The songs on blue21a were written in Ocean Isle Beach, NC at "The Stick" and on a screen porch in Dublin, NH. Three pairs of songs (denoted **, *+, and ++) are paired variations with arrangements inspired by the work of Kandinsky. In particular the two Kandinsky works seen on the front and back of this CD "Improvisation 21A" (1911) and "Simple Pleasures" (1914) which Gary observed together in NYC at the Guggenheim in 2010. The pairs of songs share the same chord patterns, central themes, and fiddle/mandolin hooks just as the two pictures do. In a very real sense, Kandinsky inspired and shaped much of the music you hear on this CD. For this, we are grateful.