Beyond Reach

 

 

Beyond Reach...what does that mean exactly. How many times have you caught yourself completely daydreaming in another world. All of us at some time, whether we like it or not, will suddenly realise we have been daydreaming. Well, here's the excuse to go do it deliberatly. I don't presume for one minute to make my album the be all and end all of relaxing and meditational music. Sure, it will do just that for you, and then some. At the end of the day, this is music that was created with nothing more in mind than day dreaming, and raw emotion. Let me run you through the story behind each track...........

 

 

 

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To listen to this masterpiece is an emotional rollercoaster ride. It touches you deep inside. I know this sounds far fetched but it is 100% true.  Amazing!

 

 

 

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Track Listing and MP3 Samples.

 Track Title

Mp3 link

1.

Eskdale

Eskdale
2.

Purple

Purple
3.

Ad Infinitum

Ad Infinitum
4.

Ellecks Eye

Ellecks Eye
5.

Maria

Maria
6.

Erebus

Erebus
7.

Beyond Reach

Beyond Reach
8.

Denebola

Denebola
9.

Little box of dreams

Little Box Of Dreams
10.

Reason

Reason
11.

Seven

Seven
12.

Shadows

Shadows
13.

Cumara

Cumara

Album Information:

Eskdale, track one, is an area of the English Lake District in the north west county of Cumbria. The music follows a train journey from Ravenglass on the coast to the village of Boot at the foothills of Scafell, Englands highest mountain. The scenery is truly breathtaking and is ever changing along the track. Most of the tune was hummed on the way up, and scribbled on the way down. It was recorded a week later after returning home.

The next track, Purple, was written at the end of one of those magical days when out with the family doing nothing in particular. It consisted of walking on a beach, flying kites, eating really bad for you food, spending far too much money and feeling utterly stodged and sunburnt by the time you get home. But the feeling of having a wonderful time with those closest to me was priceless.

Ad Infinitum was written very selfishly for myself. I wanted a piece that was rhythmic, with rich strings to put everything in order at the end of a hard day at work. I had recently finished composing a work based on the life of the clockmaker and carpenter, John Harrison, (which is not on this album, but may appear on the next) and found that this melody did not fit exactly with him. However, the ticking and rythym of the clocks was represented by plucked strings, and I found this relaxing. So I carried on writing this piece as a single venture until I was happy with it. Roughly translated, Ad Infinitum is latin for 'Without End' or 'To Infinity', and this I suppose I could say about any given work day, but I really feel it is the love within a family. Unspoken, unchanging...just there.

The fourth track is Ellecks Eye. If said as it is spelt, it will pronounce the roman numerals L X I. Written for my mother for her birthday, and she will not thank me for typing this, as she swears that it shoud read as L I ! She has played the piano most of her life, and I still do not hear her play enough. She has always been the greatest guide for me through life, and it was a tiny gesture in giving her this piece compared to what she has given me.

My best friend, my lover and my soul mate, as well as my wife is the focus of track five, Maria. I don't think I need to tell you why I have written it, besides, it's between her and me...

After watching a documentary about some of the brave explorers, Admunsen, Scott, Shackleton etc, I was amazed at how breathtaking and unspoilt the antarctic continent is. Standing tall above all this is Mt Erebus. I couldn't help myself, but had to put all thoughts into music. The sheer madness, bravery and determination to attempt to conquer such a beautiful, but deadly and hostile terrain is unbeleivable. Beyond Reach was how I felt the night my son was born. It is the first and only time I have felt completely helpless, and at the mercy of a handful of some amazing total strangers, after complications arose as the night progressed. Left alone to watch the sunrise with a four hour old infant in my arms, and praying for a miracle. The miracle came, and I am forever in debt to some wonderful wonderful people. This is for them. It is not written as a sad piece, but as a melody for hope. Awful things happen in life, they have to, otherwise you would never have any gauge as to what pure happiness is. But to remember when things were so dark, and to wonder whether you would ever know happiness again, is a way of realising what is so good in life.

Ok, your halfway through the album, It's nice that you've read this far, and I hope that you keep reading. Denebola is the brightest star in the constellation Leo. For the factual buffs amongst you, it is 36.18 light years from earth and it can be found at the tip of the Lions tail. It was written for my brother, firstly as a birthday present, but also as a thank you for the art work he did for the album cover. He has a very distinctive style of work, and he is a Leo.

When my daughter was not getting to sleep very well, she asked if I could put a little tune together for her. So I created a simple melody of music boxes, and then over time, developed the piece into something a little more special that became the Little Box of Dreams.  An early tune that was written back in 2000 is Reason. I was experimenting at the time with rhythmic piano melodies, and a couple of ideas were brought together to make this one tune.

One of my favourite tracks on the entire album is Seven. I wrote this when my son was 3 months old. Seven is the date and month of his birthday and it really is a picture in sound of his first three months. I love the innocence of this particular track, the delicate piano building up to the gentle introduction of strings and bass. The final track of the original twelve piano pieces is Shadows that was yet another inspiration that came from Cumbria. I was humming this on a walk along the beach near Bootle. A very rocky walk as it turned out, but beautiful all the same. It had just finished raining, and out to sea was glorious sunshine beaming through the clouds. Behind was the start of the fells and hills of west cumbria. Three rainbows backed by an angry black cloud on the retreat. The shadows that were cast across those fells were changing shape so fast, that it made the hills come alive.

It was difficult deciding which twelve compositions to use. It was always my intention to produce an album that was both relaxing and soothing. I didn't want to create an album of elevator music, or jingles you would shop to, but instead, a whole collection of memories and emotions wrapped up into just under one hour of delicate and memorable melodies.

You will also notice that there is an imposter at track thirteen. This is Cumara, and is one track from a much larger production in progress at the moment. I decided to let this one appear at the end and brand it a bonus track, as I feel it is a great way to come round after such a relaxing album. It is also a chance for you to hear that not all my music is quiet. Cumara is a progressive piece, with an array of different instruments introduced during a highly addictive looped melody. As mentioned earlier, Cumara will eventually appear as a sole album.

Well thats about all I have to say on this album so far. I really hope that you listen to some of the clips, if not all of them, and I especially hope that you buy the CD, to which you will be rewarded with 55 minutes of bliss. Go on, you could spend your money on worse things.............

 

Jamie

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