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Yes I know it's usually spelled Prelude, but this was written to have a
prayerful quality to it. I really struggled with what to do melody
wise with this song. When I found the fluty patch in my processor and
played it with the rhythm track...the melody just fell into place. You
typically don't want to start a CD with a song this laid back, but it has a
natural transition into "The Awakening". Plus, sometimes I
just like to do things different to break the norm.
I named this song the Awakening because it was the track that made me 'wake
up' and realize that I really could do songs like this by myself.
Prior to this I had done many guitar tracks for other musicians on their
CD's, but I never really entertained the idea of doing a CD of my guitar
instrumentals until I saw what could be done. It was such a rush as I
layered the various tracks and it started sounding like a full band.
This is one of my favorites on the CD.
When I got into doing this medley, I was afraid I had bitten off
more then I could chew. It is pretty involved trying to do a 13
minute piece of music by yourself. This medley has close to 100 parts
in it! If there is a track on this CD that I think defines me and my
guitar playing, I think this would be it. It basically is the
culmination of all that I have learned through the years. The last
portion of the medley is actually a hymn found in church hymn books, "O
Sacred Head Now Wounded", which was written in the 1500's. Obviously
this has a twist you probably wouldn't hear at church.
This was just a short little bouncy piece that I wrote as a
variation on the chordal theme in Praylude and The Awakening.
Calm Before the Storm
This song got it's name because of the calm acoustic intro that
is followed by more progressively intense passages until the screaming
guitars at the end. During the time I wrote and recorded this, I was
going through a lot emotionally with my Dad and his Alzheimer's disease.
This piece hopefully captures some of these ups and downs of emotions.
This is a PFM song that has some neat melodic runs that is a lot
of fun for me to play. Hopefully it has a happy feel of celebration to
Pete Bragg wrote the rhythm progression for 'Dreamscape'
and plays the rhythm guitar part on it. I was over at
Frank's house one day listening to some drum tracks he had completed for Guitaria.
Frank played a track for me that he and Pete had recorded. It
was only rhythm guitar and drums at that point, but I liked the dreamy quality of this
piece and could hear the potential for adding additional tracks to round out the
song. It didn't have a name, so I called it 'Dreamscape', added the
melody and harmony lead guitar parts, and added keyboard bass to fill out
This song was written by
Ariel Pozzo, a
guitarist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I
got to know Ariel through the old PRS Guitar Forum and had the opportunity to meet Ariel
at a forum event at the PRS factory in Maryland during March of 2002. In addition to Ariels awesome guitar tracks,
Brian Scherzer, the head of the old PRS forum who is from Colorado, did the bass track. And I am from Waynesboro, Georgia. It
is really neat with computer recording how you can have musicians this far
apart geographically come together to make music. If you like this
song, you really need to check out Arielís two solo CDís on the
'Pit Ponies' were used in the coal mines before there were
automated ways to bring the coal up to the surface. Since ponies are
small, they could be used down in the mines to pull the coal carts around.
As you can imagine they lived a pretty dark and sad life. This song
has some of that same quality of sadness to it.
This song contains some of the old riffs and feels of music that
was happening back during my college days. About half the song is
stuff that I made up back then that I have merged with some new parts.
Overall, I was trying to recapture the style and feel of music that was
happening in the 70's.
There is a patch in my Boss GT-6 called "Riff Merchant".
This piece is a result of playing around with that patch and building on it.
My older brother gave me some Native Instruments software that
works as plug-ins with Cakewalk Sonar. I wrote this piece while I was
playing around with these plug-ins. The plug-ins simulate a Hammond
B3, Yamaha DX7, and Prophet analog synth. It's just a little slow
piece that is nothing too fancy...it just takes some control over your
guitar to play slow stuff like this with a lot of string pulling.
I thought I would try playing some hymns using four part
harmonies in a Brian May (Queen) style. Three of the harmony parts are
played on the guitar with the fourth being the bass part played on my Alesis
Quadrasynth. I got Bird to add an additional keyboard track to fill
out the sound. The three parts of the medley are 1) A Might Fortress
is Our God, 2) O God Our Help In Ages Past, and 3) My Country Tis of Thee.