Whew! What a journey! What a struggle…I released my first all instrumental album. It’s out there in the world. I wonder how many sets of strings and tubes and picks one uses when recording an album? Let’s not forget the TWO times that my computer crashed in the process! Well, actually two different computers! Then there were the lost recorded tracks… I have a profound new respect record producers of the world…Anyways, I would like to say a few things about the album. “Bold Horizon” the title suggests the promise of a brand new day. A chance to do it right this time around. It’s not the past that matters but the promise of an adventure around the corner. I often think of life as driving in the fog, looking out for deer and fallen branches. What if we were able to lift those blinders and see far into the horizon? What if we could rise above our limits and make our visions a reality? Each of us has a plan that we want, in our heart of hearts, to execute. A dream that’s larger than life. The thing that is bigger than ourselves. We don’t think of Paul McCartney as old but as Sir Paul. None of us are truly limited by our physical bodies and life span. Music has an amazing healing and motivating quality. The soundtracks of our lives help to heal us in times of trouble and bring us great joy in times of celebration. “Bold Horizon” is one man’s attempt, a contribution, to add to the collective of music to help to heal us and to celebrate this crazy life.
I set out to make my first solo album with some distinct things in mind. Those of you, who know me well, know that I can be, maybe, a bit intense. I wanted to do an instrumental album, like the ones that I’ve always love listening to. “Passion and Warfare”, “Avia Musicom”, “Blow By Blow”, “High Tension Wires”, to name a few. I have wanted to do this type of record dating back to hearing “Rising Force” for the first time, having been blown away by it, and all of the records that I’ve mentioned. I wanted to infuse a number of musical styles, to use a number of different guitars and pedals and amp combinations. I hoped to capture the best sounds that I could and put my heart into it. I wanted to write interesting arrangements for the pieces, to focus on composition and melody and use the guitar to sing. I can certainly say that I gave it my all. The spirit of the music is meant to be uplifting, encouraging and hopefully will give a little joy to a troubled world. “Bold Horizon” is dedicated to those who want to embrace a spirit of adventure.
I debated as to whether or not I should share this photo. lol I found this a little while ago, my mission statement that I had written for this album, “Bold Horizon”.. I’m not sure if I met all of those goals or not but I decided to share it with you.
I am thrilled to have made this album, a labor of love to be sure. I spared no expense and left no stone upturned. From the gear, to the fantastic mixing engineer, to the world renowned mastering engineer, to the cast of great players who added the other instrumentation, I went “all in”. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get rolling on the next one!
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