For a while I had been talking ideas back and forth with one of my good friends Ryan that I’ve played music with for years. We got together to write this piece a few weeks back by starting with a guitar melody that Ryan had written and then layered different percussive elements, as well as a neat foley part. It’s a very neutral vibe that the guitar track creates allowing for the composition to flow freely and give the listener an option as to what the feeling is. I didn’t want to follow a click track for this one. The percussive parts are sometimes slightly out-of-place for specific reasons and give this so-called “programmed track” a human element. Some things are better left unpolished and the moment in time that is captured simply is the art.

This composition was intended to be much shorter but I wanted to add something to the end that would make for an interesting transition. Almost like a “to be continued”. It’s a somber beginning with dynamic builds that send you through four phases.

The title halcyon fits this piece with the meaning calm; peaceful; tranquil. It’s also amythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time ofthe winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charmingwinds and waves into calmness. 

A dream that is also a reality for some. A look at a life of trials that leads to the transition to adapt and advance through adversity.

This album is very special to me. I was given a recording interface in 2006 by Dr. Don Peacock to use in my leisure. A tool to educate myself on how to record, and that I did. I learned a lot about writing and recording and ended up creating many pieces accompanied by my close friends. I consider this album a journey for myself. A look back at what I have learned not only in music, but in life. A collection of moments with friends.