And the Day Begins
'And the Day Begins' is a smooth jazz CD with touches of blues, pop, and swing. The CD offers 6 original compositions and 4 covers. Of the original compositions, the title track is the standout. The CD's opener, 'Scat', speaks to my improvisational guitar style. A fellow guitarist once said upon hearing my improvisational playing that it sounded like I was 'scatting on my guitar', so I adopted that style description. The other original compositions help provide a bit of diversification by adding some blues, pop and swing flavors. The 4 cover songs are truly wonderful compositions that I personally love and am proud and thrilled to have recorded them. 'Morning Rain/Rainbows' was composed and recorded by Ron Cooley. Ron is both a solo artist and a performing member of Mannheim Steamroller. 'Coming Home' was written by Tim McCabe and recorded by his group Palomino Duck. 'Dreamy' was composed and recorded by Hadley Hockensmith. Hadley is a member of Neil Diamond\'s touring band. And, finally, 'Let Me Into Your Heart' was written and recorded by Sam Riney. Sam is a top LA session musician. Again, being able to record these 4 songs was an honor and a pleasure, and I am very appreciative of each song\'s composer for allowing me this opportunity. This CD has received considerable airplay worldwide... a great honor. But most noteworthy is the airplay of the song 'Mood Swing' during the 'Local On the 8s' weather segment on the Weather Channel during the month of January 2009! This song was heard by a global audience. This is evidence of the great musical offerings found on this CD. I hope that you enjoy what you hear and go on to purchase a copy for your collection! Thanks, Keith.