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The making of the album Quiet in the Meadow

The making of the album Quiet in the Meadow

Often people ask me which of my albums would be best for personal quiet times, meditation, yoga, dentists’ offices, babies’ naps, chiropractor clinics, massage therapy, reading, going to sleep, … you get the idea! Instrumental music is frequently desired for peaceful experiences, and my instruments can be highly regarded as appropriate for relaxation.

Well, the music in my head is actually pretty dramatic and exciting, but I always did intend to make a mellower album than the others, and the time seemed to have arrived in 1999 after the Williamsburg album Celebration of Centuries was done. I made my usual tune list, again a very long one.

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The making of our album Here on this Ridge

The making of our album Here on this Ridge

This will be my longest post about my albums --- and it’s perhaps the most trimmed-back!  Here on this Ridge was clearly the big turning point in my music-making.

In 1994 the holiday album Incarnation showed me I could successfully produce recordings of my own music, so I moved right into production of a general-themed CD called Wayfaring Stranger .  The instruments and the Celtic and hiking material could sort of be called themes, but it was mostly just a music CD for listening.

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The making of our album Wayfaring Stranger

The making of our album Wayfaring Stranger

This is the first of a series of entries I plan to make in which I give a little historic information about our fifteen CD projects since 1994.

In 1978 I had the exciting experience of making a professional studio album in Nashville together with Hallett Hullinger and my wife Ro --- getting down for LP and cassette tape the music Hallett had written for our trio Springs of Joy.  I contributed my vocal harmonies and flute improvisations, and Monty Matthews did excellent production.  The recording engineer was Travis Turk.  This introduction to authentic recording was a thrilling ‘eureka moment’ that colored all the rest of my ensuing life.

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