This, or something very similar, is the back, the CD tray card, of a compilation that Lifescapes is manufacturing and will distribute to all Target stores this Summer. The release date is July 12th. This is the least involved I have been with an album, although I did insist on making a few changes to their running order. I basically gave them a pile of music from my SSRI catalog and let them pick the songs or versions. Lifescapes is licensing the content from SSRI, which means that SSRI retains full ownership.
You will already be familiar with most of the music since Remba is my new title for Untitled Rumba (((which you can also find here – Ottmar-Friends always get to hear the music first!!))), and Dreaming is Dreaming on the Starlight Train (((with the flies removed!!!))) – and both can be found here – although those are different mixes. (((confused yet?)))
Oh, and I think one or two of the songs taken from The Scent of Light are edits, to create a more easily digestible fare.
The target audience for this compilation is, well, the Target customer. I figured the label knows that customer and their needs and wants better than I do and let them pretty much package this however they wanted. They decided to contact Reisig & Taylor, who shot the covers for Leaning into the Night and christmas + santa fe, and picked the above image for the cover. (((that’s the Keith Vizcarra Flamenco Negra guitar with the V-Pegs that I used on most of Leaning into the Night))) The label also came up with the title Spanish Sun (((!!!))) and the description A Relaxing Spanish Guitar Collection.
Jon Gagan, sent all of the music through his magic mastering box, and created a cohesive album that does sound great. (((I think it’s a great introduction to my music for people who have never heard it))) I am told the album will be aggressively priced and will only be available at Target.
May the Mid-West, and everywhere Target reaches, echo with the sound of Spanish guitar music this Summer!