Music

Walking Tour of Spiders in the Woods

by Frog in the Reeds

In 2013, I had the great pleasure and privilege of releasing an album on Great Comfort Records. It was an immense pleasure to work with several talented musicians and creative minds. You can listen to and purchase this album song by song or in full on Bandcamp.com, or download a free single and buy the CD through Great Comfort Records. Also available digitally at your favorite digital distribution center, such as iTunes or amazon.com.

From Great Comfort Records:

Walking Tour of Spiders in the Woods, the debut album of Frog In the Reeds (songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Mary Brewer), is a prayer uttered in quiet seclusion amongst gentle guitars and softly moaning strings. It is a vehement shout, a flowering shoot of declaration.

Brewer is the product of an upbringing in the wooded hills of Pennsylvania, and a soundtrack of frog calls in a nearby pond, thunder, lowing cows, and the hum of a racetrack on weekend nights. She was influenced by a steady diet of pierogies, seventies classic rock, church hymns, Dukes of Hazzard and Johnny Mathis. Such are the diverse shaping forces felt in her music. Indeed, no single musical classification could tie up this extraordinary collection, but her voice, utterly unique and compelling, binds the bundle effortlessly.

Brewer describes Walking Tour as “…the most difficult and exhilarating painting I’ve ever painted”. Quite. It is a journey of intimacy and sweep, of relaxed authority and unbridled curiosity. Joined by the masterful production skills of Daniel Smith and a merry crew of musician friends on upright bass, flute, drums, tuba, voice, and percussion, Walking Tour of Spiders in the Woods is a joyous march, a poem, a piece of a dream or an exposed inner thought…some sing-alongs, some listening songs, each revealing or communicating with the One who makes all things new.

  • Serenading the neighbors in Butler, PA
  • Frog and the Reeds live in concert at the release party, July 2013.
  • My "practice nook"
  • One day, I was going for a run at a local college campus, and I prayed that God would do something special for me that day to show me that He cares about me. Within five minutes I saw a ground hog and bunch of squirrels and some birds and heard several frogs calling to each other in this pond. That is the kind of thing I like, so I took as an answer. I think that this was also where I came up with my name "Frog in the Reeds". I was going to be Royal Forest, which is the name of my design company and I like it, but some guys from Texas took it.
  • The corner of my bedroom/Royal Forest Enterprises, Inc. office/music studio/laundry storage facility
  • Getting ready to sing. I've sung for years, took voice lessons and been in high school musicals. I've been on worship teams for years. But this was different and this was really hard. I didn't want to emulate anyone or anything or even try to sing pretty. I just wanted something totally me to come out. I asked Daniel for a pep-talk. He said "Don't try...But don't try real hard not to try."
  • There are a million keyboards at Familyre Studio!
  • I drew this in the studio. I gave it to Josh or Andrew. I am assuming they had it framed.
  • This is a weird mug. Daniel and Elin, what does it mean?
  • An early sketch of the octopus guitar house, which later became album art.
  • I like weird stuff!
  • Familyre Studio is an awesome color of blue! - Getting ready for Andrew Smith to record drums.
  • Look, it is my guitar in Familyre Studio!!!
  • At one point, while looking at the music I gave him, Josh commented "I've never looked at this part of the bass before".
  • Daniel setting up Josh's sound for the upright bass.
  • The producer's station. Spent a lot of time behind it on the couch watching Daniel tap his foot and bob his head. It was pretty contagious and I started doing it too. Listening to music is really more fun that way. I have decided to make it a regular habit.
  • Andrew Smith, Josh Stamper and Daniel Smith, these guys were so amazing. I had spent painful months working out this music all by myself in the corner of my bedroom with little feedback, hardly sharing it with a soul. I was very scared to come here, having never made music before and having no idea what to expect. I practiced until my fingers were raw, not wanting to make an idiot of myself. I was so nervous that I didn't fall asleep for a second the entire night before I drove out there. But these people were so kind and had such fantastic ideas. They took my music and made it so much better than it ever could have been without them. Thanks for applying your creativity and expertise and humor to this project.
  • Paul Arbogast rocking the tuba parts. Paul is an awesome horn player. I am so sorry I messed up his music so badly. I really didn't know what I was doing. He played those ridiculous notes anyway, just like I had them. Daniel and I looked at his music after he left and we couldn't stop laughing. I guess you had to be there.
  • Elin Smith has the smoothest, mellowest vocals of anyone I have ever heard. I'm so incredibly pleased that she participated in this, and we had some good talks too. What a beautiful woman.
  • Josh pretending to sing his heart out for my picture.
  • This is some of my album artwork. Its a living creature from the book of Revelation. These guys have so much fun... And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME."
  • Me with my wonderful brother and sister in law, who are amazing artists and musicians.
  • Singing with Rachel Galloway, a great friend and inspiration, and co-writer of track #10, Hush.
  • A great group of friends and family!

All songs on this album are original compositions by me except for “Hush” which was co-written with Rachel Galloway of Danielson, and “Possiamo Campeggiare Ai Toui Piedi”, an Italian interpretation of a song by Daniel Smith of Danielson.