Local singer song-writer Kristin Murch recently re.
PARRY SOUND — In August during a three-day whirlwind session, Kristin Murch, 21, of Parry Sound recorded and mixed her second record, Why So Blue, at Toronto's Phase One Studios.
Although this is her second album, it's Ms Murch's first solo record and hit the stands just a few weeks ago.
"There's some songs I wrote on there over the past two years," said Ms Murch. "I just decided last summer, I moved home from Toronto to Parry Sound and I just had this urge to get it out and do something with the music. I booked a time at Phase One at the end of August and recorded it."
Ms Murch's hand was in all aspects of creating this CD, from lead and rhythm guitar, to piano, harmonica, and the graphics for the cover.
Recording studio start
"I worked at Phase One for about nine months last year," said the Laurier University student. "I met a lot of people in the recording industry, because it's the biggest recording studio left in that city. I was working there doing a little bit of administration and assisting on recording sessions. I met a few people from different recording studios and publishing houses so I'll be sending (the CD) to them."
Growing up in Parry Sound, Ms Murch said she played piano and, in high school, the trombone. About five years ago she picked up the guitar and then began singing.
"I sang a little bit when I was younger, but nothing major," she said. "When I started playing guitar, singing kind of goes hand in hand. I started to really enjoy it. I was in Toronto for two years and my friend John and I played there for two years, doing the circuit of open mics and different gigs.
The psychology student hopes to take music next fall, working towards a bachelor, taking the administration option so she can work in a recording studio or publishing house in the future.
"On one of my first days (working at Phase One) Bono came in, which was pretty crazy, because he's like the epitome of rock these days," said Ms Murch. "I've met the Tragically Hip. I sang on Joel Plaskett's latest record. He's from the East Coast, but he's not that well known yet. And Gordie Johnson was the producer for that and he's from Big Sugar, so I got to know them pretty well."
Ms Murch said the record has a folk feel, very laid back.
"The first track on the record is A Song for Lou and that's (about) my grandfather, he passed away in the spring, so that's special to me," she said.
"And Rachel Ann is a song written for Rachel Higgins (who passed away from cancer last summer) and that one's pretty special too."
Although she's continually writing new songs with piano accompaniment, Ms Murch said she's trying not to head back to the studio right away.
"I'm trying to not (record another album yet), because it gets pretty expensive," she explained. "I'm trying to make back some money and get publicity. I'd love to record one next summer. You have to pay, a daily rate of 10 hours and if you go over that time then you have to pay extra.
"I got a deal, because I work there, it was half price, but still it's a lot of money.
"Then you have to pay to get it pressed, it works out to about $1.20 just to get the CD made, so it total it was about $4,500 to make 500 copies.
"It's hard, because you see people and you just want to give (the CD) away, but you realize if you do you're not going to make your money back."
The cover of the album pictures a clothesline with laundry drying in the summer sunshine — a photo by Ms Murch, which she says is representative of the tone of the record.
"I was at home in the summer one day and I just wanted to be creative and so it's kind of symbolic, because the songs on here are totally from the heart, just (leaving me) naked. (It's like) hanging out your dirty laundry, because I've really exposed myself," she said.
The CD is available at CD Plus.