Joliet singer/songwriter Ted Slowik’s new release “Comfort Zone”
includes a track called “Hinsdale.”
“Hinsdale,” the first track on “Comfort Zone,” alludes to an unspecified calamity and includes a reference to the Graue Mill. The song is about how families are challenged to spend quality time together, Slowik says.
“It’s unfortunate that we spend so much time providing for our children we aren’t able to spend as much time with our children,” he says. “That’s true of many families, whether they live in Hinsdale or work multiple minimum-wage jobs just to put food on the table.”
“Comfort Zone” is Slowik’s six-song debut collection of studio recordings. The songs were written at various times over the past 30 years and recorded in August and September at Third City Sound in Joliet. Slowik, who grew up in LaGrange, wrote “Hinsdale” in the late 1980s. A free stream of the song may be heard at http://soundcloud.com/ted-slowik/hinsdale-1.
The disc became available for sale in December. Discs may be purchased through CDBaby and downloads are for sale through Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and other elsewhere.
The sessions were produced by Joliet songwriter and musician John Condron and were recorded, engineered and mastered by Bill Aldridge, bassist with The Vaudevileins. Condron and Aldridge also helped with instrumentation, vocalist Aly Flood guests on one track and Pat Otto plays mandolin on two songs.
The CD includes showcases Slowik’s range as a songwriter, from the heartfelt ballad “Red Rover” to the political commentary of “Springfield.” He writes about being the youngest of 12 children in the family story “Slowiks” and references his career as a journalist in “Dear Editor.” The final track, “Record Store” reminisces about shopping for music on vinyl.
Slowik wrote and performed music as a hobby for many years but “Comfort Zone” reflects his efforts to begin pursuing music professionally. He played bass for nearly 30 years in various blues and rock bands but has focused on playing acoustic guitar since 2011.
Visit tedslowikmusic.com to learn more.