Thursday, June 23, 2022

Single from the New Alan Parsons Album, Written by David Minasian, Out Today!

The legendary Alan Parsons' latest single from his new album From The New World is a song I co-wrote with Alan and Elton John keyboardist Kim Bullard and features guests David Pack from Ambrosia on lead vocals and blues icon Joe Bonamassa on guitar. It was released today by Frontiers Records and was accompanied by a music video directed by myself and Trinity Houston for IM3 Global Entertainment. The music video had been filmed a few weeks earlier up at the Parsonics Studios in Santa Barbara, CA and was an emotional reunion of sorts for David Pack and Alan. Alan had engineered Ambrosia's first album and produced their second back in the mid 70's while David and his band had appeared on the first Alan Parsons Project album Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Reaction to the song and video has been simply overwhelming so far. What a privilege and an honor to be a part of it, and a heck of a lot of fun too.

Friday, November 26, 2021

David Minasian's "Greatest Hits" Album Random Dreams Releases Today On Vinyl

Random Dreams, The Very Best of David Minasian Volume 1 was released today by Golden Robot Records in both vinyl and digital formats. The album features guest appearances by some of progressive rock's most notable icons including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Andy Latimer (Camel), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), and Billy Sherwood (Yes). Side 1 of the album features newly remixed tracks from my 2010 album Random Acts of Beauty while side 2 features new mixes of songs from The Sound of Dreams. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Producer/Director David Minasian's Latest Release for Alan Parsons Hits #1

The NeverEnding Show: Live In The Netherlands is a concert video featuring the Alan Parsons Live Project which I produced and directed together with Trinity Houston for Frontiers Records. It was released this week and immediately shot to the #1 position in France. We filmed this amazing concert back in April of 2019 in Utrecht, Holland utilizing an unprecedented 24 cameras. As a bonus, the blu-ray and DVD release also features Alan's latest elaborate music video of the same name, which we filmed back in September of 2020 in Riverside, CA.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Follow-up Single Released from David Minasian's Forthcoming "Greatest Hits" Album Random Dreams

Golden Robot Records has decided to release a new "greatest hits" album from yours truly in November called Random Dreams, that will feature all new remixed versions of tracks from my two previous albums - Random Acts of Beauty and The Sound of Dreams. The main purpose of this release is to get some of these recordings out there on vinyl. In June the label released the first single from the album which consisted of a remixed version of The Sound of Dreams (First Movement) featuring Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Billy Sherwood (Yes), along with a newly remixed version of Masquerade on the b-side, a fan favorite which showcases the guitar genius of Andy Latimer (Camel). 

The latest single is a 2021 re-mix of Room With Dark Corners that showcases the powerhouse vocals of Julie Ragins, backed by an all new mix of Summer's End, one of the highlights from Random Acts. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

It's Here! The Sound of Dreams Releases Today!

Finally, The Sound of Dreams has been released worldwide! It's been quite a journey filled with lots of ups and downs. It's a landmark album which brings together many of my heroes from the prog world who I grew up listening to. I can't thank Justin Hayward, Steve Hackett, Annie Haslam, Billy Sherwood, PJ Olsson, Julie Ragins, Geof O'Keefe, Kerry Chicoine and of course my son Justin Minasian enough for their amazing contributions to this album. I truly hope you all enjoy it. Already the album seems to be generating a lot of positive vibes. The album's second single The Sound of Dreams (Third Movement) featuring Genesis legend Steve Hackett was streamed more than 30,000 times in the first few hours following its release. Please visit for the latest news and updates regarding the progress of the album. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Genesis Legend's Spine-tingling Guitar Solo Highlights 2nd Single Release from The Sound of Dreams

The Sound of Dreams (Third Movement) featuring Steve Hackett is the follow-up single release from the Golden Robot Records album The Sound of Dreams. The instrumental track was co-written by myself together with Steve and features an extended guitar solo from him that ranks up there with one of his best. The single is a radio edit of the final section of the 11 minute three part title track The Sound of Dreams which also features legendary Renaissance lead vocalist Annie Haslam, Yes bassist extraordinaire Billy Sherwood, along with Pentagram drummer Geof O'Keefe and Justin Minasian on guitar.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Online Premiere of So Far From Home Music Video Draws Thousands

