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Parallel Lines

by Harvey Band

This CD is about weaving acoustic and electric music into one tapestry.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Departure from the Other Side
4:43 $0.99
2. Beyond Green Flats Road
4:32 $0.99
3. Appalachian Movie Theme
4:20 $0.99
4. Parallel Lines
5:18 $0.99
5. Banjo Etude in D
4:31 $0.99
6. Time and Space
4:12 $0.99
7. Slide Studies
5:20 $0.99
8. Just Waltz
3:57 $0.99
9. Northbound Train
3:52 $0.99
10. To Jimi
3:53 $0.99
11. Reflections
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
There was a time when on one side of the town lived acoustic music and on the other side lived electric music. One one side was for jazz, the other for bluegrass. Parallel universes that thought they were very different from each other when really they shared the same heart. This group of songs titled “Parallel Lines” casts acoustic with electric, jazz with rock, left with right, etc. I have always loved both acoustic and electric music. This CD is about weaving them together into one musical tapestry.

Having grown up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State acoustic music is kind of in the blood. I have played and recorded so many styles and yet that woodsy acoustic music always comes back, sometimes announcing itself and other times hiding in the background. It is no use fighting it. It is time to welcome an old friend. It has made itself a big part of every piece on this CD.

Instrumental music is a very abstract art. I have written the following titles and descriptions after the fact to give some inkling of what these pieces might represent but you may have your own valid ideas too. After all these pieces were created to capture emotional themes that could relate to a multitude of life experiences. It may be years before even I really know from where some of these originated.


1. Departure for the Other Side - This is a bit of an overture of things to come. We are departing for a new place. Things will be different now. Influences may include the acoustic strumming of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with the blues-rock guitar, jazzy bass and changing meters of the Allman Brothers Band.

2. Somewhere Beyond Green Flats Road - I was a socially misfit 8th grader at a teen age party when the host put on Blind Faith's “Can't Find My Way Home”. I never got over the sound of the classical guitars and percussion in a folk rock setting. I kept gazing into the fireplace in wonder. That sound has been working its’ way into my music ever since.

3. Appalachian Movie Theme- This is an expanded and orchestrated version of the intro to the “River Suite” on my CD “Tracks” from 2006. The original was recorded as my alternate sound track to the “kid playing the banjo on the bridge” scene in the movie “Deliverance”.

4. Parallel Lines (Banjo Version) - The first recording of this piece was released on my “Jazz” CD in 2014. I often wondered what it would be like to hear Jeff Beck and Bela Fleck play together. I can't come close to either one of these guys but this version is my best interpretation.

5. Banjo Etude in D -This piece is written specifically for banjo incorporating varying meters against drums bass and acoustic guitar.

6. Time and Space - This is dark, smooth, blues guitar trading with nylon, classical guitar, reminiscent of an eight o’clock flight east into the night time sky. We will wake up on the same planet but in a new world.

7. Slide Studies - Learning to play slide guitar, I spent a lot of time studying the music of George Harrison, Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks. The melody is played on a Fender Stratocaster using a Craftsman socket wrench for a slide. Some sections of the piece are in seven beats per measure and others are in four.

8. Just Waltz - The spirits dance. Each measure of three is a pulse of energy rising upward like a big breath yet always making a smooth landing back to Earth.

9. Northbound Train - It is an early June morning in the Catskill Mountains. An O&W engine chugs northward from the Cadosia Station. The sunlight shines on a full train. Today, only the cinders and rotting railroad ties are still evident. I wish I had been able to witness this in full glory.

10. Tribute to Jimi - Hendrix has been such a huge influence on so many of us. I tried to imagine Jimi with a classical guitar and banjo added to his trio.

11. Reflections - The original theme was written on acoustic guitar in open G tuning (as is the intro). This is about reflecting on times gone by - both in sweetness and sadness. What a ride it has been!



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