Two Makes One
Oen and John, between the two, have a love of most of the world of music. Oen's time in Africa developed into a deep appreciation of world music, his ongoing career as a singer-songwriter hones his melodies, and his continued support of others through his teaching broadens his understanding of the language of music. John's time sitting in front of the Victrola listening to 45's of Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Little Toot; and later LP's of Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendricks--don't forget Frank Zappa!--broadened his appreciation of the myriad styles in which music is made. The two musical partners may have coincided on an album compiled by David Fanshaw that captured the music of Africa as he traveled the continent. The result of all this listening is the eclectic mix of styles you'll find in these songs and recordings, enhanced in no small part by the inventive musicians employed to make the music. The collaboration of in excess of 25 individuals makes the writing and music come alive!