The premiere of the new music video for So Far From Home, the first single from The Sound of Dreams, was streamed live today on multiple platforms including Facebook Live and Webinarjam with thousands worldwide tuning in. So Far From Home features a dramatic vocal arrangement from the song's Grammy Award winning lead singer PJ Olsson, who also stars in the video which was shot entirely on location in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The video was part of a 40 minute program featuring interviews with many of those who helped create the album including Olsson, Genesis legend Steve Hackett, Geof O'Keefe, Justin Minasian and myself, and was hosted by the music video's director Trinity Houston. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

The First Single from The Sound Of Dreams Releases Today

So Far From Home, the first single from our upcoming Sound Of Dreams album was released today by Golden Robot Records. The song features Grammy Award winning vocalist PJ Olsson, lead singer of the Alan Parsons Live Project, with Justin Minasian on guitars, Geof O'Keefe on drums and myself on keyboards, 12 string guitar and backing vocals. It's a new recording of a song I wrote back in 1999 for a movie starring Kris Kristofferson. So far, the reaction to the song has simply been great. Producer/Director Trinity Houston is gearing up to put together a music video for the song which will be released shortly.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

David Heads to Florida to Film Justin Hayward Once Again

Today, Trinity Houston and I found ourselves in Melbourne, FL filming Justin Hayward in concert on the final night of his Nights tour. We enlisted the crew of Christian Cashmir's Lightwave Media in Tampa to help out. It was a reunion of sorts as Lightwave Media had assisted me in the production of Justin's Live In Concert at the Capitol Theatre and The Story Behind Nights In White Satin DVD's back in 2014. This was the second Hayward concert we had filmed in less than a month; the previous one having taken place on October 18 at the famed Concert Hall in New York City. Tonight's show went off without a hitch, with Mike Dawes, Julie Ragins and Karmen Gould all playing magically. The question is, which show will make it to DVD... NY or FL? My money's on FL.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Grammy Winner PJ Olsson of the Alan Parsons Live Project to Appear on The Sound of Dreams

Anyone who has attended any of the Alan Parsons Live Project concerts over the last two decades will have heard the magical voice of lead singer PJ Olsson gracing many of the Project's hits. Earlier this year, PJ received the Grammy Award for his mixing efforts on Alan's 35th Anniversary Edition of the classic album Eye in the Sky. And just this week, PJ completed the mixing chores on my album The Sound of Dreams where he was kind enough to add his vocal touches to the album, which also includes contributions from Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Julie Ragins (Moody Blues Live), and Geof O'Keefe (Pentagram). Golden Robot Global Entertainment will be releasing the album after the first of the year.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

David Teams Up with Alan Parsons and NASA for a Tribute to Apollo 11

Ever since rekindling an acquaintance with Alan Parsons, the legendary Producer, Engineer and Songwriter with The Alan Parsons Project back in February on Justin Hayward's On the Blue Cruise, things have gotten a bit crazy to say the least. In May, Wind of Heaven Producer Trinity Houston and I met in The Netherlands with Alan's band to film two of their concerts, one in Amsterdam and another in Utrecht, complete with an unprecedented 24 cameras at each of the venues. If that weren't enough, a few weeks later, we met up with the band again, this time in Israel to film an historic concert taking place in Tel Aviv featuring the band performing with an 80 piece orchestra. This last shoot formed the basis for an exciting music video tribute produced and directed by Trinity Houston and myself of one of Alan's song's from his new album The Secret called One Note Symphony. The video, created to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, was released today worldwide. Talks with Alan are continuing this week to determine his level of possible involvement in the Sound of Dreams project.

