Shrine of Saint Tourista

Today marks the anniversary of another memorable project completed just for kicks.

Albert McDonnell in Juneau
Bert? Where are you these days?

SST is/was a one-man band invented out of leftover instrumental music from a soundtrack created for a short film. All we needed was instrumental sounds, so it was a fun exercise to come up with meditations. These were recorded on a typical Southeast-Alaskan-coastal-town-rainy-afternoon at my pal, Bert’s, studio in the Starr Hill neighborhood of Juneau.

Out of the ones we didn’t use, a couple of them stood out as favorites, so I’m keeping these two here for posterity (please give them a second to load as they are high-bit-rate audio files):

Lavala (4-string acoustic guitar)

Stroll (Upright bass, 4-string acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, vintage drums)

The album cover I created from a photo I took while staying on the island of Sifnos in Greece, then embellished it in GIMP.Shrine of Saint Tourista

The name Shrine of Saint Tourista was inspired by a real place in Juneau, Alaska, where I lived before moving to Chicago. It’s a sacred place to many, properly called Shrine of St. Thérèse, but the serenity of the place was often disrupted by crowds of tourists, which made it a challenge to enjoy.

In any case, this project was most definitely enjoyable. Who knows? Perhaps a future project could use some of these moody sounds.