MP3 Cary Grey - Anchor of My Heart
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13 MP3 Songs in this album (54:32) !
Related styles: FOLK: Celtic Folk, EASY LISTENING: Vocal Pop
You know how these things begin. A couple of strangers cross paths; start talking music, trade CDs, and a creative spark is lit. The energy grows and starts to pull others in. More chance meetings occur, and suddenly things start happening. Totally unexpected things.
This album began that way, with Lori and I exchanging CDs, her âDancing Nakedâ for my four-song demo. On the strength of that, she invited me to join her womenâs folk band Adala, and I began singing with them and writing for them. Lori brought up the idea of my doing a full length CD like hers, and I just laughed. She insisted that I could do it, though, so I started thinking about it.
I was in full composing mode by then. Lori has a true gift for arranging as well as vocal and instrumental performance, and she worked with me on everything. When the life issues and time constraints of several members made keeping the band together impossible, Lori pulled out the CD idea and said âlets do it!â. I was scared to death; I had no idea what I was doing, but how could I pass up the chance?
After nearly a year of hard work and creative collaboration we were both exhausted, ready to strangle each other, elated, laughing at ourselves and the perverse nature of the creative process, and I at least was in a state of shock and amazement that we had survived it all, and we had thirteen tracks! Wow! If you ever have a chance to do this, grab it with both hands. It is worth every tear you shed.
âThe Mythical Windâ came off of my demo CD. Lori reworked it for six parts and Adala did it as our opener. One night in rehearsal I screwed up the words and was roundly teased for forgetting my own lyrics. Eileen said âHey, Cary, itâs: âshe tugs on my sheetsâ!â. I snapped back âWell, she hasnât been doing that lately, how am I supposed to remember?!â. Everyone was on the floor. After that, whenever I screwed up there would be speculation about the state of my relationship with the Mythical Wind.
âGoing Awayâ was my chance to get silly. I think everyone feels like this at some point. Leave it all behind!
âGrassâ is one of my favorite tracks. Whenever I want to give my mood a jump-start, I put it on my car stereo and blast it. I intended it for the full band to do in parts, but we didnât get the chance.
âDeep Waterâ was the first piece I wrote for the group, and I was amazed at Loriâs arrangement of it. I was in the middle of a lot of intense change at the time, which was both creative and frightening on many levels. This became the theme of the album.
âSharp Transitionsâ is actually the oldest song on the album, dating back to my twenties, another intense period.
âThe Wandering Islesâ is a Celtic inspired song about the random things that screw up our lives. Not everything magical is kind.
âIn This Placeâ is about the seductiveness of giving yourself over to power; letting yourself be used.
My title track, âAnchorâ, is almost more Loriâs song than mine. I wrote it out of my vocal range, and had such a hard time singing it that I was ready to give up and toss it. Lori insisted it was a good song, though, and said, âLet me play with it and see what I can doâ. This is the result. I was completely floored.
âSilenceâ. When was the last time you heard it? I remember camping on the top of the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, and trying to sleep in the absolute silence of the forest. It was strange and eerie. I wish I could find it again.
âBlue Flameâ is about a gentler way of opening to power, and letting something deeper move through you.
âVery Farâ is another song from my demo with a Celtic theme. Lori pulled Kathy in on flute, which was the perfect touch.
The traprock ridges of central Connecticut are some of my favorite places to hike, stare at the sky, pick wild blueberries, and cry my eyes out when I need to. âAll The Way Downâ is my tribute to them.
âCall Meâ was born of Rumiâs poetry and the empty place inside. Both a love song and a prayer.
May yours be answered.
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