I have been playing bass and six-string guitar since I was 13 years old, and this CD is my first recording in many years. Music has been the one consistent in a life that has gone in directions unpredictable. A big recording company will probably never pick up this music because I don't think it fits very well into any genre. The business is such these days that if you do several different styles the marketing folks don't know what to do with you. My music is a reflection of my tastes as I believe is the case with most artists. I have never listened to just one kind of music and that is reflected in the songs on this CD. The styles range from kind of jazzy in For Two Weeks to straight out rock and roll in When I was a Young Man and Hightide Remembered. With acoustical styles and instrumentals interspersed between. The organization of the songs in the CD is meant to build from some pop like songs featuring guitar work, slowing down into some acoustical and personal songs, and then building back up into the rock and roll stuff. I realized at one point that I did not want to say what a particular song was about. That realization came one day when someone was describing what they understood from a poem of mine that was published in a small journal. The really interesting thing was that their interpretation based on the words made prefect sense when they explained it, but it had nothing to do with what I was thinking when I wrote the piece. It was then that I realized some of my better work (and all artist's work) was open to various interpretations, and that those views were completely valid. Some of the songs are about things that happened to me, others are about things that happened to friends, and some are just made up based on observations of people. You can have fun guessing which is which. I do need to mention that the last song on the CD is based on an instrumental that the last band I was in used to open our live shows with. The band was called Hightide, hence the name. Thanks need to be given and remembered to George, Ralph, and Ken for those good times.
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