Monday, April 02, 2007

"Captain April"


I met Liz Story in Prescott, Arizona sometime around 1996 through mutual friends. She was preparing the music for her up-coming album
"17 Seconds to Anywhere." We had many discussions about philosophy and art. She previewed her sketches for me for her new songs. I remember expressing my enthusiasm for what was to be called "Captain April." I told her it was like Spring bursting out all over. She later named it. She mentioned me in the thank you notes on her album. She said I was the "Architecture of Flow". I guess because of the things we talked about and my encouraging her to go on with her music.

One day Liz came over for a lesson wherein she brought a classical piano transcription of "Widmung" by Robert Schumann. She had a recording by Van Cliburn that she loved very much. It is a song steep in rich sentiment for what is best within us. We played and cried and talked and cried and had a wonderful time together.


Here's two of my favorite songs and one she has written since for Mark, who was someone very dear to her that passed away a few years ago.

"Church of Trees" has always made me cry as it does now. Bless you Liz , you wild and dear soul.

If link above doesn't work try here:
My Rhapsody Playlist

The Month of April.

6 comments:

candyschultz said...

Michael is this the Liz we both know from elsewhere on the internet?

Michael Emmanuel said...

Candy,

If you mean BlondeSense Liz, no.
AS far as I know she is still living in the Prescott area.

I've been out of touch for a while--I do miss our visits.

candyschultz said...

Okay. I didn't know and I didn't want to mention the blog because I have come across a pretty nasty troll who is quoting us on his blog with typical religious and political hysteria.

Michael Emmanuel said...

Sorry those folks are so mean sometimes. I discuss my thoughts and opinions and ideas and if someone disagrees I'll post the comment if they are civil, but if they are mean and vulgar --sorry, no go. That's why I moderate the comments- I'd rather not, but they go away eventually if I don't allow them to post.

The Fat Lady Sings said...

I really love listening to Van Cliburn's interpretations. He puts so much feeling into each note. The way he plays Rachmaninoff - beauty and pain; but then the man has a real feeling for emotional music. I like his Prokofiev recordings as well. The suspension before the staccato notes - fabulous! The mans a genius.

candyschultz said...

Well me too. I used to have a political blog but this idiot kept badgering me and I was sick of posting of all the wretchedness of the past six years so I took it down. I don't mind discussion at all but religious fanatics do not admit the possibility of any ideas but their own. Save us from them.