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The 35th Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach, FL is announcing the 3rd Annual Chef Showdown.
We all know St. Petersburg has the best seafood restaurants. But this is a chance for local restaurants to prove they’re the best and be named “Best Seafood in the County.” Local chefs will do battle head to head in an effort to showcase their talent and their restaurant.
The Chef Showdown is open to all restaurants offering a seafood item on their menu. The All-Star panel of judges will award prizes for “Best Seafood”. The Chef Showdown is the Kick-Off event to the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Thursday, October 27th at the Main Stage Area.
Spots are limited to 12 participants and you don’t want to be left standing on the dock! The entry fee is $100 and must be submitted by September 26th.. Every Chef Showdown participant will be featured on our website and in our VIP advertising.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Pinellas County Schools, as well as a non-profit merchant’s organization that advocates and supports small businesses and the Fishermen Lost at Sea memorial in John’s Pass Village.
Festival Chairperson, Sonny Flynn, started this competition two years ago.
“The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is celebration of our local seafood and culture. We want to showcase the fabulous culinary talent we have right in our backyard. We believe our Chef Showdown is fun way for our local chefs to demonstrate their talent and show festival goers how much work goes into creating a delicious seafood dish.” Flynn said.
For 35 years, the John’s Pass Seafood festival has featured non-stop musical performances from some of the best bands, hundreds of craft vendors, hundreds of local businesses, amazing seafood and has always been FREE to the public.
This year the festival has expanded to four days and includes a Halloween Block Party, featuring an Adult Costume Contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes on Friday, October 28th. The Battle of The Gulf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 29th will challenge anglers of all skill levels. On Sunday, October 30th at 12:30 we will attempt to break the official World Record Bloody Mary Toast with over a thousand participants raising their glasses.
The Festival is hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association and is always held on the last full weekend of October. This year the festival runs from October 27th through October 30th. Gates open at 10am and close at 11pm.
For parking and free shuttle service information please visit our website at www.johnspassseafoodfestival.com or call 727.322.5217.
LATIN-STYLE GUITARIST JIM STUBBLEFIELD HAS PRODUCED EXCEPTIONAL WORLD-FUSION DISC
Sep 06 2017
In a castle in ancient times, a magician studies his book of musical spells and imbues an acoustic guitar with magical powers. This scene is portrayed on the cover of the new recording, Guitare Mystique, by Jim Stubblefield, well-known for his guitar playing as a solo artist and with the popular touring and recording group Incendio that he co-founded.
“I enjoy fantasy entertainment in artwork, music, books or movies whether it is swords-and-sorcery, or pulp-era Conan the Barbarian tales, or books and films like Lord of the Rings,” explains Stubblefield. “So why not incorporate a little of that magic and mystical drama into my music and images? On the new album sometimes the guitar sounds are straight-forward, but other times I have fun with them by processing, delaying and changing them into something new and different...a little musical alchemy.”
On Guitare Mystique, which is French for “mystical guitar,” Stubblefield demonstrates his versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist, composer and arranger. Guitare Mystique features plenty of the Latin-style nylon-string acoustic-guitar-playing that Stubblefield has always been known for on six previous solo albums and eight albums with his group Incendio. But on the new CD he continues his goal in recent years to stretch out and explore a variety of musical styles and flavors from around the world, not only from many Latin countries on either side of the Atlantic, but also introducing a little Middle Eastern or Arabic here and there, or progressive-rock and neo-classical in other places.
“On my solo albums,” explains Stubblefield, “I compose all the music so I like to explore a variety of musical styles that I am interested in and incorporate diverse elements. On Guitare Mystique I play not only nylon-string guitar, but also some steel-string and electric guitar, sometimes with an EBow, as well as keyboards and synthesizers. I also brought in some excellent guest musicians who help take the music in new and exciting directions. Even though I play guitar on every composition, on some of them I decided to feature the violin or viola playing the main melody or spotlight some female wordless vocalizing.”
