My brand new single and EP, "There Is A Moose", is now available as of November 2, 2023. It incorporates many musical elements: they include the groove and guitars of surf rock; the mystery and danger of the ’60s spy genre; a rap-styled vocal; orchestral voices such as bass clarinet & piccolo, and a big-band influenced climax, all driven by a throbbing jungle beat. Searching for an unusual and unexpected topic about which to write, I have always found the Moose to be a fascinating animal with myriad complex behaviors. The Moose happens to be one of my primary totems, so additionally this subject is quite personal and ripe with vibrant spirit. His character informs the whimsy and excitement I wrote into the arrangement. My objective was to create a stimulating musical work that would appeal to all generations, from ages 1-111, to delight and amuse with an action-packed, full length dance number that will get people moving, entertain and educate. You can watch the accompanying music video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DpDvbi643I Viva la Moose!
One year in the making, in October 2022 I completed my full-length holiday album, "Winter Awhile". With over an hour's worth of music, it sports ten instrumental orchestrations plus two original vocals, and features 36 truly exceptional musical artists. My other releases were created in Los Angeles, so it was rewarding to work in studios in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, and to finally record with the good friends with whom I performed live for many years. Having been a big fan of the world-class Oregon Symphony since childhood, it was a rare pleasure to invite several key members into the project as well. Music brings people together, and I am grateful for the new friends I made during this process.
Among the delights of Christmastime are the elements of festivity and surprise. This record boasts 52 different instruments which appear at various points throughout the program. And while my arrangements are jazz-based, I integrated some classical elements, and also evoked styles from different parts of the world. The winter holidays embrace a universal appeal, and it was my intention to kindle a strong global component into this musical celebration.
I am very fortunate to have been blessed with lots of travel throughout my life. In my opinion, traveling is one of the most important activities for humans, because it exposes one to diverse cultures, walks of life, varieties of atmosphere and opportunities to connect with new people from everywhere. My career has taken me all across the world many times, which has been expansive beyond my dreams. I am grateful for those experiences and would not trade them for anything. Now I relish this phase of my life, which is allowing me to focus on writing and recording. I love the process of sculpting sound in the controlled environment of the studio, which produces gratifying results that last for generations.
Traveling is also a stimulating muse, both fulfilling and inspirational. Fresh ideas come while exploring new locales. Different climates and unfamiliar air are enriching for the creative process, and this is true close to home as well. Hiking in nature or taking a drive, visiting an art museum, embarking on a quick weekend someplace nearby or simply enjoying meals with friends are perfect tonics to keep refreshed and maintain positive flow.
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