To view the video, click here:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

David Minasian Signs New Record Deal

Following the bankruptcy of ProgRock Records, the label I had previously been signed to, I suddenly found myself without distribution for my musical output. That is until Golden Robot Global Entertainment offered me a new international distribution contract. It is an arrangement that was initially suggested to me by none other than Yes bassist Billy Sherwood. An announcement was released today by the label detailing the deal. Under the agreement, Golden Robot Records will be releasing a newly remixed and remastered version of Random Acts of Beauty complete with a bonus track later this year, after which they will release the new star-studded Sound of Dreams album. Golden Robot is headed up by President Mark Alexander-Erber and former Gentle Giant frontman and Polygram Records CEO Derek Shulman. Many within the industry are aware that Derek single-handedly was responsible for signing such acts as Bon Jovi, Nickleback and Dream Theatre. Needless to say,  we are in good hands!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yes Member Billy Sherwood Adds Powerful Bass to The Sound of Dreams

Multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood, musician extraordinaire, has recorded a series of powerful bass lines for the album The Sound of Dreams. He will be joining Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam and Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett on the album's 11 minute multi-part title track. Billy's Yes-like bass will also grace a 10 minute track co-written by myself and Justin Hayward that features Annie Haslam on vocals. More information will be coming in the days ahead as the album's release date nears.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Annie Haslam, the Voice of Renaissance, Records The Sound of Dreams Title Track

Annie Haslam, the golden voice of pioneering progressive rock icons Renaissance has recorded lead vocals on two tracks for the upcoming symphonic rock album The Sound of Dreams. The first is a sprawling 10 minute tour de force cowritten by myself and Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, which captures the majesty and emotion of some of the best works from The Moody Blues and Renaissance. The second track is a joint composition between Annie and myself titled The Sound of Dreams which is part of a larger suite also featuring Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and bassist Billy Sherwood of Yes. The finish line is now in view...

Monday, April 30, 2018

Legendary Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Joins The Sound of Dreams Team

Earlier today I received Steve Hackett's guitar leads for a song we co-wrote together, which is part of the album's epic title track, The Sound of Dreams. Steve's guitar leads were awe inspiring, truly beautiful, magical and heart wrenching. Five of the album's nine songs are now nearly complete.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Album, The Sound of Dreams - Coming Soon!

Despite many years of delays, my new album The Sound of Dreams is now under way. And what an album it's turning out to be! Featuring special guest appearances by Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Billy Sherwood (Yes), and Geof O'Keefe (Pentagram), this album is living up to its name. So far I can reveal that Justin Hayward (who was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week) and I have co-written one of the album's tracks, a sprawling 10 minute epic which will feature Annie Haslam of Renaissance on vocals. This is the first time since 1989's The Angels Cry that Annie has recorded one of Justin's songs. There will also be an additional track co-written by Annie and myself, along with a third track co-written by Steve Hackett, who is currently in the process of recording his leads for this track.

For more information about the album, go to:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Like It Was Yesterday

I looked over at Nigel who was sitting directly to my left at the dinner table and asked, “So, do you remember playing the Troubadour?” He nodded. Then, without missing a beat and with a voice overflowing with nostalgia, added, “Like it was yesterday.” 

Minutes earlier, Rob Lowe, the host for the evening had given a brief overview of Elton John’s meteoric rise to fame, which included his well documented first American performance at that historic West Hollywood club in 1970.

I told Nigel how much I truly admired his innovative style of drumming that had graced such albums as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic, and what an amazing rhythm section he and bassist Dee Murray had created together. Nigel then opened up the program book that had been printed specifically for the evening and pointed out a photo to me of Elton, Dee and himself that had been taken right around the time of the Troubadour performance. Long gone was Nigel’s shoulder length black hair. Also gone was Dee Murray who had passed away in 1992. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” Nigel poignantly revealed.

I have a feeling that most of those attending that Troubadour show way back in 1970 knew without a doubt that Elton was destined for greatness. But no one could have predicted just how quickly success would come. 

Now here is where I enter the story…

The day was October 25th, 1975. I was just a kid who had a passion for playing music and making little films. Elton John and his band were about to make history once again by playing to a sold out crowd at Dodger Stadium, which was the first time a rock band had played there since the Beatles. It would be my first ever concert. And boy what a concert it was: 55,000 fans, a nearly 4 hour set. Elton was at his peak, having released 10 hit albums in just 5 years. The last 2 had debuted at #1, another first.

