This was my first album as a solo artist; I had always previously been in bands. I went into the project thinking that if this was the only record I would ever make (as a solo artist) I should include what I felt were the best-of-the-best I had composed up to that point. Honestly, I wasn’t sure there would be more records after this.
That’s why it is a bit of both Fingerstyle and multi-instrument compositions. At the time I had been primarily listening to and composing Fingerstyle songs. I didn’t have enough to fill an album, and there were songs from my band days I felt strongly about having on this record.
This song was inspired by the canyons in and around the area of Sedona, Arizona. It is such a beautiful and breathtaking place to be… I didn’t want to leave for home!
The feel of this song makes me think of what the emotion of joy feels like.
One of my favorite things in the desert where I live is when the moon is near-to-full and brightly shining, lighting up the night so much that you can easily see what’s around you – it’s almost like daytime – and there’s the sand gleaming in the night.
The gentle, laid-back flow of this song makes me think of how God woos us to Him by His love for us.
Uni•Verse (One Song)
This song was “just there”. I was in the process of working out the details of a different song when this one came along. As I kept playing it I started thinking about the word universe and that it means “one song”. I believe this is what we are to God.
While I was riding in a car I became mesmerized by the shadows on the ground of the clouds overhead as they marched onto their next destination.
(It Feels) Timeless
In traveling to New Mexico along the route I normally take, there’s an area of vast openness. It happened to be nearing sunset on this occasion of travel as I looked across that expanse and all the elements combined made me feel like I could just live in that exact space of time forever.
In The Temple
This song originally started out as a slow laid-back bluesy type tune that was only ever played at rehearsals of a band I was in. But as the parts came together during recording it became much more a song of meditation. I picture myself sitting in the temple of God communing with Him in silence.
Christ the healer – of body, soul and spirit. This song came to me at a necessary time in my own life.
Like “Moonlight Sands”, this is another song inspired by the beautiful desert in which I live.
Gone For A Walk
This song originally came about because I wanted to be better than a mentor I had in high school. This is the first song I ever wrote in an alternate tuning, and that was around, WOW! – 30 years ago. Funny thing is I didn’t even know about alternate tunings then… I just did it and this was the result.
Driving down a lonely desert road on an awesome sunny summer day in a convertible with the top down. Yeah!
All songs composed by
Piano, Synth, Percussion programming
Piano on “Moonlight Sands”
Michael Mucklow & Jon Gosen
The Sound Lab
Copyright Michael Mucklow / ASCAP
Publisher Mucklow Productions / ASCAP