The story about “Losing My Voice”

From Craig Lyndall about the album due out July 8th, 2014 on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify…

On March 6th 2014, I went to my home studio, set up a microphone and grabbed my acoustic guitar to record some music before it was too late. I had recently found out that I needed neck surgery to give me feeling back in my fingers and take the tingling out of my legs. During that consultation the surgeon casually mentioned that part of the surgery would temporarily relocate a nerve connected to my vocal cord and that one of the risks of surgery was that I could lose my voice.

As a singer and songwriter, this was terrifying to me. I am not prolific as a songwriter, but I always go back to it when I have something I really want to say. It was eating me alive that I had unrecorded songs that could be lost forever so I decided to do something about it. A week before surgery, I recorded these six songs to document that moment in time when I thought I might lose the ability to ever sing again.

My setup was simple. I used just one microphone. That means no overdubs. I didn’t even want to waste any of my remaining singing voice by warming up. These six songs are everything I was able to record that night before my voice tired and the numbness in my fingers got so bad that I couldn’t play guitar anymore.

(Here’s a snippet of “The Jackpot”)

The good news is that my surgery went well and I got my voice back. But, after listening to the recordings, I decided that I wanted to share it with the world anyway. There’s something about the performance to me, that perfectly captures that moment in time, that makes it worth sharing. I don’t know if there’s an extra little bit of desperation in there, or maybe an extra edge fueled by the nerves and doubt about my future. Regardless, I am proud of it and I hope you enjoy it.

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