What's A Palomino Duck?
What an interesting name! Where did it come from? What is a Palomino Duck?
The musical idea was conceived by Atlanta composer and producer Tim McCabe. With over 25 years of music production experience, McCabe put out the word to other composer/ producers that he had a new concept. His parameters were quite clear "Give me the best song you've ever written ...strong melody ... well structured . .. one with radio, TV & film potential as well as something the everyday person would enjoy listening to. McCabe coined the phrase "cinemusic" as the one word that best describes the compositions he has assembled. He, and his engineer/ co-producer Ron Cristopher, listened to over a hundred original songs before settling on the final selections."First Flight" focuses on the songs. "There is a tremendous void in the music of today" says McCabe. "Where are the great and lasting songs going to come from?" The initial acceptance of Palomino Duck would indicate that McCabe has found the answer. He has already begun work on follow-up albums "Classical Flight", "Jazz Flight" and "Free Flight." Meanwhile, McCabe and the rest of the performing group are currently rehearsing for their forthcoming concert tour.
When asked about Palomino Duck, McCabe tells this story: "The seed was planted about five years ago. I was attending a music seminar in Atlanta when I met a young composer named Beth Michaels. She asked if she could send me a tape of some of her original songs. When I received the tape and listened, I heard a song entitled "The Swan" which I thought was a masterpiece. I still do. It had a Michel Legrand flavor to it. At that time I had no idea what I would do with the song ... I just knew that it had to be heard." It was the first song McCabe recorded for the album.
When asked about the name, Palomino Duck, McCabe says that it came about when he and his wife, Sharyn, were taking a walk around a small lake in New Bern, NC. A strange and unique duck landed a few feet from the couple. Startled at first by the commotion, McCabe looked at the oddly colored duck and replied, "It's a Palomino Duck! To which Sharyn responded, "Remember the name...that's your next album."
As other composers heard of the project, they contacted McCabe. The group of musician/ composers joining forces for this album is quite impressive. Emory Gordy, Jr. (composer of "Traces", Nashville producer, and former bass player for Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond) recorded his "Journey's End", Alan Shacklock (former producer of The Who's, Roger Daltrey) performed "Sea Shanty"; Marc Aramian (composer of music for the Barcelona Olympics) programmed his composition "First Flight", the title tune of the album. Skip Lane (composer of music for the film, Consenting Adults) came to record his haunting theme, "Nocturne". In all, there are ten songs on the volume, performed collectively by Palomino Duck. Other composer/musicians include Cheryl Rogers, Huston Singletary, John Martin, Mac Frampton and McCabe. The synergistic album,"First Flight", is destined to be one of the most talked about and performed albums of the 90's.