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Heartbeat Kid

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Pregnant with our first child, my wife and I went in for the 20wk ultrasound to hear the heartbeat. Not knowing what to expect and being the nerd that I am, I brought in recording gear. The heartbeat was much faster and much more swishy sounding than my own, but it had a great rhythm. Back in my music room, I took the grooviest section of heartbeat, looped it and wrote a tune. Then somehow I all but forgot about the tune—perhaps it had something to do with the learning curve of raising my first child.

Fast-forward two years. I'm on the road with the Flecktones and we get stuck in Hurricane Irene, diverted from a cancelled shows for 4 days to Burlington, VT. Unaccustomed to 4 days with no plans, I dragged my gear through the rain and set up the mobile fiddle lab in my hotel room. I had been reminded about that heartbeat tune recently, sitting on the bus with Béla Fleck playing compositions for each other, so I decided to see if it would lend itself to looping. Thank you Irene. Thank you Molly. Thank you Emmette.


from The Singularity, released October 22, 2013



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Casey Driessen

Casey Driessen is—like his music—inspired, unconventional and truly original. He has built a following as both solo artist and collaborator, touring the world with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien. He is also a founding member of The Sparrow Quartet and never without a pair of red shoes. ... more

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