The Songman Speaks

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I was once a little obsessed with a Bill Evans record called ‘Further Conversations With Myself’. The last track on that is a beautiful piece by him called ‘Quiet Now’. It’s so rich that it still fascinates me every time I listen to it. I’ve written a lot of instrumental tunes over the years and there’s a lot of Bill Evans’ influence in all of them, but this one in particular. In fact, this whole collection of songs is a kind of conversation with myself, and it made sense to include one of those instrumental pieces.

So here’s a ‘song without words’ in the spirit of those that Mendelssohn wrote. When I play it I meander through different keys every time and I’ve never quite pinned down which version I like best.

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from The Songman & Me, vol 1, released December 15, 2010

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Joe Craig Islington, UK

"The Songman & Me, vol. 1 is a collection of beautifully crafted songs in the classic tradition of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and James Taylor. At the keyboard and with his intimate vocals, Joe Craig performs with a raw emotion that cuts to the heart of the characters and stories in the songs. He may be a virtuoso storyteller, but on this evidence, he's very much a gifted songman too." ... more

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