Wanting To Be Alive

by Victory Gardens

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released June 21, 2017

Victory Gardens first appeared as a nickname. I was 25 and had just started working in a hospital, mostly with patients who had terminal illnesses and were at the end of their journeys. My ID badge read "Victoria Giardina," which the medical interns translated from Italian to "Victory Gardens." They told me it sounded like a stage name, and jokingly encouraged me to start a band. At that time, my music-making was a complete secret from the medical world in which I worked. But with the mere mention of Victory Gardens, it quickly became something I could no longer hide. These songs are a direct result of my connection with many different humans over the past 5 years, most of whom have slipped beneath the veil, into the Great Unknown. I offer them as prayers.

This album is dedicated to Peter Browne, my college chamber choir teacher, yet another soul who has passed on. He taught me many things, but most importantly, to embrace dissonance. This record was made possible through the help of Goddess, my friends, my fellows, and my family. I was also lucky enough to have some extraordinary musicians by my side. Victory Gardens is a rotating cast of characters and this album's particular incarnation included the following souls:

Victoria Giardina: vocals, guitar, piano
Joe Rogers: guitar, organ, trumpet, drums,harmony vocals, ghosts
Peter Lalish: guitar & keys (tracks 1,3,5),
Maia Friedman: harmony vocals (tracks 1,3,4,5,6), theremin (track 1)
David Lizmi: upright bass (track 1)
Ken Woodward: upright bass (tracks 4, 5, 6)
Jack Moulton: bass (track 2)

Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Joe Rogers at Room 17
Assistant engineer: Jack Moulton
Additional engineering: Peter Lalish (track 2,5) at Holy Cow Palace & Northwood Narrows Schoolhouse

Album Cover Photos: Robin Crookall
Album Art Design: Emily-Kate Hannapel
For more info, instagram: @ victory_gardens
All songs written by Victory Gardens

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