New Song Featuring Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater
Wanted to share a new song from our debut album, The Bell Ringer. This one is entitled, "Christmas Wishes," and features none other than Jordan Rudess of the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated progressive rock/metal band Dream Theater. Jordan went to the Julliard School of Music, and was voted by Music Radar Magazine as the "Best Keyboardist of All Time."
Jordan is an extraordinary player, and he and I have been friends for a long time. I had a couple of songs on the album based on classical pieces, e.g. Bach, Vivaldi, and I had the idea of asking Jordan to play on the album and do one of these pieces. But after we got talking, he liked the idea of doing something that gave him some room to do some expressive playing. I said yes, of course!
There was one funny moment I'll relate. When Jordan was tracking, he Skyped me and asked, "What's this odd little 5/4 transition?" And if you know anything about Jordan and Dream Theater, you'll know they're no strangers to odd meter. So, appropriately, I was like, "Really?" Jordan just smiled and nodded, and then proceeded to play the song like the genius he is.
So, here is the result. It has a blues progression and under-current, but is one of the more ballad-esque songs on The Bell Ringer.
We hop you dig it!
And thank you my friend, for joining me on this debut effort!
P.S. You can learn more about Jordan, his amazing gifts and music, here. It's worth a few minutes of your time.