Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Friends: Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project
Both avid adventurists and music-makers, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, a scant three months into their friendship, proposed this idyllic project to each other; to surround themselves with instruments and recording equipment for one month in a town where neither lived. No distractions. Securing the use of a friend’s grandmother's empty home in the cradle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they awaited September. More of an experience documented than a traditional album, Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project is a tribute to the lush of late summer, the ardor of autumn and the persistence of the garden across the street. Visits were paid by invited friends, seven in all, who each appear on the album, some performing their own songs, some accompanying on songs written during the month. The project was recorded in September 2002 in Black Mountain, North Carolina on a Tascam cassette 4-track and a mini-disc recorder. Beneficiaries of the proceeds from the album are the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon (www.girlsrockcamp.org) and The Pentridge Children’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.