Robert Cox Passow is a composer, organist, pianist, conductor, and vocalist, though oddly, there are no vocals on this album. If you enjoy the music of Paul Winter, David Arkenstone, Mannheim Steamroller, Andreas Vollenweider and other instrumental artists, please read on and listen to a few samples.
Rob currently works as a church organist and choir director, and many of his compositions are for church performance. This sensibility informs many of the tracks on this CD. However, the listener is encouraged to freely interpret these songs in any spiritual or non-spiritual way.
Though pop in nature, most of Rob's songs are based on classical forms and compositional techniques - the title track is in modified sonata form; "Smoke and Mirrors" and "Do Bears..." are both rondos.
But don't listen for form and technique; Listen instead for colors and moods; for feelings and emotions. Some of the tunes have a dual meaning; "Sun through the clouds" can be a literal view, or could represent an awakening. It could also refer to a spiritual, emotional or intellectual enlightenment. "Morning Glory" could depict a sunrise, a vine, or it could refer to resurrection.
Rob's classical compositions have been performed in the Washington, DC, Chicago, Central Pennsylvania and in Prague, Budapest and Vienna. Recent works performed include: Soundscape on Divinum Mysterium for organ; Videamus, and La Corona, both for a cappella chorus; and The Other Wise Man, a church opera. Currently Rob can be heard every Sunday morning at Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC, (www.churchofthepilgrims.org) playing the organ, singing and directing the choir, as well as in periodic choral perforances in the DC area.