This music came to be as the result of some basement recording sessions over the course of several months between two good high school and college friends, Bill Wilson and Bill Thies. Bill Wilson was living in Ann Arbor and I was in Kalamazoo, and we'd get together on weekends to collaborate on song ideas and record them. This was more years ago than either of us would care to admit (OK, it was 1990/91...), right about the time when digital audio tape was becoming available at the consumer level. As things went, I also happened to win a digital audio tape deck as a sales promotion at a local audio store. So we were able to make a master recording of our songs directly to digital tape.
Fast forward a few years, to the time when the ability to manipulate and store digital audio files became common on home PCs. I copied the songs from tape to my computer, where they sat for many more years... Fast forward again to today, and digital distribution of music on the internet is just a matter of a few mouse clicks and a credit card...
A bit of trivia - one of the things that inspired us during this project was the idea of doing some good original music for video or even film production. That explains some of the 30 and 60 second cuts sandwiched in between the full length tracks. Well, we're still waiting for that call from a film producer, but in the meantime they make great ringtones for your phone!
You may have already listened to the music on our Facebook pages. If not, you can use the widget below, but you won't want to stop there - you can download a copy now from iTunes and be the first to have it on your iPod! Just search for "midnight sky wilson/thies" in the iTunes Store. Also available on Amazon MP3, and coming soon to Amazon on Demand if you want to order a CD. It's all for a good cause - we have agreed that all the proceeds will go to charity: Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (emergency food assistance) and the Women's Resource Center in Petoskey (providing shelter, counseling, and violence prevention). Enjoy!