Gate on Red Hill
Don helped form his first band when he was 15, playing electric piano & organ. That was nearly 4 decades ago. Keyboard/synths were still a few years away! It was just a good ol' rock â€-n roll band, but over the course of several years the band had a little success in their home circuit of south central Pennsylvania. After the band dissolved, Don picked up an acoustic guitar, & his music drifted to the folk scene -Tom Rush, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, etc. Then something new happened: the Singer/Songwriter movement emerged, and artists like Steve Noonan & Jackson Browne caught Don's attention with a new, undefined sound. Now sometimes called "Alternative Folk", it's a style with few boundaries: folk, blues, jazz, classical, all are welcome and blended here, and both piano and acoustic guitar fit in the niche. The songs on GATE ON RED HILL, 3 vocals, the rest instrumentals, are evocative and lyrical. Don grew up not far from his family's 1750 homestead, a place known locally as Red Hill, near the beautiful Susquehanna River in the Pennsylvania Dutch area of Lancaster County. A lot of influences converge in Don's music, and GATE ON RED HILL tells a story. Hopefully, listening to this music will help you think about your story, as well. You might want to first listen to the sound clip of â€-Whimsy' from the list on the left; it's a solo piano piece that was recorded live, and perhaps best sums up the spirit of Don's music.