|2. Clara at Dawn|
|3. A Single Step|
|4. Night Voyage|
|5. The Dresden Waltz|
|6. Red Sun at Morning|
|7. The Mariner's Star|
|8. My Little Girl|
|10. Almost Twilight|
|11. Eusebius' Dream|
|12. The Long Circle Home|
"Equinox, Pieces for Guitar Volume 2" is my first instrumental guitar album since I recorded "Rubato, Pieces for Guitar Volume 1" over twenty years ago. Here are some questions folks have been asking me about "Equinox".
Since "Rubato", you have made two vocal oriented CDs: "Practice Makes Perfect" and "Home Isn't Home" where you and Cindy are doing harmonies. Why an instrumental CD now?
So many folks have come up to me at shows and asked for a sequel to "Rubato". I've heard "I play Rubato all the time- I wish you'd make another one like that.", and things of that nature. I really wanted to please that segment of my audience. Also- I had been slowly stockpiling guitar pieces that seemed to belong on an as-yet unmade CD. A couple years back, it reached critical mass.
It has been over twenty years. I've come a long way as a person, a guitarist, and as a composer. I wanted to create something that developed the themes I opened on "Rubato", and yet I did not want it to just be more of the same, as if I had gone back to the me that was 34 years old and just composed more. How to do something that reflected who I have become?
Also: "Rubato" has been used-- and is still used-- by so many people. In many ways, instrumental music allows the listener to have their own experience while enjoying it. Maybe the lack of lyrics and someone singing at you, telling you what the song is about can give space to do more of what you want with it? In any case, I love to know the music is being listened to, and put to many uses. My hope is the "Equinox" will find a similar home in the listener's musical landscape.
That's the point of the Kickstarter campaign. I am raising money that will bring "Equinox" to more folks--to a wider world. I am passionate that, if this music is available and known, it can really serve poeple.
I like the artwork. Who is Neil Hulme, and why use his photos for "Equinox"? Does the boat on the cover symbolize something?
Cindy and I must have looked at hundreds of pieces of art, trying to find the right way to visually represent the feel of the music. One fan had characterized "Rubato" as good "drinking tea and staring out the window at the winter sky" sort of music. I love that! But it seemed like "Equinox" was becoming the music where you put down the tea, open the door and go outside. It has more of a voyage feeling.
So Neil's photos are right to communicate this. He creates expansive landscapes and seascapes. And he does much of his work in black and white, giving the images a certain lonely, "out on the moors" feeling. I loved the boat as soon as I laid eyes on it. No one is going anywhere on it- it's literally coming apart at the seams. But it also looks like a voyager's vessel, like it once went to distant shores. Life is like that: few of us have a vessel that's feels like it's up to the task of the journey we embark upon.
I was just so happy that Neil wants to support "Equinox". He not only donated the use of the "Boat" photo, but donated use of his photos for the inside and back cover of the CD art. His work is stunning! I only wish we could have included more of it. Please check out Neil's photography at https://neilhulme.smugmug.com/