Album titles are usually based on a band’s name, a song title or a line from a lyric. But for the title of the debut CD of a local duo, its origin is from the world of science, not music.
In 2005, Kevin Friedly recruited Michelle Haddix to sing with Audio Diner, a band Friedly started with Dave Newman. Earlier this year, he decided to record a CD of acoustic material with Haddix.
According to Friedly, the CD, Dual Nature, gets its name from the well-accepted theory that light is both particle physics and wave mechanics. Friedly, who taught physics at Broad Ripple High School last year, thinks the CD’s title fits the musical characteristics of the pair’s compatible approaches to music.
“We don’t get the chance to do this kind of music [on Dual Nature] with Audio Diner,” Friedly says, “and I wanted to do a CD without all the instruments, so the focus would be on Michelle’s voice.”
The material on Dual Nature spans several decades of American music: from George Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia” to Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Godspeed.”
When it came time to record “Poetry Man” and “At Seventeen,” Friedly boasts that “They can be tough songs to pull off, but Michelle did it! She sings the ‘moody’ songs so well.”
Haddix, a senior at Tech High School, admits that even though she listens to a wide variety of music, Friedly has “pushed [her] musical tastes even farther out there.”
“It’s fun to be loud and dance around the stage with Audio Diner,” she adds, “but you can lose yourself doing the acoustic stuff, too. In some ways, I enjoy doing the acoustic songs more.”
Recently, Haddix and Friedly played at the Friends’ Coastal Restaurant in Madisonville, La., during the annual International Wooden Boats Festival.
“The town is about half the size of Nashville, Ind.,” Friedly says. “And the restaurant is right on the Tchefuncte River where it runs into Lake Ponchatrain. It was a great experience playing down there.”