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.


candyschultz said...

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

Michael Emmanuel said...


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.