Every now and then we feel like we are just visitors from
another time. Memories of places we’ve never seen or
times we’ve never lived, where do they come from?..
Could it be that during those instances we briefly return
‘home’, to our true selves?
My songs are about those moments.
Art is a mirror in which we see the reflection of our souls
and the world around us. We lead such fast paced lives, that
in a rush to get ‘there’ we only too often miss life itself.
In the paintings of Alexander Volkov, where time stands still,
I heard music. Five of the tracks on this album were written
in direct response to Alexander’s works. ‘Conversation’,
‘American Gothic’, ‘Winter Light’,‘Off Season,’ ‘Nobody’s Gold’.
The inspiration for the other songs came from a multitude of places-
my children’s eyes, first snow on a dark Winter morning,
the flight of a buzzard over the hills, that need in us all to find peace
and freedom in a world that is full of uncertainty and hardship.
Another Place and Time was written as a new chapter of my life was unfolding.
It is a musical landscape painting the journeys of my own mind and spirit
and the reflecting the moving artwork of Alexander Volkov.
Beyond The Turning – 2012 –
Beyond The Turning – I wrote this piece during the production of Another Place and Time but it wasn’t ready to be included. So much happened in the last 5 years of my life I often wondered what laid “Beyond The Turning”. This is the last song on the album but quickly became the mainstay of the collection and the title track. I have come to realize there are so many turns we take on the road we travel, so many decisions made, right or wrong, painful or joyous but the one unifying factor is that all of the turnings are here, right in our hearts, happening every day of our lives. Savor all your experiences and hold close the dearest things.
Farewell – A valediction to things passed. When I wrote this piano composition I immediately heard a duet with electric guitar. I could not compromise on this unique combination.
World Without End – This is the third and evolved version of American Gothic. A retrospective of our world in the last few years, what we have endured globally and what we should summon collectively for a better future.
My Peace Piece – A dedication to one of my heros, Bill Evans.
Rive Droite – (The right bank of the Seine). Simply a fun piece that adopted a French tone…I hear Edith Piaf, don’t you?
The Long Way Home Parts 1, 2 and 3. These are scattered throughout the album. The three best chunks that make up my first attempt at a true improvisation in the studio.
Eight Steps Free- This piece is about courage. Having the courage to do what you know you have to do. It’s been written a million different ways. This is my version!
Tea and Sympathy – Ever since I was 18 years old I wanted to write an arrangement of Janis Ian’s song. Here it is. I am so lucky to have held onto it all these years! Thanks Janis!!
Moon Dancing – The vast terrain of rhythm has mostly been untapped…by me 🙂 This is the first piece of mine to include a touch of percussion. I am excited about this new territory, a new vibe in my music which I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads.
May I Suggest – By Susan Werner. I heard this song for the first time, a cappella. I left the performance deeply moved and immediately penned this arrangement. Thank you Susan!
Joy of The Road – “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo going out of your door…You step in to the Road and if you don’t keep your feet there is not telling where you might be swept off to” Gandalf to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Adungu Inspiration – The Adungu (a Ugandan instrument that is plucked) was introduced to me by the phenomenal artist, Samite. It painted the picture of harmonious living, peace, lightness of being and what I wish for in everyone’s daily lives. You can hear the adungu right at the beginning of this piece before it segues to acoustic guitar.