Music: Listen & Buy

Linda has released 14 albums, stretching from 1977 to 2015. Many of the earliest albums are hard to find in stores. The music can be purchased two ways:

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  • Welcome to the Dark is available online from CDBaby. Hometown Girl will soon be there, too.

Front cover art for Linda's 2015 release, Hometown Girl.HOMETOWN GIRL(Franklin Point Music 2015)

“Hometown Girl” is a love song to my adopted home town, Seattle, and the music community here.

“The River (Jim’s Song)” was written for the Bushwick Book Club. The book was Huckleberry Finn; I wrote the song from the point of view of Jim, the runaway slave. “Play Now” is a song encouraging artists to create and take risks—I’d encourage the listener to note the way the guitar part has its own voice, and how the voice and guitar interact.

I fell in love with “Come Together” as I worked on this arrangement; the guitar’s role develops as the song progresses, and kind of “takes over.” “I Don’t Want to Get Dressed” is a whimsical, true statement, with some fun melody/chord exploration.

My solo guitar arrangement of “We Shall Overcome” is a prayer for the evolution of humanity, that we learn to share: share with each other, and share the planet fairly with all the other creatures who live here with us. I wrote “Neighbor Day” in early September—a new holiday, celebrating my deep appreciation for my friends and neighbors.

The two songs, “Katie Cruel” and “Song for Jane,” I think of as a pair: Two women from past centuries, both facing a world that oppresses women, both finding a way to tell their story. “Song for Jane” was written for a Bushwick Club concert; the subject was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “Mama Elk Calls” is a spirit-sound-journey; wordless, because there are no words.

In “Volcano,” I would encourage the listener to notice the different uses of the ascending scale-steps as a compositional device. I always feel that I only partially “write” a song—much of it flows through me, like I’m an antenna. That is especially true of “Volcano;” writing it was an experience of storm, tension, and explosion, weaving together many strands: personal evolution, desire, restraint, the pain and exhilaration of creating, and the willingness to “surrender to the force of life.”

NOTE: Hometown Girl will be available for purchase from CDBaby on or before September 30, 2015. Meanwhile, use the link below to order by mail.

Tracks

  1. Hometown Girl Hometown Girl
  2. The River (Jim’s Song)
  3. Play Now Play Now
  4. Come Together Come Together
  5. I Don’t Want to Get Dressed
  6. We Shall Overcome
  7. Neighbor Day
  8. Katie Cruel
  9. Song for Jane (For Jane Austen) Song for Jane
  10. Mama Elk Calls
  11. Volcano

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CD Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, Welcome to the DarkWELCOME TO THE DARK (Trout 2009)
“Welcome to the Dark” is the oldest song in this group; I began it in 1999, and it “found its home” in this project. “I’m Here” was also begun a long time ago; a very unusual chord progression which meanders through many key changes. When I first started working on it, I felt “blocked” at a certain point in the chord progressions. This year, for some mysterious reason, it all came together. “Calling the Spirits” began with the rhythm the ferry makes as the metallic body resonates the engine rotation, and developed through the addition of harmonic overtone singing and meditation practice. “Fishing for Kisses”—an unabashedly sentimental love song. “Shu Yang You”—I leave for the reader to puzzle over! I think of “Way of Beauty” and “Fly, Hawk, Fly” as somehow resembling my prayers for our healing, all of us, and the planet.

Tracks

  1. Welcome to the Dark Welcome to the Dark
  2. I’m Here I’m Here
  3. Calling the Spirits
  4. Fishing for Kisses Fishing for Kisses
  5. Shu Yang You
  6. Way of Beauty
  7. Fly, Hawk, Fly Fly Hawk, Fly

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, Place of Refuge.PLACE OF REFUGE (Trout 2006)
These solo performances were recorded in Richard Scholtz’s studio in Bellingham, using David Jennings microphones. It was all recorded live, with no overdubs or edits, and it’s what I sound like playing “in your living room.” There are six new original songs, six traditional songs, (my arrangements) and the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping”, reincarnated as a  samba. “Place of Refuge” came to me in an overwhelming spiritual rush which lasted almost the entire three weeks I was on the Big Island of Hawaii in January 2006. “Reaching Out for Life”, written during my recovery from cancer treatment, is something I would like to share with everyone who has faced serious illness.

