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Winter Song EP

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Winter Song EP


This collection of songs started in 2002 when Skye McCaskey, a producer and friend of ours, had some down time between projects and asked if we wanted to record a song.  We jumped at the chance and recorded “Two Voices” in our practice space at the house we were living in.  As it turned out, Skye had more down time than he had anticipated and offered to keep recording.  We were able to finish the 5 tracks that we would later decide to release as the Winter Song EP over the course of a few months.  We tracked most of it in our practice space but were able to record pianos, and harpsichord at Wright Music Hall at MTSU.  After finishing the EP, Michael Eades and Sarah Jones from Skyamore approached us with the idea of hand made packaging for the release.  They came up with a beautiful design and we all gathered at Michael’s place on more than one occasion to help assemble 700 of them.  To this day, the first thing people remember about about the Winter Song EP is usually the packaging.  We think of this EP as the point where we started to find our sound and figure out where we were headed musically.

Aireline - live



Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse

Click to PurchaseAireline, was a quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN with one foot in rock and and the other in classical whose influences range from Radiohead and Sunny Day Real Estate to Johann Sebastian Bach and Krzysztof Penderecki. They founded in December 2000 and disbanded in March of 2005. Written and recorded in 2001, their first collective effort Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse was well received by both fans and critics. Originally released only in limited edition physical form, its been over a decade since these thoughtful tunes have seen the light of day.
Aireline - Minneapolis, MN

Here’s a bit of  the media we were able to dig up about Ocean Songs from ‘back in the day’.

The music of Aireline can be described as pleasantly refreshing and unique. The quartet hailing from Murfreesboro, TN fuse their rock roots with their love for classical music resulting in a sound that is both elegant and edgy. While decidedly more rock than Bach, Aireline incorporates elements of classical composition and orchestration complete with developing themes, well thought instrumentation, and lush arrangements. When combined with creative songwriting, a knack for good melody, and a driving rhythm section, these elements come together to form a sound that is sometimes beautiful, sometimes explosive, but always artistic and creative.

The four members of Aireline are vocalist/pianist/guitarist Mason Frenzel, guitarist/keyboardist Chris McMurtry, bassist Matt Mosley, and drummer James Foutch. First assembling in December of 2000, Aireline formed from the break-up of two prominent Nashville bands, Caesar’s Glass Box and Harmonium. Frenzel and Mosley had played together in Caesar’s Glass Box while McMurtry and Foutch were former band mates in Harmonium. When both bands broke up in the late 90’s, the newly orphaned members of Aireline saw the doors opening for a new musical home. For more than six months they rehearsed together, exploring musical ideas and experimenting with different sounds and instruments. The result was a collection of songs that would eventually comprise the majority of their first album, Ocean Songs From the Year of the Horse, recorded with producer Phil Gharib.

Since then Aireline have been playing out and touring as much as possible, winning fans and garnering support with their intense and energetic live show. Just as in their songwriting, on stage Aireline bring together their musical influences combining a lively presence that is unmistakably rock n’ roll and an understanding of their instruments that sets them apart from much of the modern rock scene.

Opening with Legionnaire, Aireline makes its case up front with a deeply considered arrangement, Mason Frenzel’s rolling piano leads and guitarist Chris McMurtry’s tense, arpeggio-laden counterpoints that recall Bends-era Radiohead. Frenzel’s vocals, meanwhile, are well matched for the high drama of the music on display here, alternating between falsetto and a kind of resigned, melancholic breathiness. On tracks such as ‘Me and The Sea’ and the pipe organ-assisted ‘Rest Your Bones’, the effect, digested with Frenzel’s acute sense of melody, is stirring. Standouts also include the dreamlike ‘How I Spent My Time In The City’, which devolves into controlled chaos, and the slinky, uptempo ‘People Like These’.

Taken as a whole, the impression that Aireline delivers on this debut, not to mention the subtly precise song structures and a secret-weapon rhythm section, make Ocean Songs From The Year Of The Horse a notable, promising release. – The Nashville Rage

Mason, Matt, and TimbreOcean Songs accomplishes the semi-rare task of having every musical part interesting on its own, but cohesing into a smooth unit when combined. Bass lines add flavor to the mix instead of just keeping the rhythm, drums that explode into a controlled frenzy or quietly keep things moving, soaring guitar solos, haunting piano, and vocals with harmonies in all the right places make up just a few of the elements that gel the album together so well.

The album presents itself strongly throughout its 42 minutes of playing time. Strangely enough, the majority of the songs have a very dark tone to them, even though they are catchy and certainly worthy of a good head-bobbing. The especially poignant album opener ‘Legionnaire’, the spooky to groove laden ‘Rest Your Bones’, the breezy to forceful ‘People Like These’, and the frantic ‘Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery are all great examples of this. –

If you’re in the mood for spacey, guitar-reverbing, piano-driven rock, then check out Aireline. Their first album, Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse, is an extremely impressive effort. The keys give a hypnotic feel to some of their songs while a pipe organ on ‘Rest Your Bones’ is reminiscent of the gravity found in a Beethoven composition or old church hymn. – Relevant Magazine

James - DrumsFrom the darkly engaging first track ‘Legionnaire’, the songs progress logically and show a band brimming with creativity and inventiveness. -Southeast Performer Magazine

‘How I Spent My Time in the City’ is a self-exposing portrayal of life; ‘The Ghosts Below’ and the entire CD, Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse is breath taking. – Sensored Magazine

These eight songs feature nearly as many pianos as guitars, but the keyboards are primarily more Bach than Ben Folds. One of the best tracks, ‘Rest Your Bones’, has as its lead instrument a commanding, glorious pipe organ. Another, ‘How I Spent My Time in the City’, wraps its meditation on urban disillusion around a mournful, classical piano cadence. Not that the keys always entirely outshine the guitars; fiery, abrasive, nearly funky six string shards disrupt throughout ‘Traveling Through Dangerous Scenery’, and a clean but metal-friendly riff opens and powers ‘The Ghosts Below’. Sometimes the stringed and keyed instruments work beautifully in tandem, as on the three-note figure that echoes back and forth between the two on ‘Legionnaire’. – Splendid

Ocean Songs from the Year of the Horse, Aireline’s debut album, is a magnificent display of poetry sung to melodic alternative rock. From the first song to the last, Ocean Sons from the Year of the Horse will continue to amaze and impress any listener with the beautifully poetic lyrics…” – Score Music MagazineChris - guitar

Three Marian Carols

Second CantataThe Marian Carols were written for Mary Hopper and the ladies of the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale upon the suggestion of poet Joseph Bottum. Of the four carols in the quartet, three are included here, named after the composer/harpist Carol McClure, the historian Wilfred McClay, and Mr. Bottom.
Looking for Mary in Christmas Carols

Who is Mary in our carols? Most folks don’t read a lot of theology in December, but we do a lot of singing. Who is Mary here?


“3 Marian Carols” – on the same CD as Cantata for Christmas Day

Mary Hopper



Mary Hopper is professor of Choral Music and Conducting at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL) where she conducts both the Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Iowa, Ms Hopper is an internationally known clinician and past president of the American Choral Directors Association.