Escape the rattle and hum of your day and disappear with me into the warm and beautiful tones of quiet and pleasant solo guitar featured in the natural surroundings of the morning meadow, by the seaside and in an outdoor field in the evening. Literally :) We've recorded my new guitar pieces as solo guitar works as usual, but after the 7 new tracks are featured, you'll notice a track 8 on this release. It places my new 7 pieces in Natural settings.
So enjoy these new pieces as solo guitar work and then also, as a special bonus, please enjoy them featured in natural settings in track 8!
Track 8 starts out a little dramatic...New York Minutes is placed in the unsettling urban soundscape of the New York City streets, but soon an escape is executed and the rest of the pieces on this album are featured in various natural outdoor settings, making for a very pleasant "escape from New York" :) Quietly enjoy!
Track 08: RESPITE GUITAR IN NATURE SUITE – 28:00
Have you ever just slipped away – alone – for a special “mental health” day…just you…from dawn to dusk…to breathe in the beauty of nature…to think…to ponder…to ruminate and to recover??
Well, we now have a soundtrack for your special day :)
Follow along as Polly Feeney, our protagonist, navigates her journey, starting with an early morning escape through her unsettling urban cityside clamor, rattle and hum…
Cue - NEW YORK MINUTES
…she clears the turnstiles to initiate her getaway from New York via the subway; and finds herself outside the city, embracing a reconnection with beauty of nature as she strolls through a fragrant and flowery green meadow…
Cue - MORNING GLORIES
…serenaded by the positive energy of bird calls under the watchful warmth of a sun-drenched morning on her way to a seaside retreat.
Once through the meadow and approaching the solitude of the waves lapping at the shoreline, Polly finally stops to relax on the unpopulated beach, enjoying the opportunity to breathe deeply and think clearly again.
Cue - SOLITUDE
She walks along at the side of the sea, which offers ample time and space to ponder life; and to reminisce about events in her life that have mattered most to her…
Cue - REMINISCENCES
…along with ruminating about the deeper remembrance of the dear loved ones who have played key roles in her life…cherishing and celebrating each memory.
Cue - REMEMBRANCES
Polly, continuing in the solitude of her walk, eventually comes across a beach area filled with families and children playing in the sand and sea, which enables her to embrace the positivity of family togetherness and love and allows her to recount a series of affirmations about her own life and plans for her future.
Cue - AFFIRMATIONS
Then, as the day begins to wind down and the sun plans it setting as evening falls, she departs the seaside for the peaceful warmth of a small outdoor cafe nestled in an open field where the nighttime sounds are teeming with life…
Cue - EVENING QUIETUDES
…where she sits back to relax and recover…in the quiet of the night while enjoying a superb glass of wine.
I Like Beer EP
Admittedly, the music featured on this little EP may never bounce off the walls of Carnegie Hall, but the point is obvious; as a matter of fact, I like beer. And like Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, if pressed, I too would proclaim my love for beer in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee. Being that I’m not a judge or hold out any hope for an appointment to the Supreme Court, my affirmation proclamation turned to my classical guitar and an advertising jingle that loomed large in the early 1970’s and has been stuck in my head as an earworm ever since.
Ironically, I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI during my formative drinking years, and became fiercely loyal to Miller High Life. Miller was produced in a local brewery three miles West of Marquette and their ‘beer tasting’ brewery tours were compellingly persuasive, so I abridged my collegiate studies to weave a love for Miller Beer into the fabric of my life.
And apparently, the jingle worked its magic too. True story: I whistle that melody every time I walk into the Beer Cooler at the local liquor store. So, when I chose to pay my guitar respects to the beverage and the brand I love, I started and ended the project with a Miller beer and due reverence.
And just as a having a couple Miller beers can provide a special comfort when it’s time to relax, this project, which was light and very fun indeed, served as a musical elixir of sorts to help balance the darker, spiraling abyss of immersion I experienced during my Alice Cooper ‘Ballad of Dwight Fry Suite’ project.
Quietly Enjoy and…Cheers!
Ballad of Dwight Fry Suite (Arr. for Nylon String Guitars) Second Coming / Ballad of Dwight Fry / Sun Arise
Ballad of Dwight Fry Suite (Arr. for Nylon String Guitars)
Second Coming / Ballad of Dwight Fry / Sun Arise
Total Time: 13:29
A handful of the most impressionable pieces of music I enjoyed from my youth - from Alice Cooper's 'Love it to Death' album released in 1971. I always considered Side 2 of the album among the most expressive and wide ranging emotional rock songs at the time and ranked them in my all time favorites.
It was a real pleasure to immerse myself in this body of work over the past several months!
Project started: Nov 26, 2016 Final Mix: January 23, 2017
45 Separate Guitar Parts were recorded to compile this Suite. All Guitar parts and all percussive effects were recorded on my 1972 Hernandis Grade #1 Classical Guitar (which I love to say worked out to be the perfect 'period instrument' for the performance of this suite!)
Actually I must say things got a little creepy late at night trying to musically interpret a little girl's voicing of concern over her father's bout with insanity "Mommy, where's Daddy? He's been gone for so long..." and then again trying to make musical sense out of Alice himself going insane in the Ballad of Dwight Fry...repeatedly screaming "I gotta get out of here." So what started out as a fun idea turned into a lot of hard work just to musically interpret spoken word and screaming; not to mention the perfectly 'out of tune' guitar solo by Glen Buxton which is still, 46 years later, soooo fittingly uncomfortable; so wrong but soooo right, especially when the protagonist of the song (lead singer Alice Cooper), suffering from the nausea of insanity, was musically fitted for a straight jacket and dragged into the residency of an insane asylum.