I had (thankfully) brought my Super 8 camera to the stadium. After weaving my way toward the stage, I proceeded to film the day’s festivities. My friends and I had arrived at 6am, 8 hours before Elton and his band were scheduled to take the stage. This gave me plenty of time to film some of the craziness going on in the stands while 55,000 fans waited impatiently for the show to start. Now remember, this was before the advent of video cameras, so there was no sound, and I was having to reload the camera with film every 3 minutes. 

Astonishingly, despite the historic nature of the event, the concert wasn’t professionally filmed or recorded, except for a BBC documentary crew who managed to capture a few things here and there. In the days that followed, I showed my footage to a few select friends and family members who were amused by Elton’s antics of dancing on top of the piano and throwing the piano bench into the audience. The film was then placed in storage and forgotten about - for the next 40 years!

A few weeks ago, I was at the Elton John Oscar Party in West Hollywood and happened to mention to David Furnish that I had some old footage lying around somewhere that I had taken at the 1975 Dodger Stadium concert. I didn’t think anything would come of our conversation and was more than surprised to receive a phone call from a gentleman named Luke of Rocket Entertainment a few days later asking if it would be possible to view the footage. “Sure,” I responded. I then had to scramble to find it!

Three days ago, my producing partner Trinity Houston and I met with Luke and a gentleman named Tony at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. They had just arrived from the UK. Tony was a legendary record executive with Decca, Apple, and RCA who had been close friends with Elton since 1967 (when he was still Reg)! He had also worked closely with The Beatles and continues to work to this day with The Rolling Stones. 

Armed with a laptop, we showed them a portion of the footage and they were enthralled. I have to say, these were two of the nicest people I have had the privilege of meeting in recent years. Tony and I reminisced about the 60’s and 70’s and what an innovative time for music it was. 

I gave them a copy of the footage and within 5 minutes of leaving the meeting, received a call from Luke stating that Elton had asked if we would be interested in attending his 70th birthday celebration later that night as his personal guests!

Upon our arrival at the studio where the party was being held, we were warmly greeted by the Elton John staff. As we walked inside, David Furnish immediately recognized us from the Oscars and took us over to Elton who was seated at a table. Elton quickly stood, shook my hand, put his arm around me and profusely thanked me for the film. 

In addition to celebrating his birthday, Elton was commemorating his 50 year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Bernie took time out to chat with us as did Rob Lowe, Neil Patrick Harris, David Foster and Sharon Osbourne. Sharon’s daughter Kelly, along with Ryan Phillippe, Katy Perry, James Cordon, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Joni Mitchell were also on hand, as was Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga who performed for Elton. 

As dinner was served, we found ourselves seated in the front row with Elton’s band. Drummer Nigel Olsson (who’s been with Elton since his first album!) recognized us from the previous year’s Oscar Party and we wound up sitting together. Hearing his heartfelt stories of Elton and the guys during such a magical time in history was simply amazing - like it was yesterday. 

No doubt, a night to remember. Thank you to Luke, Tony, David, and Elton for making it all possible!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

David Minasian Newsletter #8

2017 is just a few hours away and I am really looking forward to what the New Year may hold. 2016 was quite exciting to say the least, filled with a myriad of adventures involving friends new and old. January started the year off with a win for Best Documentary Featurette from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for The Story Behind Nights In White Satin. February saw a visit to the Oscars where we had the opportunity meet and chat with the likes of Tim Allen, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Charlie Sheen, Kelly Osbourne, Gordon Ramsay, Beck and of course Elton John and his band. That same week saw a trip to Nashville to film a music video featuring Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues for a new song we co-wrote together called The Wind of Heaven, which is also the title of a new major film being produced by Trinity Houston through her company IM3Global Entertainment. 

