REFLECTIONS ON A SUMMER PLACE
Featuring Doug French, Isser Gallogly, Ruth Gallogly, Mark Loftis, Niki Naeve, Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit, Eric Winick, Colin Young, Lisa Zullig, and others
Recorded: August 2008, Garden Island (Charlotte), VT
Music: Percy Faith & His Orchestra
A sound-infused portrait of life on a small island on Lake Champlain, where ten exhausted city-dwellers convene for a week, seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.
Pictured: one last cup, final morning on the Island.
HOW IT HAPPENED
I don't know what possessed me to bring my recording equipment to Garden Island. This was meant to be a vacation for my wife and me, along with some friends of ours. The experience turned out to be equal parts fascination and frustration, but I think this piece captures some of the magic of the island itself, the highs and the lows. I doubt anyone outside of the original bunch has listened to this piece, but I still feel pretty good about it. It's a slice of my life, circa 2008, when my now-wife and I were still getting to know each other. The fact that she didn't think the enterprise was insane should be some kind of proof-positive that we were meant to be. (Interestingly, Mark and Nada are also now married)