Instrumental Guitar

It’s HERE!!!

The Best of Reviews New Age: The Guitar was just released!!! I am thrilled, honored and extremely blessed to be apart of this project… and of course I have made mention of that before, but… I can’t help it… I am excited!

Once again, please allow me to note that the CD not only features my song “Renewal (Gentle Spring Rain)” but it also features my landscape photography! Somebody pinch me… this ain’t a dream.

The recording is now available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 as well as other outlets as well… get your copy today!!!

I was asked in a Facebook message from a friend what was it that inspired my song “Renewal…”

I thought it would be nice to share my reply here as well!

I love how music can paint pictures in one’s mind. As child and growing up through the years, I was frowned upon for being an “airhead.” My mind was always day dreaming… while not being ‘focus’ on things that others felt I should have paid more attention to. For many years I felt as though something was wrong with me. I now understand that this was how I was created… I am an artist and that’s where my heart and passion lies. I want to use the songs of my heart and life to create a picture of beauty. “Renewal…” captures that feeling of opening one’s window to listen to the gently falling spring rain… washing away the feeling of a bitter long cold winter, and embracing the warmth of the new season. The chord profession, as well as the falling gut string melodies mimic that sound. Much like a painter uses brush strokes and color to create a picture, I hope to use musical notes and melodies to capture a moment in time. What a privilege it is to be an artist… I am blessed beyond measure!

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I hope you all enjoy this release… I am listening to it as we speak! I am indeed blessed beyond measure!

You can do it…

Chris-Proctor-Taylor-ClinicYears ago… I was having dinner with Chris Proctor. As you may already know… Chris is an amazing finger-style guitarist. In fact in 1982 he won the National Fingerstyle Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in California. Anyway… the reason I had to privilege to spend an evening with Chris was simple… he was in town doing some concert and teaching events and I was the local promoter of those events.

During our dinner conversation, I noted that I hope to one day record a fingerstyle guitar album… and Chris responded with a “you should. You can do it!”

Several years later… I released “Beneath a prairie moon.” Although it wasn’t a pure acoustic guitar project… it sold very well and it gave me the confidence to sit down and start to compose pieces on my acoustic guitar… a couple years later, I released “A Place Called Home.” This release has become my all time best release to date.

Today I am having a nice relaxing day here in western SD… working on some pieces for a future all solo guitar release. In other words… no ensemble this time… a pure solo guitar release! This is a huge challenge for me and it is forcing me to think outside the box of my normal playing approach. But… thankfully those words Chris Proctor uttered years ago are ringing in my eyes, “you should, you can do it.” Sooooo here I go, and thanks for the encouragement Chris!

You Were Meant To Soar – Video Preview

Yesterday morning & today, we were seriously snowed in here in Western SD… so I’ve been sitting in my office/studio looking out my window watching the snow come down. It’s lovely in a lot of ways… and the rhythm of the snow falling has a way of causing my memory to drift to a simpler time.

I am not sure why I revert so often to my dad… or the memories of my dad… but I just do…

Anyway… I found myself drifting off into the memories of watching my dad build kites from newspaper and wood. I was about 5 years old at the time… and my dad would sit me on a chair in the kitchen as he would cut balsa wood, string and newspaper… eventually forming a kite that was meant to soar!

Back then we didn’t have electronics to occupy out time… it didn’t take much to entertain ourselves… do you remember such times too?

Well… once the kite was done, my dad and I would head out into the backyard and ready the kite for flight!

Once the kite was airborne I would sit next to my dad and watch the kite dance upon the wind!

It was during such times my dad would speak into my life and being and I’ll forget him saying these words… “Ken, you are meant to soar… you are made to dance upon the wind!’ He would continue… “Ken… whatever you want to do in life, you can do it! The only limitations you’ll ever experience are the limitations you place upon yourself!”

So yesterday… as I remembered… as I considered… I simply wrote another piece in memory of dad. *misty eyed*

It is called “You were meant to soar.”

I recorded late into the night… into the quiet hours…

Recording has begun

Yes indeed… I have finally sat down and started to complete my next release!

I started yesterday… with a piece I am presently calling Song #1. As of a few days ago I was planning to do a solo guitar album… and that was a neat idea and thought, but I have far too many beautiful melodies and production ideas in my head. I think what will happen is that there will be some solo pieces, as well as ensemble pieces on this project.

Anyway… no matter what happens, I think the best course for me is to simply follow the inspiration! That’s how I like to work anyway!

So… I am beginning my day editing the basic guitar track for Song #1.

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After I am able to complete the edit… I am hoping to start the next track/song. Basically laying down the basic tracks and then overdubbing additional instrumentation as I go!

Everything is sounding great and I am excited! You all have much to look forward to!!!

I am good to go!!!

The Gathering – now available in Australia

I dunno if you’ve ever had a dream come true in your life… I have…

Working with Will Ackerman has been an incredible experience… and of course, a dream come true! Although my project is presently on hold due to finances… it is still something I hold dear within my heart and life and I hope one day to have the proper funding to complete my project with Will! Gotta have faith…

gatheringAnyway… one wonderful blessing from the Will Ackerman connection is “The Gathering!”

The Gathering is a handpicked collection of songs from 22 artists recently produced by Grammy winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It features my photography (cover photo) and one of my songs “Forever.”

Well… I just received word that The Gathering is now being distributed by ABC Records in Australia!!!

I am profoundly humbled and blessed by this news!!! What a privilege and blessing!!!