'Undying Dreams'-(Medium loose bossa nova feel)-This Melody was inspired by the vocal texture of the Brazilian singer/composer Milton Nasciamento. It is a musical reflection on how dreams (positive desire and ambition, callings, hopes, and the like), can help influence and shape our lives. The optimism that comes through these 'dreams,' is the calling that can lead us to actions that can shape, and make our realities more elevated and truthful. Your Love is Deep (Meduim slow etherial straight eighth tempo) The concept for the title of this tune was partially inspired by Arie Kaplan's book Inner Space. At one point he writes about the concept of depth as 'something denoting great distance whether it be physical or mental'. Sensing depth could occur when looking into a well or perhaps having a perception of something that seems infinite. 'Your love is deep,' is a 'response' to love's depth and infinite potentiality both on an individual and Universal level. The Crown-(Jazz 12/8). The title stems from the Kabbalistic concept 'Keter.' One level of the concept represents a divine sovereignty over all forces of creation. This tune is in someway programmatic. There are 2 themes. The first representing mans free will and actions, the second, is the sovereign response in the Universe to mans actions. This composition is a kind of musical portrayal of the dance we are all doing with life at each moment and is a personal musical reflection on this dynamic relationship. You Elude Me-(Ambient straight eighth groove with some middle eastern influence.)I began writing this Composition while I was playing piano and reading a book on Jewish Mysticism by David Cooper, entitled, 'God is a Verb'. At the moment I realized the title of the composition should be 'You Allure Me',(the word 'allure,' meaning an attractive power that one is drawn to), my wife opened the door to my studio and asked me what the name of the composition was. My thought at time was this: whatever the power or source of creation was,is and continues to be, (even though it is way to huge for my mind), I'm always mystified by it's powerful attraction and mans relationship to it as well as my own. When I told my wife the title of the composition was 'You Allure Me' she suggested the title 'You Elude Me'. Hence the title 'You Elude Me '. The Open Door-(3/4 jazz feel) This title connects to the idea of a 'beginning' in the creative process. There is a Kabbalistic concept which addresses the idea of 'Something coming from Nothing'. Although this concept is beyond the scope of these liner notes for sure, there is an aspect of the concept that I sometimes relate to the creative process. For example: If someone is fortunate enough to be engaged in the creative process,in a place of openess. Whether through intuitive sensibilities, reception, or grace, an idea comes somehow. It can lead to a doorway or an entry point. I believe this happens in every field. In music, once you engage in the process of developing the idea you enter a whole harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic landscape. An amazing relationship can begin with the composer and the music once the door opens. 'The Open Door' represents the realization of both knowing and anticipation, in a momentary experience,that the landscape is about to present itself and your going to be engaged in it's unfolding. Mystic Autumn- (Jazz Vocal Ballad)-During the late Autumn my daughter and I used to walk in the woodlands not far from home. When the wind would blow and the leaves began falling we would try to catch them. Sometimes we would sit still and one would float into our hands. It was fun trying to catch them before they hit the ground. This song was inspired when reflecting on those beautiful memories walking on the same path years later. The images and memories transformed into a kind of spiritual ballad reflecting on time and acceptance. It is with tremendous gratitude that I would like to say thank you to all my family members for all of their love and support over the years. To my musician friends and colleagues whom I have been fortunate enough to know,learn from, laugh with, and share the band stand with over the years. Thank You. A special thanks to Jon Peretz, Greg wall,and Takashi Otsuka for their dedication, time,and friendship. It has been through a joint effort of the members of the New American Quartet that I have been able to document and record some of the music that I have been writing over the years. It is greatly appreciated. To who ever is reading this or listening, I hope this CD will bring something positive and many enjoyable moments into your life. Thanks to our engineer Randy Crafton at Kaliadascope Sounds and Rick Savage at Savage Tunes for all your mixing and mastering know how and especially my son Adam Schechter for doing the Artwork, technical consulting and always being there to help. Recorded at Kalaidascope Sound in Union City New Jersey. Mixed and Mastered at Savage Tunes in Vernon New Jerasey. .