Then there was the finishing up of a new book called Brooklyn Baby, co-written with actress Joan Steiger, followed by a trip to Tokyo in May to film Camel for a new Live Concert DVD. It was wonderful beyond words to rekindle friendships with Andy Latimer, Colin Bass and Dennis Clement, as was visiting the country of Japan itself. Guitarist Steve Hackett from Genesis was on hand to join in the festivities as well. Also in May was the premiere of The Wind of Heaven music video on the big screen at a theater in Cambridge, MA along with the release of our new Justin Hayward DVD titled Live In Concert at the Capitol Theatre. A lively Q&A session followed the screening hosted by Sal Cirrincione with Justin and myself seated before a theater filled with Moody Blues fans gathered from around the country. The entire event was streamed live worldwide for those unable to attend in person. 

During his US and UK tours, Justin performed The Wind of Heaven live, receiving an amazing response wherever he went. I was there at the very first live performance of the song in New Hampshire, and it was simply stunning. In fact, the response to the song has been so incredible, Justin chose to name his Spring 2017 tour  after The Wind of Heaven. And his label, Universal, decided to include the song on his career retrospective compilation CD release All the Way. 

Further trips to Cancun, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco for various production related business meetings (along with a visit to the Emmy's) filled nearly every minute to the brim with activities. Unfortunately, this took a toll on my ability to work on the follow-up to Random Acts of Beauty. But hopefully there will be some time in the New Year to get things back on track. Visit for all the latest news and details. 

All my best and have a safe and wonderful 2017;


Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Album Preview

Hi folks. Recording on the new album is in full swing and so far the results are turning out rather good. You can get a behind-the-scenes look into the recording process by clicking here:

2015 is gonna be a great year!

All my best;

Friday, February 6, 2015

David Minasian Newsletter #7

Here we are in the second month of the new year already. I hope it's been a good one for you so far. Things have been speeding along at a hundred miles an hour around here and there appears to be no slowing down anytime soon.

As you may have noticed, I have been extremely busy producing/directing/editing a number of music oriented DVDs in recent months, including three for Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward ("Spirits…Live", "Watching & Waiting", and "The Story Behind Nights In White Satin") and one for our favorite English progressive rock band Camel ("In From The Cold").

First, I was more than thrilled to be able to renew my working relationship with Andy Latimer and Susan Hoover of Camel Productions. Camel had finally returned to the stage after a ten year absence to perform their classic album "The Snow Goose" in its entirety, along with a collection of some of their most magnificent epic compositions. It was a breathtaking performance at the legendary Barbican Theatre in London, and the resulting DVD, "In From The Cold", is perhaps the best DVD yet from Camel Productions that I have had the pleasure of being involved with. If you don't have a copy, you owe it to yourself to get one!

In addition, within days following the release of Justin Hayward's "Spirits…Live" DVD which we had filmed in Atlanta back in August, 2013, the disc reached the #2 position on the Billboard video charts, thanks to all of you! And then a few weeks after that, we found ourselves in Florida filming yet another concert with Justin Hayward. Justin wanted to make sure the setlist for this new tour was markedly different from the "Spirits…Live" setlist. So I suggested the classic Moody Blues track "You Can Never Go Home" from 1970's "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" since it had never been played live before. Justin liked the idea, and suddenly it was in, along with other such rarities as "Watching and Waiting", "I Dreamed Last Night", and the previously unreleased "No Regrets", together with fan favorites "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon".

There was a magical atmosphere at the Capitol Theatre that night which I think we managed to capture on film. We also recorded an extensive interview with Justin after the show which made for a very long day for all of us. The resulting film, "Watching and Waiting", is just one of two new DVDs that feature Justin Hayward (along with Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins) live in concert. The DVD has eight songs not featured on the "Spirits…Live" DVD and is therefore the perfect companion piece to it. Two of the songs, both from the Blue Jays album, were recorded backstage in Florida with only Justin and I present and have been included as bonus tracks on the "Watching and Waiting" DVD. A private concert by one of the world's best singer/songwriters… how cool is that?

A second DVD that was just completed is a documentary titled "The Story Behind Nights In White Satin" and contains the first ever live performance of "Nights" from 1967 captured on film, which has never appeared on DVD before, along with Justin's surprising account of how the classic song wound up becoming one of the most popular recordings of the rock era.

