Be warned: Orchestral Songs is a departure, a love offering dedicated musically to the masters. Britten, Mahler, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Corigliano, Beethoven, Bach, Rorem, Bernstein, Sondheim...the list goes on and on..
This is the record where I figured it out. I always knew I was a man without a country. Eclectic in the extreme. Shards of Gospel oriented blues with lyrics about the hound of heaven chasing my tail..
Writing a song in reaction/response to a tragedy like Max Scotti's is remarkably dangerous and almost unseemly. How do you write about suffering if you are not suffering?..
The story of the Nativity has always moved me. Innocence entering the world with the utmost fragility to change it, not by violent means but by turning priorities on their head. Yes...I am a sap for it all but...my winter music is hard won..
It is rawer and more Gospel oriented but in a questioning and intense manner; on the edge of the fence. Easily more Blues based and with more guitar breaks but still there are the ruminative pieces like "Consider It Joy"..
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