3) Lover’s Lament
5) Church St.
7) Sunday Morning
9) Six String Salvation
10) Nocturne for Brendan
11) Something Pretty For You
12) Something Unexpected
13) Parting Gifts
Parting Gifts was made possible through the generous donations from the following:
Executive Producers: Peter Brown, Richard & Syni Champion, Kristen DiBurro, Judy Morse, and Randal Meek.
Patrons: Gordie & Pam Bonfield, Ron Dalbec, Jeffrey B.Elman, Patrick Houlihan, Desiah & Ted Melby, Michael Ritter, and Rob Schwartz. I hope this album is worthy of your extraordinary generosity. All Songs by Ken Bonfield BMI © 2018 except Sunday Morning & Church St. by Ken Bonfield & Joe Ebel BMI © 1999
Produced & Engineered by Raymond Gonzalez at Blue Fish Sound Productions in Gloucester, MA
Mastered by Dr. Toby Mountain Northeastern Digital Recordings, Inc. Southboro, MA
Cover Photo: Melanie Arthur Inside Photo: Starline Photo
Ken Bonfield: Alan Carruth Guitars: 1995 OM 14-fret (Reentrant tuned on #1, 3, 5, &13), 1996 OM 12-fret, 2012 baritone
Raymond Gonzalez: nylon string guitar, synths, piano, percussion
Tim Crouch: mandolin, violin, cello, upright bass
Parting Gifts is vastly different from my previous albums. In the past each album has had its own production signature applied to a whole set of music. This album is much more representative of a live performance when I am most apt to jump between genres, tempos, and feel. And that is reflected in the way we produced each song on the album. But there is an overarching theme to the collection, and that is one of love, and it touches on the many aspects of love in my life. The love of the natural world, romantic love, loss of those we hold dear, the celebration of intimate friendships, the joy I get from my four-legged companions, my love of performing, and above all the love I have for my family. Parting Gifts is dedicated to the memory of my mother Arde and my father-in-law Chuck. You are missed beyond words. See you on the flip-side. Thanks to Raymond Gonzalez and Tim Crouch for sharing their other-worldly talents with me. Your work made these songs come to life in a way I could not have imagined when I went into the studio. Kudos gentlemen! In a world where we can choose to be anything, choose to be kind.