This was the impetus for Window To the Abbey. Producer Wayne Miller @waynegmiller approached Troy Baker @officialtroybaker in January of 2017. "I asked Troy to send me any and all songs that he had for the new album. As I listened, I not only heard the stories and the heart in the songs but that this album could have a timeless quality".
"When we finished making (Sitting In the Fire), we all knew we wanted to work together again." Troy adds, "When you have this much talent in one group, to not saddle up again and see what you can create would just be a travesty."
Wayne and Troy, along with keyboardist Jon Titterington @jontitterington and Josh Valle @joshvalle began "sketching" in early 2017. Speaking to the sketching process, Troy says "Together we sat down and spread these songs out on the workbench. We broke them, put them back together, and broke them again."
"There are any number of directions you can take a demo." Jon, adds. "I was really happy to be there for pre-production with the boys, because you're locked in a room with nothing but your own creativity. No amount of plugins or outboard gear can can hold a candle to your imagination".
The group didn't want to create in a vacuum but rather create a community that would be with them every step of the way. So they partnered with Pledge Music and Twitch. These platforms gave both agency and insight into the process of making an analog record in a digital world.
Over the course of 10 days, sequestered in a house high atop Mt. Tamalpais, with picturesque Stinson Beach as the backdrop, WTTA tracked 16 songs. (Insert quote from Wayne about recording process here). They would broadcast live on Twitch every day. All moments, from the monumental to the mundane, were blasted to thousands via the internet. And from it, a community began to evolve. "Ultimately, I believe community is the true measure of impact," says Troy. "That is when I feel we have truly made art."