“There is not a time
in my life that music has not had a tremendous impact
on. It is what helped me through school by giving me
something to look forward to doing in the afternoon.
Then I would practice for hours on end and play along
with my heroes on CD (does anyone remember records?). I
would imitate singers and sax players with my guitar,
which I think influenced how I feel about the guitar as
a solo instrument. Music seemed to offer consolation
when the ravaging emotions of teenage love and the
inevitable loss would linger. I would stay glued to the
radio for hours, listening to the words of writers and
notes of the instruments and somehow it took my mind off
the heartbreak of the moment.
I have been writing songs with and without words since
these early days. And – honestly - I think that I
always had a good sense about what is good enough to be
recorded and what is better off to be shelved or tossed.
So I never did record these early musings and it’s
probably better that way.
I started my recording career with a CD I completed on a
tiny budget with a producer in Europe. I was already
living in L.A. part time. My fascination with the
Pacific Ocean is what made me pick the title “Pacific
Serenade”. Now a decade later I am still proud of some
of the songs, although production styles have changed so
much since then.
In 2000 I recorded my second CD and decided to let Derek
Nakamoto produce it. I loved his work with Gerald
Albright and Keiko Matsui and he had such a genuine
excitement for my vision and my ideas that it truly was
a great fit. Derek also helped me fine-tune my live show
as a musical director. I still call him for advice on
things and am always happy when he goes on the road with
me to back me up on keyboards.
When it came time to start recording again in 2005 I
decided to work with Derek yet again, who had grown so
much as a producer since our last record. I wanted this
CD – which I decided to call “Love Notes” - to
sound very organic. I used live musicians, even live
strings, wherever I could and tracked a large part of
the CD live in the studio. Derek composed the string
arrangements for cello, violin and viola. It ended up
being the most labor intensive recording I have done,
but I believe you will like the result.
I hope to see you soon at one of my live shows.”
Chris Korblein, Summer 2006