MP3 Bernie Griff - The Ecology Sea
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15 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Folk Pop, COUNTRY: Bluegrass
The Ecology sea - Bernie Griff
This album was inspired by a Teacher Award Grant by the National Science Foundation. I was among 25 teachers who toured the bay area and Monterey Bay with leading Marine Biologists of the area to get latest information on Oceanography and Marine Biology for the Classroom. We were aboard the Marine floating Lab belonging to Stanford University - "The Prometheous". I wrote songs and composed the music for 15 songs based on this wonderful emersing into the experience of a lifetime! The songs became an album that was reviewed in the national magazine - SaturdayRreview of Education - (article available upon request).
I have a MA in Educational Theory, A BA in Speech with an emphasis on Radio and Television Writing and Directing and A Minor in Music. During college I was part of a Folk Group called - The Picadilly Squares. I was a public school teacher at the Ross Valley School District in Marin county for 26 years. In Marin County (where I lived for 32 years) I was part of a Bluegrass band called - Paper Mill Creek, Bernie Griff & Friends, Griff, Mark and Palmer and Griff and Brown and others.
I have produced three CD's and am working and almost finished on a fourth (The Ecology Sea, West Ho!, "They Also Rode To Warn, and "Hangin' Loose With the Mongoose (Song Potions from 5 Islands)"
I have operated a commercial Recording Studio for 4 years (TealMoon Recording Studio in Redding, CA) but now am working solely on my own CD projects. I like to invite other musicians and vocalists to be part of my CD projects. My main goal is to innovate and imagineer new avenues of expression musically and am presently working on what I call Tropical Jazz on the album "Hangin' Loose With the Mongoose". I like to include humor and Historical events that have happened on my travels and historical events that are unique and fit into the mix as well. For example, I included a wonderful mix of musicians and vocalists on the Ecology Sea which included guitar, oboe, melodica, 5-string banjo, Mandolin, fiddle, jews harp, slide whistle, harmonica and Bass. We had a great time creating The Ecology Sea where everyone had input into the crreative process. (See notes on back of record jacket).
I hope to continue making music...writing songs for as long as I breathe and have a story to tell and a song to sing that can be enjoyed by people from a varied area of the population.
Sometimes you just feel the pulse of a particulat moment ...time...person...place and you have to write it down and along comes that melody that tune that ephemeral something you can never quite put your finget on but there it is and I hope people can enjoy just that,
The vocalists and musicians I have been influenced by include: James Taylor, Hank Williams, Merle Travis, Frank Sinatra, Antonia Carlos Jobim, Joni Mitchell, Kate Wolff, Jerry Jeff Walker, Crosby Still, Nash and Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Marley, Darryl Worley, George Strait, The Del McCoury Band, Jimmy Rogers, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mercer, The Kingston Trio, The Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot and Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers.
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