Newest release “Reflections” 2014

As soon as the album completes ‘transit’ with Songcastmusic it will be available through Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.

A brief description of the featured tracks which may be heard currently at http://www.songcastmusic.com/profiles/SuffolkSkies

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Solemn Places was written with the beautiful architecture and depth of image present in the cover-art photo provided by my sister-in-law. I felt the shot captured something deeply peaceful and grounding. Hence, I was moved to write something to convey that sense of comfort, place, and security.

Savannah’s Song evolved very quickly into something of a sparkle and jump in its character. It is one of those works which I can only explain by saying that, “it turned out to be more than I had originally set out to achieve.”

Farewell to the Sleeping Giant revisits a short work I’d written during my dressage apprenticeship back in 1990. I have arranged it some 24 years later as a keyboard trio (two pianos, and celeste). I included a bit of rhythmic extenuation to lead the ear to a cheerful final refrain for this newer version. The Sleeping Giant is, itself, an anthropomorphic geological feature in the high desert town of Twin Oaks, California. The rocky human facial profile stood in full view of my little adobe house during my years in training. It reminds me of natural beauty and youthful vigour under the aegis of a fine German dressage mentor.

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Seasonal Offerings

Dear Listeners,

I recently had a fan of my music ask what the inspirations behind a few of my works were. I found it was a pleasant task to describe things that prompted the creation of certain pieces. In that same vein, and in keeping with the changing seasons, I offer a different line-up of featured works on my music page  www.songcastmusic.com/profiles/SuffolkSkies and a short synopsis of what inspired each of the three pieces.

Autumn Chill…I have long held Autumn as my favourite of all the seasons. I remember, from youth, loving the turning of leaves, predominantly sunny skies with lovely cloud forms, and cooler temps following hot summers. I also remember once winning a poetry competition for creating a Haiku with this season at its heart. The change of seasons marks a turn on a grander scale. The Earth itself, or our northerly latitude at least, tips away from the Sun‘s intensity. What a magnificent phenomenon to inspire a light musical treatment of something so natural.

Sunset Celebration…England’s relatively high latitude lends itself to languid sunsets! The sequence of colour changes is drawn out over a longer period of time than I knew in California. Enough time passes that the changing hues and textures extend in a way I hadn’t known as a boy. I’m sure that many lands enjoy beautiful sunsets and feel the musical expression has wider appeal beyond these shores.

East of England…The region, and Suffolk in particular, enjoys the most sunshine on average than any other in England. There are too many places of outstanding beauty to list. Tourism, agriculture, industry…its all here and living vibrantly with a mixture of traditional and modern characters and values. A lovely place to reside!

Arctic Circle…(description of an upcoming orchestral work for inclusion to the third album, release date next year.) As a very little chap, indeed, I have a memory of falling into a snow drift whilst on a trip to Pennsylvania. It was delightfully cold, bright at the top with ever more blue shades further down toward my feet, and quite suddenly silent. My mother, sister Sherrie, and I had flown out to stay with my Danish grandmother. Snow is largely a novelty throughout most of California. Although I came to know a few very cold, icy winters during my dressage apprenticeship. The sight of ice crystals, snow flurries, incredible ice formations, and the northern lights all came to bear in forging this work. The mystery and majesty are all there and I was able to express, in some way, how foreboding and fascinating frozen water can be. Science and art bear a close resemblance to one another when confronted with such a subject.

I hope you enjoy these few works, and the little stories behind them. And, as always, I extend gratitude for your interest in my compositions!