I grew up on my grandfather's farm in the Muddy Creek basin of North Carolina. My grandfather was Hubert James Slater and was the most important man in my life. As an interesting coincidence we share the same birthday, June 8th. Living on the farm was extremely hard work but at the same time an amazing place to grow up, there were animals of all types and acres and acres of space where two young brothers could very easily find trouble to get into.
My favorite place on the farm was the pond. During the summers my brother and I would spend hours and hours down at the pond around a campfire, looking at the stars and drinking beer all night long.
My grandfather's farm is no longer there. As the suburban sprawl of nearby Winston-Salem finally arrived at the Muddy Creek basin, developers bought the land where the farm was located and converted it into residential zones. The one lane steel trussel bridge on Phillip's Bridge Road that crossed the Muddy Creek on the way to the farm has been replaced by a four lane concrete flattop bridge. The fields are now yards, the forests where we used to cut down trees for wood that we would use to heat our house in the winter and make fires down by the pond in the summer are now middle-class houses. The pond itself has been filled in.
Pondfire is dedicated to the memory of my grandfather and his farm and to his, mine and my brother's blood and sweat which soaked the ground there.
released 08 June 2014
Recorded and mixed by Paul Beauchamp and Marco Milanesio at O.F.F. Studio - Torino. Mastered by Marco Milanesio.