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Catch The Light

by Rex Weyler

Fourteen original songs in world styles – ballads, country, rock, Celtic – with a stellar jazz-based band and stunning vocal harmonies. Imagine a folk-rock song with swing mandolin over African reggae rhythms. These songs explode the music genres.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'll Wait
3:44 $0.99
2. If You Came By
3:19 $0.99
3. Gambler's Farewell
4:35 $0.99
4. Bounty Hunter
4:52 $0.99
5. Half Moon
3:56 $0.99
6. How Do I Love You
4:15 $0.99
7. To You All Along
5:15 $0.99
8. Fallen Warriors
3:52 $0.99
9. Damascus Dawn
2:46 $0.99
10. Fifth Of May
4:31 $0.99
11. Waterlove
8:52 $0.99
12. Night Vision
5:27 $0.99
13. River Of Light
3:17 $0.99
14. Sailor's Lullaby
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
We recorded these songs live in the studio, with the musicians improvising parts, which gives the music an immediate, live sound. The musicians play just the right feel for each song, not by rote, but by listening and responding to the song style and to each other. We completed most of the recording in one day, in 2 or 3 takes. Old school. Tom Neville overdubbed mandolin and violin parts on separate takes, and we later added vocal harmonies, hand percussion, and the guest musicians.

Original session producer Miles Black plays the piano and keyboards. Miles has worked with artists such as Slide Hampton, Paul Horn, Max Roach, Maynard Ferguson, and with his Miles Black Trio and Quartet. He has recently released Metaphora with the Altered Laws jazz quartet and Synergy with flutist Tom Keenlyside.

Vocal and mixing producer, Brett Wade, plays the brilliant guitar parts. Wade has performed with Louise Mandrel, Roy Orbison, Rita McNeal, Ray Charles, and played the guitar lead on Valdy’s “Play me a Rock and Roll Song,” a Canadian Record of the Year. Wade arranged and sings the harmony vocals with stunning vocalist Glenda Rae. Rae was singing gospel music on stage by the age of 3, and has worked in pop, soul, and blues. Her albums include Another Day and The Cocktail party. She has written hundreds of fine songs, many with Miles Black.

Drummer Dan Brubeck has played and recorded with Larry Coryell, Livingston Taylor, Roy Buchanan, The Band, Paul Butterfield, and with his innovative father, Dave, where he developed his distinctive polyrhythmic style. Dan appears on 10 Dave Brubeck albums and has released 3 CDs -- Malayan Breeze, Old World New World, Digital Dolphins -- with his group The Dolphins. Throughout these recordings, Danny fluently finds the perfect feel for each song.

For 30 years, percussionist Gordy Ryan served as a protégé and band member with the great Babatunde Olatunji, mastering the Nigerian and world rhythms that Baba made famous. Gordy has played with Carlos Santana, David Sanborn, Gabrielle Roth, and on Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum album. His current band, Oba, expands this world music sound.

Tom Neville plays the violin and mandolin parts with perception and brilliance. Neville performs in Canada with James Kellaghan, Joelle Rabu, Joe Stanton, Babe Gurr, The Wheat in the Barley, and The Hot Club of Mars. He recorded original tunes on the CD Highly Strung.

Bassist Tim Stacey brilliantly holds it all together on the bottom. Tim began playing music as a child in Trinidad, studied music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and performs and records with orchestral ensembles, jazz groups, and with his son Jean-Marc.

Rick Bockner plays acoustic guitar on Bounty Hunter and Half Moon. He developed his lush finger-picking techniques playing with the likes of Pete Seeger, Mel Bay, Stefan Grossman, Woody Mann, and as a member of the seminal 60’s San Francisco band, Mad River. He is a gifted songwriter, with albums Fret Lizards, Think for Yourself, and Trouble with the Moon.

My son, Jack Weyler plays the funky organ part on To You All Along. Jack plays with the band Bonehoof in Victoria, BC. Check them out; they’re good.

The songs:

1. I’ll Wait (3:41): About patience with love. A gapped blues form, or ascending minor, driven by the drum, keyboard, and guitar rhythms, lifted with the violin fills.

2. If You Came By (3:17): Things left unsaid. A bluesy song form with Miles Black providing a rhythmic, honky-tonk piano lead, and Tom Neville sliding in with the violin.

3. Gambler’s Farewell (4:30): A bar-band sort of song, easy to play, about being stupid in love, with rocking, syncopated leads by the fiddle and guitar.

4. Bounty Hunter (4:49): A song about hubris among the bigshots. This is an ascending chromatic cadence heard in folk and country songs. The guitar and fiddle leads, spacious keys, and Danny’s country back beat serve the song perfectly.

5. Half Moon (3:58): A simple song about mysteries in nature that reflect mystery in our own hearts. Rick Bockner and Brett Wade play the guitar parts, and Gordy Ryan adds the rolling conga rhythm.

6. How Do I Love You (4:12): Unspeakable love escapes in dreams, in a simple minor-major vamp heard in Celtic and Appalachian tunes, propelled by the musicians playing rhythmic fills and by those powerful Brett Wade and Glenda Rae vocal harmonies.

7. To You All Along (5:12) Recalling unfinished business, in a laid back reggae style heard in the 1970s and still today, with Jack’s funky organ and Gordy’s world groove.

8. Fallen Warriors (3:50): That moment when mortality feels immortal then flips back to mortality. A little 6/8 polyrhythm with a major-minor shift heard in Beatles tunes, possibly borrowed from Bach.

9. Damascus Dawn (2:42): A too long on the road song in fiddle tune style. Tom kills the fiddle/mandolin break on this.

10. Fifth of May (4:27): Written in 1981, the night Bobby Sands lay dying in Maze Prison, and his mother stood outside surrounded by reporters. Brett Wade’s guitar break makes this song as it echoes all the heartache and glory.

11. Waterlove (8:48): Seeking refuge from the world’s insanity. I love Danny Brubeck’s rhythm changes here, and the way the bass, guitar, and harmony vocals play with those rhythms, while the keys hold down that precious one-drop feel throughout.

12. Night Vision (5:24): Sometimes an angel appears in unexpected form. Miles Black sets this up with the spacious organ sound. Once again, the Brett Wade / Glenda Rae harmonies gently soar.

13. River of Light (3:14): The common life force in every living thing. The airy keys and double time congas work perfectly.

14. Sailor’s Lullaby (3:12): I sang this to my sons in their beds, making up verses until they fell asleep. This is the simplest of song forms, the one-five, nothing fancy, just a cadence for softly singing. Brett and Miles on the guitars.

My wife, and extraordinary artist, Lisa Gibbons, created the artwork for the CD package; Darshan Stevens took the photographs; and my dear friend Barry Lavender created the design. Their artistry matches the skill of the musicians.



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