ABOUT LETTERS FROM FAR AWAY
When I released Beyond the Turning in 2012, a fellow musician asked why I had described, apparently so vividly, the meaning of each piece in the cd liner notes. To me that was the only ‘other’ way (other than listening) that one could possibly gain a deep understanding of the music, so why wouldn’t I ?
I have learnt innumerable things since that conversation, not the least of which was to have the courage to keep the door a little open, to present only one possible image giving the listener a chance to write their own story. So I decided to write the liner notes here on my website, instead of cramming them on the physical cd. Most people who are able to buy cd’s, also have computer’s these days, so it made a lot of sense.
For those who choose to read on, here is the background…
Letters From Far Away is my musical interpretation of a handful of experiences in the story of one couple, who met in 1960, came from two different countries and at that time, against all odds, walked the rest of their lives together. It is also about love in all it’s forms, how love is the common denominator that transcends time and links the generations over the course of decades. It is the one thing that connects us all.
All The Good Things
There was a time, from what I’ve been told when life was uncomplicated when it was about doing simple things and doing them well. It was a time when we didn’t know that we ‘had’ to be happy’, we just were, when we were. This story begins in that time.
He was a young, English R.A.F. recruit stationed in Germany. She was the daughter of the local high-school Deputy Head and if you were 20 something, the ‘small café’ was the place to be.
This was the year he took the picture of her, the picture you see on the inside of the cd sleeve. One of those important moments the significance of which we don’t realize until years later.
(‘1960’ oil on canvas, from original photo, by Alexander Volkov)
First Impressions may form some of our deepest memories, They are the first grains of sand that form the dunes.
This picture of him was snapped by an RAF mate as he stood on the hillside watching gliders disappear over the mountains. It was then sandwiched in the pages of an old photo album until years later when he discovered both pictures together.
Our lives acquire the deepest meaning when we have love in our hearts and when we discover that we are loved by someone else. That love becomes our Touchstone.
Letter’s From Far Away
Having to spend 5 years apart, they wrote letters and visited as often as they could.
Derived from 11th Century Old English, Welton means “farm by the spring”. This small town in East Yorkshire has been their home for the last 40 years. This is where I grew up and this is how I remember it
About an hour North-East of Welton, is Scarborough, It’s unpretentious and endearing and the well-known folk song embodies it very well, but in the Winter you can’t escape the harsh winds from the North Sea that cut right through to the bone. (photo of Scarborough).
No Man Is An Island
No International union comes without sacrifice. When someone gives up their country of birth to be with another it is inevitable that one or both will experience moments of isolation and loneliness. This was true especially, though not solely, for the post WWII generation from England and Germany.
Gazing at the reflections of the millions of stars in the night pond they see the universe of time and the multitude of days that have been their lives and it brings them peace knowing that it took every single one of those days, just exactly as they have been, to create that sky of their life. (Starry Pond oil on canvas by Alexander Volkov)
My heartfelt thanks to all the outstanding musicians who added their unique voices to this project. We had the privilege of recording at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT, at Universal Noise Storage in Newburyport, Mass. and at Studio City Sound in CA. Special Thanks to Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton for their dedication with fulfilling my vision.
In order or Appearance-
Piano – Heidi Breyer
English Horn – Jill Haley
Cello – Eugene Friesen
Clarinet/Sax – Billy Novick
French Horn – Gus Sebring
Vocals- Noah Wilding / Heidi Breyer
Violin – Charlie Bisharat
Bass – Paul Kochanski
Electric Guitar – Marc Shulmann
Guitar – Will Ackerman
Produced by Heidi Breyer, Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton.
Engineered Mixed and Mastered by Tom Eaton.
All Music Written by Heidi Breyer and Published by Winterhall Records (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.