Candle for the Sun
A Candle for the Sun was originally recorded live in a concert hall one afternoon in 1983. Within a few months it was picked up on the Narada label (now part of EMI/Virgin Records) as on of their first solo piano releases. We carefully remastered it for this 25th anniversary release on the Muddy Angel label. Mark Kelso If you have seen Mark in concert or encountered any of his musical productions, you might mistake him for a genius. But if you are a fool for love, you would recognize a fellow fool. He looks for love even where it really can't be found, because he is so hungry for the real thing and so certain that he will find love anywhere if he looks hard enough. His children have long since given up trying to stop him from creating spontaneous songs and there are even those who honestly enjoy his somewhat boundary-free self-expression. He has finally learned how to turn this habit into a career of creating custom-made songs for individuals, groups, and corporations. Mark founded Muddy Angel Music after leaving the Virgin Records label, Narada, in order to create spirit-inspired works that did not shy away from religious overtones, nor cater to them. From Madison Square Garden to the World Children's Congress (held at Michael Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch) Mark has brought his gentle wildness to play music for thousands of people. His musical scores and songs for award winning video productions have brought viewers to tears, at the United Nations. In Hollywood, on the A&E channel, and in living rooms throughout the world. And it is probably not because he is a talented musician. Best-selling author Alan Cohen (The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore) writes, "You have imbued the healing peace of God in your beautiful music." "How beautifully Mark's music speaks to me of Mother Mary," writes Monsignor Robert Punke. "I had no idea he was such a contemplative." God's love for Mark has sustained his life, and it may be this love that people feel when they hear his music, whether in healing and worship services, concerts, in hospice settings, or on his many CD's or video productions, including some featuring the work of Deepak Chopra, Huston Smith, and other notables in the field of spirituality and religion. Dan Millman (Author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior) once said, "Piano music in general doesn't touch me the way yours does. There's a different quality in your music." Author Carolyn Myss simply said, "I love Mark Kelso, he is such a generous soul." Whether that is true or not, people often feel something flowing through his foolishness that they find healing and uplifting. In a conversation with Mark after hearing his CD Cathedral, Actor Ben Kingsley said, "I look forward to hearing this music waft through the halls of my home." Patch Adams, (the clown/doctor who runs a free hospital - (a true fool for healing!) once wrote, "Thank you for that beautiful and peaceful music, I hope you some day you can play at our hospital (Gesundheit). Mark has played extensively with writer Oriah Mountain Dreamer, (author of 'The Invitation.') "You have a rare gift in your ability to truly be there in your music and as a brother." He has shared the stage with "superman" Christopher Reeve, and gifted healer and Episcopal priest, the Rev. Nigel Mumford with whom he shares a deep love of Christ. Some day, Mark will die, leaving behind a rich legacy of over 100 CD's, videos, theatrical productions, and countless songs, many of which were heard just once or not at all. He will have contributed untold amounts of CO2 emissions, sewage and refuse along the away and prays that it will have been worth it to our great mother earth that he was here even for a little while. For now, Mark lives with his wife Arti, and their two sons, Topaz and Raven Ross Kelso in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.