This album mixes classical jewels, popular songs and traditional fiddle waltzes in a way that brings soothing memories of times with friends and loved ones. I've listened to my own album at least a hundred times so far and always shed some of the stress of life and gain some peace and joy in connecting to friends when I listen to it.
The liner notes give the original lyrics or quotes from friends inspiring the composers.
Track 1 Praeludium Dmitri Shostakovich 1906-1975
Somewhere there is a simple life and a world,
Transparent, warm and joyful. . . -- Anna Akhmatova
Track 2 * Si Bheag Si Mhor Turlough O'Carolan 1670-1738
The harper sings of the battle of the fairies of the Big Hill against the fairies of the Little Hill.
Track 3 * La fille aux cheveaux de lin Claude Debussy 1862-1918
We were alone, and walking in dream,
she and I, hair and thoughts wind-blown. - Paul Verlaine
Track 4 Ezekiel Dick Walker b. 1939
All around him was a glowing halo,
like a rainbow shining through the clouds. - Ezekiel 1:28
Track 5 * Ookpik Waltz Frankie Rodgers - SOCAN
The Arctic owl, the ookpik, wings silently over the tundra in the moonlit night.
Track 6 * Rose of Sharon J. Scott Skinner 1843-1927
Young bride to her beloved: "I am the rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valley." -Solomon 2:1
Track 7 * I Love You So Franz Lehar 1870-1948
Though our lips may say no word, but in a heart a voice is heard.You cannot choose but to know I love you so!
Track 8 * Gymnopedies I Erik Satie 1866-1925
Sidelong through the shadow a sparkling stream did veer Flowing over polished flagstone in waves of gold
The amber atoms mirrored in the fire there
With gymnopeadia their saraband made bold - Latour
Track 9 Waltz in C# Minor Frederic Chopin 1810-1849
The artist's vocation is to send light into the human heart. - George Sand
Track 10 Ashokan Farewell Jay Ungar b. 1946
Â©1983 by Swinging Door Music - BMI
All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, While soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, - the picket's off duty forever.
- Ethel Lynn Beers
Track 11 * Shenandoah American Traditional
Oh Shenandoah, I long to see you.
Look away you rollin' river.
Track 12 Come Follow George Philipp Telemann 1681-1767
You have been seen,
and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her into your arms and embrace and
you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Rainbow Bridge, author unknown
Track 13 * Laudate Dominum W. A. Mozart 1756-1791
Praise the Lord, all ye nations, praise him, all ye peoples. For his loving kindness has been bestowed upon us, and the truth of the Lord endures for eternity.
Track 14 * Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day Roy Turk 1892-1934, Bing Crosby, Fred Ahlert
Where the blue of the night meets the gold of the day, someone waits for me.
And the gold of her hair crowns the blue of her eyes
like a halo, tenderly.
If only I could see her, Oh, how happy I would be!
Track 15 * Amazing Grace John Newton 1725-1807
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
Track 16 * All Through the Night Welsh Traditional
O, so cheerful smiles a star, All through the night
To illumine earth, its sister, All through the night
Night is old age when comes affliction,
but to beautify man and his evening
let us give our weak light to each other.
All through the night.
-- Literal translation of original Welsh
* Arranged for violins by Cathy Learoyd
SpiritSand was formed in January, 2002, when Dick and Cathy found they had a musical compatibility that makes it such a pleasure to perform together. Tim, primarily an organist, enhances the violin duo with his exquisite musicianship. Cathy plays an 1832 Georges Panormo violin (on the right in photo); Dick plays a 1990 Jon Peterson violin (on the left in photo); Tim played on a Kawai 7' grand piano for this recording.
* Art work by Marjorie Monts: www.mmontswatercolors.homestead.com
* Recorded at Salmon Peak Recording Studios, Mark E. Sinko, sound engineer,
San Antonio, Texas: www.salmonpeak.com
* Mastered at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. by Jerry Tubb, Austin, Texas.
* Printing and graphics design by Joe Herring, Jr., Herring Printing, Kerrville,
a SpiritSand production
Texas. * Graphics consulting by Marilyn Monts.
* CD Duplication by EMA, Austin, Texas.
* Also see www.dickwalkermusic.com
2. Si Bheag Si Mhor
3. La Fille aux Cheveaux de Lin
5. Ookpik Waltz
6. Rose of Sharon
7. I Love You So
8. Waltz in C# minor
9. Gymnopedies I
10. Ashokan Farewell
12. Come Follow
13. Laudate Dominum
14. When the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day
15. Amazing Grace
16. All Through the Night