Hal Merrill


New Material

It's always interesting working on new compositions.  I had hoped to include more original material on "A Long Last Look" but it didn't work out that way.  It takes time to develop the themes, and then more time with the group.  Transitions seem to present their own challenges.  But they are coming along.  One advantage to taking a little more time is that you can think about the name of the composition as it develops.  One of the songs I wrote was originally entitled "As A Princess Goes".  You see, it was more of a requeim, for one of the most dear beings in my life, my cat Kamal.  I saw a flash of something recently, just a glimpse of a headline or name off of someone's songlist.  I immediately realized that I should actually come out of the closet, so to speak, and name this one "As A Princess Goes, Song For My Cat".  Life is intereating, isn't it?