More of a tone poem than a piece of music, and something of an experiment in sound.
Dancing With Maggie
A Christmas gift for my daughter Maggie. She’s now a lovely young woman, but thanks to
an old cassette I found, we can journey back in time as she performs the opening vocal.
It seems like yesterday.
Alison & Anna
This one took about 25 years to create. When John Murphy (my partner in Hal An Tow)
and his wife Pip had their first daughter, Alison, I started working on some music to
celebrate the occasion. Somehow I got sidetracked and never finished it. Years later,
John found a fragment of Alison’s Tune on a cassette, brought it to me, and asked if I could
finish it. By then daughter Anna had appeared on the scene, which meant a change of title
as well. The result is played here as a piano solo by my gifted friend Mark Lloyd.
The Bird on the Mountain
For the distinguished children’s author Alice McLerran, and inspired by her classic The
Mountain That Loved a Bird. The “chirps” on this track were done with a tin whistle, so
no animals were harmed in the production.
Lost in the Fog
For the celebrated Canadian actor/director R.H. Thomson. Several years ago, Robert
graciously took on the role of narrator in the theatrical version of my Marco Polo Suite.
As the stage fog swept over us as the curtain went up, he whispered “good-bye Jim”
from his spot next to me. It certainly helped ease the tension!
For my dear friend Carol Rohl, from Maine. Carol was the harper on both the studio and
stage versions of the Marco Polo Suite.
Elegy for Penuel
For my late aunt, the talented and beautiful Penuel Laws. The poem used here is traditional,
and was translated from the Gaelic.
For my good friend Kendall Morse, legendary singer, humourist and raconteur from Maine.
Two tunes in honour of a couple of great friends, both wonderful musicians from Maine.
The first is Gordon Bok’s Welcome to Renforth, and the second is George Fowler’s Fancy.
Appropriately, that’s George lending his fiddle talents to the track.
Jason’s Hard Drive 2.1
My friend Jason Myers is a skilled musician and a computer techie. This is a bit of “Celtic funk” in his honour.
My Good Old Man/Captain Dave’s Delight
For years, the late “Captain Dave” Kennedy hosted an international gathering of musicians at his
farm in Maine. His gregarious nature and his talents as an actor, musician and story-teller made him
a friend to all who knew him. I composed a hornpipe in his honour when he was still alive, but never
got around to recording it. Thanks to Steve Sellors and Bill Preeper, who found an old recording of Dave,
I combined the two elements.
The Wind in the Cedars
As the tune was forming, I happened to look out the window.
When my niece Mahri Macdonald married Danny Machado I composed this in their honour. The combination
of families, with Scottish and Portuguese heritage, made for one heck of a party.