Tracks

  1. Place of Refuge
  2. Capacitor
  3. The Prodigal Son
  4. The Word of the Prophet
  5. A Little Flash of Light
  6. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  7. I’m Only Sleeping
  8. Cielito Lindo
  9. Se de NocheVez que Brillan
  10. The Carpenter The Carpenter
  11. Lewiston Factory Girls
  12. Ponderosa Pine
  13. Reaching Out For Life Reaching Out for Life

Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, Songs from the Dao De JingSONGS FROM THE DAO DE JING (Trout 2004)
This ancient Chinese spiritual text, the Dao De Jing, has been my companion since I was in my early 20’s. Studying it in the original Chinese inspired me to choose some of my favorite verses and give them choral settings. The text is half in English, half in Mandarin, and the style is somewhat in the flavor of a folk choir, which is a popular vocal form in mainland China. A stellar performance by the Esoterics and the instrumentalists, including Warren and Ting Ting Chang playing erhu and gaohu.

Tracks

  1. Dao – The Way
  2. Zhan Zheng – War Zhan Zheng—War
  3. Jing – Essence
  4. Gu Shen – Valley Spirit
  5. Xing Yu Da Dao – I’ll Travel the Way

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, That Art Thou: Songs from the VedasTHAT ART THOU: SONGS FROM THE VEDAS (Trout 2002)
These pieces, selected from the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, are some of my favorites.  The “Creation Hymn” features the timpani and percussion, and is highly rhythmic.  The second movement begins with passages that came to me as Bob and I were canoeing at the mouth of the Stehekin River — I heard voices murmuring the melodies, coming from the trees as they moved in the wind.  The third and fourth movements are dreamlike and meditative, and the final movement is the joyful dialogue between Svetaketu and his father, describing the oneness of all Beings in a series of unforgettable metaphors.

Tracks

  1. Creation Hymn
  2. The Two Full of Butter
  3. Firestick
  4. Arrow
  5. That Art Thou, Svetaketu

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, In the Presence of the LightIN THE PRESENCE OF THE LIGHT (Trout 1998)
Harmonic overtone singing (myself, multi-tracked) introduces “Drawing Down the Moon”.  “Reception” features Hans Teuber playing saxophone, and “Cool Touch”, a vocal trio with Arni Adler and Gina Sala. This recording includes two guitar instrumentals, and the last four songs were composed (for a Seattle Arts Commission grant) using Walt Whitman’s poetry as text. 

Tracks

  1. Drawing Down the Moon
  2. Reception
  3. Cool Touch
  4. In the Presence of the Light
  5. Kalalau
  6. Escape Velocity
  7. Waiting for Your Luck to Change
  8. Mango Mouth
  9. Leaves of Grass:
         Press Close, Bare Bosom’d Night
         I Bequeath Myself to the Dirt
         You Lingering Sparse Leaves
         Allons, the Road is Before Us

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, Flying TimeFLYING TIME (Trout 1994)
“Love Out of Nowhere” began its journey with me when I was camping out in Zion National Park –  as did “I Need to Know”, which came from the experience of hiking up the Narrows of Zion Canyon.  “Flying Time” features a duet with me and Ed Johnson; it’s  always such a treat to sing with him — also, singing “Tree” with Arni Adler, Kim Scanlon and Gina Sala — wow!   The imagery in “Balance” was born boulder-hopping across streams, on the hiking trails of the Olympic Peninsula;  more hiking imagery appears in “Climbing to the High Country”.  “For the Moment” opens and closes with Cary Black’s breathtaking bass solos.

Tracks

  1. Love out of Nowhere Love Out of Nowhere
  2. Mother’s Love
  3. Piece of Stone
  4. Away Ye Merry Lassies
  5. Flying Time
  6. For the Moment
  7. I Need to Know
  8. Tree
  9. Climbing to the High Country
  10. Om Kara Shiva
  11. Balance

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, A Little Bit at a TimeA LITTLE BIT AT A TIME (Flying Fish 1991)
My second recording for Flying Fish.  Even after all these years, I still get a big kick out of playing “Low Rider” and remembering my teaching years in Washington State’s Artist in Residence Program.  (Those wonderful times at El Ranchito in Zillah!)  “I Like to Look at You” features one of my favorite vocal arrangements.  

Tracks

  1. Low Rider
  2. I Like to Look at You
  3. Love Your Mother Earth
  4. Something That We Already Know
  5. A Little Bit at a Time
  6. Mirage
  7. Coconut Milk
  8. I’ll Take Care of You Tonight
  9. Twice As Shy
  10. Make It Your Own Idea

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Cover for Linda Waterfall's CD, Body EnglishBODY ENGLISH (Flying Fish 1987, Trout 2005)
My first recording for Flying Fish Records, and bless the memory of Bruce Kaplan.  This collection of songs surfaced after a period of silence, intense depression and self-doubt.  I had been touring a lot, and gotten seriously burned out.   I didn’t know if I would continue to make music or not.  When the songs started coming again , I was amazed, and am still amazed, by the growth and transformation.   This recording contains some of my most inventive voice/instrument duet work, as in “Run It Like a Business”, “Closer to Me”, and “Waves”.  It also contains the first Walt Whitman song, “Leaves of Grass”, which was the seed for the other four appearing on “In the Presence of the Light”.

