For the most part, I use simple folk chords, take trains of thought sometimes flavoured with twisted idiom and imbue them with an intention to capture with integrity, the living of a life. Please accept these imperfect offerings hinting at the ideal theme. Robert Hanly The sleeve notes contribute to the fuller appreciation of what's going on in the songs. I was surprised by the degree of enthusiasm I felt for the generation of material (Quotes, photos and poems) supportive of the songs. I am indebted to Les Love in particular, for his kind contribution of some of his fantastic works including 'Birdman', inside the cover. Here's a blurb used to promote the CD launch: The songs presented on this album reflect one person's intimate observations of the many facets of our social existence. They move from evocative and mellow to bouncy and joyful. 'Unfolding' is the album being launched by 'The Bridge'. And 'The Bridge' is what you get when a teenage rock guitarist from Saiba Island (Dux Waia-Newton), a Maltese/Balkan/Middle Eastern wind player, percussionist and vocalist (Andy Busuttil) and a classy singer-songwriter get together. 'The Bridge': a wonderful trans-cultural and trans-generational performance of original compositions by Robert Hanly. Come and see the launch of this very fine project and Robert's new CD 'Unfolding' at Tris Elies in Katoomba on ........It went well. This record is dedicated to the memory of my friend and father, R B Hanly of whom one quotation in the sleeve notes has a story attached: whilst camping in the Blue Mountains, Australia, having tucked my two sons into the tent (so to speak) I returned to the camp-fire where my father sat transfixed and transported by the fire. He turned to me with a faraway look in his eyes and slowly articulated his 'Aha!' moment- "The beauty of the encounter is in the mystery of the unfolding." This became something like a signature reference and I refer to this quote in 'Life is a Song' in which I attempt to articulate the perspective and influence RB brought to bear during his brief sojourn on the planet. In this context, it seems apt to tell that the very first song on which I learned to accompany myself with guitar was 'Father and Son' by Cat Stevens. Soon after this in about 1975, my brother's girlfriend lent me two songbooks: Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. Thanks Angela, Leonard and Neil. These books coupled with a pre-existing respect for both artists (Jackson Browne figured pretty heavily in there as well) set me on a trajectory informed by a respect for words and the challenge to set them to music in an attractive form.