| The bulk of the recordings were done
in the small upstate town of Red Hook, NY during the summer of
1980. I had decided to take a summer-long course there in Studio
Recording and our final project was to record some music and show
off our newly-learned audio engineering expertise! I, of course,
chose my own songs, and the majority of the cuts on "Clear
& Velvet" were born out of those recording sessions.
Of all my albums, this one contained the most input from other
creative artists. Much of the basic recording itself was done
by fellow students there in Red Hook, and I must especially
acknowledge the great addition of my friend John Nazarenko's
bass playing on many of the cuts. It was an enjoyable experience
(though sometimes challenging!) to work with others on my own
music, being so used to my "one man show" method.
I discovered the joy of letting go and letting others contribute
to my music in the way that the music inspired them. Also, kudos
to my good friend Stan Burgess, who created the artwork and
did the layout for the album. He truly captured the feeling
of the music with his delicate drawings - thanks Stan!
Many people have asked me what the title of the last song on
the album, the instrumental "F.I.L.B," refers to.
At the time, I was listening to a lot of Brian Eno's ambient
music and that style definitely influenced this piece. "F.I.L.B."
stands for "Frozen In Loving Beauty," which, when
I think about it now, doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but
it sure seemed to then!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the journey into "Clear &
Velvet" land. It still holds up for me over all these years,
and is probably the most conceptually-related album that I have