natives of Alpena free independent philosophers “Keep the River Wide” | News, Sports, Jobs
With the underlying theme of sustaining a spirit of compassion through difficult times, Freelance Philosophers’ new album takes us where love and triumph meet loss, grief and alienation.
Brian Silver, Alpena-based multi-instrumentalist, gives ambience and tones with sonic variety to this new effort. Silver composed and recorded these songs on keyboards while handling all the guitars and basses of the new version.
Forrest Maher, originally from Alpena and based in Lakewood, Ohio, wrote all the lyrical arrangements and voiced the band. He also created the paints used for the album and the recording cover.
Jason Hollembeak from Chicago gives rhythm and dynamics to drums and percussion. He composed the album cover.
An eternal spirit of resilience and optimism animates this diverse collection.
Maher’s lyrics weave stories of triumph and tragedy, encouraging reflection driven by determination.
Hollembeak holds up like a loyal friend by your side.
This trio version of FP offers evocative songs, but simple and precise.
“Keep the River Wide” is their 11th studio album, the third in as many years with sound engineer James Kananen at his Bad Racket Recording Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. This new version of FP features provocative stories that ignite insight while touching lightly on the simplicity of living well.
Silver and Maher have known each other since childhood in the 1970s in northeast Michigan and created their first musical recording together in 1996 when Silver contributed one of his nature photographs for the album cover. to a stripped-down collection of Maher’s acoustic songs recorded by Steve d’Alpena. Rea. Silver and Maher then continued their musical journey by performing together with a release in 2001 and have worked together on every album since.
Maher and Hollembeak date back to Chicago in 1992, ending their first album together in 1993.
Alpena natives Matthew Schaffer, Michael Carnahan, Matthew Woolman and Joseph Bastow participated in the production efforts. Todd Mayberry from North Carolina also contributed.
They aim to move you, keep you moving, encourage you to keep up with your pace and “keep the river wide”.
Their new album was just released on September 7th and can be streamed on their website at freelancephilosophers.com and most online platforms including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Pandora, Tidal, and more. For more information, contact [email protected]