No Blue Thing
was four years in the making. The technological changes which
had contributed to the creation of Deep Breakfast
had, by the mid-80's, so increased in velocity and scope that
they became as much of a burden as a boon. The appearance
of MIDI, powerful digital audio, etc., etc., all promised
"unlimited possibilities" for the composer. The
steep learning curve required to use such technologies was
ignored, as was the fact that "unlimited possibilities"
is the worst thing an artist can be faced with if he or she
wants to get any real work done.
the frustration and wasted time, exciting things were happening,
and the expanded technological means at my disposal reinforced
the desire that I already felt to "stretch" musically
and not simply repeat what had proved to be successful.
Instrumental Artist of the Year
Award: No Blue Thing, Instrumental Album
of the Year