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You convey so much character through your voice, it perfectly compliments your passionate Blues. I love the technique, and am incredibly impressed by your talent. Admirable, Dan — thank you!
My newest song post "Poverty Street" was written about three weeks before the Occupy movement hit the news; interesting timing, eh? I wrote the song in a 1920s streetcorner blues style I learned from the great bluesman Walter Phelps, to draw comparison to the "first" Depression beginning in 1929. The live performance recording was at a gig I shared with blues legend Ironing Board Sam in September 2011 at White Horse/Black Mountain NC.
"Snowfall" (from my CD "Evergreen Season")is another of my instrumental synthesizer pieces. I spend alot of hours crafting the multi-layered sounds used in such instrumentals; by creating a unique combination of sounds to express a certain image and emotion, it feels like you're painting pictures with sound...wind paintings. I'm posting this for a friend who likes another piece I've posted called "Clouds & Rain";
although different, this one has a similar emotional quality.
One of ten tracks from my instrumental music CD
"From Dreams to Reality"
Created entirely on synthesizers
A song of mine, composed and arranged to have a feel like an old mountain traditional song.
Sung by my friend Michael Gaffney, a local songwriter himself, and a good one!
Fiddle & mandolin by the very talented DON Lewis, from the band "Sons of Ralph".
Bass by Eliot Wadopian, another exceptional world-class musician.
"Try Me On"
A song of mine, originally written and recorded as sort of a 60s pop tune, that we later took to Nashville and used session players there to create a "Nashville style" demo of.
Just pulled it from my archives;
Nobody's ever heard it till now.
This song speaks to the thought that "Home" is not a house, but a place in your heart and mind where your loved ones are.
"All Night Long"
This is a traditional sounding song, sort of an old country blues tune, and always fun for me to play. I picked up a few stylistic tricks from hanging out with old Black bluesmen as a young guitarist, and I remember how they'd thump their foot like a bass drum when they played this sort of rhythm.
"Clouds & Rain"
One of ten instrumentals on my CD "Echoes in Time",
composed entirely on synthesizers; like most of my synthesizer pieces, I also created the actual sounds used to perform the piece,
in order to try and convey the music more effectively.
"Clouds & Rain" is part of a poetic term used in ancient Japan to imply
perfect bliss and contentment.
"Romance in E Major"
This is an instrumental guitar piece that I wrote years ago;
a music professor heard it and offered to get me an audition at the School of the Arts. I didn't want to learn the structure of classical music, and still don't, so I gave it a "No, thanks".
A few years later, I performed this piece in several concerts with Bob Moog, the famous synthesizer inventor, and a personal friend.
So another version of this instrumental will be released on a live concert CD this October by the Bob Moog Foundation, with Bob playing his famous MiniMoog.
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