Both of these DVDs will be available exclusively through the PBS television network beginning later this month. Make sure to tune into your local PBS station starting February 28 to catch a re-edited version of "Spirits…Live". I predict March will become Hayward-mania month here in the US.

Several other projects have recently come my way including a few big Hollywood films. However, I am committed to getting the new album done and have even ordered some new keyboards and recording gear which should be arriving any day now. I will be heading back into the studio in the coming weeks and will keep you all posted regarding my progress. In addition to getting the new album in the can, I hope to continue to work with Justin Hayward on more music and film projects, and possibly rekindle some old acquaintances... 2015 looks to be an exciting year indeed.

All my best;

Friday, August 1, 2014

David Minasian Newsletter #6

The release of Justin Hayward's new DVD Spirits… Live which we filmed in Atlanta exactly one year ago is finally upon us. Working along side the Moody Blues legend has been an amazing experience and it is our hope that everyone enjoys watching the concert and behind-the-scenes documentary as much as we did creating them. Although currently busy while on tour with the Moody Blues, Justin has nevertheless found time to conduct a series of interviews where he talks about the making of the DVD...

The PBS station in Atlanta will become the first to broadcast excerpts from the concert on August 15 at 7pm. If you're in the area, you may want to check it out.

I apologize to all those patiently waiting for a new David Minasian album to appear on the horizon. As previously mentioned, we do have one new song done and have the rest of the album written and ready to go. It's just a case of finding the time to get back into the studio. But we're going to do whatever we must to make it happen.

More news to come…

All the best;

Friday, August 30, 2013

David Minasian Newsletter #5

What? No newsletters for nearly two years and then suddenly two in one month? Well, I’ll keep this one short and sweet…

Recently returned from Atlanta where we managed to film the final stop on Justin Hayward’s solo tour for a brand new DVD release which I am producing & directing. It was an amazing show and it has now been captured in hi-def for posterity. Justin, as you all know, is lead singer & guitarist with the Moody Blues who has written and performed such classics as Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Story in Your Eyes, The Voice, Your Wildest Dreams, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, etc.

As such, the recording of the follow up to my album Random Acts of Beauty will remain on hold until I’ve completed the post production on Justin Hayward’s live DVD. But I promise to get back to it in due time.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

David Minasian Returns: Newsletter #4

Well, the second half of 2013 is shaping up to be very exciting. I can confirm that recording has indeed begun on the follow up to 2010’s Random Acts of Beauty, and it could very well feature the participation of a couple of amazing special guests. In addition, I have been asked to produce and direct a new concert DVD for one of the legends of the music business. Both projects should keep me busy for the remainder of the year.

Now I know it’s been awhile since there has been any news coming from the David Minasian Music camp. I had hoped to get a new album out before now, but life has a way creating its own path. The last couple of years have indeed been a challenge.

Nevertheless, recording on the new album began in June and so far, we’ve managed to get one song in the can, an untitled instrumental. In fact, recording started four years to the day since the first notes of Masquerade were laid down. Once again, I will be working with my son Justin, guitarist extraordinaire, on the new material. There is also the potential for members of two different well known bands to appear as guests on the album. Both of these bands hail from England and are considered by many to be pioneers of progressive rock. You may recall the gorgeous guitar and vocal contributions Andy Latimer of Camel made to Random Acts of Beauty. He recorded his tracks in England and sent them to me in California over the internet. The same process will be used by these band members for the new album, and as soon as I receive their parts, I will let you all in on their identities.

Soon, the recording process will go on a brief hiatus so I can join this other artist on tour and begin work on his DVD. I will try and keep you all updated on the progress.

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly three years since the release of Random Acts of Beauty and the album is still garnering rave reviews. Check these out…
My son Justin and I are truly grateful for the response the album continues to receive all over the world.

Just to let you know, I do have two official facebook accounts – a page for “David Minasian Music” which you can “like”, and a personal one for “David Minasian” where we can be friends.

