Greggory's Painted Poetry CD contains over two dozen original poems set to tranquil ambient music and nature's sounds including ocean waves, seagulls, gentle rain, birds and softly blowing wind. Experience your journey through the land known as "Painted Poetry" as Greggory acts as your narrator and tour guide. You'll span a myriad of places, times and memories; and hopefully venture to places you've never been before. This CD, Greggory's first, consists of four collections, each with it's own introduction that will help set your frame of mind for travel. When you first start your journey with Greggory, you'll find yourself ready to "Begin to Dream". Then you're off traveling the coast of California to the "Laguna Collection". Your next stop finds you in the "Newport Collection", just down the coast from Laguna. Finally, your journey with Greggory concludes with a wonderful collection entitled "Reflections". Yes, your journey will have indeed taken you through a myriad of places, times and memories; and will have lasted well over an hour in length. Enjoy! ABOUT THE ARTIST- Perhaps it is true, dreams do make the best form of reality. For without dreams each person would merely "exist". Greggory A. Bruce is indeed a dreamer, an individual who sees all that nature and life have to offer. He shares this with others who seek more than simply "mere existence". Now, in his first CD, Gregg shares with you over two dozen of his poems. Gregg's ability to place you in the scene is indeed quite haunting. As you listen to his poetry, you will be drawn in by his words and voice. As William Wordsworth remarked, "I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes it's origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." Gregg's poetry has appeared in such books as Poetic Voices of America and Wind in the Night Sky. His writing's started out as a way in which he could become part of the natural scene playing in front of him. Majestic scenes which were fresh and exhilarating stirred Gregg's desire to share his feelings and photos with those around him. So he started to share his poetry in the hopes he could touch others as deeply as he experienced nature. As his love and respect of nature grew, so too did Gregg's interest in nature photography. Poetry and photography are Gregg's way of being able to share nature's entire splendor. Perhaps Wordsworth said it best when he said "Come forth into the light of things; let Nature be your teacher." "The reality of your world, only you can create, only you can construct, only you can dream. For dreams make the best form of reality."-Greggory A. Bruce INTRODUCTION BY DR. DAN HOLLOWAY- This collection of Gregg's poetry should be listened to by anyone who is attempting to make sense of existence. Contained in this CD, Gregg's first, you will find thoughtful, probing, revealing, and sometimes dark glimpses of one's self. In remarkably clear and precise words, Gregg shows us who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. Dealing with nature, time, friendship and love, Gregg creates a world of experiences from our daily lives using words to paint vivid pictures in our minds; hence the title of his CD, Painted Poetry. This talent for painting "word pictures" can also be seen in his talent for photographing nature. One can sense Gregg's close ties to nature by listening to his poems in this collection. Using nature as his guide, Gregg is able to express universal thoughts in unique ways. Perhaps many times you will find yourself pausing as I was, nodding your head, and saying "Aha, I can relate to that! I encourage all of you to explore your inner thoughts and feelings as introspectively as Gregg. You will find looking at the past will shape your future. As Gregg has said many times, "life is to be lived, not to merely exist." I'm confident you'll discover insights in each of these poems, but a word of warning, these poems can be addictive once started. Savor this collection as you would a fine wine; ponder it's beauty, enjoy the aroma of the words, breathe in the experience, taste the meaning and have another glass. Allow the music and Gregg's voice to be your tour guide as only he can. I'm reminded of how Gregg sums up his work: "Each poem is a moment in time, use it to create your reality. The reality of your world, only you can create, only you can construct, only you can dream, for dreams make the best form of reality." Experience this journey as much I did. --Dan Holloway, MD, Las Vegas, NV.