As the Rio Grande flows through the Big Bend Country of Southwest Texas the water takes on a distinct green hue. Nowhere else have I seen this color of water. The lazy rhythm of the river projects a certain magnificence. The trumpet in the introduction announces the flavor of the composition which ends with a flowing repetitive chorus.
To see the Rio Grande in the Spring as it runs full and strong in areas is to leave a special part of creation. The rich orchestral arrangement lends to a deep appreciation of the wonder of nature created by God and still untouched by man.
A high desert rainbow extends from one end of the horizon to the other and while it’s vastness gives an appearance of being relatively close, the closer you get the farther away it moves. Always chasing the horizon but never reaching it. The chorus of the song is strong and vibrant but ends in a resolve not unlike one experiencing exhaustion before resting up to return to the verse.
A very special composition announced with a haunting viola. A true Spanish classical feel. Originally I wrote the song with a fast tempo. After accidentally playing back a scratch work tape at low speed below pitch, the song took on an entire new feel which I immediately responded to on a spiritual level. The song begins with a distinctive low register followed by a much higher register culminating with a chorus that to me explains the mystery of life as a full circle as the viola introduction starts the cycle all over again. I must say that of all the compositions I perform in public, Star Gazer stops certain people in their tracks as they are struck by the devotional emphasis it projects. I have been asked by many, “Is your music gospel music?” My answer is that the music is not sold or marketed as gospel music. However, through the music many people have been touched emotionally and especially by Star Gazer.
A simple, light hearted melody that builds to a full movement without any segue. A rich, full orchestral experience that leaves one at peace. The chorus seems so very powerful that it attracts the attention of certain people and touches them in some spiritual way. Dream Catcher is used in the soundtrack of a movie short entitles, The Hundred-Dollar Bum, that we filmed in the Yuma Preserve outside of Yuma, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Big Bend country of Southwest Texas is a wonderful river-rafting excursion when the Rio Grande runs full and deep with the Spring melt off from the north. Along the way the river glides through the Santiago Mountains as the International Border between the United States and Mexico. Outside of Terlingua, Texas, the river rushes past the little village of La Linda, where the rafts pull ashore so that one can walk across the small international checkpoint into Mexico to the tiny two street village to have a beer or Coke thus officially having “visited Mexico”. Then it is back across the checkpoint and back onto the rafts to continue the river journey.
A passionate music experience with an angelical background chorus beginning with the second verse. This composition has the potential to bring one face to face with the unconditional love of the Creator. It has the potential to soften the hardest of hearts. To this day I do not remember writing nor recording this song yet when I perform it, I myself am struck with an intense feeling of adoration.
Senor Toro ………. 4:58
Trumpets, castanets and the bull ring was the inspiration for this composition. After reading a number of Hemingway’s books recounting his intense interest in the bull rings in Spain, I was left with mixed feelings concerning the subject. My having experienced bullfights in Mexico did not measure up to the descriptions by Hemingway as he researched the background, breeding and raising of fighting bulls throughout Spain. From his books I came away with the feeling that Toro was afforded a measure of respect and honor as well as judged for courage and personality. Animal Rights Activists groups would certainly disagree with all issues herein but the feeling for the composition was not judgmental but rather a musical interpretation of a visual interpretation. The title of Mr. was a measure of respect.