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by Walter Clark

Relaxing background music. Songs recorded live, mostly favorite requests from customers at the time of the performances. Recorded using only handheld recorders. No overdubs. Songs of Billy Joel, Nat King Cole, Sting, Carpenters, Tom Jones, and others
Genre: Easy Listening: Nostalgia
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1. Top of the World
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2. Just the Way You Are
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3. El Condor
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4. Mona Lisa
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5. Danny Boy
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6. Blue Moon
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7. Moon River
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8. Fields of Gold
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9. As Time Goes By
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10. Cast Your Fate to the Wind
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11. It's Impossible
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12. Night and Day
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13. Overjoyed
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14. Endless Love
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15. Green Green Grass of Home
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This is the very last unopened copy of the CD, Handmade which sold 500 copies at the price of $25 in Japan, and since it is now a collector's item it will be also offered here at the price of $25. It's noisy and dark but somehow has found a way to charm the hearts of many listeners. So many people have hailed my music as very relaxing that I've decided to share it with the world, hoping it will find a place in your life during dinnertime or a stressful drive to work. Here's some more information about me in the third person.

Although recordings of his unique voice and arrangement style have just begun to surface with the 2002 release of his first album, "Perfect Love," Walter Clark has been on the music scene, performing for audiences around the world for over 30 years. He has become a fixture at such upscale hotels as the St. Regis hotel in Osaka Japan and is currently performing at the Ritz Carlton in Osaka and several other venues in Japan. With a repertoire of over 500 songs spanning multiple genres and decades he has been able to excite and satisfy listeners of varied backgrounds and maintain a career exclusively as a performing artist since 1980.

Unique and non- traditional in his approach to harmony and arrangement Clark also manages to convey an air of spirituality and humility in his music which can be quite appealing to some.

Born in Brooklyn New York, he studied classical music for 10 years in Philadelphia, but took a U turn in his studies in the mid-sixties and decided to pursue more popular music, learning by ear some of his favorites by such greats as Ramsey Lewis, The Beatles, McCoy Tyner and Quincy Jones. He dabbled in various R&B groups in Philadelphia but had all but given up on a musical career until a fateful meeting with John Lennon in the early 70's.

"It was at the Drake Hotel in Philly. He was traveling with Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band at the time. We had some wine and I played a bit on Yoko's koto. The encounter probably was less than an hour but he really struck me as being down to earth, compassionate and open. He could see through me. I was heading down the wrong path, and when I told him I had given up on music, mostly as a result of failure to get any good work in the area he hit me with a shocker that couldn't be ignored."
Lennon urged him not to give up on his music.
"His sincerity and appeal stuck in my mind and I decided to try to get back into it on any level possible, albeit part-time."
After eventually leaving Philadelphia and relocating to the Washington D.C area he decided, immediately upon the death of Lennon to quit his day job, putting all his energy into pursuing a career in music.
Sometimes called "the singer with the bedroom voice," he covers music that has a positive message timelessness and staying power.

Although Walter usually performs as a One Man Band, using grand piano, bass keyboard and drum machine, he shuns the use of sequencers and prerecorded backgrounds. Through a wide variety of musical genres and original arrangements Walter imbues every performance with a jazz ambiance delivering relaxing renditions of ballads and love songs.

"Many Splendid Things," is a jazzy collection of uniquely arranged standards. “During regular performance I play many styles of music but my aim in producing this CD is to showcase a few of my favorite standard tunes for the enjoyment of the more adult listeners. Performing live is definitely my forte, so arranging a CD with so many varied instruments was a challenge, but quite a pleasure.
To be perfectly honest with you, I am probably not what one would call a pure jazz player. I'm a lounge player who happens to play a lot of jazz…or perhaps with a jazzy style, as well as many other styles of music. Many Splendid Things is an album of standards, and it was something that my fans were craving at this point in time. We recently remastered the CD and pulled the old version off the market for a few weeks. Physical copies have sold out and the in the new version was run through a series of analog processors to give it more punch and to somewhat ameliorate the harsh digital sound that characterized the original recording.

We also want any future purchasers of the MP3 version to have access to a better sounding product. We just don't see any advantages to keeping the old version of the same MP3 up.

The 2011 release, "Best Thing to Come," is more in the "pop" genre, with an emphasis on love songs, more songs about relationships and personal growth. Of course there are well-known popular songs from the 80s and 90s and a sprinkling of some of my original songs. Above all, my preference is to make the emotional quality of music more important than technical aspects. I do, however, my best to faithfully serve the original writers of the songs.

"Best Thing to Come," which has been three years in the making, was released early in August of 2011. Blending elements of lounge, new age, ethnic, jazz, rock, pop and gospel music. Featuring new songs and new arrangements of earlier songs. Intimate and laid back, smooth vocals with thoughtful, uplifting lyrics.

