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Under One Roof

by Vandivier

The music here explores the emotional landscape of family connections. It is by turns raw, volcanic, and tender. It gets to the heart of the wild, wonderful, turbulent, and sublime experiences that are part of our unpredictable blood relationships. Enjoy.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. New Man
5:33 $0.99
2. And so I Said
5:37 $0.99
3. Come Together
6:52 $0.99
4. Elegy for My Brother
5:58 $0.99
5. Night Walker
4:02 $0.99
6. Luscious
5:40 $0.99
7. Emerald Bay
4:03 $0.99
8. Your Own Side
4:54 $0.99
9. The Salty Taste of Time
5:45 $0.99
10. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
5:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Liner notes 9/30/16 Vandivier

The music on my album portrays my experience of family in its many colorful dimensions. I am grateful for every joy, heartache, headache, milestone, and thorny opportunity for growth that being a son, a brother, a husband, and a father has provided and will continue to provide until I play my last note. While the particulars of your family are bound to be unique, I hope that you resonate with the feelings expressed in this musical play of emotions and moods.

“New Man” was written on a family camping trip to Lake Tahoe. The older of our two sons turned seventeen that summer and was clearly growing into his own as a young man and choosing his path in the world.

“And So I Said” is a musical depiction of the way I have been known to replay conversations in my head after the fact to try to make sense of them. I think it’s probably better to write some music, shoot some flower pics, go swimming, or do whatever it takes to get myself into the here and now.

“Come Together” was suggested for inclusion in this album by my brother-by-music, Sam Pearl. The trio likes to jam out on this Beatles rocker on live gigs and the title fits the family theme nicely.

“Elegy for My Brother” was written about a year after the passing of my brother Mike, and contains the overlapping senses of grief for his absence and gratitude for the place that he had in my life. He was big-hearted, funny, and lived life with energetic a dream I had last night, he and I swam far from the beach on a calm ocean but some time later, curling, house-sized waves returned us to the shore.

Our younger son is the subject of “Night Walker”. When in his teens, he and I would take walks long after dark. It was then that I would learn about what was stirring in his heart and percolating in his agile mind. This piece celebrates those privileged conversations.

“Luscious” is about my wife, life partner, and true friend through thick and thin. Kristi continues to surprise, delight, confound, and amaze me daily.

“Emerald Bay” is a sonic picture of Lake Tahoe’s signature vista illuminated by the moon and stars on a summer night.

“Your Own Side” is about my gradual and perhaps reluctant acceptance of Robert Frost’s idea that “good fences make good neighbors” which I interpret as “healthy boundaries make healthy relationships.” Sometimes the most loving thing I can do is let you be on “your own side” until I receive an invitation to do otherwise.

“The Salty Taste of Time” is for my dad. On a visit to his gravesite one August day, I had a realization beyond my conscious understanding but felt undeniably true. It was the experience that needn’t worry ever, and that time is essentially nonlinear, and somehow layered.

Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” has long been one of my favorite tunes (partly because he plays the artistic license card and ends a sentence with a preposition). I dedicate this one to our two cats who help make living under one roof a lovely thing.



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