Drift Away…

I loved writing and recording this song from my album “Heading West” because of the instrumentation I used to convey it’s spirit.  To describe it I couldn’t do any better than music reviewer Kathy Parsons who did me the honour of reviewing the album in 2013…

“Drift” is a rapturous slow dance with a gentle sway. Piano, guitar, and light percussion elicit sighs of contentment”.


About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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14 Responses to Drift Away…

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    I agree with the music reviewer – lovely! Although I think I prefer the sound of the tracks on ‘Island of Anywhere’ in their overall feel which (for me) evokes wild places. I don’t know how I can explain it any better!

    • Mike Howe says:

      Thank you Jo, I know what you mean! This song is off my 4th album Heading West where I wanted to do something a little different and go for a jazz/folk sound, which I was pretty pleased with. The 3 albums before that, which include Island of Anywhere, were much more evocative of ‘wild places’ so you’re quite right 🙂

  2. I have always wondered what is in certain kinds of melody that is so soothing. This of course cannot be said for other music.

    Since your music is of the first category would you care to reflect what is in music that makes it so?


    • Mike Howe says:

      Hi Shakti, thank you for your kind comment I appreciate it 🙂 In answer to your question, I guess when composing music you have to be honest about who you are and how you see the world. There’s always been too much conflict, disagreement, greed and violence in the world, and my reaction to it is always to try to calm the waters and find peace, that’s what I have always done, so my music just reflects that.

  3. Gallivanta says:

    Did this music help to calm the wild weather you have had of late?

  4. Leya says:

    just what I needed

  5. Ash says:

    Thanks Mike this is so relaxing after a frantic day at work

  6. Mike says:

    Wonderful mood here. Calm and reflective. Great stuff.

  7. Thank you, Mike – this is my moment of contemplative joy, this afternoon!

    Much love and lots of calm moments,

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