"Whatever the genre, my goal is to present music which is healing and uplifting, relaxing yet mentally stimulating...and to make you feel something good. If you happen to get caught in a traffic jam, put one of my CDs on and watch your level of stress drop."

"Handmade" was recorded in January 2012, using a handheld recorder that was set up at one of his restaurant jobs. Of the 50 songs that were recorded only these 15 made the cut, and only after months of editing out the background noise as much as possible without destroying the integrity of the audio.

Detailed Biographical Information:

He attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he formed The Last Musicians, an avante-garde group of poets, actors, and musicians who produced films, soundtracks, concerts, and appeared in radio programs for the university for two years.
Walter found Philadelphia a difficult place to find steady work, especially since most of the music which he was writing at the time was what would probably be categorized today as “New Age Music.”

He had all but given up on a musical career until a fateful meeting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 70's at the Drake Hotel in Philadelphia. After talking, drinks, and an impromptu jam session in the lounge John fervently urged him, “Don't give up on your music, man.” But it was a long road back, and he spent most of the 70's surviving by working various jobs: truck driver, taxi driver, construction worker, armed guard, and occasionally finding work on weekends with the local R&B bands.

Walter eventually relocated to the Washington, D.C. area in 1979, and decided after the death of Lennon to put all of his energies into becoming a full time musician. “From the moment I made that decision, everything changed. Before that, I had been content to work a day job and gig at night, but now Lennon's words came back to haunt me. I realized that over 7 years had passed since the meeting and I still had not made a firm and complete commitment to my art, and had made no progress. It was time to make a choice. It was very scary to just up and quit my job, but little by little, positive things started happening to me.”

During the early 1980's he performed as a lead vocalist, backup vocalist, and multi-keyboard player in a variety of Top 40, Rock, Soul, Reggae, and Jazz groups. In 1983 a talent scout saw him performing in a group, and invited him to become the regular entertainer at former Washington Redskins' quarterback Joe Theismann's Restaurant in Bailey's Crossroads Virginia. There he began his solo career and worked for two years, building up his repertoire, fans, and his confidence as an artist.

He then moved on to the Washington, D.C. hotel circuit, first with a full time position entertaining at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, a 5 Star hotel in Rockville, Maryland, and then at the Olde Towne Holiday Inn, in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Ramada Hotel in Oxon Hill Maryland, where he entertained for a period of three years. On October 3, 1986 he appeared at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. in a noontime concert entitled “Portraits in Jazz” sponsored by the National Portrait Gallery of Washington.

In 1989 a friend submitted one of Walter's tapes to Quincy Jones. Although Quincy was reportedly very excited about his fresh and original sound he was too busy with other projects to get involved with Walter, but sent the word back that he should get out of the hotel circuit, and do some traveling, preferably internationally in order to expand his horizons.
“ I wasn't expecting to hear anything from Quincy. The fact that one of my idols had actually took the time to listen to my demo, that he liked it and had even offered some advice was a stupendous event to me. I immediately decided to make some international connections and see what would come of it.” And in November 1989, Walter decided to do just that and to try his luck on the road. After several trips to the Far East he settled in Japan.

Why Japan?

My interest in Japan started at a young age. In my pre-teens I studied judo from a Japanese sensei in Philadelphia. Then later in college I continued judo and also took up an interest in Japanese cooking and adopted their macrobiotic diet. So when the gig in Japan came up, I jumped at the chance to see this country. The Japanese audiences' level of sophistication, respect and knowledge of jazz here was a big surprise to me. The people have been very kind and supportive. Its peaceful, clean, safe and quiet here, and I love the food.
Since 1992 it has been his base of operations, and between international engagements, he has worked there in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, and Fukuoka in various clubs, restaurants, and 4 star hotel's numerous dinner shows, concerts and special events . He frequently performs nightly at THE BAR in Osaka's Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The warm and relaxing quality of his vocal intonation has enabled him to work in a variety of fields, including that of a narrator for Universal Studios, Japan, and Fujitec International. There was also a national television appearance by Mr. Clark on the popular “Ninki Mono” celebrity TV program in Japan. From 2000-2001 Clark also appeared in a TV commercial for Genova jewelry in Japan's Kobe/Osaka area.
In the year 2001, in spite of a rigorous performing schedule, he produced and released two CD's which featured live and multitrack recordings. In February 2002 Clark appeared as an actor several times on NHK's TV series “Sono toki rekishi ga ugoita,” roughly translated as “This was a turning point in history.” It was also a turning point for Walter. After that TV project, Clark began to spend more time in the studio. "Perfect Love" (2002) was the first CD to feature Original songs, and the first CD to be marketed commercially.
The focus from that point on has been research and development of new songs, new techniques of recording, improvement of existing products. Each time a physical CD sells out when it is re-pressed there are improvements and enhancements in the new release.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.



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