Great News!!! The audio master and graphic layout for Place & Time have now been delivered to the manufacturer and I am about as happy as a young fella can be. Over the next few weeks I will be announcing more about the release and sharing more about the songs on the album. So keep an eye out for the next few news posts!
I have to reiterate my appreciation of the great work of David Essig, David Travers-Smith, Tanya Trombetta, and Janine Stoll. Isn’t the album cover great?
Serendipity Meets Synchronicity
When David Essig and I completed the recording of the album we were unsure of a title for the collection. We knew that the album had a “feel” to it: a consistency in tone, dynamic, lyrical content and mood. But, what title could encapsulate those? By late summer I had become a tad frustrated at the search for a workable title and then, as you know it always does, serendipity bumped into synchronicity.
The songs all share reference to locations and to times – even eras. There is reference to the ubiquitous fall fair midways in A Matter Of Time; to the Beatles invasion and influence on a generation of musicians in Just Another Morning; to the “Lost Generation” of mid-century Paris in Paris I Remember; to the post world war community of Cornish artists in Riding To St. Ives; to the shores and legends of the Pacific West Coast in All On A Calm December Morning. So, places and times are common among these songs. One day I thought of the title Place & Time and I decided to “sleep on it”. That same evening I was browsing about St. Ives (remember the last news post?) and I came across a book by Michael Bird, The Artists of St. Ives: Biographies of Place And Time. Picking myself up from the floor, I knew the decision was made for me.
A Matter Of Time
The third track on the album, A Matter Of Time, is an exercise in using lyrics to provide playful cultural references. I worked to juxtapose those reference with the timeless story line of young love and its accompanying fervor.
The melody and harmonic structure includes three verses that end with what can be known as a refrain or lift and a bridge that ties the verses together as part of the love story. David Essig contributes a bass line that fits the song so well and gives a Paul Simon Graceland vibe. Nice. And whomever can identify those musical references in the lyrics is undoubtedly and officially a connoisseur.
Over the Christmas Holiday season I will be updating the website and in the New Year I will share dates for pre-release sales of the album and a very exciting announcement about the live Release Events to take place in February. So do stay tuned!
Thanks to all of you who have followed and encouraged the progress of this grand adventure – I can’t wait to share the music with you on disc, online, and live.