued. Their name was just a joke, wordplay. Ours had rich family history behind it, recalling the smell of steaming pasta made by my Grandma Catherine (nee Caterina Napoli of Cosenza). Not to mention the steaming cow patties in the garage...
That Christmas, David gave me a stuffed animal, a black-and-white Guernsey cow, round as a dodgeball, yet soft and huggable. "It's Garage Cow," he said. Being so huggable, GarageCow has been lent out repeatedly to adult friends in need of comfort. When not out on loan, he sleeps with my wife and me. A friend going through a rough year had such need of Garage Cow that we bought her an identical stuffed animal, except a dog. Garage Dog came to be. She got one for another person in her life, a bull. Garage Bull. No, we're not a cult. Not yet.
I gave in as Garage Cow apparently has such good karma. So garagecow ensemble came to be. David went on to craft his own effort inspired by that cow: cowgarage.com. You'll enjoy it as he pays powerful personal homage to the immigrant experience, from hundreds of years ago to right now.
----- The news is bad, but it always seems to be/ It's even worse when you take it personally... -----