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The Wind and the Waves

by Peter Lainson

In a sunny hayfield, Van Gogh and Debussy put on a picnic but Paul Simon and Picasso get real serious so James Taylor sings, Pat Metheny weeps and Miles Davis snickers from a nearby hilltop.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. By the Side of the Road
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2. The Wind and the Waves
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3. Georgi Claire
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4. My Old Friend
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5. 2 Lane Hi-way to Rosebud
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6. Long Days in the Summertime
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7. Drift into a Dream
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8. Closer to the Fire
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9. Well's Run Dry
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10. Someone I Know Well
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11. Gone in the Morning
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12. To You
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"Such a delightful surprise....I had 5 other CDs in my changer that were kind of abrasive and I got to Peter's and it was truly the proverbial breath of fresh air. It's still in the changer and I look forward to hearing it many more times...and to hearing more from Peter."

....Micah Solomon
President and CEO
Oasis CD Manufacturing

"Peter Lainson's guitar work is without peer....beautiful and expressive...

.....Pierce Pettis

...."He's got a fascinating guitar style, all his own....that weaves many influences. Nothing ordinary. I'm glad he's just off I-80, so I can stop through to see what he's been working on."
.....lj Booth

..."Just when I'm getting discouraged about the future of music, along comes someone who's living outside the music business box-making heartfelt, soulful music for the love of it. For music is about love, about hearing something beautiful in your head and wanting to share it with your friends. Peter Lainson sure hears something wonderful in his head and he has the skill to pull it off....
He's a fantastic instrumentalist, songwriter and singer."
....Paul Reisler - Trapezoid/Kid Pan Alley...

...."Peter always comes up with songs full of sweet surprises. His stunning guitar stylings and melodic structure have often taken my breath away...he writes melodies any songwriter would want to steal."

.......Louise Taylor

The arrival of debut CD, THE WIND AND THE WAVES by singer/songwriter Peter Lainson might be described as the creative result of a deep gestation process taking place over a lifetime of playing and writing music.
Lainson, who started playing guitar after seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, lived in Hollywood in the late 70s playing jazz guitar, working as an arranger and session musician and recording with the jazz/funk/fusion band..Ambience. Over the last few years though, Lainson has come full-circle returning to his acoustic guitar based singer/songwriter roots. On the journey back, he brings with him the many influences - folk, jazz, and classical..("Dad used to crank Brahams and Rachmaninoff throughout the house...I mean LOUD") gathered up along the way.
The CD was recorded over many months in 2003 "at my house in a room off the front hall looking out the window into the backyard at the yew tree my Grandmother planted years ago, now the size of an elephant".
Lainson has opened for the likes of David Wilcox, Chuck Pyle and Martin Sexton and has shared the stage with many other contemporary singer/songwriters including Pierce Pettis and Tom Prasada-Rao who recorded Lainson's DRIFT INTO A DREAM on a 1998 release CHRISTMAS IN THE ASHRAM. Lainson's own version of the song, the only instrumental on the CD, is also heard on THE WIND AND THE WAVES. Arrangements and instrumentation of the 12 songs include guitar, bass, flute, cello, light percussion and lush vocals


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B. Herbek (distant relative)

A very good cd great melodies and lyrics
A great cd everyone should own the lyrics are amazing and peaceful. I cant get enough of the cd. A must have. Peter did a wonderful job with the instruments also.


The Wind and The Waves is relaxing, entertaining, addicting...
The Wind and The Waves has become part of my regularly played collection of CD's. It's lyrics and instramentals blend perfectly. It was well worth the wait.


quirky tunings, elegant and unexpected transitions, universal themes
this CD makes the listener want to come back to hear the songs again -- like a favorite poem or book that one reads and re-reads. MY OLD FRIEND, TWO LANE HIWAY and FOR YOU are deeply resonant. the jazzier songs for me are not as satisfying, but are certainly an example of the songwriter's skill. i hope we hear more from this guy.


listen for the edge, hear him let the guitar speak
Alot of guitarist out here, lots of singer/songwriters too, sappy, done-it-types - Pete lets the guitar out and yeah, there is some sap here too - so what - that piece of wood in his hand has a life and a voice. I personally, and I am always looking for the edge, would love to hear Pete open his mouth a bit wider and let 'er rip and let go of the words - but that is just me. So, this is some good stuff here. Thanks Pete.

Jon White ( close family friend )

Soothing, while listening a feeling of Happiness comes over me
A piece of art. I loved the way he captured life and Family values. His voice is so breath taking and happy. The message he sends is so wise and inciteful.


This guy can play. Really play. This is really good contemporary folk music, but he doesn't play like a folkie. The melodies stick with me. His chords sound so simple but they are not. There's all this stuff happening underneath. Check out Drift Into A Dream. My Old Friend is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.


The long Road of Creativity
From an extremely talented musician comes a dose of all together amazingly creative guitarlicks, melodies,and harmonies. This is truly great music.

david murphy

stellar stuff!
i've been fortunate enough to be playing gigs with peter over the last year (i play piano) so i've gotten a chance to learn some of these songs. what fun! he's a fine writer, a great player and is never at a loss for harmonic ideas. check out "rosebud" or "georgi claire." lovely pieces. do yourself a favor and grab this cd. like an aural pasture, this one.

Robin Harrell Producer/Listening Room, Hastings, Nebraska

train whistles, bird songs...each phrase lovingly crafted. The result is a feast
Peter Lainson has a gift. He is addicted to harmony. Harmonic interludes in everyday life, like train whistles, doorbells, birds' songs escape my attention, but never Peter's. He admitted to me once that he went to a high school football game with his family and spent the whole 2nd half of the game analyzing the harmonic structure of the music played by the marching band at halftime.

This addiction to harmony, this powerful passion, is captured in the 12 songs on Peter's new CD, The Wind and the Waves. In the hands of the master, each melodic phrase is perfectly and lovingly crafted. The result is a feast for the ears. You don't have to know anything about harmony to know that this is gorgeous stuff.

The songs are equal parts jazz and folk; Pat Methany meets David Wilcox. Peter's pristine fingerstyle guitar work is enhanced by his rich baritone voice. The arrangements of bass, flute, cello and percussion complete the rich tapestry of sound. It is a revelation for his fans and close friends to finally hear all the voices he has heard playing in his head.

The songs are sentimental, reflecting on life in a small town, kids riding bikes in the graveyard on a summer day, a visit from his niece, a call from an old friend. Peter's more philosophical side emerges in songs like By the Side of the Road, which deals with social outcasts, and Someone I Know Well shows us a day in the life of a mentally disturbed woman. One of the most successful arrangements on the CD is Closer to the Fire, Peter's tribute to his muse. Personally, I think the final cut, To You, written for his wife Pamela, brings together all the things Peter does best...the sentiment, the poetry and the playing.

Peter Lainson is a brilliant player. He has been invited to share the stage with some of folk music's finest players. But he is a serious writer and it's about time he recorded these tunes so the rest of the world can enjoy them. He truly has a gift....

Robin Harrell
Producer of The Listening Room Concert Series
Hastings, Nebraska