Penumbra - Summer Solstice Sketches

by Daniel Crommie

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The first long hot day of springtime and molecules are beating faster -rapid movement engages all creatures, plants, insects, animals in the warm draft of air. The excitement is palpable. Trees grow, leaves reappear, flowers bloom, people shed their winter clothes and all creation is on the upswing. Rain nourishes the fecund gardens and a shaft of sunlight slices through the storm clouds, inciting the streets and sidewalks to steam. Rain returns, sun performs an encore to the delight of butterflies, birds and worms. The truncated nights are dewy, with sweetness emanating from dark red roses wafting in the breeze. As the sun sets, Robins alight to their nests and the dusky streets are abuzz with restless strollers. The lotus moon rises, nighttime falls in a hush and leaves rustle awaiting the new days dawning. Come dawn, the first rays emanate from the east and the new season triumphs with birdsong and distant train horns.

This project was created unexpectedly and spontaneously: conception, composition, recording and mixing taking place over a ten day period bookending the summer solstice. Daniel Crommie played all of the instruments, engineered and mixed the album at Digitalis in June 2014.


released September 22, 2014

All instruments played by Daniel Crommie. Engineered, produced and mixed by Daniel Crommie in June 2014. Photographs: Daniel Crommie except as noted.



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Daniel Crommie Portland, Oregon

Daniel Crommie is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (mandolins, buche, balalaika, recorders, flutes, synthesizers, etc.) and producer (Janie Mitchell, Kaitlyn ni Donovan, Lew Jones, Karen Searcy) who has released over two dozen solo albums, numerous albums with Group Du Jour, four with Echo System and five with Saturnalia Trio over the last 25 years on the New Weave label. ... more

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