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House of Welcome EP, vol​.​1

by Free Press

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Near Avalon 04:08


The Free Press sound was largely developed in the Western Addition and Tenderloin neighborhoods of San Francisco. Specifically in the Cadillac Hotel, run by the Loopers of Reality House West.
The Looper family members are instrumental in affordable housing preservation efforts for very low-income communities in the Tenderloin and beyond.
They created a model for supportive housing many human/housing rights activists and non-profits follow today. This model benefits my friends, residents of the Cadillac,
whom are the subjects of songs from this EP, “The House of Welcome.”
The EP includes “Reality House” about Mary, a formerly homeless trans resident, who uses her wisdom to save many of her fellow community members with Narcan.
“Near Avalon” is about the search for heroes, and their places of rest.
Some found a home at the Cadillac.

This EP is dedicated to my mentor, Kathy Looper, the Looper family,
and all the Cadillac Hotel residents, including: Mary, Gayle, and Teody.

Special thanks to the Free Press Music Musicians:
Christie Aida, vocals/songwriter
Dave Mihaly, percussion/guitar/composer/songwriter (BMI Dapami Music)
Billy White, Keys/melodica/musical direction
Alex Spoto, violin
Kai Lyons, Guitar/Bass
Mena Ramos, bata/percussion
David Boyce, soprano/alto saxophone

Christelle Durandy- vocal instruction
Arielle Flinkman -recording and Danielle Goldsmith- mixing at Women’s Audio Mission
Keith Yancsurak- producer
Jessica Thompson- mastering
the Cadillac Hotel, Bird and Beckett, the SF Library
and Dave Mihaly, for his original compositions
and musical guidance.

For more information see our website: www.thefreepressmusic.com


released October 7, 2023

Near Avalon: Music and lyrics by Dave Mihaly. Dapami Music BMI, all rights reserved.
Reality House: Music by Christie Harbinski/ Dave Mihaly, lyrics by Christie Harbinski. Dapami Music BMI, all rights reserved.


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Free Press San Francisco, California

Free Press Music is a Filipina American led, San Francisco based music collective with roots in soul, jazz, blues and improvisation. Vocalist/songwriter Christie Aida and her group conjure a dynamic repertoire that embodies sounds from around the globe. Singing in Spanish, Tagalog, English and French, Aida interweaves her influences to create a mix of classics, deep cuts, and original numbers. ... more

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