Red Leaf Grey Sky (Piano Improvisations)
Red Leaf, Grey Sky was recorded on October 24, 2010. The day was sunny and crisp and the leaves were just starting to peak into brilliant colors. The recording opportunity came up spur-of-the-moment on my first solo road trip with my then 11-month old son. Babe was pushed around in a stroller while Mommy played, and the emotions of the year poured forth into the piano. "Lullaby for Swingtime" came to be over the course of several months while I improvised on folk tunes while my son napped in his swing in the piano studio. "The Sun is Shining, the Birds are Singing" was originally written in 1993 during my study abroad in Hamburg, Germany. This joyous piece about a huge life adventure had never been recorded, and it seemed to me a fitting bookend to a studio session marking the beginning of new adventures in my life as a mother. The remainder of the tracks are spontaneous compositions/free improvisations created in the studio. For six weeks following the session the music was my driving companion while I watched the leaves turn and fall against a backdrop of everchanging sky. As you listen my wish is for the music to guide your reflections on gentle changes of season and your own life journeys. -CMC.