Robert Cox Passow is a composer, organist, pianist, conductor, and vocalist. 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.
“Colour My World”, Robert Cox Passow’s second CD explores pop, classical and ambient sounds in a soothing journey from longing to fulfillment. Is there a “story” in the songs? Maybe. The music is a soundtrack for your meditations and imaginings. However, for your consideration, I have a few thoughts about the program.
“Somewhere In America There’s A Street Named After My Dad” was written and first recorded by Was/Not Was. The lyrics describe a utopia where everyone is loved and respected for who they are; not what they look like, whom they worship, or whom they love; where there are no drug dealers, no assassins, “no saber-tooth neighbors, just plain simple folks in a rainbow of flavors.”
What follows are meditations on this utopian vision: Renaissance motets (Sicut Cervus and Jesu Dulcis Memoria), original and borrowed pop songs (Over the Rainbow, I Believe I Can, Arioso, I’m Here for You), Ambient sounds (O Lux Beata, Sancta Trinitas, da pacem Domine) and a spiritual (Kum-ba-ya).
The title track, a hit by Chicago, closes the program: “now that you’re here…colour my world with hope.”