Linda Waterfall

Linda has released thirteen albums, stretching from 1977 to 2009. Many of the earliest albums are hard to find in stores.

Her latest, Welcome to the Dark, was released March 15, 2009: new original songs with Linda singing and playing guitar and piano,  featuring musical performances by Cary Black, Felicia Dale, Peter Glass and Jovino Santos-Neto.

This and all earlier albums are available directly from the artist. Free shipping (within the USA)! 

CDs can be found locally in Seattle at:  Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont N.,  The Folkstore, 5210A Roosevelt Way NE,  Silver Platters, 3 Seattle locations, (but especially Silver Platters Northgate)

Welcome to the Dark
I'm Here
Calling the Spirits
Fishing for Kisses
Shu Yang You
Way of Beauty
Fly, Hawk, Fly

"Welcome to the Dark" is the oldest song in this group; I began  it in 1999, and  it "found its home" in this project.  "I'm Here" was also begun a long time ago; a very unusual chord progression which meanders through many key changes.  When I first started working on it, I felt "blocked" at a certain point in the chord progressions.  This year, for some mysterious reason, it all came together.  "Calling the Spirits" began  with the rhythm the ferry makes as the metallic body  resonates the engine rotation, and developed through the addition of harmonic overtone singing  and meditation practice.  "Fishing for Kisses" - an unabashedly sentimental love song.  "Shu Yang You" - I leave for the reader to puzzle over!   I think of  "Way of Beauty" and "Fly, Hawk, Fly" as somehow  resembling my prayers for our healing, all of us, and the planet.

Dao - The Way
Zhan Zheng - War
Jing - Essence
Gu Shen - Valley Spirit
Xing Yu Da Dao - I'll Travel the Way
This ancient Chinese spiritual text, the Dao De Jing, has been my companion since I was in my early 20's.  Studying it in the original Chinese inspired me to choose some of my favorite verses and give them choral settings.  The text is half in English, half in Mandarin, and the style is somewhat in the flavor of a folk choir, which is a popular vocal form in mainland China.  A stellar performance by the Esoterics and the instrumentalists, including Warren and Ting Ting Chang playing erhu and gaohu.

Place of Refuge
The Prodigal Son
The Word of the Prophet
A Little Flash of Light
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
I'm Only Sleeping
Cielito Lindo
Se de NocheVez que Brillan
The Carpenter
Lewiston Factor Girls
Ponderosa Pine
Reaching Out For Life
CD Cover PLACE OF REFUGE (Trout 2006)
These solo performances were recorded in Richard Scholtz's studio in Bellingham, using David Jennings microphones.  It was all recorded live, with no overdubs or edits, and it's what I sound like playing "in your living room."  There are six new original songs, six traditional songs, (my arrangements) and the Beatles' "I'm Only Sleeping", reincarnated as a  samba.  "Place of Refuge" came to me in an overwhelming spiritual rush which lasted almost the entire three weeks I was on the Big Island of Hawaii in January 2006.  "Reaching Out for Life", written during my recovery from cancer treatment,  is something I would like to share with everyone who has faced serious illness.

Creation Hymn
The Two Full of Butter
That Art Thou, Svetaketu
These pieces, selected from the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, are some of my favorites.  The "Creation Hymn" features the timpani and percussion, and is highly rhythmic.  The second movement begins with passages that came to me as Bob and I were canoeing at the mouth of the Stehekin River -- I heard voices murmuring the melodies, coming from the trees as they moved in the wind.  The third and fourth movements are dreamlike and meditative, and the final movement is the joyful dialogue between Svetaketu and his father, describing the oneness of all Beings in a series of unforgettable metaphors.

Drawing Down the Moon
Cool Touch
In the Presence of the Light
Escape Velocity
Waiting for Your Luck to Change
Mango Mouth
Leaves of Grass:
     Press Close, Bare Bosom'd Night
     I Bequeath Myself to the Dirt
     You Lingering Sparse Leaves
     Allons, the Road is Before Us
Presence CD Cover IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LIGHT (Trout 1998)
Harmonic overtone singing (myself, multi-tracked) introduces "Drawing Down the Moon".  "Reception" features Hans Teuber playing saxophone, and "Cool Touch", a vocal trio with Arni Adler and Gina Sala. This recording includes two guitar instrumentals, and the last four songs were composed (for a Seattle Arts Commission grant) using Walt Whitman's poetry as text. 

Love out of Nowhere
Mother's Love
Piece of Stone
Away Ye Merry Lassies
Flying Time
For the Moment
I Need to Know
Climbing to the High Country
Om Kara Shiva

Flying Time CD Cover FLYING TIME (Trout 1994)
"Love Out of Nowhere" began its journey with me when I was camping out in Zion National Park -  as did "I Need to Know", which came from the experience of hiking up the Narrows of Zion Canyon.  "Flying Time" features a duet with me and Ed Johnson; it's  always such a treat to sing with him -- also, singing "Tree" with Arni Adler, Kim Scanlon and Gina Sala -- wow!   The imagery in "Balance" was born boulder-hopping across streams, on the hiking trails of the Olympic Peninsula;  more hiking imagery appears in "Climbing to the High Country".  "For the Moment" opens and closes with Cary Black's breathtaking bass solos.

