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Martha, Get the Shot Gun!

November 29th, 2007 by Mike Nelson · 8 Comments

B0002F1G9M.01. AA240 SCLZZZZZZZ V65369890  1Windham Hill Records was an 80’s new age label well thought of among the crowds who wore fabulous sweaters and drank white grenache. I ran across one of their samplers on Amazon recently and was amazed and delighted by this title and its recording artist: House Made of Dawn Light by Douglas Spotted Owl. Wow! If I were trying to parody the genre, I could spend a whole day thinking about it and fall well, well short of the comedic level of House Made of Dawn Light by Douglas Spotted Owl. I won’t even try. Just enjoy the fact that there exists a song on the Windham Hill label called House of Dawn Light by Douglas Spotted Owl.

But it gets better: A man (I assume – it could be the name of some exotic Swedish MIDI keyboard for all I know) named Oystein Sevag is represented on the same sampler by his tune There’s a Monk in My Garden.

Which inspired the title of this post.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Courtney on Nov 29, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    That’s beautiful.

    I hate when monks are in my garden though. You feed them once and they just keep coming back.

  • 2 Tim on Nov 29, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    My only disappointment is the absence of Storage Shed of Celestial Delight by Philip Poison Arrow Frog.

  • 3 Neb on Nov 30, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Ah…Windham Hill. I remember them well from my college days as a Tower Records employee. I saw it as New Age for white people who wear black socks to the beach.

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  • 5 Chris on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    It’s Douglas Spotted EAGLE not Owl (alas).

  • 6 Edgewriter on Dec 7, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Hah! I was going to say the same thing. I actually went to the release party for his first album. (My cousin did some work for him on the album)

    He seemed like a nice enough gent. He had native american dancers there and everything. Did a couple of his songs live.

    I even brought a date. (That one went nowhere, folks)

    I brought home a copy of his album and listened to it. . . . . Once.

    I like new age and everything (Secret Garden, Mike Oldfield, Enya, and David Arkenstone in moderation) But, dude . . . Is native american chanting with ambient sounds and a couple of drum beats really music?

    Anyhoo, I tried. Really I did. But who knows. Maybe Douglass Spotted Eagle had changed. Maybe he has grown as a musician. . . . . . Maybe not.

  • 7 Merat on Dec 10, 2007 at 6:14 am

    “House Made of Dawn” – Fantastic book that draws you in.

    “House Made of Dawn Light” – Boring music that puts you to sleep.

  • 8 Kete on Dec 10, 2007 at 7:06 am

    Whenever I get Monks in my garden, I like to set traps with fresh bread and brandy.