Under Watchful Skies
This album represents the culmination of a year's efforts in selecting the right songs, recording & sometimes re-recording them, adding accompaniment, & refining the arrangements. The title was inspired by the unadulterated New Mexico sky photo, taken by me, that graces the cover & which appears to closely resemble a large eye in the sky. 'Under Watchful Skies' features not only the sumptuous sounds of 16 different Native American flutes but also those of a variety of other world instruments. I'd long wanted to incorporate Mellotron strings, flutes, and harp sounds into my music as well as 6 & 12-string guitars, so it was a pleasure to finally be able to do so. I also played Native American percussion in real-time and added lots of touches with a wide variety of World instrument samples. The project took shape while moving my residence several times over very large distances: South Korea to New Mexico to Ohio to New Mexico again & finally back to Ohio! Written after reflecting on both the end of a relationship & the death of my father, the emotional distances covered are also quite large. It was a long time coming, but I'm happy with the results & am pleased to present them to you now.