Dandelion (Live at the Treatment Room: January 10, 2008)

by Brandon Schott

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100% OF THE PROCEEDS RECEIVED FROM THE SALE OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE DONATED TO GILDA'S CLUB NYC - AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE SUPPORT, EDUCATION, AND EMPOWERMENT OF CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES...

When this recording was made, I was in the 8th week of my 12 week chemotherapy treatment. My dear friend Tim Schoenhals warmly welcomed me into his studio and recorded what I thought would be a sketch for my next record.

Music was a huge part of my processing and understanding what my family and I were going through during this time, and I began listening and writing feverishly. I wanted to get these songs down in the moment, as it was happening.

We set up the studio, various "stations" (a piano / vocal station, a guitar / vocal station), and I hop scotched around the room - I played down the "record" from top to bottom. There are no edits, fixes, sweetening - this is as raw as the moment in time it represents, bum vocal notes and all - and this is even the rough mix Tim sent me the following week. A snapshot in time.

For a while this was going to be the record, I almost put it out as is - but 9 months later we re-recorded many of these songs in a church over the 1 year anniversary of my diagnosis and treatment - and that became the DANDELION record. I'm so proud of the album that this became, I've never done another record like it and it's unlikely I ever will. The songs got bigger, but they were of a recent past rather than the present. These recordings are present tense, top to bottom.

I was so thankful for this session, for this moment of expression. But I was even more thankful for the love of my family and friends, both then and in the years that followed. You showed me how to love deeper, appreciate more intensely - and the power of genuine kindness.

My reflections on this time come in waves, I never intended to put these recordings out but this morning I was out on a hike, listening to JOSH CLAYTON-FELT's Spirit Touches Ground. Something stirred in me, and I felt a want to share - have these songs reach out beyond me.

Dandelions remind me of childhood, of a certain way of seeing the world - of blowing seeds into the air as a kid, and watching them float on; a beautiful and weightless wonder. Yet, it's a weed ­ an unwelcome growth in an otherwise tended garden. A cancer. And as much of a hardship this illness was on me and my family, we truly saw the most beautiful side of people through it all, doctors, nurses, friends, family ­ everyone lovingly ushering us through. In the process, a glorious idealism was reawakened. Dandelion is a testament to that spirit ­ how in the depths of one truth, we can discover and embrace another.

At our best moments we are but reflected light - thank you for making my heart shine. Thank you for all your love and joy. Hug your dear ones, be present today. MUCH love to you all...

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released March 22, 2015

Recorded & Mixed by Tim Schoenhals on January 10, 2008
Art by John Seymore

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Golden State Music Glendale, California

Los Angeles based troubadour Brandon Schott makes stuff up. With ukuleles. And kazoos. And occasionally nostalgic sounding string sections. Currently dreaming in stereo...

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