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  • Alma Mater Releases Debut Song “Fading Moon”

  • Portland-based folk rock duo Alma Mater, consisting of Dirk Sullivan and Andrew Paul Woodwort, released their debut song “Fading Moon” on January 26, 2023.

    The song will appear on their upcoming debut album “The Beginning of Everything”, which is expected to be released in the Spring of 2023.
    It was written by Dirk Sullivan and Andrew Paul Woodwort with production by Gregg Williams.
    Andrew Paul Woodwort said of the song, “I was never afraid of dying until I had a child. Fading Moon, on the surface, seems like a love letter to my two baby boys. But, in reality, it’s a means to comfort myself from my overwhelming fear of leaving them behind when I die. When pure and intense love is experienced, there is a level of pain associated with it. I’ve never been more happy, but I’ve never been more scared. So this seemingly sweet, folky ditty is really a pretty dark, anxious proclamation.”
    Dirk Sullivan continued, “I find it so fascinating that music from that time and place would come to have melody and lyrics that tell the story of life, love and loss. I am not sure Andrew knew where the music exactly came from, but the muse that day sure does. This is truly the magic of music and creation.”
  • Anxious for some musical therapy during the pandemic, the two started meeting in Woodworth’s garage.
    Sullivan was wrestling with a recent divorce and with the slow demise of his mother. By contrast, Woodworth was about to welcome his first child. They found a kinship in the intensity of their disparate stories. Somehow those contrasting life experiences brought out something completely raw and beautiful and melancholic.
    The sound became a portrait of combating themes....time versus eternity, strength versus surrender, hard love versus fake hate.
  • source : Apple Music
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