On Guitare Mystique, Stubblefield is joined by Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah, Flora Purim & Airto) on bass, Novi Novog (David Arkenstone, Prince, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa) on viola and violin, Ramon Yslas (Luis Villegas, Strunz & Farah, David Sanborn, Christine Aguilera) on percussion, and Moksha Sommer (a member of the neo-folk and world-rock group HuDost, she has also recorded with Jon Anderson) adding vocals on one song. Guesting on one tune each are guitarists Eric Hansen, Stephen Duros and Dan Sistos.
Guitare Mystique starts with a series of softer, slower tunes, builds with mid-tempo pieces, and ends with three energetic compositions. “Saint-Tropez” captures the relaxed mood of this French Riviera city with its sunshine, beach and harbor (“When I visited there, it was extraordinarily beautiful.”). Regarding “Caravan of Souls” which features a rhythmic groove, Stubblefield says, “In life and death, there is always a long line of people going somewhere. For the tune ‘Azure,’ I had Novi Novog’s viola take center-stage with all the guitars in a supportive role. A big part of my evolution as a producer of my solo projects is doing what is best for the composition and not feeling like I have to play a big guitar solo on every tune. On ‘Azure’ I played multiple clean electric guitars doing suspended chords and arpeggios in the background inspired by Andy Summers of The Police, Alex Lifeson of Rush, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.”
According to Stubblefield, “‘Before The Storm’ is an atmospheric chill-out piece with the idea being that you prepare for the next storm in your life with some meditational time.” On “Café Café” he trades solos with Eric Hansen with whom he played a couple of shows as a duo in 2016. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek title because so many Latin-guitar rhumbas have been written over the years and used the word ‘Café’ in their titles.” “Voyager Aeternam,” which means “eternal voyager,” was written to acknowledge that “everyone is striving to have a good journey in life with happiness and self-satisfaction.” Stubblefield terms it “an atmospheric, space piece that marries Tangerine Dream-style keyboards with Novi playing both violin and viola, and I used an EBow device on an electric guitar to get more sustain.”
Stubblefield says that “Moonlight Requiem” is “for those times when someone dies which causes you to think about your own mortality and what you might leave undone.” The uptempo “Oculus Tempestatis” (Latin for “eye of the storm”) features Stubblefield on electric guitars, and has guest Stephen Duros (who played with Ottmar Liebert) on acoustic guitar as well as wordless vocalist Moksha Sommer. The furious, high-speed “Rumba Furiosa, Opus 2” (“another tongue-in-cheek title”) “features Dan Sistos, Christine Aguilera’s original guitarist, helping me meld rhumba guitars with neo-classical and heavy metal, plus there are chanting parts and harpsichord.” The recording concludes with the lovely, rhythmic, world-beat number “Sueño Pacífico” (“Pacific Dream” in Spanish) featuring what Stubblefield calls “a Santana-style electric guitar solo.”
Stubblefield was born and raised in Pasadena, California (and now lives about 30 miles north of Los Angeles). He started taking acoustic guitar lessons when he was eight-years-old and especially enjoyed playing songs by The Beatles. In high school he became enamored with British progressive rock bands such as Yes and Genesis, and heavy metal groups (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest), and at 17 started playing electric guitar. But Stubblefield also enjoyed the jazz-fusion stylings of guitarists such as Al Di Meola (“His blending of world-fusion and Latin-rock with improvisation was a huge influence”), John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny. While attending the University of Redlands in Southern California, where Stubblefield earned BA Degrees in both English and History, he played in a rock band that performed the hits of that era. In addition, Stubblefield took music classes and jazz guitar lessons. He took an intensive one-year program at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood where Al Di Meola gave a solo performance. “That’s when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music.”
Stubblefield met Waleed Hamad from Kuwait, who played oud (a fretless Mid-Eastern lute) and who had performed with Ben Harper. Stubblefield and Hamad formed a duo, wrote their own material, and began gigging around Southern California. Stubblefield, at that point back on acoustic steel-string guitar, began absorbing the world music sounds of acts such as Shakti, Strunz & Farah, Paco de Lucia and artists from India and Northern Africa. “Audiences loved our sound and I realized there was a market for world-fusion music.” In 1995 he switched to nylon-string Spanish-style guitar as his primary instrument. “I loved the sound and I knew I needed to put my energy into it.” In late 1999 Stubblefield co-founded the Latin guitar-oriented world music group Incendio with bassist Liza Carbe and guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand. They soon became a best-selling recording act, a popular concert attraction, and a group whose albums hit the Billboard, NAV and CMJ charts.
