Fox Island Afternoon
John Neal holds a bachelors degree in music education from The Ohio State University and a masters degree in conducting performance from the University of Connecticut, and recently completed his thirtieth year as a high school music educator. A piano student from the age of eight, his teachers include Hildred Curtis Fowler, Natasha Chances, Rosemary Platt and Neal Larrabee. In the early 1990's, John was introduced to electronic music sequencing by his good friend and mentor John Milazzo; he slowly assembled a synthesizer collection and began sequencing - at first, projects for his high school music students and local drama productions, and then original compositions. By 1994,John had completed a handful of successful original instrumental compositions, which he combined with recordings and sequences of some of his favorite piano pieces into a compilation entitled "Eight Years, Off And On" (referring to the fact that it took eight years of recording after school and during summer vacations to complete the project). In 1997, hitting his stride with instrumental electronic compositions, he completed his first full-length CD of original electronic music, "Fox Island Afternoon". This album covers a wide variety of electronica styles, from the piano-based title track and \'Searching For Avalon\', to the ambient \'An Obligation Unmet\', to the contemporary classical works \'Motivation\', \'Serenade\', \'On Vacation\' and \'Heroes\'; the CD concludes with an inspirational pop song \'A Promise To Come\', sung by vocalist Shawna Haley. With something here for everyone, this CD is sure to please!