new year, new songs… “heliotropic” and “blue mountains walking”…

2014... Abyss Lake from the top of Mt. Evans. Photo by Jon Kedrowski.
Abyss Lake from the top of Mt. Evans. Photo by Jon Kedrowski.

2014… the new year. Hope yours has gotten off to a great, rockin’ start. 12 days in, things have been somewhat uneventful aside from a short trip to Santa Fe to ring in the new year (a few pictures below). Also have already learned a new term: ‘polar vortex’; I expect there will be a movie of the same name on the SyFy channel in the near future.

I’m posting a couple of new songs here, recorded in the last three months, closing out 2013. I can say that there will be a new album from Nights on Venus in 2014 – I don’t know yet whether it will be a full-length album or a couple of 5-song EPs, but there will be at least one release, most likely in the fall.

HELIOTROPIC
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

The new material is just starting to come together. This is always the fun part, when the first exploratory musical wanderings (a.k.a. “noodling”) and recordings begin to coalesce and gel into ‘something.’

One thing I’ve noticed so far: I’m playing a lot more piano – electronic though it may be (a Roland digital piano) – on these new recordings and it is featured on both of the songs posted here. “Heliotropic” is the album version… “Blue Mountains Walking”, a  mastered demo [that did not make the final album cut]. Enjoy!

BLUE MOUNTAINS WALKING
(© 2013 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Currently I’m working on a song entitled “Infinity Pool” which I’ll post here probably later on this month.

San Francisco St., Santa Fe...
Hangin’ out on San Francisco St., Santa Fe…
Luminarias...
The holiday season is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe… the lights and luminarias were still up.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi...
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi…
The Plaza at night, holiday season...
And the Plaza at night, downtown…
And another visit to 10,000 Waves on a chilly afternoon...
Another visit to 10,000 Waves Japanese bathhouse on a chilly afternoon…
I-25 near Wagon Mound, New Mexico...
On the road again, the return trip home… I-25 near Wagon Mound, New Mexico…
A short 2 hours later...
A short 2 hours later… the weather has turned nasty – freezing drizzle, then snow – and we’re stuck in an hour-long traffic standstill south of Colorado Springs. Numerous accidents when the road turned icy. Here, a moving van has overturned and spilled its contents all over the highway.
Almost home...
What is usually a routine 6-hour drive turned into 9-hour ordeal, but here we’re almost home…

santa-fe_5Until next time…

Another Day in Paradox,” the third album from Nights on Venus is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) as are the eponymously-titled first album (digital download only) and “In 4 the Evening” on CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website

"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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