This CD has an unusual span of exciting musical styles that allows our imagination to run free. We dream, we fantasize and then perform, based on the dreams and fantasies. When I was a young boy, I had dreams about sailing and traveling to places where this great music was attributed. As a young man, I played Cha Cha, Latin, Calypso, Reggae, Sambas and so forth on the piano at various bars to help pay for my education. This music is very spiritual because it uses the Rhythms of the Universe and the deep emotions of folks who live close to nature. The great rhythms and exotic music from the various instruments and the carefree way they are played pushes our imaginations further into fantasy land.
Throughout our lives, no matter what age, we need to keep fantasizing so that we can keep our energy levels up in order to push our performances onward and upward.
It is also interesting to note that the title of Track 11, “And That’s the End of That,” came about when an Island Frank music fan, Fred Myers, used that term and suggested that it would be a good title for a song. So, I composed and arranged music to fit the words. I am always supercharged to do my best when music fans get involved with my music.
While attending college, I played at various bars and resorts to help pay for my education as a physicist. This valuable exposure to the life of working musicians convinced me to continue my education and make my way in the world of science. However, life throws interesting curves, and my goals and objectives were tinkered with and music never left the scene. Between extensive business travel and sailboat racing, I was introduced to Central and South America and most of the islands, especially in our hemisphere. Their rhythms and melodies never left me, until they exploded into a never-ending outpouring of musical compositions and a need to share them.
Florida sailing out of Cape Canaveral brought the Bahamas and all of its delicious and outrageous counter beats into my music while the endless surf beating on the hot sands of hundreds of islands brought me their catchy melodies floating on the wind. New Orleans and space rockets brought a mix of sound as tasty as the foods served behind old and rustic exteriors surrounding antique furnishings and indoor courtyards, and the beat goes on. While in Houston, I found myself playing the vibraphones and keyboards with a Hawaiian music group. This added a new musical dimension and lifelong friends who helped me pursue island music beyond my known boundaries. Science taught me about the boundless energy in the universe; traveling by sailboat to hundreds of islands and Central and South America provided me musical experiences well beyond the reach of classrooms, TV and high tech studies.
The creation of music, in my case, is based on the emotional settings and my response to them. This surely produces a uniqueness and originality not found very often. These kinds of experiences never leave me and continuously guide my fingers over the keys. The energy from the universe, especially at night, stimulates me to compose, arrange and perform music based on all my emotional experiences.
I now live on Pine Island, which is located on the southwest coast of Florida. It is a beautiful and mostly unspoiled place surrounded by estuaries and dozens of little islands where dolphins, manatees and colonies of birds live. In this setting, especially on star filled nights, my creative juices flow with music. Please join me and listen to the rhythms of the universe.