Listening to their album 'The Giants Dance', overall a nice album that could use a remaster, but with some really special tracks. Falcon Rise is so heartfeltly beautiful, with melancholy melodies (great haunting minors) that stick with you all day long. So I just had to learn the song, and want to include it as a cover with all the originals we normally like to perform. I learned it on guitar and may play it on piano instead. Hmmm. Also, I think I'll learn 'Fate Is A Dancer' too as the verses can make me cry. It is that beautiful. I've learned I cant listen to this song on the way to work because it affects me too much and my work actually suffers. I wish Ronnie Gunn could be told just how touching these songs really are. In spite of the poor recording.
Well the follow up to 'the slipping of a day' is shaping up and should be a significant step forward from to the debut for these reasons: first, slipping was recorded in different sessions mostly in the 1990s to 2001 or so, throwing different moods together, hoping they would work. There were lesser tracks, but since there was 77 minutes of music that leAft over half that we felt good about. The new cd, on the other hand is focused and we are striving to for it to be solid from start to finish. We have been able to hone the compositions, instrumentation and production to a better level. Actually, it is way better produced than Slipping. Musically, we think it is quite a bit more adventurous, more complex and more beautiful we hope, and we hope that others will feel the same way. I have always felt a bit in left field when it comes to music compared with the average person, but the last couple of years with the internet, progressive ears, and myspace, I have found musical kindred spirits from all over the world, and this has given me the confidence not to compromise. One heavy song is there to attract maybe new ones, perhaps younger ones, but other than that, this is really the music of my heart, for good or bad. Much less traditionally commercial than the debut, but perhaps it will be better received in spite of that, because it is more real. The title is 'a step into elsewhere' and the songs are: serenity in a nutshell (13:15) out of the cold (5:45) the exposure of truth (9:20) walking in shadows (5:55) the secret country (3:35) zenobia (16:50) ...To be released in the spring.... Bill Gillham/Cirrus Bay
Alex Brighenti, who sings lead for much of Cirrus Bay, in Slipping and other songs, has posted songs of his own, where he sings and plays guitars and keyboards. Check out the gorgeous 'Windows Of Hope' and others. Also, one track, 'Mirthwood Forest' was a collaboration of Alex and Bill, recorded in 1991, where Alex sings and Bill plays the instruments. Alex wrote the words and most of the music to the vocal sections, and Bill wrote the medieval tinged mid section. Just go down to friends and click on A Brighenti. Enjoy!
cirrus bay songs are available now via iTunes. Also songs are downloadable at amazon.com 99 cents per song. Same price whether the song is just over a minute, like 'a different courtyard, or over 19 minutes, like 'the color in your head'. If you like cirrus bay, post a comment at amazon! if not, please don't post;->