Stubblefield’s solo recordings are November, Cities of Gold, Rhythm of the Heart, Guitarra Exotica, Inspiración, Encantado and Guitare Mystique. His albums with Incendio (incendioband.com) are Misterioso, Illumination, Intimo, Incendio, Dia Y Noche (also available as a DVD), Seduction, Vihuela and The Shape of Dreams. More information on Stubblefield is available at his website (guitarraexotica.com). His music -- CDs or digital download tracks from those recordings -- are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others. Encantado, which went Top 5 on both the international Zone Music Reporter and One World Music Top 100 charts, was voted by ZMR radio programmers one of the Top 5 Best World Albums of the Year and named by OWM one of the Top 10 Albums of the Year and a Top 10 Acoustic Instrumental Album too.
According to Stubblefield, “On Guitare Mystique I wanted to make an album that was different than anything I had ever done before, and I wanted variety including some downtempo stuff, some atmospheric, some textured and a few powerful upbeat pieces.”
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Top New Age Keyboardist Tron Syversen Re-Joins With Vocalist Runar Halonen
Aug 23 2017
HALONEN AND SYVERSEN VOICES FROM HEAVEN VOL. II
Due to the success and positive feedback for the recording Voices From Heaven, best-selling Norwegian new age music keyboardist Tron Syversen has once again teamed with wordless vocalist Runar Halonen to create the powerful and therapeutic recording, Voices From Heaven Vol. II, another masterpiece of ambient and improvisational sound healing.
The new album was designed to take the listener on a deep journey into their inner self. The music continues a channeled arrangement on both piano and keyboards by Syversen combined with voices floating on the waves of music to achieve a powerful sound-healing album that creates unique frequencies that will be received into the listener’s body. According to Halonen, “These frequencies will release your energy when the low or high notes are heard, stimulating a needle-energy similar to the ancient practice of acupuncture without the needle!”
Voices From Heaven Vol. II is comprised of three lengthy tunes composed by the Halonen and Syversen team -- “My Journey to True Love,” “Rainbow Bridge” and “Hymn to the Lost Souls.” Each healing piece features Syversen playing spacey, ambient, floating music on piano and keyboards with occasional synthesized percussion or strings effects while Halonen adds soaring, sailing, drone-like, mood-setting, uplifting wordless vocalizing. In addition, they are joined by special guest vocalist Helene Edler Lorentzen on “Rainbow Bridge” (she also co-produced the vocals on the album with Syversen). “Rainbow Bridge” includes Lorentzen playing a shaman drum and Per Elias Drablos on bass.
Voices From Heaven Vol. II is the eleventh album that Tron has created using extraordinary perceptions and his knowledge of music to create true new age masterpieces that he hopes in some way may improve health and stress reduction for many people around the world. His music serves as a sanctuary for relaxation, rejuvenation and well-being. He is known for making music that is healing, meditative, healthful, stress-reducing and peaceful.
Syversen is acknowledged as a pioneer in the Northern-European relaxation-healing music community, but each year his music and influence has spread farther afield. His most recent albums have been marketed internationally and all have gone Top 10 on the international monthly Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart that covers gentle instrumental and vocal music.
Voices From Heaven Vol. II and other recordings by Tron Syversen are available from his website (tronmusic.com), Amazon, iTunes, CDbaby, Deezer and other online CD and digital download sales sites. His music has become extremely popular with holistic healers, massage therapists, spa managers, yoga teachers, reiki masters, doctors, school teachers and care-givers. Syversen’s catalog of successful recordings includes Piano Meditations, Piano Poems, Peaceful Journey, Sacred Dreams, Gentle Moments, Inner Balance, Garden of Visions and Whispers of Assisi.
