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The World Around Me

by Bernie Chiaravalle

This the 4th solo album from singer/songwriter and longtime guitarist for Michael McDonald, Bernie Chiaravalle. 12 new songs written and produced by Bernie as well as Chiaravalle playing and singing all the parts on the record.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. No Way Out
4:07 $0.99
2. Only Game In Town
4:08 $0.99
3. You Got Nothin' On Me
5:07 $0.99
4. The World Has Let You Down
5:49 $0.99
5. Long Haul
4:19 $0.99
6. The World Around Me
5:07 $0.99
7. What I Knew Before
4:33 $0.99
8. For A Little While
5:47 $0.99
9. No Longer In My Dreams
5:04 $0.99
10. White Lies
3:37 $0.99
11. Nothin' Left To Believe In
5:45 $0.99
12. Let the Night Unwind
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Album Notes
It’s hard to imagine the amount of dedication, commitment, focus and sheer energy it takes to complete a record when you’re touring the world as a lead guitarist for a popular artist, as well as producing yet another musical project.  For Chiaravalle (pronounced (“shaira velley”) it simply comes down to passion.  It’s not a matter of choice; it’s just creative necessity.  Not that he doesn’t absolutely love the job he’s had with Michael McDonald for the past 22 years, it’s just that he has music he needs to make and artistic statements of his own to offer.  And Chiaravalle has done that in a very complete way with The World Around Me, his 4th record, on which he supplies all the vocals and plays all the instruments (with the exception of Pat Coil’s organ on “Long Haul”). Chiaravalle says it is his most personal effort yet. “I’ve always had people work with me, but as I developed this group of songs I had, it just felt right for the record to be doing it by myself. The songs are probably more introspective,” he explains. “I always admired Paul McCartney’s first album,” he says, referring to 1970’s McCartney. “I always thought it was heroic that he played all the instruments. That was my inspiration.”

The Beatles were his influence from the start, growing up in Marin County, CA. Their famous 1964 Ed Sullivan appearance prompted him to begin playing piano and drums at the age of nine. He remembers being absolutely voracious, learning his first guitar bar chord in the middle of the street. “It changed my life,” he recalls. After the formative bands and local gigs, Chiaravalle moved to L.A. in 1985 with a band by the name of Page One. Just as the group was disbanding, he met up with Ambrosia’s David Pack. “I sent him a tape,” Chiaravalle recalls. “And immediately we hit it off and began hanging out together and writing and playing songs.” At the same time, Pack was telling Michael McDonald about the guitarist. Chiaravalle auditioned for him and in1988, they began their playing and songwriting partnership.

In 1996, Chiaravalle released his first solo effort, Driven By Desire. Two years later, he relocated to Nashville and the following year he enjoyed a No.1 hit song, “Speak,” on the CHR charts. He also had a song called “Til I Hurt You” on Larry Carlton’s Fingertips, co-written with Carlton and McDonald, which sat on top of the NAC charts. Chiaravalle delivered his second album, Life As We Know It, in 2002, followed by Mystery Of Love in 2005. In 2008, Chiaravalle completed production on The Journey To Miracle River, an album for Amy Holland (McDonald), which had been several years in the making. Check it out at www.amyhollandmcdonald.com.

The World Around Me (available on CD Baby) took three years, with everything else going on in Chiaravalle’s life. Produced in his own studio, most of the lyrics were self-penned, although “Long Haul” was co-written with Michael McDonald, “The Only Game in Town” was co-written with John Goodwin, and Chazz Frichtel co-wrote “Nothin’ Left to Believe In.” “A friend of mine, Steve Leland, gave me a poem for the ballad ‘For a Little While’ that I wrote a song to,” says Chiaravalle, who adds that it is among one of his favorites, along with “No Way Out,” and “Nothin’ Left To Believe In”, “about a former relationship I had. It’s sort of a downer song, but with a positive message,” he says. Another favorite he mentions is “The World Has Let You Down,” a song about his dad.

So while some people say, “I’ve had a busy week,” Chiaravalle says, “I’ve had a busy decade,” with a chuckle. “Seriously, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t make this music. I’m thankful that I still have the drive – and the ideas -- to do it. I do these records to re-charge myself, do these groups of songs, move on and write some more. I’m lucky to be able to do it,” says Chiaravalle, who, no surprise, already has a batch of new songs for the next one!



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The World Around Me
Bernie shows us once again his multiple talents in singing, songwriting and musicianship ! He gives smoooth harmonies with a full deep sound. You can hear the love in his songs. These are songs that will play over again in your mind ! Thanks, Bernie for another round of beautiful songs !

Janice Jardine

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This CD sounds great. I can't wait to get my copy in the mail.


The World Around Me
Awesome CD!! Bernie's artistry as a multi-talented musician shines through in every song!


The World Around Me
I look forward to driving in my car so I can listen to it every chance I get. Can't say enough about the excellent guitar work and song arrangements. Nice lyrics and vocals as well. I will recommend it to all my friends!


The World Around Me
This CD is also in my car that I listen to, to and from work and certainly gets me going in the morning. Bernie is such a multi-talented guy, enjoyed the arrangements, guitar work is fantastic, the lyrics on some of the songs just hit home. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Excellent job Bernie!