IF THESE STONES COULD SPEAK
JUNE 28, 2015 - In honor of the parting of our sax player Jim Mara, (he's moving to New Hampshire) and the contributions he made to our musical collaboration along with drummer Alex Wolfe Parnes and guitarist Brandon Ruck, all tracks from our album If These Stones Could Speak can now be downloaded for free.
Full Album Download (zip file with mp3s):
If These Stones Could Speak
Individual Tracks (mp3s)
01. Man of the Hour
02. Of Mice and Men
03. Jenny's Song
04. I Will Not Go Down (soul remix)
06. Sweet Amorilia
07. 10,000 Trees
08. Hobson Street
09. Ghost Story
10. Keep On Walkin'
11. If These Stones Could Speak
12. We Are All We Need
I was 5-months pregnant with my second child when we last played together. I knew it might be a while before we played again. (My son is 2-1/2 now.) And part of me secretly hoped we'd pick up right where we left off once I was ready and able to get back out there. But life moves along and sometimes circumstances change.
A few days ago I got the news that Jim Mara, our sax player, is moving far away. I'm still trying to digest it. To think the sound of his sax or his laughter (he has such an awesome sense of humor) may never resonate in my house again leaves me with a heavy heart.
Our band came together so synchronistically. For those that don't know the story of how Jim came to us, I'll share... We were laying down a track for our album, "If These Stones Could Speak" in our home studio one evening. I kept hearing sax on the track in my head. Strangely enough, so was Alex Wolfe Parnes, our drummer. But we didn't know any sax players, so daydreaming about having it on the track seemed pointless. But I said, "Hey, let's just put it out to the Universe that we want a sax player to come our way." We left it at that and carried on with our recording session. A few days later, I get an email from this guy named Jim who found my music on YouTube. He was a sax player living here in the Tampa Bay area and he said he'd love the opportunity to play with us. Are you kidding me??? I was blown away!!! The following week he was in my house playing sax on the very track we'd imagined it on. It was incredible!
Alex (who presently drums for the band Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes) came to us in a similar way. Because of the synchronicity with which we came together, I believed we were destined to do something great -- to serve some greater purpose -- though it seems that purpose has yet to be fulfilled.
Which makes it all the more difficult to see Jim go now. I feel like we cut our music adventure short to go on our parenting adventure. Of course, motherhood has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I wouldn't want to miss out on being here with my children. I guess I just hoped one day we'd jump back into our music adventure and finally bring it to the fulfillment of that greater purpose it felt destined for.
Does this mean Sheila and the TSP is over? No, I don't think so. But I have no idea what the future holds or who will be with us when we finally do pick it back up. One thing's for sure -- it won't be the same without Jim.
Jim, it has been an absolute privilege to call you both my bandmate and my friend. Thank you for sharing your incredible talents with us. We are blessed for having had the opportunity to work with you. If you are able to visit, I really hope we can work with you again. This isn't goodbye -- just "see you later, my friend." May life bring you many blessings and great joy as you move along its path.
-Sheila Kirsten Hughes