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Sequencing songs for the new album; quite the puzzle to assemble re how pieces flow and interact with each other. It’s an interesting exercise in how to hopefully blend emotions in both an appealing, and engaging way.
Even though butterflies appear to be drunk pilots most of the time I love them anyway. I almost got hit by one the other day, but wasn’t too worried about it…
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Here I am again in the middle of writing string parts for my supposed next “Solo” piano album. It’s hard to lay off the sweets I guess.. even though it’s a lot more work at least it’s fun also:)
I think it’s an important thing for artists, such as myself in this case, to regularly be in touch with folks by doing live performances. It’s easy to want to just hang out and create in my own little world for long spells of time, but that’s a bit too introverted I’ve finally decided:)
So hopefully you’ll be able to see more of me if you so choose before too much longer here! Thanks again for your interest in what I do..
I’m in the middle of creating a workshop on musical improvisation; will be sharing it soon:) It’s fun getting all of the info together based on my experiences; the challenge is to have it be practical, understandable, and easy to use..
Getting the itch to do more live shows this year; that should be fun:) Maybe not a lot at first, but I’m assuming that will build over time. (I took a break after having a baby- well sort of you could say:)
I was lucky enough as a kid to have some unspoiled nature around to explore. We lived right across the street from an undeveloped woodland area. I used to sneak off regularly so I could visit what was known as “the creek.”
The “creek” was actually more of an elaborate marshy pond of some sort that flowed via a small stream into the nearby lake. It was full of wildlife: mallard ducks, frogs, large fish, minnows, brilliant orange-colored dragonflies, crayfish, muskrats, tadpoles, little bugs that could run along on top of the water, and various colorful birds that loved frequenting the setting.
I spent many hours there at the water’s edge just taking it all in. It was fascinating and calming for me at the same time. The creek actually became my sanctuary over time. I went regularly to comfort myself, listen, and watch. It was like entering another world for me.
I remember going there one warm summer’s night during a full moon; it was a serene, beautiful, and far more mystical place than in the daytime. My favorite place had changed itself into something even more peaceful and intriguing. It was as if there was a completely different group of creatures playing in the silver hush. And those were the different array of water fairies called sprites, nymphs, selkies, sirens, alvins and whatever else they have been named over time!
Water Spirits will hopefully take you on a little moonlit journey to this very special world I was able to be a part of…
Time to start final tracking another song for the new album today; looking forward to capturing the right feel..
It’s more involved than just playing well and getting the notes right. There has to be that hidden ingredient that touches something deeper.
It’s a vibe thing that either works or it doesn’t; so you have to keep on going until it does..