"Words are the pen of the heart, but music is the pen of the soul." - Rav Schneur Zalman

This quote was very inspirational to me with regard to composing my tunes, especially this latest batch of recordings. As a child, my father was good friends with the second violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Freddie Ostrovsky was a child prodigy in his native Hungary who played before the King (not Elvis) and was given a special exit visa and safe refuge during WWII because of his extraordinary musical gifts, helping him to escape a certain tragic fate during the Holocaust. He used to come to our house on Sundays and that little wooden box of his would fill up our whole house with the sweetest tones you'd ever want to hear. My dad loved classical music and he'd often take us to concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston. I can remember closing my eyes and seeing surreal visions inspired by the orchestral sounds I heard, realizing that music actually 'meant' something and portrayed moods and feelings as much as paintings and words do, but goes much deeper, touching one's inner soul.

Now, I can't claim to be any Vivaldi or able to match his "Four Seasons" (not Frankie Valli, either!) almost graphically visual tone poem, but I still tried to have my songs mean something and they were inspired by specific events, feelings and circumstances I experienced in life, sort of like a surrealistic painting of sound. If I was a movie, these tunes would basically be the soundtrack to my life. Since there were no liner notes per se on these CDs, I figured I'd take the opportunity here to briefly explain what these songs were about and why they have the titles they do, okay?

"TALES of a ROAD DOG" - 'The Lowdown Along the Blues Highway' by Ron Levy
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