The Secret Language of Birds

1. Betty Ford Brochure (3:41)

Georgia Straight Review

By Mike Usinger, March 29, 2012

There’s an autobiographical feel to The Secret Language of Birds that makes you relieved the folk-leaning songs are as accomplished and expertly played as they are. How would you like having to crap on “Deloraine”, where singer Lori Paul delivers a heartfelt thank-you letter set to music to her Uncle Ralph and Auntie Jane, rural folks who evidently always had a spare bedroom for a confused city kid? Against a warm backdrop of easygoing alt-country, the Chilliwack-via-the-Prairies transplant sings, “I was a city kid, from a broken home/I arrived in June afraid and alone.”

Paul is anything but charmless on The Secret Language of Birds, which finds her backed by a couple of ringers, multi-instrumentalists Rick Genge and Clay Thornton. Together, they cover plenty of musical ground, from the mystical blues of “Betty Ford Brochure” to the skittery folk of “Letter to Louise”. As for the stories, even though she finishes things up with a gorgeous instrumental—“Still Life With Rose”—Paul seemingly has no shortage of them. Her greatest gift might be the way she’s able to take the seemingly mundane and turn it into something worth investing in, which explains how, against impossible odds, you’ll end up caring about the character known as “Roadhouse Red”, a hollowed-out chicken that serves as an all-purpose depository for car keys, old receipts, and doggie-doo bags.

Spiderlodge is Lori Paul, Rick Genge and Clay Thornton
All songs written by R.Genge & L.Paul except
*written by R. Genge
** written by R.Genge, L.Paul & C. Thornton
~All songs copyright SOCAN 2010~

Produced, arranged & engineered by Rick Genge at Spiderlodge Studio, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

Guitars, bass, keys and backing vocals performed by Rick Genge.

Djembe, cajon, and all percussion performed by Clay Thornton.

Lead vocals by Lori Paul except for “3rd House” featuring Rick.

This album is dedicated to Charles Genge, in memory of his dear wife Sylvia (Rick’s wonderful Mom) with love and thanks Dad, for decades of beautiful handmade guitars.

Thanks to Chris O’Brien for fine fiddling on “Roadhouse Red” and to The Slap Happy Clappers for the impromptu party!

Thanks to Dwayne Harder for inspired mastering.

Album cover art courtesy of Cindy Moore

2. Ahead Of My Time (4:47)
3. The Place You Are Bound (4:56)
4. Deloraine (4:11)
5. Dark Sky Preserve (3:32)
6. Lost On River’s Inlet* (2:59)
7. LaundryBreeze** (3:48)
8. Letter To Louise (3:38)
9. Song For Sylvia* (1:49)
10. Coralee (4:06)
11. 3rd House (5:24)
12. Roadhouse Red (3:08)
13. Toast (3:06)
14. Still Life With Rose* (2:31)
Secret Language of Birds Lyrics

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