Welcome to the first of eleven posts that will introduce and explain each song from my upcoming release ” The Window”. This album was originally released in 1994. Most of the songs were written between 1989 and right up to the day of the recording which was January 11th, 1994. The studio was in Lewiston Maine with Henri Roi behind the booth. What is really neat though was that the studio was closing and everything was packed in boxes except a couch, table and one beautiful 7 foot 4 Yamaha Grand. I was nervous and very sad after having lost my mother only one month before. Not to mention I had never recorded before except for television and I was really unsure as to what to expect.
It took a total of ten hours to record the album, including a lunch at Wendy’s. High budget I assure you!! What was lucky for me though was the fact that the engineer was really a pro. He had worked with just about everyone I knew and respected and he did a marvelous job with this recording. I was so green in the field of recording that I never realized it had not been mastered, just recorded ” Raw”. In 1994, few independents even made CDs so I had no advice from anyone. SO, my agent, Michael St. Jean and I just assumed it was ready to press. So to press we went with big expectations. It was very good ” raw” and no-one ever mentioned it until my new engineer was hired to digitize it in 2003 and he exclaimed ” this is amazingly clear and full, but it has never been mastered”. This was the guru of solo piano recording Gerry Putnam who worked five albums in total with me. The rest as they say….is history.
So here we are at song number one: Snow
Snow is probably the easiest song to explain from this album which tends to be a bit sad and melancholy as well as downright angry. But there are several songs about happier things too that balance the effect I think. Snow is about …well…snow. I was 20 years old and pulling another all nighter in my practice room…my fathers church. I was music director, so very often I would sleep under the piano because I practiced six hours or so a night. I was studying heavy classical with the great George Loring at the time for school, and he made me work very hard. Anyway, I noticed that a stormfront was piling snow outside the windows at an alarming rate. I remember it was about three AM and I was finally about done for the night. I went outside and looked around. It was amazing how quiet the world was. It was like I was locked in a time portal with all that snow and no noise at all. I walked into the woods next to my house for at least an hour enthralled. Everything was white and pure. At this time my personal life was a mess with a nasty divorce in sight with heartbreak my most frequent state of mind. I felt free for the first time in so long, I had to capture this in music.
I made my way back to the church, brewed some coffee and got to work. I penned the song in about three hours writing it down as I went. I remember going to work that day VERY tired but very excited about how inspiration just attacked me, a new composer with dreams of music. I began to play solo concerts not long after this and played it live all the time, especially in winter. I had no idea my life was about to explode in the biggest trial of my life…but I will save that for next week which will be the title song ” The Window” itself. So for now, enter a New Hampshire winter morning right before dawn, where all is new and all is hopeful. Listen for the snow as it starts and stops…timeless. Click here for “Snow”
At last, my first album ” The Window” is being re-released. It has been digitally remastered by the great Gerry Putnam of NH. The new cover work is being done by the equally great Robin Boyd, also from my home state and town of Hooksett, NH. This album has so many memories. I wrote it while going through a horrible divorce at the age of nineteen. I also lost my dear mother to cancer within a month of its recording date of Jan 11, 1994. There are songs of love and hope, as well as sad and downright angry. I call this my “Raw” album because I was so young as a composer…..it is still my wife’s favorite album; (My new wife of 16 years, the darling Caroline.) She met me four months after it’s first release in April 1994. The CD release will be Sept 15th and it will be available everywhere CDs and downloads are sold shortly after. I will begin posting a song from this album per week with an explanation of it’s background. I plan to concertize this with a small tour as well, so stay tuned in!! Also, if you like Pandora radio……do a search for Patrick Lee Hebert there….I was just accepted and am going thru the process. It will say ” no we don’t have him ” but it will make them have me sooner by search requests.
After it’s release in 1998, Patrick Lee Hebert and Chris Lonsberry’s album ” Reverie” is still alive and well. Although the duo lives in different southern states, they are still making music together. In 2007, they released a christmas album entitled “Reverie at Christmas”. They recorded it via the internet and performed a concert in New Hampshire for the event. Now, after more than ten years in the making, ” Reverie two” ( yet unnamed ) is being finished in the same manner. Patrick in Tennessee, and Chris in South Carolina, sending tracks back and forth to be reworked. Some of these tracks were written and performed as early as 1999 and still the team continues to compose. Patrick says: ” we both took a turn at our solo works for awhile and both put out two more albums in the process. Chris and his guitar will always be a part of my future work.” Chris put out a tenth year anniversary edition on ” Diode Melody”, his first electronic venture with a remastered re-release called ” Diode Melody Rewired” as well as a modern Christian album called ” No other way”. You check him out at www.chrislonsberry.com and all over the web where downloads and albums are sold. You can also check out Patrick’s works at his website to the right of this page. His newest album ” Meditations on the Psalms of King David” continues to bring him to concert venues all over the area, with a summer tour to begin soon. And keep your eyes and ears open for Reverie’s latest work, which alot of people may call ” Finally” LOL…you can watch Reverie perform “Lazy Daze” a track from the upcoming album. It is from a concert in New England, July 2007. Enjoy!!
Wanted to let you know what is new and forthcoming at Highland Music. My poetry book “Ravings” is being edited as we speak by Sarah Troutman of Tennessee. This is very exciting, and very arduous for me. I am selecting poems from a 18 year span. This is difficult because sometimes they ALL look good. I know better though, I can only choose 150 or so. And I have written over a thousand!! So hence it goes. Thank God for Sarah. I will email her with inclusions and exclusions and change this or that. She is right on top of it. There will be a blog site dedicated to this next week. If you subscribe, you can read a poem per day and YES…..send me some comments.
Also, three new albums:
The re-release of my 1994 album “The Window” is slated for May or June. It has been digitally remastered and has all new cover work. It seems so long ago that I wrote this album. It was recorded in 94 but most of it was written in the late eighties. Lots of memories.
A new album “Laments, Dreams and Visions” is scheduled for recording in late summer with a possible Fall release. I have included a track for you to hear called “When the Sky is Crying” I hope you enjoy it. This album is very different than my previous six albums. It has a dreamy, soul searching quality. Of course, I need to finish it by then lol.
“Meditations on the Psalms of King David Volume 2” is almost finished and being concertized now. I work best when playing concerts so I can try new ideas in front of an audience. I usually compose the endings and bridges live, by improvisation. Very fun……sometimes scary. You can listen to the first Psalms album by clicking here:
All for now. I am quite busy teaching as well, and am writing many student pieces for my charges. I have 45 students now. They keep me busy, that’s for sure.
Please keep checking back as we have planned a bunch of free listens as these projects progress. Take care!!!