this music inspires gratitude. such beauty! such a celebration and embodiment of the lovely, the bittersweet, the mysterious, the departure, the returning, the magic of song. it's all here in a tapestry of love.
Favorite track: I've Forgotten.
Patterns are the structure from which we view the world; they're also the structure that obscures our view of continuousness and constant change. The music on “Verdancy” grew out of two things: a very special modified acoustic guitar created by my son, and my move from New York City to upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. I've been given a glimpse of continuousness, a view past the frame of presumed patterns.
Living again in nature (as I did when I was a child), I vividly, finally see and experience the tumult and beauty of everything endlessly changing all the time. The guitar does that, too. The modified guitar is a genuinely electro-acoustic instrument, in which electronics aren’t generating an electronic tone, but instead provoke the vibration of wire and wood, creating a vibrating object that I interact with physically.
These elements have deeply changed my music. I feel connected to what I’ve done before, but I’m in a new, previously unknown sonic world, bushwhacking new paths, seeking beauty and danger, building new structures that suit the landscape.
Deep thanks for the inspiration and participation of Iva Bittová (vocal, violin), Robin Dann (vocal), Arone Dyer (vocal), Kyle Gann (piano), Steve Gorn (bansuri flute), Christine Gummere (cello), Jared Samuel (vocal), Otto Hauser (percussion), Julian Lampert (double bass), Yoko Ono (words written and spoken), Adam Pierce (drums), Jonathan Talbott (viola).
12-string guitars modified by Kenji Garland. Kenj, thanks for discovering and sharing this beautiful world. Special thanks to Sean Ono Lennon for the use of his Kenji-modified guitar. Thank you, Yoko, for your inspiration and encouragement. Thanks and love to Anne.
Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist David Garland has been steadily shaping songs in new ways since
"Like many great songwriters before him, Garland pushes the limits of acceptable harmony and dissonance, yet never at the expense of beauty. If it's not possible for popular music to reach the heights of the great classical masters, it seems no one has told David Garland."
Blue taps directly into our hearts, transforms and takes us to that sacred non-verbal space where all the best of music and art and life lives. Gloriously generous solo piano + so many more wonderful surprises + compositions here: the "Driver's Son" ensemble performances in Brooklyn & Philly, "Songs From Aphasia" spoken word, electronics "He Was Here" and Ned Sublette's great take on "Double Life" leaving us with a final generous detour into positivity and love with "The Forecaster Hopes" 2019 Pete Dako
Amazing to hear the one-of-a-kind Monkish harmonic approach to jazz so amazingly transposed to guitar. "Shuffle Boil" is a great example of Okazaki's use of the guitar as a very percussive instrument. bradyevanwalker