Phases of the moon:
Tides, Feelings and Celtic Beaches (Trilogy) - Inspired by the full moon setting over the ocean. Waves crashing through the sand on the beach, inspiring dreams of love, romance and happiness. The Tides improvisation has always began this trilogy of music that begins the album. Tides, Feelings and Celtic Beaches was composed in 1989 for a very good friend who I was in love with, but didn't have the courage to tell her. Her name is Soracha Meek. She is from Irland and today, even though we've lost touch, is probably happily married with children and is a successful painter in Europe. She had such an innocent spirit. We'd walk around the neighborhood and talk about the beauty in life. The beauty in each tree, rock or cloud in the sky. So much beauty surrounding us every day, we couldn't help being inspired by everything that nature has provided us. The moon, the grains of sand, the water and the love all humanity deeply understands and holds dear for all the universe. Well, I always think of her when I play this song. I composed it one day shorty after she delivered me some fresh zucchini bread that she had made. That was very delicious.
Mornin' Time - Blues improvisation in A minor. Getting up and seizing the day is the idea of this improvisation. Enjoy every minute, no matter what kind of day is presented to you. It's mornin' time and time to be happy.
The Walls End Today - Written just before the fall of the Berlin wall. I was searching for ideas to assist in bringing down all walls between people. Not only the Berlin wall, but the walls of race and social injustices from around the world. We are all the same human race. We all are family and need to love one another. Respect what each of us has to offer. Benefit from the rich resource of each individual idea from each individual life. There is no more room in this universe for hate or fear. Love will truly show us the way.
Love, Mind And Soul - Just watch the movie, "Schindler's List,' and you'll see where this song comes from. I came home from watching that movie shortly after it was released in the theater and was changed as a person. This song was composed and improvised in its entirety that evening when I sat down to the piano. Thanks to all who helped tell that story. We all can learn to be better people. Even if we save just one more life, by changing our belief concerning our fellow man.
Falling Stars - I was having dinner with a friend in the beautiful mansion up in the foothills. She was house sitting and invited me over for dinner and a swim in the infinity pool. The moon was full, love was in the air so I told her I'd compose her a song that represented that moment. We looked up from the pool and saw a falling star. I jumped out and went to this pristine grand piano off the living room and improvised this song. Even though nothing ever became of that night, I always think of you when I play this song and what might have been. Ahh, romance.
Spheres - When any liquid form is tossed into the air, it forms perfect spheres. Life is a sphere, never beginning and never ending. Beautifully spinning around for an infinite time.
Moons - My improvisation for the full moon. It is always different and always flows into other improvisations that come to me while I'm playing. Every time I play this song, I'm directed towards memories of beautiful experiences, romance and Love.
In The Evening ... - One of my most traditional sounding blues improvisations. I wrote a poem titled "In The Evening ... " and handed it to my good friend and amazing vocalist, Jeanette Blakeney, who improvised and amazing blues melody over the piano. Recorded live together, I feel my solo was a direct result of the Jeanette being there. Her beauty and masterful control of her voice left me feeling like this was a once in a lifetime experience. She now tours the world professionally and has promised to sing more of my poems as soon as we can work out a process. I can't wait. This was recorded in 1992 while the rest of the album was recorded in 1996. This song is included on this album in complete agreement with Jeanette. She also has the rights to use this song anyway she wishes as well as any other song we produce together.