One day, many years ago when I was finishing my undergrad at a small college in West Michigan, I sat in as a session drummer for a local band. Indie folk rock wasn't my thing but I knew a couple of people in the band so I did them a favor.
Not long thereafter, Shannon Stephens - lead singer of the band - handed me a cassette recording of that session. I tossed it in a box and forgot about it. Little did I know, that band - Marzuki - would go on to do big things in the folk indie rock scene.
About two years ago, I saw mention of Sufjan Stevens in some mainstream media, but couldn't believe my eyes. It didn't take long (a few searches) to find out that it was one-and-the-same.
I became curious about the location of that cassette from so many years before, but couldn't find it in any of my boxes in San Francisco. When I was last in Michigan, about a year ago, I sifted through my dusty belongings and finally found it.
For the last year, it collected dust again. This evening, though, I finally sat down and with the help of instructions from Lifehacker (and a bit of help from my wife Visda to get Audacity set up,) I digiitzed all three tracks at a little over ten minutes of music. Here's a shot of the cassette and my wife's tape-player (which had also been gathering dust as you can imagine):
I was ecstatic to digitze all three songs (hooking up the tape-player to my Mac Mini and capturing the output went smoothly) and wanted to share them, but since I'm not exactly sure if I have the copyright to post the entire songs, I decided to sample them and post to Soundcloud to test the waters.
Please excuse the cleanliness of the edits: it was my first time using Audacity.
In the first entitled Why Don't You Want Me, you'll hear me on bongos.
In the second track - Burn Through Me - I switch to drumset. You'll hear Sufjan on recorder.
In the final track, don't strain to hear too much of me: best I can tell from the recording (and remember) - I sat this one out, but do listen for Sufjan's recorder again. Here's Longing: