Butterfly in the Snow
I could tell you... I could tell you many things about myself, if you are interested... anecdotes, travel tales, and a few secrets. I would first tell you that I am a gypsy at heart, invariably curious about other lands and languages, their culture, music, and food. Food is the essence of a culture, it's edible metaphor, the culinary shorthand, for who you are. So is your music. For me, the two are intertwined. Music is necessary nourishment without which my life would make no sense. You will often find me in my kitchen, listening to a variety of songs from many disparate times and places, depending on my mood. I may be barefoot, darting to and from the garden to pick fresh herbs, adding a splash of wine,creating something slow, delicious, and subtle. My kitchen is a \'slow food zone\' where the chef has been known to break into song or dance mid -whisk. The flowers on my table, like my life, are colorful, real, and arranged by me. They are never perfect. Perfection is rarely interesting. I could tell you that my Greek gypsy heart loves the wild weather, the wind and rain, almost as much as I love the sunlit beaches of Italy and Greece,which is a considerable amount. I will confide in you shamelessly that I cannot pass a yard filled with the russet leaves of autumn without wanting to feel their satisfying crunch under my feet, wanting to toss them in the air, throw back my head and laugh like a child at the sheer beauty of fall colors. I am similarly fascinated by snow. I am told by friends in the midwest that if I spent a winter there shoveling those exquisite white flakes, I would feel differently. But I do not believe them. I might tell you that I decided to make Italian the next language I would learn after I heard someone say:\'Agnello arrosto con barbabietole\'. I thought it was pure linguistic romance. Actually, it was \'roast lamb with beets\', but, everything just sounds better in Italian, doesn\'t it? La lingua della musica... The language that sounds like music. As for this debut CD, like the butterfly released from it's chrysalis, my music can take you on a journey of your own creation. Listen and you may travel to many a far flung place and time. You may visit Balaton, a European lake so vast it has been called\' the Hungarian Sea\'. Or you might whistle down a country lane in County Cork. You might eavesdrop on the secrets whispered by the waves of the Aegean, or soar upward with the octaves of a lullaby, across the stars into your dreams. I hope my music can become if only for a little while, a background for the daily moments of your life. I will be curious to know if my music touches something in you, and when and where you like to listen. Finally, whether you listen alone, with friends, or with the one who is your singular focus, I hope my music takes you somewhere fresh and new...