"The Stone" came from the same time as many of the Evolver songs (Ninth: Evolver album) but was planned for the "Woo: Suntitled Playlist" release. It was never released, even though we had the artwork ready and a record label ready to go.
It was the end of the "Woo" lineup and I continued my work with different musicians under the "Ninth Project" name. However the "Suntitled Playlist" songs are a pretty good bridge between the Woo/Ninth music of that time.
It was based around a lot of eastern improvisations and it ended up quite different from what was originally planned.
The recording of "The Stone" is hugely improvised and recorded live. No edits or anything, including mistakes and ambient noises. This is pretty much the standard for me, (when I am so fortunate to have great musicians like Geir Arne Ose and Audun Havåg backing me). The song form was so fresh that we didn't really know what we were going to do. So it was an instinct thing. And I love that.
The lyrics is about digging up the remains of an old civilization that turns out to be ours.
It became a standard on live shows.
Amazingly, this song, (and the upcoming release), was heavily influenced by the terrible 9/11 tragedy. It's just mind blowing that this blog (and these songs) fall on the exact date of that tragedy. It's 100% coincidence, they could just as easily be released in January. And I just saw that now, as I was ready to publish this post.
This song and the next was always dedicated to the tragedy of 9/11 attacks. My thoughts go out to all affected by it, which is a lot of people, all over the world.
With me on the recording:
Geir Arne Ose: Drums
Audun Havåg: Electric Bass guitar