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A NEW blog page to follow release of my 2nd Jazz/New Age instrumental and piano CD> SEE the Cover graphics, LINK out to a FREE DOWNLOAD of the opening track which is less than 2' long (a fast download)
This is the emotional and nostalgic music for synthesizer that I wrote IN MEMORY of my deceased mother (died in 2005) The full track is given on the CD at 7' long in the middle but I used the touching ending minute and a-half as an INTRO and OUTRO to the CD. It sets a peaceful and emotional tone dedicated to the love of Family, pets and loved ones. I have had a podcast of this music on AD twice before in 2007 and got positive reviews from my POET friends. Yes, when it comes to AD, it's the REAL Poets who are the most emotional and honest writers and the most detached from their own personal publicity trips. There are some fine poets at AD, some also do novels; some don't.
This CD was originally produced in 2005 in a radically different form.
In remixing and producing this over the last year since my 2007 CD, AUGUST OCEAN OVERTURE was released in 2008 both on Amazon and in the Digital Distribution outlets I've come to reconsider the mix and playing order of the CD. From the start I determined to add new music to this to take advantage of the PIANO momentum I gained from finally releasing CD August... I did that. But I also determined that the MEMORY connection of the CD to my past should reflect the best and most varied takes I had even going back as far as 1986 when in my synthesizer days after returning from New York City, I released several cassette releases on my now defunct New Age label: WORD OF MOUTH Music.
Some of those takes are great little songs. In fact many were 1980's songs I wrote and did backings for, but did not have the means to produce the vocals due to analog technology. You really needed to spend big bucks back then to do vocals.
SO HERE'S A PLAYLIST FOR MY SECOND CD! I think it helps for anyone interested to see the Title Names and Playing order of the tracks. I will add a few phrases after each title as to the type of music and instrumentation. Not all are piano solo. Synthesizer and even my 1980's pop song forms are represented.
There are no songs with vocals here (unlike AUGUST OCEAN OVERTURE where I had 2) BUT, my song form is represented in several song instrumental backings, including the melody to "The Farther Shore", "The Old Apple Tree" based on traditional Appalachian mountain folk music, and even my 1980's synthesizer POP JAZZ tunes written for my old band in DeLand. (A Very Popular, catchy, foot-tapping JAZZ/BLUES style) called CONNECTIVITY.
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PLAYLIST: Track order to CD: IN MEMORY ONLY>
TRACK #’s> just under 72’ of all original Jazz/New Age music and piano!
1. INTRO: In Memory Only (Theme only)> 1:47
2. the Broken-Hearted Shuffle>4:42 – jazz group with piano solos, synth, electric guitar
3. J.J.’s Waltz>3:05 – jazz trio, (piano, bass, drums) with vocalize voice on top (no lyrics)
4. Sunday Morning Alone> 5:52 - Piano solo in Jazz Americana style
5. Bb Blues: Theme only> 1:45 – PIANO SOLO jazz/blue song in a romantic mood.
6. Sea of Bb Minor Blues> 4:49 – continuation of above, Piano/string/organ
7. Mr. Ives Strolls Down 57th St. – 4:02 – piano duo (dual tracked) in Jazz/Funk style with a touch of historical humor in the title! Recorded in 2000.
8. CONNECTIVITY – 3:54 – 1986 Synthesizer Jazz/Pop Tune - redone in 2008/ - vocalize/drums/bass/second keyboard part put on when mixing out. THIS ONE IS HOT! While having to work on this a lot this fall, to make the vocalize overdub and to add the bass and 2nd keyboard part, I came to really appreciate my 1980's talent and jazz style. I may not have been aware how good it was then, as I often only recorded scratch demos and never got to perform a song like this. Now I've been charting it. It really is a true jazz blues melody put into a pop contect beat and synths. Sorry for the 1980's synth sound but I think it is just right. That was the orignal patch I used to write the tune and I saved the tape to sample.
Anyway: I think you'll love the infectious BEAT, not to mention that this chord progression really works for jazz pop and I can say it is rougher to figure out than any I have ever transcribed for classical, piano or even rock! IT REALLY MOVES!
9. The Farther Shore/I Wrote You a Letter – 1:54 + 1:25 – Jazz Americana/Country style songs / two short song backings put together into one new instrumental. The first features piano solo. The second one uses MIDI to turn the piano part into a strumming guitar
10. IN MEMORY ONLY – 7:27 – Full track of this nostalgic and richly voiced synthesizer song/improv recorded on an Esonique Digital Keyboard in year 2000. The fuller version of the same theme that is serving as the Intro and Outro.
11. Didn’t Go as Planned Blues… 5:05 - a year 2000 jazz “piano bar” blues piano solo recorded in Daytona Beach– a little of that “Round Midnight” feeling with touches of Duke’s 1940’s styling (and some strangely dislocated runs) A nice melody that sequences right back into the newer 2008 “Bb Minor” blues theme.
12. Blue Allemande – 4:25 – Jazz 12-bar blues/song: with a catchy repeated figure accompanied by nice synthesizer melodies – This one goes all the way back to a 1986 recording that sounded great despite no digital. Why? It was recorded directly into some of the first sequencers using no microphones. I had a 6-track machine then. A very catchy composition with just a touch of “classical 17th century class in the turns of phrase (Hence the name: the “Allemande” was a Mozart-era dance form)
13/14. “The Blue Fugue”(Perpetuem Mobile/Guitar Duet) – 1:52 + 2:29 – Cool!
More of Michael’s Jazz meets the 17th Century! While writing “The Last Renaissance Man” I got into some strange blues that are influenced by “Baroque” composers like Bach, Purcell, others. Some nice guitar and vibes MIDI patches provided the solos using blues scales!
15. the Broken-Hearted Shuffle Part 2>4:20 – the ending to track#2. You know how JAZZ musicians take solos that make the pieces too long for pop radio. But what a cool guitar solo! In 1997 the guitarist didn’t show for the recording session, so I did it! Yea, those Pat Metheny sounding licks is me! I did good. And it’s got that “broken” angular feel for us broken-hearts. Listen to the fast runs – you really have to play to cut that. Just as well he didn’t show…
16. “The Old Apple Tree” – 8:01 – JAZZ AMERICANA/New Age nuanced tunes at their best. A melody and variations that I wrote as an original in the style and feeling of Appalachian Mountain music. Some thing I always loved whether it was the original folk artists on “Rounder” records, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s folk influenced tunes, or even Aaron Copland.
The Piano is detuned and altered to sound like an old upright – and all is surrounded by New Age chorusing and washes to make it interesting. Even the organ I managed to make sound like a Wurlitzer – I didn’t want anything too slick. Amazingly – all done in 1 take! That was one heck of a session that night in the little studio side-room in Ocala, Florida! I’d really wish for Mary C. Carpenter to hear this take someday. I keep dreaming…
And one more track JUST RECORDED here at home on my digital piano the other day:
17. the Theme from my Piano Sonata#1> - 2:45 – In a NEW improvisation based styling. On beautiful electric piano stops and chorusings. WOW! Is thing beautiful? The story: I wrote this theme in college between piano classes in 1979. Worked it up back in the mid-80’s in a more wild contemporary piano sonata. Wrote a better version of it on paper in 1997 – but it didn’t shine until I used it in my new playing style just in the last few weeks! The theme is now very “August Ocean Overture-like” Why? I guess I took it out and took the progression from my “Big-Wave Rider” song and worked it up into a nice new very classical sounding theme.
18.…And then that lovely OUTRO to end the CD. The IN MEMORY ONLY theme returns and fades out on a rich and emotional C major seventh chord.