This Much I Understand

  • Produced by Dan Marnien and Carolyn Arends
  • Arends wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs
  • Recorded at Randy Bachman’s Satl Spring Island studio wtih a stellar cast of studio musicians, including Shawn Pelton (SNL), Michael Rhodes (Shawn Colvin), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris), and Gordon Kennedy (Pierce Pettis)
  • Currently Out of Print, several cuts featured on the SEIZE THE DAY AND OTHER STORIES best-of CD

A benchmark album from one of the most affecting communicators in any genre, it should be warmly embraced by those who are moved by literate songs delivered with emotional intensity. – Billboard Magazine

Liner Notes

Thank you so much: Riley Armstrong, Backline Musician Services, Brown and Debbie Bannister, Bullfrog, Spencer Capier, CD’s CDS (Uncle Doug), Creation Studios, Billy and Dodee Crockett, Steve Dawson, Dinosaur Cases, Lynn Fuston, Jeff Gregg and CAA, Harbour House on Salt Spring Island, Connie Harrington (thanks for the songs, laughs, and the turbulent indigo wall in my kitchen), Chris Hawly, Paul Iverson, Carrie Jones, Bennett Kaufman, Gordon Kennedy, Long and McQuade Music, Maximum Music, Not Just Another Music Shop, Pacific Drum Centre, Valerie Pack, Paul Papworth, Shawn Pierce, Reely Unique Rentals, Therese Romano, Roy Salmond, Salt Spring Roasting Company, Bernie Sheahan (what a wonder you are), Joan Slonecker, Josh Staub, Christian Stonehouse, Adrian Walther, Spencer Welch — and special thanks to Deborah and everyone at the Warehouse Studio.

All at Reunion Records (thank you George and Dean for jumping in with both feet), Provident, BMG, CMC.

Thank you Dan, Michelle, and especially Pete at FRE — so glad you’re on my team. Thank you all at Creative Trust.

Special thanks to Randy Bachman and Denise Beck and the idyllic Barn Studio for having us over all summer.

Enormous thanks to the amazing musicians and co-writers who gave so much to the music.

Massive thanks to Andy Bowmer and Sandra Schultz for burning the midnight oil and more than a few candles on my behalf.

And love and gratitude to… my family (you are amazing).

Ben’s roadies: Joy Jonat (aka Grandma), Nancy Arends, Bernie Sheahan, Sandra Schultz.

Dan — what can I say? I knew I was getting to work with someone with huge ears — turns out your heart is even bigger. Thanks for everything.

And as always — thank and love to Mark. You continue to take my breath away. And you play a pretty mean harmonica, too.

This album is dedicated to Benjamin Arends. We’re so glad you came.