Dankin’ is a nod to my friend Danny Lovett, an extraordinary bass player. Moving Up is a song of celebration, possibly a graduation theme (at least I think so). Bobby was finally fully realized in the living room of my friend Bobby Fisher (the guitarist, not the chess player) when he suggested the use of the F chord: brilliant! Cine Rondo started out as an idea while driving in my car. Magical is a fun little piece that started out as a study in orchestration. City Beat is all based on the drum beat. Countryside started out as a duet for oboe and piano for a church service meditation. Dangerous is as close to a James Bond theme as I will ever get. April was written right around Easter time as Lenten meditation. Rhythm & Blues Shoes is a new “lost” R&B classic with a brief nod to James Brown at the beginning. Sci-fi Interlude comes from my love of classic sci-fi space movies. Now & Again was the title suggested by my wife Cindy after she listened to the final mix. Victorious is my answer to themes like Rocky, Chariots of Fire, Field of Dreams, and a host of other “over-comer” type films. The Water is Wide is the only non-original; it has appeared in over 9 feature films.
You are invited to think of these songs the same way old-time radio used to be described: Theater of the Mind.
As you listen to each cut, picture for yourself the film that you would see. Imagine the front credits rolling by; imagine a really dynamic cast and director; while you’re at it, imagine a role for yourself.