Greetings. I hope this finds you well.
My first live recordings since the pandemic began — two new stories with pianist and composer Tom Grant.
— “Rivers (Fall 2021)” A touch of magic realism lends this mysterious tale an other-worldly feel as its characters traverse the Columbia River and its tributaries in an allegory about dreams lost and recovered. Tom Grant’s haunting waltz, "Jerusalem,” provides a beautiful setting.
— “Brothers.” With Mr. Grant playing an arrangement of “You Must Believe in Spring,” it captures the relationship of two brothers, who have been fishing together for 60 years, that is suddenly revealed to be something different than it seemed, causing the narrator to reflect on how things worked out with his own brother. As was “Rivers,” this live recording was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jonathan Swanson at InStepMusic.
If you listen to the radio, the Bright Moments Cafe is still open 7-9:00 pm every Tuesday on KMHD 89.1 FM (streaming @ kmhd.org).
And though you’ll still hear Bright Moments on KMHD every week in the future, there are some changes coming, including a possible new time slot, and a syndication agreement that will allow the show to air on other terrestrial and online stations as well (stay tuned for updates).
In case you missed it — a link to my 45-minute video, commissioned by the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival this year, “80 Years of Jazz in Portland.” It includes audio samples and photo illustrations.