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the single

keeping the piano warm

On December 19, 2002, a profoundly sick Kristi entered the studio to record the marathon 9-minute single, bound. I, Littlebird, couldn't do much for her except hold her hand on the subway and tell her she was gonna do great. We were both exhausted-- she hadn't been able to sleep because of the incredible stomach pain, and i couldn't sleep either.

Somehow she managed to pull off singing and playing as powerfully as she did that day.

I have joked that bound is a "hate song," but it took a labor of love to bring it about! Denise, the engineer/co-producer, worked far into the next morning to achieve an incredible mix. It was her idea to get a few pics of the long day's struggle, so here 'tis!

fearless assistant

gang to Kristi: "You sure you should eat that??"

Kampo in the early morning twilight

bound credits:
bound (c)(p) 2003 sealed lip music/ascap
words & music by kristi martel
voices & piano by kristi
drums by rich kulsar
bass by jason wallenstein
bowed guitar by denise barbarita
recorded & mixed by denise at kampo studios, nyc, december 19, 2002
co-produced by denise & kristi
assistant engineer: hiromasa okawara
design by littlebird & kristi


Donate $100 or more toward Kristi's CD Fund (a constant saving of funds for her next release) and get a signed copy of a Kristi CD of your choice plus the limited-edition bound single!

We started with only 100 of these lil' masterpieces, to give thanks to those who help out with funding her albums. Be one of the lucky few!

happy happy

jay jay

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