Session Notes

I wrote this tender poem of encouragement for my ex-wife Dani.  I was studying orchestration at the time and studying lots of scores, where of course the impressionists loomed large.  I had played some of Debussy’s piano music growing up, but I was also listening at the time a lot to the first Blue Nile album, “A Walk Across The Rooftops,” and this piece was some kind of melding of those sensibilities, intentionally halting and crude, "like a china doll in my rough hands."  Thanks to both Stephen Barber and Bill Ginn, this beautiful arrangement worked perfectly.  It was on this session that I first met Jon Clarke, who became a dear friend and collaborator for many years afterwards.