Low Rider
I Like to Look at You
Love Your Mother Earth
Something That We Already Know
A Little Bit at a Time
Coconut Milk
I'll Take Care of You Tonight
Twice As Shy
Make It Your Own Idea

Little Bit CD Cover A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME (Flying Fish 1991)
My second recording for Flying Fish.  Even after all these years, I still get a big kick out of playing "Low Rider" and remembering my teaching years in Washington State's Artist in Residence Program.  (Those wonderful times at El Ranchito in Zillah!)  "I Like to Look at You" features one of my favorite vocal arrangements.  

Run it like a Business
It's Getting Closer to Me
Body English
Going to the Water
Fourth of July
You and I Are Waiting
Leaves of Grass
Song for Erin

Body English CD Cover BODY ENGLISH (Flying Fish 1987, Trout 2005)
My first recording for Flying Fish Records, and bless the memory of Bruce Kaplan.  This collection of songs surfaced after a period of silence, intense depression and self-doubt.  I had been touring a lot, and gotten seriously burned out.   I didn't know if I would continue to make music or not.  When the songs started coming again , I was amazed, and am still amazed, by the growth and transformation.   This recording contains some of my most inventive voice/instrument duet work, as in "Run It Like a Business", "Closer to Me", and "Waves".  It also contains the first Walt Whitman song, "Leaves of Grass", which was the seed for the other four appearing on "In the Presence of the Light".

Everything Looks Different
April 22nd
I Can't Talk About It
The Light
The Whale Song
A Squirrel's Ear
Love Song
Song Like a Roar

EVERYTHING LOOKS DIFFERENT (Trout 1983 with Scott Nygaard)
Scott and I collaborated and toured together for two years.  This album contains some of our mutual inspirations- -like the guitar work in "April 22nd" and Scott's beautiful improvisations on "Song Like a Roar".    A lot of people still ask to hear "Raspberries", which is amazing, since the album is only available on vinyl, and has been virtually "out of print" for a long time.  Those fruit metaphors I'm so fond of seem to have a lot of staying power….

Out to Lunch
That's All I Need
Comin' Across the Blues
Stand Up to You
Wyoming Boys
Poison Arrow
Eye of the Cyclone
My Heart is Gonna Break
I Saw Him Go
Long Hard Road

BANANALAND (Trout 1981)
Me and my band mates -- Donnie Teesdale, Greg Pecknold and Dudley Hill -- played the bars for a year or so. We rode the Alaska State Ferry up to a club in Petersburg, Alaska, where we played six nights a week for five weeks straight, and then took these songs right into the studio.  What a dream band we had.  I'm lucky I got to experience it, there's nothing quite like it, being that "tight" from playing so much together with such great players.   I love these songs, and we also had some great stories to tell about those years.

Cachetitos de Sandias
My Name is Maya
Country Lullaby
My Heart is Gonna Break
My Heart Sings
La Cigale et la Fourmi
Blue Moon

MY HEART SINGS (Trout 1979)
Manny Hadlock, co-owner of Bear Creek Studio where this was recorded, said "You should call this album 'Crazy Quilt', because there are so many different patterns and styles!"   Tom Corddry (remember KZAM?  What a great radio station!)  made a similar observation, remarking that I was like a new fledgling,  flexing my musical muscles in a dozen different ways.  Everything from a rock tune, a jazz tune, a folk tune, and a short choral piece that became the seed for my first choral music grant from the Seattle Arts Commission.  (La Cigale et la Fourmi, performed by the Seattle Chamber Singers in 1984)

Country Bar
Mary's Garden
Song for Elizabeth
The Spell
Grandma's Crumbcake
Cherry Tomato
The Bird Song
All Alone Tonight

MARY'S GARDEN (Trout 1977)
My first solo album, originally released by Windham Hill Records.  Special thanks to William Ackerman, my old school buddy from Stanford, who offered to put out my first album and bring me into the music business.  Some day soon I want to re-release this recording on CD.  This collection of songs is very close to my heart.  It cherishes special  people I loved very much, who cared for me and started me on my path through life.

Give It a Try (J. White)
Rainin' All Day Feelings (J. Cook)
Over the Mountain (L. Waterfall)
Songs to Myself (P. Langston)

Entropy Service was my first band, and what a band.  Working with Peter Langston, J.B. White, Judith Cook-Tucker, and (later) Sharyle Patton was exciting, stimulating, continuously creative, total chaos and irresponsibility with no clue about business whatsoever!  Gosh, what fun!  Peter and J.B. taught me so much about being onstage.  I love these four songs.
 A full length Entropy Service CD is available through Peter Langston's homepage where you'll find Entropy Service '75 Live! (CAT-111). It contains songs recorded at two very lively Boston area performances late in 1975. 

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