Musical Stories.. "The Long View"

Many times I am asked if their are "stories" on each song I compose. There are! I am going to tell you a thrilling story about "The Long View". Let me begin with telling you, that my musical journey is always filled with meeting new people, how they touch my life in many ways. This song "talks about" those many people that have touched mine.

"The Long View" was taken from the vaults of my past. I was in Texas when this song took its shape and form. I was dating a guy that was seriously plagued with problems. He would verbally abuse me, then it became physical abuse. I am sorry to say, that I enabled him to hurt me.. to cross into my "bubble of space" and hit me to crack some ribs too. THAT was an eye opener. My life would have been hell if I stayed in that abusive environment. So.. I picked up my heart and soul and left Texas... and drove west to California. My loyalty has its limits... you mess with me whether its verbal or physical abuse.. or even treating me like crap... Good Bye.. end of story.

When I told my friends I was moving to California, it was the hardest thing I had to do at the time. All my friends were against me coming here. "Too expensive", "You won't ever get married", "Too far from your family"...etc etc etc.. NEVER tell me to never do something. You are just asking for me to reach into my deepest part of me and I will conquer whatever you tell me I can't do. This song is also a reflection of that spirit.

I wrote this song in the early days of my California residency in San Diego, where I met my beloved Don.

I brought it out of the my musical vault when I went to Imaginary Road Studios. I played it for Will, and he immediately loved it. Its so simple, but very strong. I told him about what this song meant to me, and he named it "The Long View". I found the name to be very ironic, because there is a Long View, Texas! I liked the name so much.. because it is exactly describing my view on the whole lesson.

Meanwhile, before I went to Imaginary Studios.... I had been corresponding with a very talented Emmy Award winning musician: Jace Vek. We met online via MySpace. He helped me with several questions I had with music software and introduced me to Jeff Oster. This set the stage for what was to come...

I met Jace the year he was terribly injured by some attacking scum vermin in the city of Pittsburg. He was jumped, beat the crap out of with a brick.. mind you. He lived to tell the tale, and his story is amazing. He came to California and performed with Scott D. Davis in San Diego. I also met some wonderful people that night as well. We had talked about collaborating on a song long before this happened.... he called me and told me all about this whole situation. I chose "The Long View" to be orchestrated. Then we met. We talked and talked... I love meeting kindred spirits and he is one of them.

I suppose it was a year later that he sent me the orchestrated version of the song... I. WAS. Stunned. I was amazed and what he had done. He created "The Long Vue".. he 'Jaced' it. He played the piano melody, and created the orchestration around the melodic line.

This version of "The Long Vue" made me cry because.. he didn't really know the whole story behind "The Long View".. and re-named it to "The Long Vue".

So that is how Jace and I collaborated on my song. I am so thankful that he was able to do it..

Please take and listen, comment! Its free of charge, and is my way of saying THANK YOU for supporting me. Also here is a link to Jace's website. He has a concert coming up in DelRey Beach Florida. For you Floridians... go see it. He has some wonderful artists coming and performing with him too!

The Long Vue

Jace Vek

Peace in Music....


Kori Carothers

A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman