On my 4th album “Heading West” I wanted to interpret some of the North American landscapes that I had seen and felt in the music that I composed. But more than that I wanted some of the history of those landscapes to be heard in the music, and particularly in the instrumentation that I used.
This tune is about the prairies. I obviously wanted to depict wide open spaces, but I also wanted the warmth and intimacy of the piano and double bass to convey some of the folk traditions of times past. It’s not always a comfortable experience to interpret places that you are not completely familiar with, there’s a real danger of creating a cliche, as I have heard many times when the British culture or landscape is interpreted musically by others.
Anyway I hope that you like this one and can see where I’m coming from 🙂