Sizzling sax solos and whispering acoustic guitar. Passionate lyrics and delicious vocal harmonies. Trumpets, piano and strings swelling to crescendo...
"We orbit around a spiral sublime. And burn in the fire that we call time. All roads converge, return to stardust. Small difference we make. That's why we must. The world awakes. Consciousness rise. Born of the earth with roots in the sky."
Roots In The Sky is the most fully realized and best produced album I have ever recorded. After hundreds of hours in the recording studio it's ready for the world at last: a powerfully and beautifully orchestrated rock-jazz-pop-vocal-instrumental-electric-acoustic record. Romance, environmentalism, philosophy, politics... Cosmic, retro, futuristic, sometimes old timey. Solos featuring piano, trumpet, saxophone and guitar, accompanied by cello, violin, viola, horns and lush voice harmonies.
"I feel your body next to mine, warm and soft arms entwined, and the ticking of the time, are the first things I know today. I have no words to say, searching for a way, to make each moment last, soon this will be past."
Writing and recording took place between 2007 and 2013, enlisting the talents of the best musicians I have ever worked with: Ariel Parkington violin & viola, Bill Shontz alto & tenor sax, flute & clarinet, Dave Bilodeau trumpet & flugelhorn, Danielle Lorenzo & Megan Rollins vocals, David Tasgal violin, viola & cello, Frank Newton alto sax, Joe Fitzpatrick drums, Michael Akrep baritone horn, Mitch Pine piano & organ, Rudi Weeks bass, Stephen Katz cello. And of course me, Doug Hewitt guitars, vocals, bass, keys, percussion, composition, production and direction!
"Whatever it takes, whatever's involved. Differences aside, problems we must solve. Extinction's forever. We must evolve 'til it's OK to be human."