I went into a church one Sunday morning a few years back with my family. I was feeling a bit battered and bruised by the trials of life. People were welcoming.
The band started to play... as in a rock concert. Badly. The songs were 'not fit for purpose' they were performance songs for a band and not for a congregation to sing. It was all about the band.
So the cacophony of this band playing was too much for me; I'm too old, too versed in how to write a song and perhaps too curmudgeon to sit still, smile, and put up with it. Draw me in, help me rest and be put back together and then lift me up. Don't shout at me from the off!
So I left. Went to the beautiful park nearby, sat on a bench and this song 'Gentle Love Songs' said hello.
The Production of 'Gentle Love Songs' was an experiment for me and an adventure here in Kelowna, Canada. To step with a Producer/Engineer into creating a Jazz piece for the first time something new.
Bob Gabelhouse coached, guided me and introduced me to some superb musicians. Each of these helping bring this song to life with their own colour.
Bernie on bass adding a note early on, because he can. Brilliant. Deep tones, great rhythm and lovely solo. Scotty using the brushes to capture the feel and working with Bernie to develop the vibe I found I could 'gently dance' to was a joy. Lonnie, almost frustrated, 'the clock's ticking,' as I sought something... That something came from his gorgeous guitar and starts and ends our time as well as percolating throughout. Last but not least Neville on piano who managed to work with me to get a gentle flavour of Gymnopedie in there. A fabulous moment, bringing to mind times I skated to that music in a former life.
So gentleman thank you. I envisaged something with depth and interest, with intricacy of movement and yet, as Neville reminded me at one point, still paying heed to the integrity of the song.
I think we all need 'Gentle Love Songs' sometimes. I hope you like our work in bringing one for you.