In addition to Voices From Heaven Vol I and Vol. II, Halonen and Syversen previously worked together on musical guided meditation recordings (Activation of Your Inner Healing, Create The Life You Want and The Translucent Return Journey). Syversen also has worked regularly the past few years with Helene Edler Lorentzen. She appeared on his successful Piano Meditations album. Lorentzen grew up singing in choirs, playing drums and singing in a pop music band, and performing at community events.
Halonen has been working in the healing industry since 1996 (“It is an in-born ability to convey universal energy.”). He completed a study of reflexology in 2000 and began working in the field fulltime in 2003. He is an Approved MNHA Healer in the Nordic Healing Association (qualifying members’ education, practice and ethical conduct) which is, in turn, approved by the government’s regulating Social Affairs department. Halonen does private healing sessions, as well as group meetings, seminars, conferences and concerts.
For both Voices From Heaven recordings, Halonen and Syversen felt they “channeled” the music. “These tracks were created without previous planning,” explains Syversen. “We put ourselves into a state of mind so that the music could come to us freely.”
According to Halonen, “Sound healing is a powerful tool to use. I experience it as a deep form of healing. The energy created from sound healing is very sharp, and it can best be described as a kind of needle-energy. Sound healing creates unique frequencies that are very specific for each situation. The energies use my voice as an instrument to reach specific areas in your body or mind. The sound carries the energies. Different vocal sounds appear -- both high and low notes. Through inner images, I see where the sound is working on the client or within a group.”
In his book, My Amazing Transformation, Halonen tells his own personal story of healing. He received this message, which he then passed along to his readers and clients: “You will bring heaven to earth and the people back to heaven. You are to build bridges between heaven and earth.” The Voices From Heaven albums are a continuation of this practice.
Syversen says, “I attended meditation training using the Silva Method some years ago, and one of the things I learned was to trust the ideas that came into my head. One of these ideas was to incorporate into my music a human voice as an instrument. This has added another deep human dimension to my music. It is like recreating a primal experience, the singing or humming that most mothers do with their babies.
“When composing,” Syversen explains, “I use both my improvisational skills as a jazz pianist and my understanding about how music affects our mental and physical health. We often live with a lot of stress that includes appointments on our agendas as well as expectations from ourselves and others. I realized that there is a big demand for music that can relax and heal the listeners both mentally and physically, so I always keep that in mind while I am creating the music.”
Syversen started playing piano at age seven and a few years later began playing trumpet and joined his school’s band. Later Syversen studied jazz improvisation with trumpeter Eckland Baur, a member of the award-winning Geir Lysne Ensemble. “I analyzed jazz tunes and found out how to move to other keys within a tune and I also discovered notes that could be used in melody lines in ways I did not consider possible before starting to play jazz.” For years Tron played piano accompanying various choirs. After playing trumpet in the Kingaes Guards Band for a year, he played with numerous Big Bands. “This was when I started arranging music and it was a great period of musical development for me.” Syverson’s musical influences include Rick Wakeman from Yes, early Vangelis, Kitaro and the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.
Syversen began composing his own music for meditation purposes and for a doctor who specializes in patients with pain problems. “My goal has always been to make enjoyable music that people like to listen to,” explains Syversen. “But I also want the music to be good for deep relaxation, meditation, sharp concentration or improved sleep. If my music helps people in their daily lives, I have accomplished more than just entertainment. The music on Voices From Heaven Vol. II can be used for sound healing or in conjunction with other holistic therapies including massage, spa treatments or aromatherapy.”
Halonen says, “We believe this music will promote the listener’s inner balance. This energy, represented here as music, is the driving force of everything we see around us, yes, in the entire universe. We want to activate your own healing processes. All humans have the ability to heal themselves, and we want this music to help facilitate that therapy.” _____________________________________________
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Gentle, Serene, Meditative, World-Influenced Sounds From Mystic Journey Band
Jul 30 2017
Mystic Journey KINGDOM OF MOUNTAINS
Mystic Journey takes you there. Close your eyes, trust, and you will go somewhere else. When you return, you'll be different... better. Your inner windshield wipers will have washed off what you don't need. What you need... is a Mystic Journey.” -- John Densmore (The Doors)
Mystic Journey has an eagerly anticipated new release, Kingdom of Mountains full of mystical and evocative instrumental world music at its best, with rare and colorful flutes, strings and percussion from around the world that dance together to create an ancient yet modern global groove. Ten gorgeous tracks take the listener on a journey around the world and beyond, with a theme of peace and tranquility uniting the pieces into one mystical, musical journey.
