Music is the flower
of feeling; and the kindler of memories; it has the
gentle capacity to transport you away to visit another place
and another meaningful time...
It is recognized that music can
have the power to soothe and uplift. When music is orchestrated
and arranged through the sensitivity that comes from within
a loving and receptive spirit; I believe it becomes
a potent but gentle voice that can inspire peace and
comfort to a weary and disquieted heart - and uplift
a burdened spirit.
It pleases me especially, to hear
from folk who have found my music to be a source of calm and peacefulness; because I realize that
they are in tune with what I strive to express through my music.
Memories in Music... John's newest recording is now available!
Introducing . . Memories in Music’
Every couple of weeks I get together with my friend, Cathy, for the singular purpose of spending an evening listening to music. Cathy is a regular at Taz Records in Halifax. Taz sells mostly LPs and used CDs and after each visit there Cathy comes over with a bag full of mixed music. The resultant effect of my listening to many different styles of hitherto unheard music, is my taste horizons have expanded. For instance, I found out how much I enjoy Blue Grass and Blues.
On one of our music nights, Cathy introduced me to the music of Loreena McKennitt. One of the tracks on the album we listened to is an old Irish song called ‘As I Roved Out’. It was the first time I had ever heard this song, and Loreena’s distinctive and expressive soprano voice delivered a version of it that so appealed to my spirit. While arranging this song I wove it around a composition of my own, ‘From The Top of The Hill’. Inspiration for this little opus comes from one of my favourite places to be with my dog. The hike includes a climb to the top of a hill from where a commanding view across the county and the skyscape compels you to be in the moment.
‘Loves Old Sweet Song’ (‘Just a Song at Twilight’), an Irish folk song in the hit parade of 1884. When I was a kid growing up in London (not in 1884!), this was one of the songs played often on the radio. And like most waltzes, it’s very romantic.
‘You Raise Me Up’. This stirring, much loved piece of music was first written as an instrumental called ‘Silent Story’, and was first performed in 2002 by... read
The music playing below is "Besame Mucho" from Memories in Music.