Celestial Voyager CD Interior by Mary Ellen Bickford
Celestial Voyager - Digital Symphony No. 3
In 1980, Aeoliah recorded his Inner Sanctum album with me in my Home Studio No. 1 in Santa Rosa, California. The opening title Heart Flame features my improvised piano. The was the first time that the piano improvisations that I had been performing in my home appeared on a recording (my zither had been captured on Steve Coughlin's Song of the Reed about the same time). I liked the slow sustained synthesizer chords that Aeoleah performed on this album, and in 1986, I created "Celestial Voyager" along the same lines. However, because of the limitations In the electronic music equipment at that time, I was unable to finish the last track on the album: "Prayer." In 1998, while living in Richmond, Virginia, I dusted off the old master tapes for Celestial Voyager and added more music to the existing album in my home studio (Home Studio Number 2) that I had put together in Richmond. I also created a new track called "Infinite Horizons" that featured me playing acoustic guitar. Finally, in 2008, in Home Studio No. 3 in Nashville, I finished Celestial Voyager.
I guess I can say Celestial Voyager was 22 years in the making....
and I am happy with the result.
Watching life's drama
the fresh ocean smell...
the sound of the waves
as they gently roll in.