UNDER THE STARS
As the sun dropped from the painted sky it pulled in thousands of stars on jet blackness over Harmony California.
Jim Conroy and the Mystery Brothers sweetened the air, a further desert at the Harmony Cafe, alfresco.
It was a CD release party and the California Irishman logged in stories behind the songs he wrote-Gypsies by the Sea, Celtic Cactus, Walking Down the High Road, Universal Prayer, Mystery of Life and more including the haunting Volcano Lullaby.
Conroy's music is accomplished, deep, rich in texture, mood and life. And like his stories, his creations evoke images. He finished telling of driving hours in the Baja desert, crossing a ridge with a volcano to the right when suddenly the peaceful blue bay comes into view, as though singing to the smoking volcano.
A September night on the California coast, minstrels casting a spell as the quiet Santa Lucia Mountains slumber in the moon light and the Pacific roars its own lullaby.
See you down the trail.