Compendium of Games
A Compendium of Games. We used to find little collectons of board games in toy shops when I was growing up in England. They were always exciting to open and we spent hours playing the classic games like Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and such. There was always a missing peice or two but we loved them so much, that we didn't have the heart or patience to take them back to the shop. John Fahey, Burt Jansch, Leo Kotke, John Renbourn, Michael Chapman and many other guitar players have influenced this style of guitar playing. You don't hear it on the radio much but, many guitar players are sitting right now with their steel string guitars working on this kind of music. It's something that evolves out of a relationship with the guitar and it's player. Listening to it is almost like eavesdropping. These tunes were written over a period of time starting in the late nineteen seventies up to the current century. Paul Clements has been playing in New York city since the 1980s and this is a side of his music that is rarely heard all at once. These instrumental pieces are usually worked into a show that also features his piano music, songs in various styles and his subtle sense of humour. Here are some of his solo guitar pieces assembled in this playful yet serious collection.