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Playing With Shadows

by David Franklin

An instrumental album of quiet, meditative songs, to hopefully inspire connection, creativity and healing. Acoustic piano, acoustic guitar and fretless bass (by Michael Manring) played in expressive ways...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living in Interesting Times
3:45 $0.99
2. There Used to Be Songbirds
1:53 $0.99
3. Giza (feat. Michael Manring)
4:38 $0.99
4. Shifting Landscapes: Dawn
1:22 $0.99
5. Shifting Landscapes: Dusk (feat. Rick Corrigan)
6:54 $0.99
6. Song for the Dreaming (feat. Michael Manring)
4:47 $0.99
7. Falling Slowly (feat. Michael Manring)
4:14 $0.99
8. Falling Fast (feat. Michael Manring)
3:24 $0.99
9. Sunlit Mornings (feat. Michael Manring)
6:03 $0.99
10. Not Just a Walk in the Park (feat. Michael Manring)
5:35 $0.99
11. The Rabbit Hole
1:31 $0.99
12. Rolling (feat. Michael Manring)
5:22 $0.99
13. First Day of Autumn
1:42 $0.99
14. Autumn Memories (feat. Michael Manring)
3:08 $0.99
15. Forgotten Memory (feat. Michael Manring)
2:55 $0.99
16. Goodbyes (feat. Michael Manring & Alex Franklin)
4:54 $0.99
17. Playing With Shadows
2:32 $0.99
18. A Final Song
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
This was originally going to be a solo piano album. The inspiration was partly the purchase of my full-sized grand, and the fact that after 40 years as a musician, I am finally starting to understand the instrument.

However, when Michael Manring agreed to record with me, my instrumental guitar pieces became what I wanted to explore. As time continued and my vision clarified, I realized there was a lot of chemistry between my piano and guitar pieces, and that recording with Michael was the perfect glue to hold it all together.

I've gone through many phases in my musical life: a keyboardist in a New York rock band, a singer-songwriter touring with my guitar which was never in standard tuning, a drummer supporting myself through college or later, playing with and recording found-sounds (such as on Shadowlands). But even though this is my 8th full-length album, it's the one that feels most natural.

The album is entitled Playing With Shadows because I'm playing with my own shadows: historically I've had difficulty allowing my innermost musical tendencies be experienced. But by playing with these energies and doing my homework around these beliefs, I'm allowing my musical feelings to be heard. (It may sound strange, but it makes sense to me somehow...)

My hope is that the sounds of these quiet instruments may inspire a few people become more grounded and present, so that they can feel a deeper sense of connection with themselves and others. And I hope that in the most positive of ways, you yourself are inspired to play with your own shadows.

Thanks for listening!
David Franklin, January, 2015
Oakland, CA.

Piano sounds captured at home from my 2004 Pramberger grand with 2 AKG 414 microphones. Guitar sounds captured from a 1989 George Lowden S10 and an Avanti baritone guitar, high strung.

David Franklin: piano, guitar & percussion.
Rick Corrigan: accordion on Shifting Landscapes.
Alex Franklin: guitar on Goodbyes.
Michael Manring: fretless bass on selected songs.
Warren Dennis Kahn: mixing, mastering and additional tracking at The Banquet Studios.
Lyubo Bukov: Cover image “Shadows Of The Past”,
Cecilia Risquez: CD Design & Layout.

Thanks to:
Nico, Alex and Cecilia, for your love and support, great ideas in general and for pressing buttons. Rick and Warren for all their invaluable help. Bob Timney, David Egert, Michael Silver and Laura Pilnick for encouragement.
Special thanks to Michael Manring for agreeing to record with a mere mortal, such as myself.

All songs written by David Franklin.



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helena dee

David Franklin plays acoustic guitar and acoustic piano equally well and he shows off his talents to great effect on his first all-instrumental album, PLAYING WITH SHADOWS. Ten of the tunes feature Michael Manring, considered the pre-imminent bass-player in new age music. The interplay between the various instruments is stellar. On a few pieces Franklin overdubs himself so that it is a trio sound with piano, guitar and bass (plus accordion on one tune and guest electric guitar on another). There also are a handful of solo piano numbers interspersed throughout.

Franklin is a life-long musician who previously worked as a drummer and electric-keyboardist in rock bands, and recorded several singer-songwriter folk-pop albums, plus an avant-garde recording. He also is licensed therapist and an environmentalist (he once made an ecological awareness trek on foot all the way across the United States).

