When starting an album project, I am never quite sure where the journey will take me. While the music always has that common voice that runs within me, it is never quite the same. In composing the first few numbers for this album, the mood leaned to the quiet side, which much of my music does, so I continued with that feeling. The wonderful thing about being an independent artist is that you truly have the freedom to explore.
With this music, three of my most admired composers come to mind — Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Mancini and Grusin have been two of the most prolific composers of those wonderful film soundtracks. And Antonio Carlos Jobim who, with his soft, emotional chord phrasings, melodic lines, and soothing rhythms, was instrumental in introducing Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz to the rest of the world in the ’60s . And I am adding a fourth composer to this list —Clare Fischer. I only recently discovered this fine artist/composer while reading an article in which his name appeared. I discovered that he had just passed away at the age of 83. While a winner of two grammys and working with many well known artists, Fischer was relatively unknown. This is sadly the case with so many composer / arrangers. They are relegated to the background of the music world.
It has never been about fame and fortune with me, but doing what I most love to do in life — creating the music. A close second to that is being able to share that passion with you.
Thank you, Vernon