Bart Reardon | Chasing Dolphins: Musical Metaphors for Life

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Chasing Dolphins: Musical Metaphors for Life

by Bart Reardon

Chasing Dolphins is an instrumental album that conveys film score and soundtrack styles. It is intentionally written to engage the listener in a way that you might find the stories of your own life in the songs, and in a personal way, make them your own.
Genre: Easy Listening: Orchestral Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chasing Dolphins
4:52 $0.99
2. Native Leaf
6:25 $0.99
3. Looking Back
3:18 $0.99
4. Turkana
4:35 $0.99
5. Child Soldier
3:04 $0.99
6. Moto Melody
5:18 $0.99
7. We Were There
4:29 $0.99
8. The Blue Window
3:43 $0.99
9. Roger Houston's Moonlander Band
3:45 $0.99
10. Cats in the Woods
3:38 $0.99
11. The Backroad
3:07 $0.99
12. Bridge in the Haze
3:26 $0.99
13. Below the Surface
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Album Notes
“There is never enough time for beauty. Those of us who are given the task of making beauty should make as much of it as we can.”

I’m a retired musician, recording studio owner/operator and music producer. Over the years I’ve come to believe that music as an art form, is a collaborative activity between the creator and the listener (or observer).

From the album liner notes:

Songs in Chasing Dolphins are purposely
written to evoke images and emotions related
to personal stories in listeners' lives.

We all have our own stories in life. Music works
in ways that help us connect with the sentiments of our
history and experiences while being non-specific enough
to let us find our own stories in the songs.

In listening, I hope you find your own
stories here, and in a personal way, make
these songs your own rather than mine.

One of the wonderful perks of being a retired musician is having the freedom to put aside typical concerns about market branding, genre specificity, target markets, production deadlines and financial risk.

More simply, I'd describe it as: “Wow! This is the way it should have been all along!”

One little dig in this circumstance is the fact that 54 years as a guitarist have taken a harsh toll on my hands.

But, the job of the music producer is to be a problem solver and solution finder. The solution to long term, overworked guitar hands has been to write what I’m able to play. I've found that it can help the music writing process when hands don’t insist on always going to familiar places.

This physical constraint takes on an unexpected philosophical orientation, where music written to reach the hearts of listeners doesn’t necessarily require dazzle and flash, but rather an authenticity in the joy, the enthusiasm and the love of craft that went into its making. Music making becomes more a function of the mind and heart than of the hands. What matters most is the human connection that music offers.

Chasing Dolphins took seven months and 1200 hours to make. While it may seem counter intuitive, making music in increments of twelve hour days months at a stretch is something many musicians can only dream of. So, despite my physical constraints, the availability of time and creative freedom have been an advantage that I’ve enjoyed greatly and am very thankful for.

Classical composer, Robert Schumann, I think said it best:

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” Robert Schumann

If you choose to be my listener and subsequently my artistic collaborator, we then have a unique, human relationship through music that fulfills both the intent and purpose of music as art.

Whatever the source, whomever the creator, I hope your love of music will be rich.



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Music for the Movie in Your Mind
There is such scope and depth in these tracks the listener is certain they are describing a scene. Their cinematic quality evokes memories and creates screen plays for the imagination. This is not music from which processing has taken all the life. Instead, it vibrates with vitality and presence.

So, do yourself a favor and listen to these pieces on the best reproduction hardware you can get. Your ears will thank you; your soul will bask.