This is gentle, full-of-feeling music. The piano and acoustic guitar are real acoustic instruments (no synthesizers) and Manring plays the hauntingly-flowing fretless electric bass. The music they create is eclectic, invigorating

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Playing With Shadows” has a generous 18 tracks, 10 of which feature fretless bass maestro Michael Manring, who is considered the premier bassist in the new age music genre. Pianist/ guitarist David Franklin was greatly influenced by the innovative guitar playing of Michael Hedges, who along with Mr. Manring were early luminaries on the Windham Hill label. The album opens with a lovely solo piano composition entitled “Living In Interesting Times.” David describes this piece as being “inspired by exploring the bounds of time.” Track 3 is a fingerstyle acoustic guitar piece called “Giza” that is the first duet with Michael Manring, and is absolutely exquisite. On part of this song Michael uses a hand-held electronic device called an E-bow, which is held over the strings and provides infinite sustain. At times, his long deep notes, almost sound like whale songs echoing across the deep. I appreciated the interplay between the two musicians, and particularly liked when they played phrases in unison.

And speaking of duets, a track called “Shifting Landscapes – Dusk,” features David on piano playing with Rick Corrigan on accordion. A very special guest joins David and Michael on the wistful and dreamy, “Goodbyes” – David’s teenage son, Alex Franklin, who adds his spacey electric guitar lead and echoed accents of cascading notes, giving a slight hint of Pink Floyd vibe in that section – very cool. Among my favorite songs is “Rolling,” which for me, really highlighted David’s fluid guitar playing as well as his skills as a composer, with its intriguing chord progressions and evolution through various movements. Along with Michael Manring’s exquisite electric bass, David adds a track of piano to complete the mix. The fact that he is equally accomplished on the keyboard as on the fretboard is evident throughout the album. David’s abilities as a composer and multi-instrumentalist shine throughout the18 engaging tracks of “Playing With Shadows.” But in addition to David’s musical gifts is his heartfelt desire to, in some small way, make the world a better place.

To read a full-length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

David Franklin Creates Instrumental Bliss!
David Franklin is a musician and therapist that spent close to three years recording his most recent effort Playing With Shadows. This is his seventh recording.
The instrumental new age album has 18 tracks of acoustic piano and guitar pieces that include some special guests that include Michael Manring (fretless bass on 10 tracks), Rick Corrigen (accordion) and Alex Franklin (electric guitar). It was mixed and mastered by Warren Kahn.

One of the main ingredients that take a part of the success on this album for Franklin is the addition of Michael Manring on bass. Michael's basses are custom made to his specs He plays a 4-string fretless Zon bass and he often plays with an ebow. He creates a unique sound that compliments Franklin’s guitar and piano playing. A note of interest is that Franklin plays in about 25 different tunings on his guitar. Certainly these attributes are one of the main reasons the album has such a large palette of sounds and textures.

18 tracks is a lot of music and Franklin uses the space well throughout the recording. I was impressed with the overall diversity that I heard. Between the acoustic guitar, piano and Manring’s amazing fretless bass, each track held its own very well. For a listener that wants to take the time to hear it all fall into place within each track, I would recommend taking the time to do so. It not only soothes and relaxes; it brings to mind pleasant images that give a very spiritual atmosphere. Textured like a billowing cloud sitting in the middle of a clear blue sky, this music awaits you.

The opening track “Living in Interesting Times,” certainly is an understatement in a literal sense however the music does set you at ease and does a nice job creating the proper mood and atmosphere of what to expect in the forthcoming tracks. There were a lot of good reasons to find this track one of the most key presentations on the album.

“Song For The Dreaming” is another pick of the 18 tracks that really stayed with me and will prompt you to listen more than once. I featured it on our Rate The Tracks site as well. It is simplistic and that is the beauty of it. The guitar playing is smooth and flowing, it invites you in, and then you want to stay. So as a listener that means mission accomplished!

“Shifting Landscapes: Dawn” and “Shifting Landscapes: Dusk (feat. Rick Corrigan)” are two very strong tracks. As dawn segues into dusk you will find out it serves as a logical progression in two parts that make total sense. The music is anticipatory and holds beauty and elegance all at the same time. I found the changes and clarity refreshing and interesting much like Mother Nature can be when you observe it from a spiritual healing place.

Playing With Shadows has a lot to offer a listener and it can give more than just aural pleasure if you seek solitude and need to look within and or meditate, this wonderful music can be a useful companion where you will find joy and peace.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Living in Interesting Times, Song For The Dreaming, Shifting Landscapes: Dawn, Shifting Landscapes: Dusk (feat. Rick Corrigan)

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
May 27, 2015
Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews