(album cover for "Leaving the Chrysalis" - designed by Joe Bill Schirtzinger)
This is an instrumental piano album which was inspired by my own journey through life. I hope it will resonate with many of you as well. It loosely follows the path of a caterpillar who changes into a butterfly through the difficult process of going into a chrysalis and experiencing a complete transformation. It is a metaphor for the intense difficulty involved in truly experiencing a real change in your life, whether that change is physical, spiritual, or emotional. On the other side, you emerge as something different than what you were when you went in.
The interplay between the art and the music on this album was interesting... Joe Bill listened to the first couple of songs that I had recorded, and listened to my vision for the album, then he designed the cover you see above. When I first saw the cover, it wasn't what I had pictured at all, but the more I looked at it over the following weeks, the more it resonated with me. At that point, the songs I continued to record were influenced by the art which the songs originally inspired. It was an experience I've never had, where art influenced art, which in turn influenced art.
(scroll down to hear the individual songs)