Ah, this CD? Well, hello, this is John. Thanks for stopping by. Had a band back in college, Manhattan College back when. Three of us were from Manhattan College, two from Columbia College. I was studying philosophy, government, history, literature, theology, reading practically everything I could find to try to figure out the human race and move the world towards peace and justice, and thought it'd be fun to put together a band with my friend, James Robicsek on guitar and keyboards. That's how the Passing Strange came to be. The name? 'She swore in faith t'was strange, t'was passing strange.' William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I, iii. We 'was' in college back then, and played some of the college circuit in New York City. I went on to study philosophy, political science and law in Ann Arbor, also taught some ... and uh hum ... fell deeply in love in between. Then we all grew up .... When I moved to Washington to find work, I started playing and singing a bit on occasion, though working quite hard. Someone said, 'why not record?' A few months later, returning home for Christmas from studying abroad in London, he stepped onto Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988. Sadly, he and the other noble Syracuse students and travelers never made it home. We hold dear in our hearts all the victims of terror throughout the world. His family asked me to sing for his memorial. I sang 'Tears in Those Eyes.' I recorded the song on 12-string acoustic with harmonica strapped to my neck, Bob Dylan style. Like the mythical Phoenix firebird, that's how this album came to be, a passing strange. Next, thinking about what a friend had said, and with new band members, the refitted Passing Strange recorded some of my 'ole college tunes at Cue Recording in Falls Church, Virginia. These include 'While Shineth the Sun' 1966, 'Professor Edwards' 1967 (an ode to the teaching profession), 'The Girl I Hardly Know' 1965 (written attempting to study while staring out my Auntie's bay window in the Bronx), 'Hurray Hurrah' 1965 (written back in high school while dad had a football game blaring on the tube) and 'The Girl I Admire' 1965 (a high school tune I wrote in South Beach, Staten Island as the boyfriend's response to the Angels' 'My Boyfriend's Back'). Our producer, the extremely talented jazz pianist Tom W. Coppola (that's Tom playing synclavier on Paul Simon's album, 'Hearts and Bones') and composer in his own right, asked for a few new tunes. So that's 'Driving Rain' and 'Love Breakdown,' featuring lead blues guitarist John Sterling's searing wild rock guitar at it's best. John like me, a U.S. Army brat. 'Driving Me Insane' gave us the chance to bash down on electric piano while trying to sing at the same time. Tom did virtually all the other keyboard work on the album, Steve Newstedt played bass guitar, and Chris Saylor (a U.S. Marine brat) did the drummin'. I'm afraid I'm to blame for the singin', vocal arrangements, rhythm guitar and electric piano. 'In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!' You might let me know if I'm out of time or just outlandish. The Passing Strange CD has aired on CAVE Radio in Eugene, Oregon, on DC 101 and WHFS in Washington, D.C., and on Baltimore's rock station. We do hope you are moved by these tunes. Let them brighten your day. Can't we find some path to meaningful peace? Can't we do better in this world? God bless one and all. All you really need is love ... 'n a bit 'a truth-telling I'll say, jus' givus some truth, can't hurt, love 'n respect for others are all ya need. Love is all. Love is all ....