Let Me be frank
The title of my CD "Let Me be frank"
is not only the title,
it also symbolizes my feelings for the music I
hold near and dear. Music can trigger emotions and
memories. Music gives me the support I need to get
through the hard times and to celebrate the good
times. No matter what your mood, there is a song that
expresses it. Music is always near.
Lyrics complete a song and tell a story. Each
musician and each listener interprets the song in a
unique way, bringing to it their own experiences,
memories and emotions. In relationships, too, each
person interprets, reacts and behaves according to
their own history and background.
Music and relationships, they are inseparable. I do
not know one without the other. The people we are
close to and who influence us the most have the same
interests. The actor, artist, dancer, musician and
audience are drawn to one another in appreciation of
the art and the artist's talent.
Music and dance are the only art forms that exist in a
moment in time and then they are gone. No two
performances are ever exactly the same. That makes
music exciting, challenging, humbling and very
I wanted the music on this CD to be spontaneous, to
convey that "moment in time" feeling. I asked my
musicians to come to the studio not knowing what tunes
we were playing. We talked over each number before
recording, and recorded the first take on all but two
songs. The result is fresh, original and creative.
It is a privilege to play with my fellow musicians on
Mike Murphy (drums). I have known Mike as musician
and friend for more than 25 years. He has taught me
that rhythm and time hold the ensemble together. We
support the group and we support each other.
Theo Meriwether (piano). We met on a gig 10 years ago
when I was filling in for another bass player and
since then I've tried to have Theo on as many gigs as
I could. He listens and guides in and out of changes;
he creates a sense of togetherness, security and
Gary Williams (guitar). He is my teacher, mentor,
friend, big brother. Sometimes I would have given up
on this thing if it wasn't for his encouragements.
I have been inspired and reflective while putting this
CD together. I hope it is as enjoyable to listen to
as it was to record. So sit back, relax, and listen
to musicians making music they love in the company of
I dedicate this effort to David Sebastian Tarantino.
Feel free to contact me at any time 262-238-0791
God Bless you all!!!