Beautiful, sensual music is not what you play at parties and various other gigs, because it slows people down to contemplate and reminisce, which is not the purpose of a party or gig. Those events are geared to make folks laugh, drink, buy or do whatever to accomplish the purpose of the event. As a result, some of the most beautiful songs are bypassed for the hot dancing, carnival, upbeat and loud happy music requested and played at most events.
However, in order to feel the passions, splendors and arousal of syncopated, exotic, rhythmic beats, the music should be a bit slower and more sensual. This CD was totally arranged for that purpose. IN order to do that, I made hard choices from about 40 of my slower songs and even enhanced them if needed, and as a result have provided 12 of the best songs that completely fill the space on this CD. This CD provides a different purpose from "Island Meditation," which was produced to calm the heart and mind. This CD with its exotic beats and sensuous music stimulates our emotions with its slower, passionate melodies and Rhythms of the Universe.
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.