I hope that this CD will uplift you, help you to relax and to breathe in life. Sounds of nature combine with my beloved brass instruments (trumpet, flugelhorn and bass trumpet) as well as the haunting sound of the conch shell. There are a couple of gentle-spirited prayers as well, and the recording ends with a thunderstorm captured at my house in the rural Midwest. Please enjoy a rest from your troubles while actively contemplating what is good.
The road indeed curves, and in many differing respects. Many people that I know are in the process of change, with unexpected twists and turns that are full of both delight and stress.
I am reminded of an experience I had while on the road, traveling with Ray Charles' band. We had been in Europe for weeks, with long series of plane flights, bus rides, ferry trips... really just any mode of transportation you could imagine. We were tired. Very tired. We were driving through an industrial part of the Italian coastline, around Le Spezia, resigned to yet another day of loneliness and fatigue, when the bus rounded a curve to reveal the lovely town of Lerici.
We swam in the sea, we ate astounding seafood, and the gig was in the town square, a short walk from our hotel. The road curved into something really special that day.
I hope for all of you that your road curves in unexpectedly blessed ways.