New England Mountainsongs
All the cuts on this CD were recorded spontaneously with no planned agenda. A slight exception is 'When I Survey' which was an improvisation on a traditional melody. The low whistle and tin whistle parts were recorded live on the mountains - the other instruments were recorded/scored in the studio. Recording Notes: First Born: Recorded during the Oil of Unity Conference at Sky-Hy Conference Center perched on Bradley Mountain. This is the only piece recorded indoors. Call of the Dove: This was a cool autumn day on New Hampshire's 2,937-foot Mt. Kearsarge, overlooking Warner and Wilmot. On very clear days, views extend to the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Atlantic Ocean, and Boston. Rachel's Dance: A hike, picnic (and a divine dance!) with my wife Anne - late autumn in Woodstock Vermont. Inheritance: An Inheritance to obtain! A Scottish bagpipe ending! Mount Tom, Woodstock, Vermont Winter Cry: What started as a warm autumn day turned into a hail storm during this recording. Hail was literally bouncing off my tin whistle during this take. If you listen carefully, you can hear the Priory bells at the begining of this piece recorded on Priory Hill, Weston Vermont. When I Survey: While in Scotland, we heard a church singing 'When I Survey The Wondrous Cross' to this traditional folk melody. I played this piece in the shadow of a large wooden cross erected at the Pinnacle, Streams Ministries Prayer Mountain. North Sutton, New Hampshire. Jerusalem: This piece was recorded the same day as Winter Cry before the hail storm. Priory Hill, Weston Vermont. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Caleb's March: At the end of this song (4:26 into song), our trusty dog Tristan is heard barking at passing hikers on Mount Tom (you can see his picture on the photo page). In the Hebrew, Caleb means dog. This is a song of dogged determination. The White Wind: This was my first outdoor recording - You will hear some ancillary noises caused by wind pressure. Recorded at the Pinnacle, North Sutton, New Hampshire. New England MountainSongs features Lois Freeman on Violin and percussionists Dan Hayne, Tim Baldwin and the late Bobby Caban. Craig Perkins is also featured on keyboard-based orchestral arrangements. From My Blog on MySpace: 'Music To Live With' Some music commands your attention. It balks and screams for you to give it notice. When you turn it off it leaves a void of sorts. I am not saying this type of music is bad - I enjoy much of it myself - it has a place. Some music will kindly ask for your attention. It is gentle, willing to take second place in your aural surroundings. But it is also willing to be included in your day. What I offer is music of the second type. I am not saying it is better than the first type. I am just drawing a distinction. If you allow my music into your conciousness, you will find complexity, melody and meter. It will take you places music of the first type can not. In what ever way my music affects you, you will find it to be music you can live with.