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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eighth Duo: 1. Open. Ended
The Capital Duo
5:40 $0.99
2. Eighth Duo: 2. Dying Batteries
The Capital Duo
3:17 $0.99
3. Eighth Duo: 3. OCD Is Disco
The Capital Duo
4:51 $0.99
4. Second String Quartet: 1. Allegro
Eclipse Quartet
6:33 $0.99
5. Second String Quartet: 2. Rajon Rondo
Eclipse Quartet
4:36 $0.99
6. Second String Quartet: 3. Mar Vista
Eclipse Quartet
7:37 $0.99
7. Second String Quartet: 4. Allegro
Eclipse Quartet
5:37 $0.99
8. Grandfather Clock
Duncan Cumming
5:13 $0.99
9. Sixth Duo: 1. Allegro
Karoly Duo
3:43 $0.99
10. Sixth Duo: 2. March
Karoly Duo
4:06 $0.99
11. Sixth Duo: 3. Violets Are Blue
Karoly Duo
3:45 $0.99
12. Sixth Duo: 4. Allegro
Karoly Duo
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes

“Eighth Duo” was written for Hilary and Duncan Cumming, who are members of my immediate family and just so happen to be world class musicians. The first movement, “Open. Ended”, gets its title from its exuberant and welcoming qualities, and the abrupt manner in which it ends.

“Dying Batteries” refers to an instance a few years ago when Duncan and I happened upon a children’s toy which was in dire need of new batteries. The toy managed to play its pre-programmed song, but the power deficiency distorted the playback in an almost painful but very amusing fashion.

The last movement of "Eighth Duo", “OCD Is Disco”, is the product of a short lived obsession I had with octaves. One main feature of disco music is a rolling octaves bass line, which I found impossible to ignore while writing this movement.

"Second String Quartet" depicts moments and ideas I’ve experienced on the East and West coasts of America, and in doing so attempts to express the separation I’ve felt as a ‘transplant’ currently residing in Los Angeles but having grown up in Concord, Mass. It’s recording was impeccably realized by Eclipse Quartet.

For many years my parents owned a rustic cabin on Lake Massasecum in Bradford, New Hampshire. I have many memories from my childhood of this unique place, but the first movement of "Second String Quartet" reminds me specifically of the first time my brother Ryan and I were allowed to take my dads motorboat out on our own for a spin around the lake.

Despite having lived in LA for more than half my life I have retained my loyalties to the same New England sports teams I rooted for as a kid. The second movement, which is in a quasi rondo form, gets its title from one of my favorite pro basketball point guards Rajon Rondo, who played for the Boston Celtics from 2006-2014. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Towards the beginning and end of Mar Vista the first violinist imitatively plays the distinctive laughter of a studio musician colleague of mine. Otherwise, this movement reminds me of a Sunday afternoon drive I took on the hilly LA street Inglewood Blvd through the town of Mar Vista with my wife Violet, and kids Logan and Cassidy (our son Jackson had yet to be born).

I completed work on the fourth movement of "Second String Quartet" while on a vacation spent with Logan and my parents at my childhood home in Concord. During this trip my parents removed an ancient, dying maple tree that had resided in their yard for as long as I could remember. It was a venerable, beautiful tree, and it was saddening to see it go. I vividly remember watching from the attic of the house as a crane lifted huge pieces of the tree from its original spot in the yard to the wood chipper in the driveway. It was as if pieces of the tree were magically floating by the house. Violet stayed home for that particular trip to prepare herself for an operation to donate one of her kidneys to her brother Jimmy, who suffers from degenerative kidney failure. Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control the operation was not performed, but all has since turned out well as Jimmy received a kidney donated by his good friend Youngest Choo.

“Grandfather Clock” is a musical depiction of the clock my dad kept in the entry hall of my childhood home. As a young kid it was an item I found to be equal parts fascinating and spooky, but is now something for which I feel slightly nostalgic. The clock would chime, occasionally play a clunky song, and toll on the hours, and I remember the ratcheting sound it would make when my dad wound it up, so I put certain degrees of these elements into this little piece. The intermittently modulating skipping figure heard repeated throughout the first four fifths of the piece represents the passing of time.

“Sixth Duo” was written for Cathy and Jonathan Karoly as a means to showcase their unbelievable virtuosity and artistry. Jonathan first approached me about writing this piece over lunch at my home. Before we ate he had a look at the landscaping in my back yard which had just been completed. It was a project Violet and I did together, and Jonathan was fond of the design. The third movement of “Sixth Duo”, “Violets are Blue”, is a depiction of this project and the collaborative spirit behind its inception. Jonathan is one of my oldest and dearest friends dating back to my college days at The University of Southern California.

“Eighth Duo” was written for an East coast couple, and in turn was recorded on the east coast, whereas “Sixth Duo” was written for and recorded by a west coast couple, recorded in Los Angeles. I programmed these duos on “Distance” so as to create bookends, or ‘coasts’, as a way to frame the albums center piece, “Second String Quartet”.



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