New Lullaby Listen

At the invitation of composer and friend Jonathan Feist, I attended my first Valentine’s Day party at his beautiful home, a former Shaker Village Meetinghouse. I met some wonderful people, ate way too much chocolate and other sugared goodies, which included homemade root beer, and shared a bit of music.

For a very select audience of 8, composer and myself included, I played the two lullaby selections of Jonathan’s, Leaky Roof and No Time, from the New Lullaby CD master.
I found myself completely surprised by the nervousness I felt as well as by the emotional connection to the recording. All those hours of practice, conversations with the composer, edits, performances, recording bubbled up in my stomach and heated my ears. For 3 minutes I revealed myself, the art, and the sounds. Spending so much time on the project, I knew the music very well and was not worried, but they were brand new for the listeners, and in this form to Jonathan, and the weight of the responsibility to the composer and his music hit me full force.

What a rush! Hearing everyone chuckle through Leaky Roof and breathe out deeply at the end of No Time, brought such a pleasure to me. I got through. They heard and felt as each composer and musician strives for with each note played.  These moments create the addiction that get me through the harder times, and as my wife says, get me to “take on the impossible projects of music”. I live in America the land of the free to listen and not to listen. I cannot control what people listen to, but if they listen to me, and I hope they will, they will have great sounds. Great Sounds = Great Life.

Much Music,


Boston Globe Article, April 30, 2009 (featuring Aaron Larget-Caplan playing two lullabies by Jonathan (click title left):

Lullaby Serenade!

One Response to “New Lullaby Listen”

  1. Dr. Lynn Job, composer

    Thank you for taking the time to document the experience of master-track previews for the NEW LULLABY CD coming out this month (Six String Sound, 888-01). This kind of archival material may be very important one day–musicologists depend on this very thing (documented first person accounts)–keep the long vision! Thank you for allowing me the honor of participation in this wonderful venture and enterprise. Keep up the great work as your many talents are very rare!

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