"...harkening back to the days of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and Jan Hammer"
"Damn well produced music"
"Think Harold Faltermayer's 'Axel F' meets Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit'..."
"...compositions exhibit a complacent cheeriness that can be quite infectious..."
"...lush sound, soaring melodies and production as smooth as glass..."
REVIEWS & CHARTING
Time always flies by quicker that I would like -- I had expected this second album to have been wrapped up a year before now, but I am equally pleased it didn't take any longer than it did to complete. 2008-03 represents my progress during the last two years. The songs are all originals (composed by yours truly) but with more acoustic and electric guitar instrumentation. The recordings are familiar with a couple more 'easy/chilled' tracks than 2006-01. I truly do not have any form of strategy for what is included in these 'original' albums (albums entitled YYYY-MM) -- the songs in this collection are simply those that had progressed from a simple melody to a completed work before the others. Since 2006-01 was released, I have spent a higher percentage of my time refining my work practice within the mixing and mastering aspects, and feel I have made material progress in those steps. I hope you are pleased with a majority of these songs, and I invite you to post your comments at my myspace.com blog. Your participation will indeed influence the direction of my next album (and yes, that one is already underway)!
MERCHANTS & STREAMERS
CREDITS AND ACCOLADES
Early critique of album: Bryon Heineman, Jeff Howard, Rick Akrie
Legal counsel: Bain & Bain (esq's. - Houston)
Management: Eugene Foley
Radio Promotion: Tom Mazzetta and Amanda Alexandrakis
Photography: Ashley Reynal
Liner notes: w.r.t. my musical ambitions, i am very appreciative of: mom & dad; 1960ís the british invasion; the beatles; transistor radios and kilt 610 (houston) late at night; hammond organs; the grass roots; my stubbornness; the moody blues; 1970ís my group of closest friends growing up; kraftwerk; e.l.o.; tenure at KAMU-FM, KUHF-FM; genesis; boz scaggs; spyro gyra; 1980ís the ibm pc and microsoft; tim walker; MTV early on; midi; evanís music city; yamaha; pascal compilers; chris spheeris; 1990ís the ip stack; enya; sting; abb; my european friends and their perspectives on music & life; mpg (group 3) compression; 100g hdís; tangerine dream; joe lychner; cool edit; napster; jan hammer; 2000ís multi-timbral sound generators; intel 3ghz p4 processors; aspentech; affordable stuff; rick akrie; heavenly music u.k.; cakewalk; e-mu; the guitar center; roland; dana white; jon flanagan; jeff howard; brian lipski; cdbaby; tower records (r.i.p.); amazon.com; itunes; all the technical folks behind the scenes (that develop dspís, related chipsets, hardware assemblies, firmware, software, synthesis algorithms, patches, vstís, sequencers, digital editing tools, etc); my kiddos (ashley & wes); and for any and everyone else who took time to listen and/or had a hand in helping me advance my music... peace, @