by Bill Douglas

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Love Song 04:26
Leap! 03:30
Sacred Wood 04:08
Earth Prayer 05:03
First Light 04:33
Tara 04:07
Dawn 05:06
Elegy 06:05
Child 04:07


In musicology, "Cantilena" means "a vocal or instrumental melody of a highly lyrical rather than a dramatic or viruoso nature," or "a slow, smooth, melodious style of vocal writing." You couldn't find a more fitting description of BILL DOUGLAS' music. The foundation of his all-over-the-map musical resume is a gift for singing, lyrical melodic lines in the best tradition of Western folk and vocal music. BILL DOUGLAS' first Hearts of Space Records release ("Jewel Lake", 1988) exposed such a rich vein of melody, song, and rhythm that one album scarcely touched the highpoints. So "Cantilena" is in many ways an extension of the mix of spirited Celtic dances, poignant ballads, modal folk-songs, and contemplative melodies that "Jewel Lake" brought to appreciative audiences across the U.S., Canada, and Spain - where it became a surprise hit after national airplay.

These twelve new songs span a range that extends from simple folk melodies to deeply emotional music of near religious profundity. Unlike "Jewel Lake", there's no oboe this time, so you'll hear a lot more bassoon throughout, with Bill playing his principal instrument superbly on the solos, and with lusty harmonic precision on the (up to) five bassoon choruses. "Jewel Lake" vocalist JANE GRIMES, flautist ANNE STACKPOLE, and percussionist GEOFF JOHNS return, with new additions BIL JACKSON on clarinet, DAVID LOCKINGTON on cello, plus additional percussion from CHRIS LEE and JOHN GALM. All keyboards and piano are ably handled by Bill, who also makes his falsetto vocal recording debut on "Child."



released July 1, 1990

Bill Douglas keyboards, piano, vocal, bassoons
Bil lackson clarinet
David Lockington cello
Anne Stackpole flute
lane Grimes vocal
Geoff Johns frame drums
Chris Lee & John Galm additional percussion


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Launched in 1984, this record label was created as an extension of the weekly syndicated radio show Hearts of Space. Centered around contemplative music, the label features music from the ambient, new age, electronic, world, Celtic, classical, and experimental genres. ... more

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