Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Releasing Joint Album
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:49:07
Working with Mom -- is anything sweeter?
Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home, an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014.
Perfect for Mother's Day Month!
Landing the week before Mother's Day, the 10 songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.
Here's the backstory: The album's source can be directly traced to the pair's highly unusual musical heritage. In 1958, Ben Harper's maternal grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. It was there, amid guitars, banjos, tablas, ukuleles and all manner of instruments from around the world, that a distinctively musical family took shape. Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to use the store (which she still operates) as a musical laboratory. The center was a magnet for up-and-comers such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal, who became extended family members, providing master classes in creativity and philosophy, all of which the young Ben Harper soaked up like a sponge.
"I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much everyday after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it," Ellen told a local paper. "It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time."
B. Harper has a cool history.
01. A House Is a Home
02. City of Dreams
03. Born to Love You
04. Heavyhearted World
05. Farmer's Daughter
06. Memories of Gold
07. Altar of Love
08. Break Your Heat
09. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
10. How Could We Not Believe
Would you ever collaborate with YOUR mama? If so, on what?