11 years have passed since I recorded this album. In that time, I received a 2nd bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, bought a house, etc. A lot of life has happened during that timeframe.
And so looking back on this album, I was in essence a different person, or at least in a different station in life. And not a bad one. It was a prolific period of time for me – I was 32 and ready to take risks and move into bold directions in life and career.
That’s what I hear when I play this album: a person who is yearning to put himself into orbit, somehow and someway.
The real standout track, I feel, is the first one, “Serenity of the 3rd Kind”. This is not related to the Firefly ship, nor is it related to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Rather, it is literally about the state of mind of having found the calm amongst the chaos. And the “3rd kind” is actually a play on words: the semi-improvised song centers on third intervals!