Doorway to Love
Since early childhood the language of music has been the most natural form of expression for me. As soon as my fingers touch a piano keyboard, I feel instantly connected to a deeply trusted friend through whom I can let my emotions flow. I'm at home at the piano and it always feels good to me, especially when I sense the music coming through me, rather than from me. I have consciously (and perhaps unconsciously) explored the mysterious and spiritual landscape of humankind's deepest sought emotion, love. Program I features the romantic suite, Doorway to Love, inspired by and dedicated to my beloved partner and pathfinder, Gail. Program 2, The Time has Come, is a reflective journey evoking the universal love of children, parents, family, teachers, friends, in short, all those whose love has touched my life through the years. The visual expression came together for me in the cover art through Gail's watercolors, two impressions, one vibrant, one subdued, of a path of light leading to a doorway. To those who listen to this music, may you find your pathway to the Doorway to Love. The sound of Franko's music found it's way into my heart and subsequently, so did the man. Since then, we have been collaborating on many creative endeavors involving music and art. Franko's talent as a prolific composer and a weaver of musical styles continues to amaze me. The the fall of 1996, as his original works grew more numerous, it seemed time to record a CD. One evening he arrived home and suggested Doorway to Love as the title and asked that we use my watercolor painting of a light path leading to a doorway surrounded by lilacs for the cover. The painting would embrace the music selections. You know how it is with lilacs. You wait all year and finally, they bloom; but, only for two weeks. Yet, the delicate fragrance, color, and blossoms are unforgettable. This waiting is much like the longing for love. When it comes and we experience the height of passion with it's beauty and tenderness, it too is unforgettable. May the beautiful sounds of Doorway to Love touch your heart with light and imbue your soul with fragrance, color, and continuous blossoming.