In this track we are presented with a collection of personal statements or “American Dreams” by the people of Troy, New York. They provide us with a fractured mirror of hope that reflects American society. We are reminded that the concept of “a dream” in itself is a individualistic act of myth making and we hear the same mantra of “freedom” repeated over and over again. These personal statements point us towards a shared idealism but also reveal a more sinister nationalism in light of the US’s on going “War on Terror”.
This oral exploration of an American Dream is musically matched with an up beat rhythmic double bass piece by NYC musician Tom Mayer and the optimistic tenor saxophone of Martha Hyde, together creating a dubbed out jazz track that could have featured on a more experimental episode of Sesame Street.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Documentary Interviews taken from recordings by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow at the Uncle Sam’s Day Parade, Troy, New York 2007.
Narrative Editing : Christopher Thomas Allen
Double Bass : Tom Mayer
Tenor Saxophone : Welf Dorr
Music Arrangement : Tim Cowie
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson and Mark McRae
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen