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Who among us has not sought peace in music? I
believe it is music's lofty mission to shed
light on the depths of the heart. And melody is
the absolute language in which the musician
speaks to the heart. What a great debt we owe to
the musicians who have composed the timeless
music that we have enjoyed over the years. And,
certainly, I feel privileged to be recording
some of these essential songs for this album.
As well, in this collection I have included
three of my own compositions.
In arranging the first track on this album I
knew that "We"ll Gather Lilacs" and "This Is My Lovely Day"
would marry perfectly together.
Although selection number two is called "Anna
and the Butterfly", this track is comprised of
two different pieces of music. "Anna" is an old
standard that moves along nicely in it's lovely
Latin beat. I decided to couple this piece with
my own composition that I call "The Butterfly".
Butterflies are fascinating creatures and my
imagination was inspired to give musical
expression to this lovely creature. It's fragile
beauty and erratic flight path seemed best to be
conveyed in a brisk animating rhythm by a sweet
tenor sax and fluttering flutes. I"m sure you
will visualize "The Butterfly" in this.
"Endearing Young Charms" and "I Know Where I"m
Going" are two lovely traditional songs from old
And who could ever forget Ray Charles' rendering
of "I Can"t Stop Loving You". .
My arrangement of "Gentle Rain" ("Lover's
Concerto") is a variation of an exercise by J.
In the garden of our old London home, there was a
Lilac tree that my dad planted when we first
moved in. I was very young then and the Lilac
tree and me grew up together. The Lilac tree got
way ahead of me though and grew to be very tall
. . about twelve feet or more. When this tree
was in bloom I swear it filled the whole
neighbourhood with it's lovely perfume. "Lilac Time" is my opus to my very special tree.
A symphony is a reflection of life. I think the
main thing a musician would like to do is to
give a picture to the listener of the many
things he knows and senses in the universe. The
sound of gentle running water and the sounds of
the birds in the trees, combined with the
whispers of the wind, serve as nature's Symphony.
Epping Forest is east of London and close to my
old home. I often have gone into this ancient
forest to "think things out". It was like being
enveloped in the caring arms of mother nature.
Deep within the forest was a place I
particularly liked to visit. I was sure that
this spot was enchanted. There was a stream that
meandered through there and I would sit on a
fallen tree that was beside it and take in all
the smells and sounds around me. My composition is called "The Enchanted Stream".
I started my public performing days playing
piano in the London pubs. I regard this time as
"my musical apprenticeship". How well I remember
off key renditions of "Daisy, Daisy, give me
your answer do". . . given voice by singers who
were verily and merrily lubricated by a few jugs
of good English ale. And I wonder how many
people will remember Mario Lanza's great performance of "The
Loveliest Night Of The Year" . .
It's no secret that I reveled in my many years
of playing the "Hammond Organ". It is well
known, too, that I have great fondness for the
Latin rhythms. In this album I have included a
Samba selection that I played often during my
ballroom dance performances: "El Cumbunchero" and "Brazil" . . expressed by the voices of the
"April In Portugal" was played by many of the
dance bands of the "forties and fifties". I was
a big fan of Edmundo Ross, who led a great Latin
American dance band. He was always popular with
the folks who were on the dance floor.
Jim Reeves', "Put Your Sweet Lips A Little
Closer To The Phone" and an Elvis classic: "Are
You Lonesome Tonight". . here are two numbers
you can sing along to - and use to awaken your
natural singing endowment. :)
The only way to complete an album called "Lilac
Time" can only be with George Gershwin's
"Summertime". I believe this to be one of the
most beautiful and moving compositions of all
If only the whole world could feel the power