Marathon Motor Works

02:14
Barry Walsh
2011-11-29

Story

This piece was influenced partly by Philip Glass and the way his music propels itself forward. After I recorded the piano part, it reminded me of machinery in constant motion, with pistons moving up and down. There is a 100 year old abandoned auto plant near us in Nashville where they used to make the Marathon automobile back in the 1920‘s. Gretchen had taken some photos of me there for the album package, so it was fresh in my mind. I thought the track needed at least one other lead instrument. Something that could soar freely over the more mechanical sounding piano part. I had been thinking about doing a piano/dobro duet for a long time. I called dobro virtuoso Rob Ickes of Blue Highway fame and he came over one morning and overdubbed a brilliant dobro part to the piano track. As a musician and a person Rob could not have been more gracious and accommodating.

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