GYPSY CARAVAN: This song was inspired by the idea of traveling to foreign lands and experiencing the life and culture of these lands. The songs's title is intended as an homage to a culture that fascinates me and happens to also be associated with my ancestral background. While researching the traditional music of the nomadic, or Gypsy, culture, I was inspired to incorporate the double harmonic minor scale, also known as the minor Gypsy scale. As I wrote, I envisioned the nomadic life of ongoing travel. The end of the song is a slow fade out, meant to capture the sense of the caravan passing through and continuing on in its travels.
DOORWAY: This song is a reflection on the many changes that life brings our way and how each change can be seen as a doorway to a new place of hope in one's life. Thank you to Kelly Rait for her creativity in providing a name for this song.
HOUSE OF DREAMS: This song was inspired one early morning when I woke up in my parents' nineteenth century home. The house had recently been remodeled and I was awestruck by the beauty of the house. My family's hard work produced the kind of house I'd only dreamed of living in.
CLEAR GLASS MARBLES: This song was inspired by a painting which was done by an alumnus of my Alma Mater, Alverno College. The painting,
which was also titled "clear glass marbles", depicted a jar that was filled halfway with marbles of clear glass. Based on an actual person's life, each marble in the jar represented one day that was left in the life of a mother who was terminally ill with cancer. The song is my exploration of the feelings I experienced when I viewed this painting.
I WONDER HOW: This lullaby was inspired by the Bible verse Matthew 19:14 (NET). "Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." The song is a contemplation of how it must have felt to have been the children in the Bible verse, the children who received their Father's gentle call.
WIND: This song was inspired by the reflection on times of struggle that I have experienced while writing my music. These times of struggle have been dramatic and turbulent, much like a strong and changing wind. Through my experience, I have learned that sometimes our greatest trials can bring positive changes, just as these struggles have brought about some of my best music.
WHEN MERCY RUNS OUT: This song was written in the summer of 2005 when I was asked by the organizer of a downtown Milwaukee revival to write a song based on the event's theme. I named the song after the theme of the revival. Rerecorded as a piano solo for this Cd, this song was originally recorded with lyrics. Meant to inspire others by encouraging them to seek God's healing peace and love, the song expresses the contrast between the peaceful love that one finds in a relationship with God and the lonely despair that is felt before finding that relationship.
CELEBRATION: This song is my expression of a time of exultant rejoicing. It is representative of how I felt on the happiest days of my life, such as my wedding day and the birth of my son.