The music was added in layers. Kevin Zoernig, keys/piano, laid the foundation. Kevin sat on the piano bench and listened to the recording of a singular poem. Then he listened again and his fingers floated over the keys. He was intent on capturing the rhythm and mood of the spoken word. He improvised everything; and I was mesmerized by his enormous, creative talent. To a non-musician, witnessing the birthing of music was awe-inspiring.
Then Jeff Sussman, percussion, added his magic. He said, “Musicians don’t go to work; they go to play.” And he had the most toys. Jeff listened to my reading with Kevin’s background then tapped, rattled and beat his instruments to perfection. Just as painters layer their canvas with shades of color, the music was layered with synchronized tones.
I did not witness the additions of Scott Shane’s guitars or Lisa Carman’s vocals. I simply trusted them. All of the musicians seemed to enjoy the creative enterprise. Recording for the spoken word rather than for a song was a new endeavor. Synchronizing the music to the poetry was genius. The CD has a magic and beauty all its own.
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