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The Purity of Habit and Home

by Newk

Intriguing compositions informed by the works of more progressive singer/songwriters, jazz and 20th century classical. Influences include: Jack Bruce; David Crosby; Richie Havens; Joni Mitchell; Laura Nyro; Herbie Hancock; Frank Zappa and Charles Ives.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Crossing
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2. Faith
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3. Two Worlds
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4. Aperture
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5. Enough About You
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6. Light and Dark
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A child of the 60's (born in 1953) I was first attracted to the vibrant folk music scene of that era (Richie Havens, Tim Hardin; Joni Mitchell, Kenny Rankin) which was strongly influenced by jazz. As I began to compose at age 13, this influence permeated my own music both harmonically and melodically. Although I sang extensively in high school (madrigal, barber shop quartet, musical theater) my own explorations on both guitar and piano, came from a more intuitive vantage point. On both instruments i began writing before learning to formally play, thus creating my own harmonic language early on, including a fascination with open guitar tunings, allowing the freedom to explore a more expansive sonic palette. The solo work of composer/vocalist Jack Bruce was an early touch point for the possibilities inherent in the pop/rock song form. Laura Nyro was another craftsman whose harmonic language was so sophisticated and yet highly accessible (all the highly successful covers of her work by other artists). Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan were also hugely influential. In college I dove head first into jazz and 20th century classical music where I was directly influenced by everyone from Herbie Hancock to Charles Ives; Charles Mingus to Igor Stravinsky; The "jazz fusion" movements (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report) and progressive rock (Gentle Giant, King Crimson) also influenced my work greatly. Frank Zappa was also a huge musical influence. Lyrically, I was profoundly moved by poets, most notably Dylan Thomas and Walt Whitman.

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