It all started
on a camping trip…
…near the shores of Lake Tahoe during the summer of 2002. For three nights
in a row we played songs around the campfire, losing ourselves in the melodies
and lyrics we had written throughout our lives. By the light of the fire, Jevon
made a suggestion: "We should record these songs."
In November we grabbed that chance in a studio on the California coast.
Amazingly, this was right near a beach in Aptos we visited many times as young
kids. We would load up in an old, beat up Rambler and drive over the hill from
San Jose to Sea Cliff Beach. There is a cement boat there we used to climb on,
now partially submerged in the waves. We see this cement boat as symbolic of the
songs we had written years ago - a solid part of our lives and yet we'd
half-forgotten what they meant to us. They were slowly getting covered in the
busyness of "sand" we call life.
Being in the studio, remembering, sharing, felt good - hopeful in fact. The
sound of our acoustic guitars was always a part of our lives growing up and now
we were going to put those sounds and the lyrics in a form that would not be
forgotten. We dusted off a few old love songs, lingered over the meaning of
others and were inspired to write a few new ones. A lot of dear friends started
showing up and contributed as well.
We hope you enjoy this musical journey.
Mark Millan and The Mystic Seamen