composed, performed and produced by
Published by Suite Hoodeet Music,
Recorded January 10-24, 2005 at StarVu
Studios, Savage, Minnesota, USA
Engineers: Matt Fink, Steve
Hall, Paul Baron. Mixed and
mastered by Paul Baron
Thanks to Catherine Maguire, Bruce
Muckala, Paul Baron, John Shand and Kaman
Music Corporation, Jon Balingrud, Janice
Kirkpatrick, Ross Hunter, Jonathan and
Olga, Malcolm and Claire and Preston Reed
Special thanks to all of my fans, old and
new, around the globe, for your fantastic
support. This record is for you.
HISTORY OF NOW is my first recording since
moving to Europe in 2000. Living and
playing in a new culture has introduced me
to a lot of inspiration and evolution,
both personally and musically.
One of the biggest changes to my music
over the past several years is that I have
started playing and writing on different
guitars - not just steel string acoustic
guitar but solid body electric,
semi-acoustic, baritone electric,
12-string and classical guitars.
I started playing multiple guitars with
the intention of adding variety to my live
concerts, but what I received were
benefits I didn't know were coming; new
musical evolution, and connectiong with
new audiences. I found that I can
communicate much more with six instruments
than with one. My personality seems to
come through no matter what instrument I
play. The more instruments I play the more
places inside myself I can explore.
I had goals in mind for this project, the
first of which was to present the new
compositions I have written since 2000's
Handwritten Notes. I also wanted to
give new life to some favorite
compositions by performing them on new
(e.g.electric or classical) guitars.
Finally, I wanted to make available - by
re-learning and re-recording them - a few
of the many compositions of mine that have
been locked up in major label vaults since
the early nineties.
In 2000, in the booklet to Handwritten
Notes, I said that playing music for
people of different cultures around the
globe had taught me that we are all really
I believe the tragic events of the past
five years have made it clear that
communicating with people in a meaningful,
personal way across cultural, religious,
and language lines is more important than
ever before. I hope that the music on this
record achieves that.
Thanks for listening.