Salute to Alice Cooper and a tip of the top hat to him and his band with this one. I hope you not only enjoy discovering this piece as an instrumental, but if you're not familiar with the original work, please do seek it out. The songs are iconic and rate as highly recommended on my list of favorites. Thanks for listening!!
- Tom, 1/26/2017
Let’s hear it for the underdog, for the second string, for the runner-up, and for all of the creative works in this world that wind up sliced, diced and edited out.
So therein lies the theme of this album...it’s a release of my edited cuts. The pieces featured in this collection were lovingly composed with the intent for inclusion in their respective CD releases, but, for one reason or another, just fell short of making the final cut. They went through the entire process - inspiration, development, rehearsal, recording and being loved as my own - but in the end they were set aside.
Consider this release a liberation of sorts; for the lost, lonely little pieces that are now being resurrected from their obscurity after being relegated to the Island of Misfit Toys.
I suppose I could have just left them in the attic awaiting the music scholars to discover years after my death, but in a recent rash of reminiscing, I found a soft spot in my heart for each one of these little orphans - a rediscovery of sorts for myself. I found something in each piece that I felt was interesting enough to want to share in the light of day. And yes, if you’re curious, to stay true to the process, there were still six pieces cut from this release that were sent back to the Island! They won’t see the light of day until I’m happier with the way I play them.
I hope you quietly enjoy adopting this collection – my work is and continues to be, after all, for your listening enjoyment.
-Tom Salvatori, Guitar Composer
Overture II-Are You Watching-Western Sunset 4:05
Afraid to Jump 4:15
Overture III-Late At Night 1:31
Waiting in Anticipation 1:47
Dark Stairways 2:50
Major Change 2:40
Sara Bay 1:25
Church Round 2:50
Spanish Dance 2:50
At the Edge 2:46
Apricot Scarf 1:57
Walking Through the Door 1:44
A Perfect Tool-Stepping Up 2:19
Questions and Answers 2:45
Bring Me Too 3:03
Pull Off Spin-Pinball Bounce 2:34
Yes That's Interesting 1:29
Of the Ancient 1:59
Musical Chairs 2:05
Track Listing details:
Pieces recorded during the “Invoking the Veiled Reference” Session:
Overture II-Are You Watching-Western Sunset, Afraid to Jump
Pieces recorded during the ”Whispering for Your Attention” Session:
Overture III-Late at Night, Waiting in Anticipation, Dark Stairways, Major Change, Sara Bay
Pieces recorded during the “Late Night Guitar” Session:
Church Round, Spanish Dance
Pieces recorded during the “When Evening Falls” Session:
At the Edge, Escalation*
*Features John Catchings on Cello
Pieces recorded during the “Ever Ever On” Session:
Apricot Scarf, Walking Through the Door, A Perfect Tool-Stepping Up, Questions and Answers
Pieces recorded during and since^ the “A Year in the Life” Session:
Bring Me Too, Pull Off Spin-Pinball Bounce, Yes That’s Interesting, Of the Ancient, Musical Chairs^
A Year in the Life
Tu Sei bella Aci Catena EP
This track is featured on 'Tu Sei bella Aci Catena' - EP
Tu Sei bella Aci Catena - November, 2008
Tom Salvatori – guitar
Leroy Bocchieri – mandolin
Massimo Di Nocera – vocals
Tu sei bella Aci Catena
My parents rented a villa in Sicily for two months at the end of 2008, and my wife and I went to visit and celebrate our anniversary in Italy. It soon became evident that the only way to navigate in the little towns was to drive there and then ask the locals for directions. And for some reason, one Italian talking to a driver through a car window seemed irresistible to others...we always attracted a few to render their opinion. They'd point in different directions, shrug their shoulders, wave their arms and ultimately start an argument amongst themselves. We would still see the assembled group continuing the discussion in our rear view mirror even after we'd start on our way.
The smartest of all direction-givers was a woman in a small town we had a hard time finding - called Aci Catena. When we stopped, she came out her front door (which was about one yard away from the street) in a bright pink bathrobe, largely pregnant; with kids hanging on her from all sides. She smiled and said “go four streets straight ahead and when you get there...stop again and ask someone else!”
Anyway...having a composer riding shotgun alongside an Italian crooner at the wheel who fancies himself Mario Lanza, we eventually began to sing a little melody to the beautiful words of directions as we drove about. Our music and lyrics have now become the testament to this wonderful Sicilian experience.
Lyrics In Italian: English translation:
Tu sei bella Aci Catena You are beautiful Aci Catena
Aci Catena buon giorno Aci Catena good day! Benvenuti ‘la nostra citta Welcome to our city Dove il centro il mercato Where is the central market? Noi stiam’ guidando in cerchio... We are driving in circles…
Prima ‘vanti, gira la sinistra First go ahead, then turn left Quindi si va, ‘la chiesa Then you go on from church Quindi destra, quindi la sinistra Then right, then left Gira l’ang’lo, la chiesa Turn the corner, at the church
Aci Catena aiuto mi Aci Catena…help me! Aci Catena aiuto mi Aci Catena…help me! Dove il centro il mercato Where is the central market? Noi stiam’ guidando in cerchio... We are driving in circles…
‘ndare l'ang’lo, gira la sinistra Go to the corner, turn left Quindi destra, ‘la chiesa Then right, at the church Gira destra, gira sinistra Turn right, turn left Gira l'ang’lo, ‘la chiesa Turn the corner, at the church
Aci Caten’ arrivederci Aci Catena goodbye! Non abbiamo mai trovat’ il centro We never found the center Preferisco perso in Sicilia I prefer to be lost in Sicily ‘nvece trovat’ altrove Instead of being found elsewhere
Aci Catena tu sei bella Aci Catena you are beautiful