Now a New Age Classic, HEAVEN SENT celebrated
it's twenty year anniversary in 2003.
HEAVEN SENT first played by Tom Schnabel on
KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Played on Music from Hearts of Space and Musical Star Streams.
Used in medical operation rooms, workshops, stores, restaraunts,
and by yoga teachers throughout the world for it's calming effect.
"The Monart Drawing Schools play inspirational music
for our students as they draw. Heaven Sent is a shared favorite
for 20 years..." Mona Brooks, owner 35 schools, author,
Compositions by Jessie Allen Cooper and Buddy
Jessie Allen Cooper, Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Kithara, Kalimba
Remastered for CD by Bernie Grundman
Produced and Arranged by Jessie Allen Cooper
Environmental Sound Effects by Jan Brodin
Engineered and Mixed by Frank Sparks
Album Cover Concept by Jessie Allen Cooper
Cover Painting by Simeon Guyot
Special thanks to Linda,
Lester, Merlin, Drew, my freinds and family for their support.
© 1983/2003 (p) Cooper
Sound Waves (ASCAP)
September 30th, 2001
the mid 1970's I was at a jam session in Machias, Washington
(about 45 miles north and a little east of Seattle). When I was
leaving the session, I struck up a conversation with a guy I
had just met named Buddy. I mentioned to him that my birthday
was coming up and maybe we could get together and have a pizza.
He asked "when is your birthday?", I told him the date
and he said, "Oh! that's my birthday." Anyway, we were
both born the same year, same day, in the same town: Everett,
Washington, thus making us astrological twins.
Soon there after, we started writing songs together.
I had moved to Bellingham, WA to study jazz improvisation at
Western Washington University. The university had an alternative
branch called Fairhaven. At Fairhaven there was a recording studio.
Buddy and I started to record our first album together there
called "The Joyous Celebration". One night we had booked
the studio and our engineer was unable to make it to the session.
I had always wanted to record in a large room with natural reverberation.
Buddy and I moved a recording set up and our instruments into
a four story cement hallway near the studio and started to record.
That evening within a one-hour time period, in a stream of consciousness
improvisation, Buddy and I recorded what has become HEAVEN
SENT, which received it's name because
of the speed in which the music was recorded. Soon after that,
I toured the Northwestern States and Canada with a group called
Aurora. After a dispute with one of the band members, I quit
the band and soon moved to Los Angeles. I kept playing all my
recordings for musician friends that I had met in Los Angeles.
One day, while sitting with a friend, we came up with the idea
of adding environmental sounds to the music tracks.
Left: Jan Brodin Right: Jessie Allen Cooper,
both holding tape loops.
The two photos were taken in my Santa Monica California home,
circa 1983, while working on the sound effects for Heaven Sent:
The man wearing the red shirt is the late Jan Brodin. Jan was
a movie sound recording engineer. Heaven Sent was recorded before
the use of midi and digital sound recording. All of the sounds
used for the environmental sound recordings were recorded by
Jan on his off time while working on various movies. The ocean
and some of the other sounds were recorded Southern California.
A few of the sounds were purchased from movie sound libraries.
My favorite example of Jan's beaming personality is a sound on
the track "In The Night." The composition ends with
about a minute of night sounds. Jan was from Sweden; I'll never
forget his big smile and laugh. About thirty seconds before the
end of the piece in several places there is the sound of a big
bull frog. We affectionately named him Big Daddy Bull Frog. Big
Daddy was recorded in the Florida, Ever Glades on the set of
the movie "Take This Job and Shove It." Almost every
time Jan would hear Big Daddy voice he would break out in a loud
Before Digital recording was available sound effects were added
by using tape loops. In photo there are two of Jan's Nagra Recording
machines. These machines were very expensive and used primarily
in the TV and Movie industry. The way the sounds were transferred
to the master tape on the Recording Heaven Sent, were by using
two Nagra machines, creating a tape loop, that would then be
transferred to the master tape.
rest is history.
HEAVEN SENT was
my first album to be released, and was originally available on
cassette only. The previous album cover, shown above, connotated
a religious experience to some people. That probably hurt sales.
However, it was a spiritual event to me. I also really feel so
very grateful to have music in my life, and to create and perform
music. I also know that music is the highest gist that I could
have ever imagined to be part of my life. So in that way, all
my music feels to me like it's heaven sent.
Jessie Allen Cooper