The Lionheart

The Lionheart
Chris Opperman
Purple Cow Records, 2010
Music proves the existence of magic in the world.

  1. Haasis
    Dedicated to Nathan Haasis, former quarterback for the Springfield Spartans
    Chris Opperman – grand piano
  2. Beware of the Random Factor
    Frank Macchia – tenor saxophone
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
  3. Miles Behind
    Dedicated to the memory of Miles Davis
    Frank Macchia – flute
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
  4. Gen-Ebulous
    Dedicated to Jen Kuhn
    Frank Macchia – flute, clarinet
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
  5. Telepathy on Mars?
    Dedicated to Ray Bradbury
    Frank Macchia – flute, clarinet
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – “The Captain,” keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
    Clark Freeman – “The Astronaut”
    Outro features an interpolation of Steve Vai’s “Alien Water Kiss.” Used with permission.
  6. Johannah
    Alma Carlsen – flute
    Frank Macchia – clarinet, alto/tenor/baritones saxophones
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
  7. Knight of Winter’s Day
    Dedicated to Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and the other artists of the Fables graphic novels
    Chris Opperman – grand piano
  8. White Willow
    Dedicated to Stan Sakai and Kazuo Koike, and to the memory of Goseki Kojima
    Alma Carlsen – flute
    Frank Macchia – clarinet
    Mike Keneally – acoustic and electric guitar
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set

    Haikus related to “White Willow,” by Chris Opperman:

    once vibrant trees sigh
    lilacs float on frozen pond
    white winter has comebirds sing and grass grows
    darkness ends with morning light
    a new life is born

  9. Idaho Potato
    Dedicated to Nicki Scott
    Kat Parsons – lead & background vocals
    Alma Carlsen – flute
    Chris Opperman – keyboards, grand piano, background vocals
    Neil Citron – dobro, bass guitar
    Clark Freeman – drum setBaby, baby, I know you can’t hear me right now,
    But I’m gonna tell you this anyhow.Stay safe, stay safe, there is nothing to be afraid of,
    So you might as well go on and be yourself.I love you! I love you! And someday when this is over,
    We’ll have an Idaho potato for two.

    Just me and you.

  10. The Porpentine (for full orchestra plus rhythm section)
    Dedicated to Neil Gaiman and the artists of The Sandman graphic novels
    I. Behind a World of Curtains (begins at 0:01)
    II. Journey Through the Snow in Early Twilight (begins at 1:33)
    III. Thessaly Draws Down the Moon (begins at 3:01)
    IV. Breakfast in the Forest of Tweeners (begins at 4:34)
    V. The Black Guard/My Little Judas (begins at 5:45)
    VI. The Citadel of the Cuckoo (begins at 7:07)
    VII. Walking the Moon’s Road, Playing a Game of You (begins at 7:54)
    VIII. The Brightly Shining Sea (begins at 8:47)
    IX. Waiting for the Moon to Rise (begins at 10:08)
    X. The Destruction of the Heirogram and the Porpentine (begins at 11:06)
    XI. Morpheus Unmakes the Land (begins at 12:55)
    XII. Flight of the Cuckoo/The Dorothy Option (begins at 14:04)Frank Macchia – flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
    Cornelia Pesendorfer – Viennese oboe
    Janie Kay – French horn
    Dustin McKinney – trumpet
    Joe Verderese – trombone
    Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen – trombone
    Michael Muzick – tuba
    Chris Opperman – grand piano
    Chris Spilsbury – electric guitar
    Neil Citron – guitar solo (3rd movement)
    Daren Burns – electric bass
    Craig Bunch – drum set
    Aria Curzon – violin (1st movement)
    Jen Kuhn – cello
    Steven Leavitt – GigaSample engineer

While composing the pieces on this album, Chris drew inspiration from the music of Carla Bley, Rivers Cuomo and Weezer, Co de Kloet, Mike Keneally, Led Zeppelin, Brian May and Queen, Radiohead, Camille Saint-Saens, Mike Shinoda and Linkin Park, Sonic Youth, Igor Stravinsky, Benmont Tench, Nobuo Uematsu, Steve Vai, Sean & Sara Watkins, and Frank Zappa.

Production Notes

Produced, composed, and arranged by Chris Opperman.

Mixed and mastered by Neil Citron.

Executive Producers for Purple Cow Records: Chris Opperman & Louis Lagonik.

Artwork created by Mark Buckingham, colored by D’Israeli (booklet cover) and Jessica Marini (booklet interior). Graphic design and layout by Jessica Marini.
Liner notes written by Chris Opperman, edited by Laurel Fishman.

The Lionheart was recorded at:

  • The Mothership Studios – Los Angeles, Calif. – Lead Engineer: Neil Citron
  • The Doghouse Studios – Woodland Hills, Calif. – Lead Engineer: Neil Citron
  • Universal Music Publishing Group – Los Angeles, Calif. – Lead Engineer: Mike Fennel
  • Leavittation Studios – Santa Clarita, Calif. – Lead Engineer: Steven Leavitt
  • Klock Work Entertainment – Glendale, Calif. – Lead Engineer: Jared Scott
  • Street Studio – StraBertale, Austria – Lead Engineer: Martin Ptak

© 2010 Purple Cow Records. All compositions published worldwide by Phantom Moo Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication or sampling is a violation of applicable laws.