ACM: Which three tracks are your favorites from your album and why?
BC: Each song is a personal statement, so I think that you could get a completely different
answer from me on a different day. But my favorites are almost always the ones that best capture the
images in my head when I am writing them. Here's today's answer -
Shinto - I spent some time in Japan in the mid-90s traveling with a band. One of the highlights
was visiting some of the ancient Shinto shrines there. They convey such a sense of history and peace
and a connection between the natural world and the world of people. Whenever I hear that track now, it
takes me back to Japan.
First Snow - This is yet another memory from traveling with my old band, Crystal. I can remember
very clearly waking up in a little one room cabin where I was staying while playing in Alaska and
watching a light snow start to fall outside my window. Although I didn't have that specific image in
mind when I wrote it, it is image I now associate with First Snow.
Days of Summer - This one's all about the groove. Playing or listening to this one just makes me feel
relaxed and upbeat like the day is full of possibilities.
ACM: How or where you get the idea/inspiration when you compose your music?
BC: I've never had a set routine that I follow. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes
songs start with a chord progression, sometimes with a sound that takes me off in a different direction.
ACM: How do you define your music? Or what would you want the listener to get from them?
BC: I've always resisted categorizing my solo work. It definitely crosses the boundaries between
new age and jazz. But like most musicians, I'm influenced by everything around me so there are a lot of
bits and pieces of other genres in there as well. When people ask me to describe "Horizons" I usually
say that it's an eclectic mix of jazz, new age, world and orchestral. Instrumental music is different
from a lot of pop music in that its meaning is less concrete. The listener plays a more active role in
what the piece ends up meaning to them. The main thing any form of art has to do is touch your emotions.
If I can make the listener feel something, then I'm successful.
ACM: Tell us about yourself a bit, how do you start as a musician?
BC: I started out playing organ when I was young and later switched over to piano and synths.
In high school I played violin in the orchestra and piano in the jazz band. After high school I have
always been in at least one band. I took a 12 year hiatus from my original career direction as a programmer
to make my living playing in a rock band called Crystal. We spent about a third of the time traveling on
ACM: What does make you different than other musicians?
BC: I think that I'm a little less genre oriented than a lot of people. I just like exploring.
Although in live situations, I've been in more rock projects than anything else, I'm interested in almost
every kind of music.
ACM: What do you proud of from your music experience?
BC: I got to make my living playing music for quite a while. That was a special time having my
life having career aligned with something that was important to me instead of just showing up from 8 to 5
at an office somewhere.
Plus, over the years I've opened shows and played with some interesting people - Kansas, Steve Lukather,
Zakk Wylde, Skunk Baxter. John Elefante from Kansas sang backups on some Crystal releases. Jerry Goodman
from the Dregs played violin on a couple tracks of my current band's album.
ACM: Who are your admired musicians?
BC: I'm not good at picking favorites. As far as keyboardists, the players who really blow my mind
are people like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. In general, what grabs me is any musician who pours their
soul into their music and goes their own direction. In terms of influences, I grew up listening to prog-rock
keyboardists like Kerry Livgren and a lot of the old CTI jazz artists like Deodato and Bob James.
ACM: On your private time, what kind of music you would like to listen to?
BC: I listen to a wide variety. Rock, jazz, classical, film scores, a lot of world music. Also a lot
of Indie artists. There is an amazing amount of great music out there most of which will never be heard on
ACM: What is your goal as a musician?
BC: To create interesting music. To touch people's emotions.
ACM: Are you currently working on the new album? What is your plan or do you have anything in
mind for the next album?
BC: I'm planning on having a new CD out late this summer. It's tentatively called "Fragile."
It will be similar to "Horizons" in that it runs that gamut of styles from ambient to jazz-fusion.
Sometimes the variety throws people, but the albums that I personally enjoy the most are the ones that a
ren't restrained to going in only one direction for an hour. "Fragile" will also feature more guest
musicians than I've used previously.