Tracks

  1. Run It Like a Business Run It Like a Business
  2. It’s Getting Closer to Me
  3. Body English Body English
  4. Going to the Water
  5. Fourth of July Fourth of July
  6. You and I Are Waiting
  7. Leaves of Grass
  8. Waves Waves
  9. Song for Erin

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Cover from Linda Waterfall and Scott Nygaard's LP, Everything Looks DifferentEVERYTHING LOOKS DIFFERENT (Trout 1983 with Scott Nygaard)
Scott and I collaborated and toured together for two years.  This album contains some of our mutual inspirations- -like the guitar work in “April 22nd” and Scott’s beautiful improvisations on “Song Like a Roar”.    A lot of people still ask to hear “Raspberries”, which is amazing, since the album is only available on vinyl, and has been virtually “out of print” for a long time.  Those fruit metaphors I’m so fond of seem to have a lot of staying power…

Tracks

  1. Everything Looks Different
  2. April 22nd
  3. I Can’t Talk About It
  4. The Light
  5. Raspberries
  6. The Whale Song
  7. A Squirrel’s Ear
  8. Love Song
  9. Song Like a Roar

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Bananaland, by Linda Waterfall (Trout, 1981)BANANALAND (Trout 1981)
Me and my band mates — Donnie Teesdale, Greg Pecknold and Dudley Hill — played the bars for a year or so. We rode the Alaska State Ferry up to a club in Petersburg, Alaska, where we played six nights a week for five weeks straight, and then took these songs right into the studio.  What a dream band we had.  I’m lucky I got to experience it, there’s nothing quite like it, being that “tight” from playing so much together with such great players.   I love these songs, and we also had some great stories to tell about those years.

Tracks

  1. Bananaland
  2. Out to Lunch
  3. That’s All I Need
  4. Comin’ Across the Blues
  5. Stand Up to You
  6. Wyoming Boys
  7. Poison Arrow
  8. Eye of the Cyclone
  9. My Heart is Gonna Break
  10. I Saw Him Go
  11. Long Hard Road

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My Heart Sings, by Linda Waterfall (Trout 1979)MY HEART SINGS (Trout 1979)
Manny Hadlock, co-owner of Bear Creek Studio where this was recorded, said “You should call this album ‘Crazy Quilt’, because there are so many different patterns and styles!”   Tom Corddry (remember KZAM?  What a great radio station!)  made a similar observation, remarking that I was like a new fledgling,  flexing my musical muscles in a dozen different ways.  Everything from a rock tune, a jazz tune, a folk tune, and a short choral piece that became the seed for my first choral music grant from the Seattle Arts Commission.  (La Cigale et la Fourmi, performed by the Seattle Chamber Singers in 1984)

Tracks

  1. Cachetitos de Sandias
  2. Clarity
  3. My Name is Maya
  4. Country Lullaby
  5. My Heart is Gonna Break
  6. My Heart Sings
  7. La Cigale et la Fourmi
  8. Promises
  9. Blue Moon

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Mary's Garden, by Linda Waterfall (Trout 1977)MARY’S GARDEN (Trout 1977)
My first solo album, originally released by Windham Hill Records.  Special thanks to William Ackerman, my old school buddy from Stanford, who offered to put out my first album and bring me into the music business.  Some day soon I want to re-release this recording on CD.  This collection of songs is very close to my heart.  It cherishes special  people I loved very much, who cared for me and started me on my path through life.

Tracks

  1. Country Bar
  2. Mary’s Garden
  3. Song for Elizabeth
  4. The Spell
  5. Gary
  6. Grandma’s Crumbcake
  7. Cherry Tomato
  8. The Bird Song
  9. Lullaby
  10. All Alone Tonight

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Entropy Service, with Linda Waterfall, 1974ENTROPY SERVICE (1974)
Entropy Service was my first band, and what a band.  Working with Peter Langston, J.B. White, Judith Cook-Tucker, and (later) Sharyle Patton was exciting, stimulating, continuously creative, total chaos and irresponsibility with no clue about business whatsoever!  Gosh, what fun!  Peter and J.B. taught me so much about being onstage.  I love these four songs.  A full length Entropy Service CD is available through Peter Langston’s homepage www.langston.com/cat where you’ll find Entropy Service ’75 Live! (CAT-111). It contains songs recorded at two very lively Boston area performances late in 1975. 

Tracks

  1. Give It a Try (J. White)
  2. Rainin’ All Day Feelings (J. Cook)
  3. Over the Mountain (L. Waterfall)
  4. Songs to Myself (P. Langston)

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