Mystic Journey is Suzanne Teng (world flutes), Gilbert Levy (world strings and percussion), Dann Torres (guitar and oud), and Jon Ossman (bass and dilruba). This unique world music ensemble creates a new type of instrumental music that is ethereal and exotic, soulful and healing, and “Sensual and Serene,” as described by Billboard Magazine.
Mystic Journey has created music that is not only critically acclaimed, but has won them numerous awards such as the Independent Music Awards (twice), International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Los Angeles Music Awards. Their music has been licensed for hundreds of independent film and video projects and was featured on the show America’s Got Talent. Recognized not only for their musicianship and high production quality, their recordings have been described as sacred, relaxing and heart-opening and their work has been used in numerous healing recordings, films and videos, including a special CD compilation of their pieces created by the pharmaceutical company Genentech that was distributed to over 50,000 patients to aid in their recovery.
“Mystic Journey…lifts the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside” (Whole Life Times), both in recordings and live performances, as demonstrated in venues where they have performed such as the Dalai Lama’s International World Festival of Sacred Music, where they were featured artists each year of the festival.
Husband and wife team Teng and Levy wrote all of the pieces on this new album Kingdom of Mountains whose 10 tracks feature numerous rare and beautiful instruments from around the world. Their earlier albums were released under Suzanne Teng (Mystic Journey and Enchanted Wind) as well as Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey (Miles Beyond), but over the years, as they performed around the country and internationally, the ensemble developed a magical synergy that is embraced in this exciting new release, and co-bandleaders Teng and Levy decided they wanted to move forward as simply Mystic Journey.
Gilbert Levy, born and raised in New Orleans, began playing drums at an early age and by his late teens was performing professionally in R&B bands in clubs on Bourbon Street and with jazz greats such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Levy moved to Los Angeles and played pop music in numerous bands and on several major label recording projects.
His years of experience in both pop/rock/jazz as well as world music give Gilbert the ability to create rhythms that are musical and music that is rhythmic. He is known for his expressive and exuberant performances both onstage and in recordings. He credits his years of North Indian classical music studies for creating his unique style. He also plays African and Middle Eastern hand-percussion as well as a very unique personalized drum set and the evocative Swiss metal hand drum called the “hang” which is featured on much of their music.
Years ago, after a hand injury that led him to take a break from hand drums, he started to explore stringed instruments and the album features beautiful performances on the African bass harp (ngoni) on the track “Midnight in Bamako” and the bass dulcimer and Turkish saz on numerous tracks. He also used his extraordinary technical expertise to engineer and mix the album.
The Los Angeles Times has described Suzanne Teng as a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” Originally from Berkeley, California, she received her Master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and, after traveling across the globe, decided to further her passion for world music, pursuing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCLA where her focus was on music and healing.
Suzanne plays an extensive array of flutes from around the world, some of which are featured on Kingdom of Mountains. Many of the tracks feature her on the deep and soulful alto and bass flutes. She is a YAMAHA artist representing the low flutes (also called Harmony Flutes) on which she is well-known and recognized worldwide for her unique style of playing. She plays the Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) on “Delicate Rainbow Flower,” the rare Chinese gourd wind instrument (hulusi) on “Yunnan,” bass Native American flute on “Kingdom of Mountains,” and bamboo flute on the entrancing piece “I Dream of a Castle.” Listening to Suzanne’s emotional flute lines, you can feel your heart opening, as one of her passions is to create music that is healing and transportive. Music Connection Magazine wrote that in “Teng’s delightful flute performances…joy emanates from her soul when she plays.”
