The Undertow Liner Notes

Songwriting has been one of my life’s greatest passions over the course of the last thirty years. I tend to write about what I know and am familiar with. It’s not surprising that several of my songs have something to do with the sea.

I grew up in Exeter NH, just twenty miles or so from the ocean. As children, my sister, brothers and I spent many a summer day on the Hampton and Rye Beaches swimming, building sand castles, flying kites, looking for seashells and starfish.

My ancestry can be traced back to Christopher Cristian Lang born in 1548, Dunfermline,Fife, Scotland. His son Robert sailed to America, landing at the Isles Of Shoals where he lived before he settled at Sagamore Creek on the NH coast. Dad was a Navy man and spent long periods of time at sea, as did my younger brother George. Our mom, especially in her later years, frequented the ocean as a place of solace and refuge. After she passed away, mom’s ashes were spread at sea per request.

Several years ago I came to the realization that my song catalog contained several tunes where the settings and story lines had some connection to the ocean. All were based on, or inspired by, real life stories, personal experiences, and places I frequented since my childhood.  I thought they could make for a very interesting concept album, so in 2011 started to make plans to record a dozen of them.

I turned to my longtime friend Bob Dick to produce the recording, which features many of the area musicians I have performed, recorded and written with over time.

I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this new recorded work, and if you’re ever in the area feel free to stop to visit some of the places mentioned in these songs. The destination will be worth the journey.