The Knowledge of the north woods
Learn this from the waters,
Listen to your own soul
You might follow others, but
Only you can find your way home.
Silence speaks. In the forest, there are places without the sounds of motors, sirens, and human voices. It is here where bird songs accompany the stories of the stones, the wisdom of the trees and the magic of where two rivers meet. If you sit in silence and give it time, you feel the words.
The longer I live, the more I realise that there are places in this world that hold more wisdom and knowledge than others. I found reasoning in a river. Yes, here is a secret, I used to wade to a boulder in the middle of the river to make my decisions. It is the place where the Ten Mile River and the Delaware River converge and continue their journey together, far from where they began.
I’ve always liked rivers for this reason. They remind me that there is always somewhere else to go and other people to see. We are not alone in this world, it is important to take care of one another and to take care of this earth that we inhabit.
I believe that nature has all of the answers. We often forget that our life depends daily on her. She feeds us, nourishes us and grows us.
This album was written between 2013 and 2016. The first songs were products of living in New York City and yearning for the air of the mountains, the open fields, the star-filled skies. My wish was fulfilled and the next two years were spent living in beautiful Sullivan County, New York. A place that I lovingly call, ‘The North Woods.’ Five of the songs on this album were written while living in Brooklyn and the other six came to life in the mountains. The yearnings that I felt in the city were met with new yearnings while living in the country. It seems that perhaps I am a wanderer, a dreamer, a seeker of the unknown. Yet, even a nomad finds nostalgia in places that she has visited and to the north woods, I bow my head. May the stories live on and the people that reside in that land continue to be forward thinking, yet rooted in the wisdom that is found in the natural beauty that fights to be preserved.
Let’s talk about an old time.
She arrived here, her accent, hard to define, what she said,
but he loved her even then.
He said my dear, what will it take?
She said I don’t need diamonds, nothing from a mine,
Away from this city for a different life.
I breathe fresh air, just fine.
And take me…
To apple trees
to where I can see,
their branches meet the skies.
Well I’m growing wild, and I am wanting…
To feel the clouds by my side.
There are greener pastures,
greener than the ones that I’m standing on.
Oh city, with your golden streets, oh how you try
to outshine the sun,
And the stars in the sky at night,
but I like to dance under moonlight.
Apple trees, oh take me
to where their branches meet the sky.
Well I’m growing wild, and I am wanting,
To feel the clouds by my side.
Released October 20, 2017
All songs written by Kendy Gable
Produced by Adam Chilenski
Recorded by Josh Druckman at Outlier Inn Recording Studio in Woodridge, NY
Mixed by Josh Druckman and Eber Pinheiro at Analogman Studio in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Brian Lele at Santa Cecilia Sound in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cover Photo by Brian Caiazza
Design by Claudio Donzelli
Kendy Gable - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Adam Chilenski - bass, guitar, keyboards
Bram Kincheloe - drums, vocals, acoustic guitar (Identify the Trees)
Kim Anderson - piano, vocals, and string arrangements (Learn This From the Waters & Western Skies)
Josh Henderson - violin (Learn This From the Waters, Western Skies) violin and string arrangement (Agnes)
Dov Manski - keyboards (Western Skies, Something About the Sky)
RJ Miller - percussion (Luxton Lake)
Jay Rodriguez - woodwinds (Luxton Lake, All I Need)
Ryan Watson - lap steel (North Woods)
Otis Lee Williams - organ (Cold Stones, Wolf Song)