“Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to. Try to be better than yourself.”
- William Faulkner
There must be something in the Atlantic air. Colleagues from my orchestra world are launching CD’s left and right. Both left and right, in fact, and they’re both GORGEOUS.
Herewith, in no particular order, a few Glad Tidings:
1. Blue Engine String Quartet, four immensely talented musicians and longtime pals of mine, have just released in time for the holidays a CD called Bowls of Cheer.Inventive arrangements of traditional Christmas carols performed with a lush and lively sound I’m partial to in string quartet performance. Gorgeous, gorgeous – Dear Reader can learn more here, and enjoy audio clips as well.
2. Another brand-new holiday CD, this time from Rejouissance, also made by immensely talented musicians and longtime pals. I was enchanted by the 17th-century flavour of their Olde Worlde Christmas. I’ve always loved the sound of strings and recorders and harpsichord, and listening to my colleagues having such fun as they bring to life works by Corelli, Charpentier, and favourite Christmas carols did much to bring Olde Worlde cheer to the Garret.
Dear Reader: If you held a gun to my head, I couldn’t choose one over the other of these fabulous new recordings. So I’ve chosen them both, to have and to give. I recommend them without hesitation.
Last, but not least of today’s Glad Tidings:
3. It seems Harbour View sales are going well. In fact, extremely well… in fact, the warehouse is empty. All copies are either sold or in stores. Editor J made my week/month/year (as if telling me last spring he wanted to publish my book weren’t enough!) when he announced that Harbour View will have a second print run.
Yes, there’s definitely something in the Atlantic air…