ABOUT THE PROJECT
recording is the culmination of my life so far. This is the first time
I've shared so much of my own songwriting; 9 of the 10 songs are my own
creations. These are authentic snapshots taken from my own life and my observations
of the world around me.
At Jazz Camp West in June 2010, I participated in a class taught by Mimi Fox for guitarists and singers working in duo format. She liked my voice and asked if I had a project she could collaborate on with me. Thus, Mimi provided the impetus for this recording. Our first four exciting collaborations can be heard here:
2009, I set myself a creative challenge: to write a song a day. Each
morning for over a month, I would take a walk and write a song, making notes and recordings
on arriving home. This process resulted in four of the songs for this recording: Indian
Summer, Clear Direction, Fountain, and Grace.
With these and earlier songs from my bag of tricks, the encouragement of Ms. Fox, plus the support of my creative and spiritual family, I've undertaken to bring this recording into being. With your help, I’ll be able to hire the musicians and production team to accomplish this goal.
Clear Direction: The culmination of the song-a-day project, a rumination on modern distraction and getting back on track. Just me & my dulcimer on this one.
Party Girl: Jazz waltz
duo, voice & guitar. A portrait of a loving, lost soul.
Cinque Terre: Inspired by a walk on the Via dell’Amore next to the Ligurian Sea, this bossa nova employs a full rhythm section of piano, percussion, & bass. Arrangement by Michael Smolens.
Daddy: "Country" Joe McDonald was my first songwriting teacher, and his
assignment "Write a song about family" resulted in this blues song, a deep duet for voice & guitar.
Doin' the Best I Can: Laissez les bon temps rouler! A New Orleans-style groove and a full rhythm section of piano, bass, & percussion propel this song about mature, modern-day life. My dear Spark Collective inspires me to take life as it comes!
Light the Fire: Country/gospel-style anthem to the love I have for my spiritual kin, written while driving Bear Creek Road to meet them. Voices & piano are all that're needed here.
Grace: A gospel ballad for piano and full-on vocal harmony, inspired by the morning after the night before.
Fountain: Guitar, dulcimer, & voice play a music box soundtrack for this snapshot of a summer day, a fountain, and three birds.
Indian Summer: The rotation of the seasons focuses my attention on the flow of time. Mimi's guitar and my words offer a bittersweet description of arguably the best time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Angel from Montgomery (John Prine): A duo with Mimi on guitar, this is the
only cover song on the album, but you might not recognize it! This version
came through me one day, and it is part of my soul.
Morning conversations over coffee at Jazz Camp as well as our daily songwriting classes led me to ask Wayne Wallace to produce this CD. The fact that he is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, Latin jazz recording artist, sought-after performer, teacher, and collaborator didn't hurt.
Mimi Fox's generosity as a teacher, player, and collaborator is what sparked this project into being. Her guitar chops are without peer on the international jazz scene.
Walter Bankovitch, a pianist at Jazz Camp West for many years, is noted for his sensitive support of vocalists. I feel his presence in each phrase when we play together.
Ami Mollinelli Hart has a passion for percussion from pandeiro (the Brazilian national instrument) to bucket drums. She'll be gracing these songs with cajon and hand percussion as her expertise leads her.
I have traveled many musical and nomadic miles with Mark Petrella. His ready smile and the solid sound of his "wood wife" holding down the bass end are ever present when we are making good music together.
Kellie Morlock, spiritual and creative cheerleader, brings her colleagues from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to supply power vocals and the signature wall of sound that comes out of the gospel spirit.
Another Jazz Camp connection, Hugo Wainzinger, and I met in 2010 when he offered a recording session for the silent auction. I got to listen to him play his Argentinian-style guitar down the hall from the camp store every day and learned to value his big ears and soft-spoken knowledge.
To hear and buy my music, follow these links:
Welcome to Annwfn, Deborah & Rick Hamouris
Songs of Love, Magic & Other Mysteries, Moonrise
The Chorus of Life, Gaia's Voice
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- (60 days)