The Bucket Rider is Stephanie Rearick's second solo CD. |
Released June 20, 2003, on Uvulittle Records.
The Bucket Rider story:
Several tracks from The Bucket Rider originated as part of a soundtrack I was hired to write
and perform live with a screening of the 1924 Marcel L'Herbier silent film 'L'Inhumaine.' I was
hired by Kat Spring on behalf of the UW Cinematheque program. The original 1924 score was by
Darius Milhaud, but it has been lost. The film is 2 hours 15 min and it was definitely a
challenge and a great experience to write and perform for it.
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Ghostlike is adapted from a section where, at a lavish party at the home of diva Claire Lescot,
men entertain the crowd by spinning a big black and white barrel with their feet while lying
on their backs.
Secret was the music for the gossiping guests.
L'Inhumaine I-III are from general party music, Claire's arrival at Einar's mansion to identify his body,
and the beginning of her subsequent creepy and mystic encounters, and the theme music respectively.
The ones with words had their words develop after the film and performance were over. The words don't
necessarily have anything to do with the film.
Other Bucket Rider songs:
My Lizard is by Samuel Barber and Theodore Roethke. I first heard it in my 1st year of college
when I was accompanying my friend Jill Ireland for her voice classes. We practiced it together once
and I really loved it. Many years later my friend Debby Penberthy, who I was accompanying for
her voice class at UW, brought over a book with this song in it and left it at my house. I wanted
to sing it for a long time but it was way too high. Tried to learn to sing that high but never
was able to sound good. Finally I had the idea to transpose it up (1 1/2 steps) and
sing it an octave lower. I like it like this.
Tiny Hairs - one of my all-time faves
The Bucket Rider - also played this in the L'Inhumaine performance but it had already been completed
and performed previously, so it doesn't count as one of the L'Inhumaine pieces. The title is stolen
from a Franz Kafka short story. I meant to steal a title from a poem but when I went to get the
poetry book off the shelf the Kafka book fell down. I picked it up and opened it and saw the title The Bucket
Rider and it seemed right for the song. Then I reread the story (which I've always liked) and it
fit the song as well.
Single Scarlet Thread - by my good friend Andy Ewen, who is an amazing musician and artist. I love
this song. It was recorded at Audio For The Arts, by Steve Gotcher with help from P.S. Mueller (who
set up the recording session in the first place). Andy and I each do one of the other's songs and
we recorded both of them (he does Lizards & Stars). I also recorded a choir of backing vocals
for this song but ended up using almost none of that.
Buster Moon - P.S. Mueller, the great Madison cartoonist, wrote the lyrics for this. It was really fun to
put to music.
Clyde - for Clyde of Cruddy by Lynda Barry.
Lamentation - about the death of my sweet dog Isis, who died of cancer at 11 1/2.
I Need Sunflowers! I recorded this for my best friend Jenny Grether as a present upon the birth
of her daughter Amelia.
I wrote this song in the fall of 2001 as a response to the beginning of the new war to end all wars,
or to turn all wars into one never-ending war. I thought I'd write a song about the war but then
thought that everything was too ugly already and I really ought to write the prettiest song I could. Words lifted from Kinski Uncut.