Pablo & Mary's Dance
The fast paced, digital world of the 21st century has ushered in many a new way for people to enjoy music. Technology is grand but back in vinyl days, like so many other things, even the experience of music was simpler. People would plug in a pair of headsets and spin the wax while lying on the floor lost in artwork, liner notes, and of course, the music. Or they might call their friends to come over and just crank it up. Either way, entire albums were heard. Records were listened to front to back and every song was given a chance. Fast forward and rewind were not options on vinyl records. Because of this, fans would find the gems and often the heart and soul of these albums in songs that are referred to as album cuts. Pablo and Mary's Dance invites you back to those long gone-by days. Like so many records that used to be produced regularly, this is a concept album that tells a story, a tumultuous tale of two lovers who seem to be living and dying simultaneously, but with an ultimate message of hope and redemption prevailing. This musical ride will offer the listener various musical styles from rock to blues to gospel and swing. Each song represents a moment in time- a chapter in the lives of Pablo and Mary. All of these chapters are musically connected by a hauntingly beautiful melody that like a thread is woven throughout the CD leading the listener from one chapter to the next. Pablo & Mary's Dance was lovingly created over the course of two years in the basement studio of writer, guitarist, vocalist, bassist and engineer Tim Quire. Many friends lent hands and hearts to bring this project to life creatively but ultimately it was Quire's own vision that birthed and raised this child. Over these two years Quire saw not only his creative body of work expand but also his guitar collection! Listeners will certainly hear that guitar collection at work on this creative, dynamic piece. So please... allow yourself to enjoy a genuine experience- the epic story of "Pablo and Mary's Dance." Tim Quire Tim Quire's creative destiny was sealed on a fateful night in 1964 when Ed Sullivan hosted The Beatles. Music. In fact, one of the best Christmases Quire can recall was the year Santa Claus bestowed upon him an electric guitar and amp. He was six years old and suffering with what he affectionately refers to as "red hair syndrome." A shy and somewhat introverted child, the guitar led to an important means of expressing himself through stories and songs. Coming from a large family of seven children Quire's childhood home was constantly buzzing and music was often the source. He found early influences in his father's 1940's Swing records and his older brother's Cream and Hendrix albums. Motown, AM radio and the FM bandit stations playing entire records also lent a hand in influencing Quire's diverse musical tastes. During his teen years Quire began hanging out with his sister's husband who was in the band, The Rugby's, one of the most famous bands to emerge from his hometown of Louisville, KY. As a young adult, Quire found himself fronting local bar bands whose job it was to entertain with various top 40 music of the day. This proved ultimately unfulfilling from an artistic standpoint and so he began recording his own material, as a personal creative outlet. The flip side of Quire's creative history, his professional history, illustrates an interesting and well traveled path. Along the way, job opportunities allowed him to live all over the United States and Europe. As a five year member of the White House staff, he traveled the world, first class. An opportunity afforded to very few and one he is extremely appreciative of. These invaluable experiences laced with, of course, lots of wine, women and song, have brought Quire to his place and space today, which is a much more settled state. The idea for the project of Pablo and Mary's Dance had been a slow brew in Quire's mind for some time. With the story playing out over and over in his head, the desire to bring it to life became a real driving force. For the first time Quire felt ready to create music for the purpose of presenting it to the public. "I decided to devote myself to this concept album, to my vision of it." He spent two years pouring his heart and soul into each song, excited as the story of Pablo and Mary unfolded and came alive by his own hand and mind. Upon completion of this very personal project Quire feels and in fact exudes a much deserved sense of accomplishment. Pablo and Mary's Dance is a classic, epic love and life story, made tangible through music. Quire has included in the liner notes the story of these lovers for the listener to read. He recommends that one read the story just prior to pressing play. Additionally, and with a nod to production from the classic vinyl record days, Quire makes another suggestion, "I spent a lot of time mixing in surprises that you won't hear unless you put on your headphones or ear buds." So put 'em on and enjoy!