Recognized in the industry for her skillful, creative and moving flute playing, she can be heard on hundreds of recordings and soundtracks, including commercials (Kleenex, Pepsi, Dodge, Johnny Walker), soundtracks for the video games “Myst” and “Prince of Persia,” children’s shows (the Emmy-winning “Tumble Leaf” on PBS, “Miss Spider,” and “Babar and the Adventures of Badou”), the film 300 and several of the “Survivor” finale TV shows (on which she was shown performing).
Fellow bandmates Dann and Jon are seasoned Los Angeles musicians who have performed and recorded extensively. Dann M. Torres is a multi-instrumentalist with an affection for acoustic experimentation and electronic manipulation. Well-versed in a variety of musical styles and idioms, from world-fusion to post-rock, experimental and ambient jazz, Torres’ divergent approach to sound design seeks to deconstruct genres and bring elements of them together into something that is new, compelling and unique. Torres has worked with Solace, Naked Rhythm, Shaman's Dream, Azam Ali and a variety of other diverse musicians both in the studio and in improvised performance. In Mystic Journey, Dann plays the oud, acoustic guitar and electric sitar.
Jon Ossman grew up in New Paltz, New York, lived in New York City for many years and then moved to Los Angeles. He calls himself “a lucky rebel who has seen most of this planet from a stage behind a bass.” Jon has recorded and toured with many of the greats such as Marc Cohn, Blood Sweat and Tears, Paula Cole and Chris Botti, and additionally writes music for films, infomercials and videos. He also plays sitar and the hauntingly beautiful Indian fiddle called dilruba with skill and delicacy, adorning the magical opening track “Subhadra” with a yearning that transports the listener to an ancient and holy time.
For more information, please visit them at www.mysticjourney.net and facebook.com/MysticJourneyMusic. Kingdom of Mountains -- and earlier recordings by Suzanne Teng and Mystic Journey -- are available as CDs and digital download tracks at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others.
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Mike Sebbage with Ryan Woods Dreams In My Pocket TBC Records 17 June 2017
Jul 16 2017
Dreams in My Pocket came about a little by accident, if that’s possible when writing and recording an album! “It all started when I was listening to some old songs that I wrote years ago, some going back as far as the early ‘8_0_’s, that I had uploaded on to my PC for safe keeping. As I listened and reminisced to the songs, which were recorded in various formats; some live in a rehearsal studio, some demo's laid down in a bedroom or some other make shift space and some professionally recorded in a pucker studio. But, whatever the quality of the recordings, there were some pretty decent tunes there and it got me thinking, why not re-vamp some of the songs with a more modern twist and see if they stand the test of time? I enlisted a talented young guitarist friend of mine, Ryan Woods, to come along and have a listen and see if he felt there was any mileage in re-visiting some of my old songs and see if we could record them again, but this time with a bit more of a modern edge and feel. As we started working on a few of the old songs we also began to play around with some new ideas, which sounded, to us anyway, pretty fresh and we soon realised that a good, strong writing partnership was developing between us. We ended up with a collection of twelve songs, three of my old ones and nine brand new tunes, which we decided to record and release under the title, Dreams In My Pocket. The title track, Dreams In My Pocket, is one of the four original songs of mine but it has under-gone a complete facelift and only the intro and choruses remain the same as before! “ _says Mike. 1. Time Well Spent—an up-beat pop/rock tune with a catchy, sing along chorus. Life is all about having a good time with those that you love, right? 2. Dreams In My Pocket - originally written in the mid ‘8_0_’s, this song is a real favourite of ours and has a strong pre-chorus & cho-rus. It was the hardest thing ever to completely re-write a song, including lyrics, that you have lived with for quite a while! 3. Sound Of A Broken Heart - The first song Ryan and I wrote together, a little bit of a Country feel, personally I love this song! 4. You Are Love - Written around a lyric I wrote for the love of my life, my wife Carol, this song just took on a life of it’s own. Unusu-al? Ethnic? Gregorian like? Maybe. But we had a blast recording this track, using some very unusual instruments! 5. Solo In Soho - I came up with this fun riff whilst wandering around Soho one Summer’s evening, people watching ! It’s slightly Latin-pop feel lends itself well to Lee Thompson’s (Madness) inimitable sax lines! 6. Life Got In The Way - Our latest collaboration. A groove-based pop/rock tune lyrically inspired by the film, “La La Land” _ 7. Forever - a love song, a modern ballad, with a strong chorus line. Proud of the lyrics on this song. 8. Don’t Say A Word! - A bluesy rocker based around Ryan’s stomping guitar riff. Two groovy guitar and organ solos, make this song a firm favourite of ours. 9. She’s Been Gone So Long - Another oldie that we have re-vamped. Originally a reggae tune, now a true slow blues/rock track with a twist at the chorus. 10. Chasing Butterflies - A little homage to a genre of music I love, a soulful jazzy song with some lilting sax work courtesy of Joe Di Fiore and some lovely guitar work from Ryan. 11. Why? - Another blast from the past. This up-beat pop song is the truest to it’s original counterpart with some nice guitar work from Ryan. 12. Eyes Like Fire - The rockiest track on the album, building from a slow groove to a manic rock ending, we really like this track! A great way to finish of the album.
