“perspective” album release… full album here (via soundcloud)…

Today, on the day of the Winter Solstice, the album “Perspective” is released officially… and is now available on CD Baby, iTunes, Bandcamp, the Nights on Venus website, and Amazon MP3 as an MP3 digital download.

Three songs are available this week of Christmas as free downloads on ReverbNation – the title track,  “(A Higher) Perspective“, “Heliotropic“, and “Copper Afternoon” – to coincide with the album release, and the full album is featured here today via SoundCloud with a few notes about each song, what may have been running through my mind when I was writing or working on it.

1. COPPER AFTERNOON
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

“Copper Afternoon” was written for that sweet last and next to last run of the day on the slopes (at my favorite place to ski, Copper Mountain), when the shadows grow long across the snow and there’s only the hellish bumper-to-bumper drive to face on I-70 eastbound back toward Denver. There is an extended version of this song which may appear at a later date as a remix.

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

Bend towards the light, not the dark… i.e., no going over to the “dark side”. Image/painting by Don Pollack, “The Proposition”, oil on canvas…

3. BEING, TIME, AND PLACE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Convergence… You, right here, right now, where you stand. There is nothing else. Photo taken from the top of Mt. Flora on the Continental Divide, Colorado. Kind of a 60’s vibe to this one…

4. SUMMER MADNESS
(© 1974 Taylor / Thomas / Smith / Mickens / Westfield / Bell, Published by Warner Tamerlane Publishing. All rights reserved.)

A remake of the classic Kool and the Gang instrumental from their album “Light Of Worlds” from 1974. Official release date on the single: 5/26/2014.

What I’ve tried to do in covering this song is retain the feel and vibe of the original – paying homage to it – while offering up my own take on this classic on its 40th anniversary with the addition of piano and vibes. Always loved this song and in recording it, I’ve tried to stay as close to the original as possible. The original version is in the first “Rocky” movie – the scene where Rocky brings his girlfriend Adrienne back to his apartment for the first time. Artwork by CCT.

5. LA FRONTERA
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Spawned by the refugee crisis of 2014 and years before (see the film “Sin Nombre” -2009), this – magazine.nd.edu/news/16289-concel…ss-at-the-border/ – says it far better than I ever could. So does this: www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/1…central-america
Tear. Down. The Fence. Echoing the words of Fr. Corpora, may we see true, real, and honest immigration reform very, very soon.

6. BLISS IN BLUE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Kind of surf, kind of jazz, kind of classical (in a Chopin-esque sort of way – well, this is the ‘piano’ album). The image is an interesting story; check it out here… Photo by D’Milo Hallerberg, from Burning Man. Freedom baby!

7. NEW WORLD CREATE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

This world’s messed up; we need a new one, but not a corporate, government, 1-percent mandated one. Transformation, nothing less… Light at the end of the tunnel…

8. (A HIGHER) PERSPECTIVE
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Erin Foley on alto sax here. Terra incognita…. new, uncharted territory. When in doubt, go higher. From the top of Quandary Peak, a ’14er’, Mosquito Range, Colorado.

Shift, alter, gain perspective… anew. The overview.

9. INFINITY POOL
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Just pure enjoyment here… love infinity pools and being in one. Can’t tell where the water ends and the sky begins (well here you can – imagine yourself actually in the pool). Visual (and aural) metaphor for “All Is One”. As above, so below… All things in balance.

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

The 2nd single released this past summer. Impermanence… Defines our lives… constant change. You really don’t have all the time in the world… so turn off the TV, the smart phone and go do something.

11. SATURN RETURN NO. 2
(© 2014 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

And we all come full circle, every 29 years… at 29, 58… and, if you live long enough, 87. Saturn, the timekeeper. Completion, a major milestone, a passage… then on to the next stage of life. Saturn image courtesy of NASA.

Thanks for reading and listening over the years. May all of you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, however you celebrate, and be safe in your travels to and from! I’ll be back after New Year’s as we all head into 2015.

"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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