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Mount Auburn Cemetery Artist In Residence Project

Todd Thibaud

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Mount Auburn Cemetery Artist In Residence Project

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In 2021 I was fortunate to be chosen as an Artist In Residence by the historic, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was given a grant to write and record two songs associated with Mount Auburn.

Louisa May Just five months before he would give his Consecration Day address, Joseph Story lost his beautiful daughter, Louisa May, age

In 2021 I was fortunate to be chosen as an Artist In Residence by the historic, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was given a grant to write and record two songs associated with Mount Auburn.

Louisa May Just five months before he would give his Consecration Day address, Joseph Story lost his beautiful daughter, Louisa May, age 10, to scarlet fever. He had lost seven children previous to her, and of his ten children, only two survived to adulthood. It was clear that this man was well acquainted with tragedy and grief. I couldn’t help but wonder what he must have been feeling on that September day in 1831, as he spoke those beautiful words in Consecration Dell.

I knew right away that this was a story I wanted to tell. It contained all of the elements I intended to investigate. Loss, grief, hope, faith, and undying love. Through Joseph Story’s own writings, and the accounts given by his son, William, I was able to gain glimpses into some of what Joseph was feeling and thinking during those months following Louisa May’s passing, and leading up to Consecration Day. I worked hard to stay true to those accounts, and only extrapolate in ways that felt honest and realistic.

The bridge of Louisa May, which begins, “Farewell, farewell, my darling child...”, is inspired by a beautiful and heartbreaking poem written by Joseph Story after Louisa May’s death. The full text of the poem appears in, “Life and Letters of Joseph Story”, Volume 2, by William W. Story.

Sweet Auburn Early in my research I stumbled upon a Boston area newspaper article written after Consecration Day, in 1831. The article explained that, in the late 18th century, prior to being known as Mount Auburn, the area had been affectionately referred to by visiting Harvard students as “Sweet Auburn.” The nickname coming from the poem, “The Deserted Village”, by Oliver Goldsmith. Almost immediately, I knew that one of the songs I would write would be entitled Sweet Auburn.

For songwriters, a good title can often provide a creative launching pad, allowing one to visualize a fledgling song as a completed whole. Not word for word, of course, but conceptually and directionally. I thought to myself, what if this beautiful place could tell us a bit of its own story? What would it want us to know? What would it say? This idea provided me with a clear framework to work within as I wrote my own version of Sweet Auburn.

Treating Mount Auburn as a living, breathing, sentient character allowed me to look at the landscape and its history in a more empathetic and personal way. Over the course of a few verses I could treat the love and respect, felt by so many for Mount Auburn, as a two way street. Doing so opened creative avenues that would have been harder to access had I taken a different tack. I’d never before taken this approach in my writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

I hope you find as much enjoyment in these songs as I have in creating them.

On a personal side note: over the course of this past year, and while I was deeply embedded in my work for this project, my mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. After only a four month battle, she passed away in late October of 2021. My own experience during this time of personal grief could not help but inform my writing. I know that my mother would be pleased that my immeasurable love for her, along with the shared pain of her passing, might be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. Something that may even have a life beyond us both. I’d like to dedicate these songs to my beloved Mom.

Dedicated with love to: Susan Jane Thibaud August 5, 1943 - October 31, 2021

Todd Thibaud Spring, 2022

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Songs From The Couch (MP3 320kbs) Free Download!

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A collection daily songs recorded on my couch during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Songs From The Couch (HD WAV) Free Download!

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Hill West (MP3 320kbs)

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Like his last record, Waterfall, Todd Thibaud’s studio albums have been predominantly full band, rock collections, charged with a collective energy that effortlessly pulls the listener in on his journey. With Hill West, that energy still resonates, but Thibaud steers it toward a more intimate, stark approach, fueled by a changing and uncertain

Like his last record, Waterfall, Todd Thibaud’s studio albums have been predominantly full band, rock collections, charged with a collective energy that effortlessly pulls the listener in on his journey. With Hill West, that energy still resonates, but Thibaud steers it toward a more intimate, stark approach, fueled by a changing and uncertain world. Inspired by artists and albums such as Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, Gillian Welch’s Revival, Aimee Mann, and Nick Lowe, Thibaud, homes in on the essentials: lyric, melody, and voice.

