Music (This page is a pre-release space-holder.)
I had never released an album of my music before, so naturally, as I began to get a collection of updated recordings, I wanted to complete enough music for an album.
After having these tunes lie dormant and neglected for so many years, to finally bring a collection of them to life felt like a real breakthrough for me. Hence the title of my first album: "Breakthrough."
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To my surprise, as I re-submersed myself in music, I started to bring through new ideas; ideas that were good enough to compliment and complete some of my previous compositions.
So while it was a breakthrough for me to be able to improve and complete recordings of music that I used to perform, I went beyond that and started to write some new music from scratch. I entered a state of functioning called “momentum.”
While I have played most of the music from the Breakthrough album in various bands I was in, most of the music from Momentum has never been performed before.
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"This Too Shall Rock!"
To avoid burn-out from working too hard/long on any one particular song, I hopped around from working on one piece to another so I could keep it fun and interesting, rather than tedious. I eventually got many more tunes (close to finished) than can fit on one CD, so I started a second "album."
Although the word "Rock" is in the title, here again, there are various genres. At some point, I will have to assign them to appropriate album groupings.
I also wrote some softer, smoother, prettier songs – New Age, Ambient, Chill, even Meditative.
I have around 12 of these started. If I complete enough of these, it might make more sense to have a full album of this style, rather than tossing these in with my other albums.
Written by Van Morrison
Arranged and Produced by Ray Hix
Horn Arrangement by Jonathan Hunkins and Ray Hix
Lisa Rankin: Vocals
Ray Hix: Guitar, Violin
Yeah, this is my arrangement of that timeless classic, Moon Dance, by Van Morrison.
This is my pre-release album of seriously not-complete music ideas and riffs. Having them assembled here helps me to not forget about these ideas. Also, I can listen to them on my walks. Sometimes, if I haven't heard them for a while, I get some ideas of new parts to help finished these riffs.
This also keeps them handy in case I want to collaborate with other musicians.