Album Overview

Running Away is Timothy’s seventh album, comprising twelve tracks of beautiful music ranging from soft and Celtic to more energetic themes. The genre is not just New Age, but rather encompasses Celtic, Americana and Contemporary Instrumental.

Although ideal for meditation and background music, it is meant to be an interactive album. Thus it engages and opens the mind and spirit to different feelings and visions with each song. Listeners have also said that Timothy’s albums are perfect for traveling, especially in cars or trains, offering the ideal soundtrack for each new scene.

Timothy’s previous album What We Hold Dear was nominated for the coveted Best Contemporary Instrumental Album by the Zone Music Reporter, based on a world-wide vote of radio programmers. His previous albums have consistently reached the monthly top ten by a survey of these same programmers.

Credits

Josie Quick again joins me as a special guest violinist. She is a member of the progressive groups Perpetual Motion, The Coyote Poets of the Universe and the Frontera String Quartet, and a teacher at the esteemed Swallow Hill Music Association in Colorado.


http://www.josiequick.com/ 

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Jill Haley is a world-renowned composer and English Horn player. I am honored that she joined me in the creation of this album!

 

http://jillhaley.com/ 

 

 

 

Jeff Haynes has played with hundreds of top acts in the genres of new age (Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy), pop (Joni Mitchell) and jazz (Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson).

 

http://www.jeffhaynesmusic.com/ 

 

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Grammy Award winning engineer Corin Nelsen co-produced the album, mixed the percussion, recorded the English Horn and kept a steady hand on the helm!

 

https://www.corinnelsen.com/ 

 

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Finally, extraordinary artist Daniel Bérard created the original artwork for the cover. He also created the artwork for my previous album What We Hold Dear.

 

https://www.deviantart.com/neverdying 

 

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Song Descriptions

 

 

01 Dream of Summer

Dream of Summer

The original title of this song when it first came to me was Warm Spring Wind, reflecting the immense joy of stepping out into a fresh new world, filled with hope and wonder: images from long forgotten memories no doubt. But regardless of the title, the sentiment is the same: momentary ecstasy.

Featuring Jeff Haynes and Josie Quick.

Photo by Timothy Wenzel

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02 Dancing in Darkness

Dancing in Darkness


A 3/4 time waltz in style, it evokes a romantic moonlit dance, inspired by quiet music, away from anyone else. The night is ours.

Featuring Josie Quick.

Artwork used by permission: debNise

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03 A Bit About You

A Bit About You

A love song inspired by the first stirrings of the heart when you meet someone new, whom you find fascinatingly attractive.  The happiness, the wonder, the first glance of curiosity.

Featuring Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley and Josie Quick.

Photo: creative commons

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04 Running Away

Running Away

I wrote this in the very middle of a cold winter night when I felt the inescapable urge to abandon all that I have ever known and start life over again. Just run away from it all. Or at least leave for a warmer climate…

Featuring Jeff Haynes and Josie Quick.

Artwork used by permission: Daniel Bérard neverdying

 

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05 Makes You Wonder

Makes You Wonder

Inspired by an extremely introspective feeling I had one evening, inexplicable and intangible but very powerful. The power of aloneness and quiet, the unexpected vision, but mostly the feeling that life and this universe is not what you think.

Featuring Jeff Haynes and Josie Quick.

Photo by Timothy Wenzel

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06 Traveling Light

Traveling Light

Just bring the essentials - a small camera, your passport, a credit card and a change of clothes. A book, perhaps a guidebook. And an airline ticket. The rest of the journey you’ll figure out when you get there.

Featuring Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley and Josie Quick.

Artwork used by permission:FantasyArt0102

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07 Magical Pageant

A song with a sparse beginning that represents a spontaneous gathering of magical beings, many of royal bearing. Attendants, children and the curious all join together in a Magical Pageant.

Featuring Jill Haley.

Painting: creative commons

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08 A Friend of Mine

In each album I include a song that has Americana or mountain roots, inspired by my many years of living in West Virginia. This song, with its pronounced swing rhythm, represents the spontaneous gathering of a small group of musicians who immediately bond in the creation of joyous music. The title derives from part of a lyric I heard: “she is a friend of mine”.

photo by Lucy Dickinson, used by permission

09 Breaking Free

Breaking Free is not Running Away because it is the culmination of a determined effort, with full knowledge of what you leave behind and where you want to go.

Featuring Jill Haley, Jeff Haynes and Josie Quick

This stunning image is used by permission of zweeZwyy link

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10 Gazelle Dance

Easily the most playful and fun song on the album, it is a journey to Africa to watch the gazelles spring into the air as they run. However there is also a subtle underlying somberness. See if you can feel it too.

Featuring Jeff Haynes and Jill Haley

Photo: creative commons

 

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11 Past Presence

You’ve been here before. Or is it that you can still feel their presence? You have been spoken to but have yet to understand. It is not your imagination at all. Listen closely.

Featuring Josie Quick.

Artwork: creative commons

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12 Coronal Rain

A physical phenomenon sometimes observed on the surface of the sun, when a large body of plasma rises up only to rain back down in a graceful and awesome arc. The song was inspired by a video I saw of this phenomenon. You can find my early version of this song as a music video on YouTube here. I felt it was an appropriate ending to this rather eclectic album of songs, and also reveals a different facet of my songwriting interests.

Image credit: NASA

 

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