The result is a poignant reflection on our modern world—in a time when other artists have chosen to eschew the big questions or sit still with themselves long enough to look inside. In songs like “Find Your Love,” Thibaud shares a glimpse into two people’s struggle to grapple with the fear and pain that surrounds them, zooming his lens out as he goes to view the greater picture of human relationships. “Great Unknown” explores the nostalgia we all have for the simpler, hopeful times experienced in youth—when uncertainty was fueled by big dreams—with lyrics reminiscent of Pete Yorn’s Music for the Morning After. In the gritty, forceful “Edge of Breaking,” Thibaud takes the wheel of his future, demanding a fearless love from the perspective of nothing left to lose. “Path of Us,” perhaps the barest track with only his voice and an acoustic guitar, turns back to those two lovers, offering a bittersweet delivery but hopeful message. “Something about open doors, makes me feel so unsure … But what I wouldn’t do for you.” While the narrator may be unsure, the message is clear: we always have a friend to share our burdens.

In crafting these songs, Thibaud transported his studio gear to the mountains of northern Vermont, spending days alone in quiet winter seclusion recording the live tracks that Hill West would be built from. (Listen closely and you will hear the wood stove popping and crackling in the background on some of these tracks, harkening Neil Young’s Will to Love.) Once he finished recording and engineering these songs, he brought them back to Boston, adding the finishing touches at Q Division Studios with the help of producer Ed Valauskas (Juliana Hatfield, Gravel Pit), who also added bass and vocals, and engineer Pat DiCenso, who mixed the album. Hill West was mastered by Mike Quinn.

Despite Hill West’s personal approach, like his earlier albums, it’s still very much collaborative. “I wanted the band’s talent and care on these songs, but in a different way than we would approach our live rock shows. Consequently, parts had to earn their way onto the record.” You’ll hear the light touch of Chris Anzalone’s percussion on the sweetly singable “Paper Cup” or the blues-grunge of Thomas Juliano’s electric guitar on “Edge of Breaking.” Sean Staples, master multi-instrumentalist, adds mandolin, ukelele, bouzouki, banjo, and fiddle on “Reckless Heart”—tasteful adornments that support the song’s inspiriting sentiment. In the end, Hill West is a testament to Thibaud’s songwriting—add more instruments or take them away, a great song will always stand on its own.

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Hill West (WAV)

Todd Thibaud

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Like his last record, Waterfall, Todd Thibaud’s studio albums have been predominantly full band, rock collections, charged with a collective energy that effortlessly pulls the listener in on his journey. With Hill West, that energy still resonates, but Thibaud steers it toward a more intimate, stark approach, fueled by a changing and uncertain

Like his last record, Waterfall, Todd Thibaud’s studio albums have been predominantly full band, rock collections, charged with a collective energy that effortlessly pulls the listener in on his journey. With Hill West, that energy still resonates, but Thibaud steers it toward a more intimate, stark approach, fueled by a changing and uncertain world. Inspired by artists and albums such as Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, Gillian Welch’s Revival, Aimee Mann, and Nick Lowe, Thibaud, homes in on the essentials: lyric, melody, and voice.

The result is a poignant reflection on our modern world—in a time when other artists have chosen to eschew the big questions or sit still with themselves long enough to look inside. In songs like “Find Your Love,” Thibaud shares a glimpse into two people’s struggle to grapple with the fear and pain that surrounds them, zooming his lens out as he goes to view the greater picture of human relationships. “Great Unknown” explores the nostalgia we all have for the simpler, hopeful times experienced in youth—when uncertainty was fueled by big dreams—with lyrics reminiscent of Pete Yorn’s Music for the Morning After. In the gritty, forceful “Edge of Breaking,” Thibaud takes the wheel of his future, demanding a fearless love from the perspective of nothing left to lose. “Path of Us,” perhaps the barest track with only his voice and an acoustic guitar, turns back to those two lovers, offering a bittersweet delivery but hopeful message. “Something about open doors, makes me feel so unsure … But what I wouldn’t do for you.” While the narrator may be unsure, the message is clear: we always have a friend to share our burdens.

In crafting these songs, Thibaud transported his studio gear to the mountains of northern Vermont, spending days alone in quiet winter seclusion recording the live tracks that Hill West would be built from. (Listen closely and you will hear the wood stove popping and crackling in the background on some of these tracks, harkening Neil Young’s Will to Love.) Once he finished recording and engineering these songs, he brought them back to Boston, adding the finishing touches at Q Division Studios with the help of producer Ed Valauskas (Juliana Hatfield, Gravel Pit), who also added bass and vocals, and engineer Pat DiCenso, who mixed the album. Hill West was mastered by Mike Quinn.

Despite Hill West’s personal approach, like his earlier albums, it’s still very much collaborative. “I wanted the band’s talent and care on these songs, but in a different way than we would approach our live rock shows. Consequently, parts had to earn their way onto the record.” You’ll hear the light touch of Chris Anzalone’s percussion on the sweetly singable “Paper Cup” or the blues-grunge of Thomas Juliano’s electric guitar on “Edge of Breaking.” Sean Staples, master multi-instrumentalist, adds mandolin, ukelele, bouzouki, banjo, and fiddle on “Reckless Heart”—tasteful adornments that support the song’s inspiriting sentiment. In the end, Hill West is a testament to Thibaud’s songwriting—add more instruments or take them away, a great song will always stand on its own.

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Waterfall (MP3 320kbs)

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Indie, roots, guitar driven pop/rock, with thoughtful lyrics and compelling production. Includes Digital Booklet.

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Waterfall (WAV)

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Acoustic Waterfall (MP3 320kbs)

Todd Thibaud

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After the release of Waterfall in 2013 a "limited edition" acoustic version of the album was produced and then made available during a European tour in the Fall of that year. 175 numbered and signed CD's were created for that tour and quickly sold out. Since then I've heard repeatedly from fans wishing to purchase the collection so I've decided to

After the release of Waterfall in 2013 a "limited edition" acoustic version of the album was produced and then made available during a European tour in the Fall of that year. 175 numbered and signed CD's were created for that tour and quickly sold out. Since then I've heard repeatedly from fans wishing to purchase the collection so I've decided to make it available in digital form. These tracks are not demos gathered into album form, they are new, unique recordings made specially for this album. Longtime bandmate Sean Staples plays mandolin and sings backgrounds throughout. I really enjoyed recording these stripped down arrangements and bringing the songs back to how they were originally written, with just voice and acoustic guitar.

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Acoustic Waterfall (WAV)

Todd Thibaud

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After the release of Waterfall in 2013 a "limited edition" acoustic version of the album was produced and then made available during a European tour in the Fall of that year. 175 numbered and signed CD's were created for that tour and quickly sold out. Since then I've heard repeatedly from fans wishing to purchase the collection so I've decided to

After the release of Waterfall in 2013 a "limited edition" acoustic version of the album was produced and then made available during a European tour in the Fall of that year. 175 numbered and signed CD's were created for that tour and quickly sold out. Since then I've heard repeatedly from fans wishing to purchase the collection so I've decided to make it available in digital form. These tracks are not demos gathered into album form, they are new, unique recordings made specially for this album. Longtime bandmate Sean Staples plays mandolin and sings backgrounds throughout. I really enjoyed recording these stripped down arrangements and bringing the songs back to how they were originally written, with just voice and acoustic guitar.

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