My new record "Whispers from the woods" was released on September 1, 2022, and is the #4 Alternative Folk Album in the nation!
"Gordon Thomas Ward is a masterful storyteller, accomplished songwriter and
true artist who knows how tap into human emotions like no other... [He] is certainly on top
here with his latest release Whispers From the Woods, showing the music world what
pure quality and human impact sounds like... The word is out and the verdict is that
Whispers From The Woods is a modern day masterpiece that comes straight from the heart."
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine
"A brilliant interweaving of folk, Americana, and ethereal indie music."
Jordan Paterson, Music Mecca
"Folk music taking an unexpected left turn into art rock with new age sensibilities threaded
through it. Thoughtful stuff for people looking for that something extra."
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
The Songs of "Whispers from the Woods"
While living at my cozy cottage in the woods in Lamoine, it didn't take long to realize that the place had a special quality to it. True, I was there during the onset and the height of the pandemic, so I had ample time to get intimately familiar with the house and its surroundings. I also had prior knowledge of the area, as it was the place where my family used to vacation when I was a child. In fact, my cottage was under a mile from that former vacation spot, which I passed almost every day. I was surrounded by ghosts - vivid memories of the people and events that filled my past. However, I have lived surrounded by woods and memories almost my entire life, and I can tell you that there was something mystical, almost otherworldly, about that cottage in Lamoine I had come to make my home.
For one, I've never heard wind rush through the trees like it did there. I was surrounded by an almost constant chatter of waving branches, rustling leaves, and the whoosh of the wind. At night, the woods would literally howl with the mysterious language of the wind. Those of you who are familiar with my online concerts of that time know that I dubbed the home Howling Woods Cottage, and the name was well deserved.
Within a couple of months, I felt a presence surrounding the cottage. It wasn't anything concrete, and it wasn't ghostly. It was more like a muse, a tangible, inspiring well of information. I couldn't help being moved by this presence to compose and write songs. I've never had a period of time when the songs came so quickly. It didn't matter if I was at home, on the shoreline, or somewhere on the surrounding roads. This area wanted me to write - demanded might be a better word - and it wouldn't let me go until I put pencil to paper. At times, I would have a complete song blocked out in the time it took to walk my dogs.
What ensued was a multitude of songs that seems to be whispered in my ear from the woods around Howling Woods Cottage. It is from those songs, composed by the voices in the wind, that I gathered the best ones to comprise my new album Whispers from the Woods. I hope you enjoy it!