Sugarhouse (feat. Michael Morera & Mohammed Nazam)

Track List

Air Ways – 7:40
Light in the Sky – 5:13
Easy Balance – 6:08
Boxed In – 7:02
Coins in the Air – 5:25
More to Come – 4:41
Fire Side – 4:44

Michael Morera – Saxes
Mohammed Nazam – Guitars
Craig Pallett – Trumpets, Keyboards, Drum & Bass Programming, Compositions, Engineered, Mix and Master.
Andy West – Bass (‘Boxed In’ only)

2021 Affinity Systems

Walt Whitman Songbook – Zoom discussions with Musicians

Vermont College of Fine Arts asked me to participate in a Fund raising event called ‘Art and Connection’, to present my Walt Whitman Songbook in May 2021. Originally I was going to premiere my 30 minute video of ‘A Song of the Rolling Earth’, then decided that no one wants to watch a 30 minute music video for the event, and felt the event would be better served by featuring some on the vocalists and musicians who participated. Since I did make a point of asking only VCFA Music Composition graduates to sing on the album, it only seem right to allow the students and musicians to speak. So I ended up creating this 72 minute video based on Zoom interviews I conducted with any of the participants that expressed interest.

Full 72 minute video of the VCFA Walt Whitman Presentation. Walt Whitman Songbook – Zoom Discussions with Musicians Updated participants list.

All participants are being asked 4 questions.

1.) Please introduce yourself.
2.) Were you familiar with Whitman before the project?
3.) Can you discuss some of your process (interpretation, technique, technical etc..) used to record your part?
4.) Your main takeaways from contributing to the project?

Special Guests (non-VCFA)
Steve Bartek(Film Composer/Guitarist) ,
David Crigger(Drums/Percussion) and Leon Gaer(Bass) .

VCFA Graduates
Dawn Clement (MC ’15),
Jessica Muñiz-Collado (MC ’14),
Marjorie Halloran (MC ’15),
Mario Inchausti (MC ’18),
Philip W. Riegle (MC ’17),
Peter Spencer (MC ’13),
Michael Garrett Steele (MC ’16)

Quick Hello from Craig
Who Ever You Are- Dawn Clement – David Crigger – Craig Pallett
Who Ever You Are – Video
Laws for Creations – Garrett Steele – Marjorie Halloran – Craig Pallett
Laws for Creations – Video Premiere
I Swear – Mario Inchausti – Leon Gaer – Steve Bartek – David Crigger – Craig Pallett
I Swear – Video
Amelioration – Philip Riegle – Craig Pallett
Amelioration – Video
On the Beach Alone at Night – Peter Spencer – Jessic Collado – Craig Pallett
On the Beach at Night Alone – Video Premiere

Buddha – Reflective Compositions

During the Covid mess, I decided to write music based on meditations and reflections of imagery from Romio Shrestha’s book called Celestial Gallery.

Celestial Gallery is the largest book that we own, and was given to us maybe 15 years ago by alchemist author David Goddard, on one of his visits. It is so big, it demands ‘making space’ for it. I decided to pull it from the depths of our bookshelves, put it up in front of my keyboard, and starting writing a piece each day for 14 days based on my meditations and reflections of this work.

I have been practicing meditation now for over 35 years. I was one of the founders of the Boston Meditation Society and was a committed Buddhist monk for 4 years, so meditation can be a useful tool for me to access as a composer. But it is also tricky, since I am not intentionally writing music to meditate too. (That is not my thing). So this music is really my reflections on both the text and imagery from the book, after I contemplate, and mediate for perhaps 30 minutes.

So my routine was for 14 days. Read and Contemplate the accompanying text for one image. Meditate on the imagery. Then build out a full compositional track, and layer out the tracks while still absorbing the full image. I would do this from 3-4 hours each day for 14 days until I decided to stop this practice. I started on August 28th 2020 and ended on September 10th 2020.

In October 2020, then put on my producer hat, and listened to all 14 compositions. I decided to put together 8 of the 14 works, into the ‘Buddha’ project, and started mixing what I created for several weeks.

You can listen to the full release here.

On the Beach at Night Alone (feat. Peter Spencer) – New Video

Another new video based on the Walt Whitman Songbook, from the new album by Craig Pallett.

From the Album ‘Walt Whitman Songbook’
Poem by Walt Whitman
Composed – Craig Pallett
Vocals – Peter Spencer
Percussion Performance and Arrangement – Jessica Collado
All Programming/Keyboards/Arrangement – Craig Pallett
Vocals recorded/engineered by Craig Pallett in August 2019 Montpelier, VT

Video Composite – Craig Pallett
Video Content – Pixabay, Peter Spencer, Craig Pallett

Copyright 2020 Affinity Systems (BMI)
Based on the 2019 Songbook of the same title available on Amazon.

Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered – Craig Pallett

Laws for Creations (feat. Marjorie Halloran & Michael Garrett Steele) – New Video

Created a new video for the Walt Whitman Presentation Details below.

Vocals – Marjorie Halloran & Michael Garrett Steele
Percussion Performance and Arrangement – Craig Pallett
Halloran vocals recorded/engineered by Craig Pallett in February 2020 Montpelier, VT
Composed by Craig Pallett
Text by Walt Whitman
Copyright 2020 Affinity Systems (BMI)
Based on the 2019 Songbook of the same title available on Amazon. Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered – Craig Pallett