Mike Sebbage has been involved in the music business since the age of 16, both professionally and semi-professionally. He has written well over 150 songs and has collaborated with many musicians over the years including Alan Blakley of The Tremeloes, Dave Dee, Keith Emerson, Elkie Brooks, Davy O’List and Harry James of UK Rock band, Thunder. Mike has written jingles and music for adverts and film and has had publishing deals with ATV Music and Chips Records. His musical highlight came in 1982 when he reached number 18 in the charts with the “Hokey Cokey “as a member of The Snowmen… _dizzy heights indeed! E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: SongCraft Music 020 3730 1785
Music Of Rick Sparks Is Played Worldwide On Hundreds Of Radio Stations
Jun 21 2017
RICK SPARKS NIGHTFALL LONDON
“The idea of night falling on a great city like London intrigued me with the possibilities for musical adventure,” explains pianist/synthesist, composer, arranger and producer Rick Sparks, who titled his fourth album Nightfall London. “I have always loved the Brits: Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street, World War II history, Abbey Road Studio and EMI with The Beatles and George Martin, and, last but not least, the Jaguar XK8 convertible in my garage. Then I saw this photo that showed the tranquil beauty of Big Ben at dusk and it just seemed like a perfect fit for the mood of the album so I used it on the cover.”
Sparks calls his recordings “quiet-piano albums” and the music is popular with fans of new age and neo-classical music. Piano is most-often the featured instrument, but Sparks is an adept arranger who uses synthesizer to give his music layers, textures and additional depth. Sparks also colors his music with the sounds of synth and electronic keyboards, individual stringed instruments such as violin, string sections, flutes, chimes and choirs.
More information on Sparks is available at his website (RickSparksMusic.net). His CDs -- Nightfall London, Matilda’s Flowers, Endless and Christmas Love -- and digital download tracks from those recordings are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many other outlets. His earlier two recordings received strong airplay and reviews with Endless going into the Top 10 on the prestigious international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Chart that specifically monitors new age music. “My quiet-music recordings received a huge shot in the arm in the Fall of 2016 when SiriusXM added seven of my songs to their Spa (68) and Escape (69) channels,” states Sparks. “The airplay from such a major outlet was a tremendous encouragement to me.”
Rick Sparks’ musical influences have been many and diverse: coming from a musical family, getting his B.A. degree in broadcasting from the University of Tennessee, being an FM-radio DJ in the 1970s and 1980s, earning Masters degrees in music and communication and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Missouri, programming a leading new-age music station (The Cove) on Radionomy, and serving as a college professor. His taste in music also has been varied and includes pop music, jazz and new age. His musical career has included accompanying on-stage legendary artists that include The 5th Dimension's Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., gospel great Alvin Slaughter of Brooklyn Tabernacle, and American Idol finalist Phil Stacey.
“The music of Nightfall London was inspired by the strings of the London Philharmonic, the ethereal voices of an English choir and the somber beauty of twilight over Big Ben,” explains Sparks. “Even more specifically, the enduring legacy of Sir George Martin was a constant inspiration to me in my arrangements, especially the string parts. His classical training and stellar musicianship were evident in all he did during his life as a producer and arranger. I admire him tremendously.”
Sparks says, “I've gone from composing two original tunes on my Endless album, to seven originals on my Matilda's Flowers recording, to nine of the ten pieces on Nightfall London. I am excited about offering the listener more of myself and my music on this project.”
Here, in his own words, are descriptions of each tune on Nightfall London:
1. “Across the River”: “While the river might be the Thames, as suggested by the album’s cover photo, there is another river which we all must cross at the end of our lives. As a Christian, I am sure that what awaits me on the other side is unimaginable beauty and joy, both the presence of God and my loved ones who made that crossing before me.”
2. “Nightfall London”: “What became the title song is perfectly captured by the cover photo of the album which shows the somber beauty and stillness of Old London at twilight. This is the most ‘chill’ song on the album.”
3. “Little Angel”: “A simple, lovely piano solo inspired by the headstone of an infant’s grave in an old mountain cemetery in Tennessee. The grief and heartache of her parents could only have been endured with the sure knowledge that their baby girl had been instantly transported to heaven and into the arms of Jesus.”
4. “First Love”: “Tender, innocent joy at the wonder of finding someone other than your family to love and to love you. First love is a truly amazing experience.”
5. “Tokyo Rain”: “Traditional Japanese music is mysterious and beautiful, just like their culture. I challenged myself to write a piano solo that respected that culture by mostly using the oriental music scale, but without it being a cliché of Japanese music. The lovely night photo of Japanese umbrellas was the perfect backdrop for the CD’s liner-notes.”
6. “Beyond the Stars”: “Another simple song, driven by transcendent chord progressions. I took the song where I thought it should go, both musically and spiritually, which was into the heavenly realms beyond the stars.”
7. “In the Bleak Midwinter”: “The only cover song, this classic hymn of devotion to the Christ child has been a longtime personal favorite. I love Gustav Holst’s gorgeous melody, and tried to give the song the gentle yet transcendent arrangement it deserves. To my ear, the strings and voices add a special sacred feel to the song.”
8. “Hearts As One”: “A tender love song, this one was written for my lovely wife Sandie. Romantic and gorgeous – the song and her.”
9. “Highland Rose”: “With my Scots/Irish roots, I’ve always loved Celtic music. It is simple but emotional, with typically lovely melodies. This is my effort to combine those elements into an original song, complete with fiddle and flute. Those same elements are in the Appalachian mountain music of the U.S., where I grew up, so they are very familiar to me and much loved.”
10. “Evening Prayer”: “I ended my two previous albums with traditional hymns, but to finish Nightfall London, I wrote my ninth and final original song for the album. The composition serves as an evening prayer of peace and gratitude to the Almighty for blessing my life with the priceless gift of music and the love of friends and family.”
Sparks says, “I was raised in east Tennessee in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains, where generations of my family lived. My grandfather played banjo clawhammer-style, my airline-mechanic dad sang and played the guitar, and my mom also sang and played the piano and organ. I started pretty early with piano lessons at age seven. My parents played in church so I got an early education in the spiritual power of music and eventually became a church pianist myself. I grew up with early gospel music influences followed by the pop music I heard on Top 40 radio, and then FM pop-rock when I was a DJ and program director. During those years I learned to play Beach Boys and Chicago songs on the piano. I also have always had a deep admiration for Paul McCartney. Later my musical tastes expanded to include smooth jazz and then, about a decade ago, I became enamored by new age artists such as George Winston and Jim Brickman. When I began my own new age radio channel, I started enjoying artists that include Chris Botti, Kevin Kern, Dominic Miller and Mark Baldwin.”
According to Sparks, “My utmost desire as an artist is to create music that feeds the soul, inspires and uplifts. I guess my approach to composing and recording is ‘less is more.’ I favor songs and arrangements that are relatively simple, but melodic. The power of music to project beauty into the world is so significant.”
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