Once again, thank you all for your patience… it’s going to require a little more… but hopefully you will ultimately feel it’ll have been worth the wait.

My very best;

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

David Minasian Newsletter #3

Hi all:
Just a quick note to let you all know that I will be providing a free download of an unreleased vintage song recorded during the 1980's to all of you who are on the mailing list as my way of saying thank you for your wonderful support. This track will only be provided to you and will not be available for download anywhere else at this time. So I would ask that you don't share it or upload it to any of the file sharing sites on the web. Another newsletter will be sent to you shortly after October 1st with information on how you can download the track. So remember to look for the next newsletter, as the song will only be available for download for a very short time.

I hope you all enjoy it. In addition, there are lots of new (& old) photos that have been added to the website in the bio and gallery pages.

In the meantime, Justin and I are gearing up to begin work on the follow up to Random Acts of Beauty. So stay tuned...

David Minasian

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

David Minasian Newsletter #2 Is Here

With 2010 coming to an end, I thought this might be a good time to release David Minasian Music’s Newsletter #2. It’s been about 5 months since the last one, and to say a lot has happened during the intervening time would be a monumental understatement.

Our album Random Acts of Beauty was released worldwide on October 5th. Nine weeks prior to this time, it had been available only through ProgRock Records and its sister company Mindawn and had spent all 9 of those weeks at the #1 position as the best selling album download at Mindawn. Since October 5th, the album has been available at various retail outlets all over the world including Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, HMV, ebay, and itunes. If you don’t have the album yet, what are you waiting for! Check for a retail outlet near you.

Many of you have commented on how wonderful it has been to hear Andy Latimer of Camel in action once again after such a long absence. His guitar and vocal contributions to the album’s opening track, the 12 minute epic Masquerade, are truly amazing and again, I can’t thank Andy enough for his beautiful playing. Many of you have also expressed your enthusiasm for my son Justin’s incredible lead guitar work on the rest of the album. Both Justin and I are truly thankful for the fantastic response the album has been getting. The good reviews seem to outnumber the bad ones 20 to 1, with many of them actually leaving us speechless. Check these out:

For those who might be interested in hearing what I have to say about a variety of music-related topics, I’ve recently completed a series of interviews which you can access here:

That last one is a 40 minute audio interview with Don Cassidy of Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio. Just click on the word ‘interviews’ on the left side of the screen and then scroll down the center until you find my name. More interviews are on their way including ones which will appear in the next editions of Terra Incognita Magazine and Cosmos/Big Bang. Just check for all the latest news.

Random Acts of Beauty did get a mention in the October 2010 issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine (in an article featuring an interview with Camel’s Andy Latimer) and will be featured in the upcoming issues of Classic Rock and Classic Rock Presents Prog as well. Masquerade has been nominated for the ‘Best Long Track of 2010’ by ARfm Radio in England and the album seems to have become a favorite of some who are in the process of compiling various ‘Best of 2010’ lists, including Sea of Tranquility and Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio. Up until last week, the album had been in the running for the ‘Best Album of 2010’ on the Prog Archives website until a rather disgruntled reviewer decided to take it out. But there’s still a few days left in the year, so get your 5 star reviews into Prog Archives before Dec 31st and let’s see if you can get the album back in the running.

Finally, there’s a new YouTube video up that includes extended clips from all of the album’s tracks:

And for all you Camel fans, don’t forget to check out the new Camel DVD The Opening Farewell directed by yours truly. It’s an incredible performance by one of the best bands in the world. You don’t want to miss it.

Those of you on the mailing list are the first to know that I have decided to re-record many of my old songs that originally appeared on the Tales of Heroes and It’s Not Too Late albums in a style similar to Random Acts of Beauty rather than try to get those old albums re-released. This process is going to take some time and there’s hopefully going to be an album of new material next year as well, so it’s not going to be anytime soon, but it will happen eventually. At least that’s the plan for now.

Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for the New Year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mellotron Man

A few weekends ago, Justin and I had the great pleasure of attending a special screening of a couple of music documentary films in Hollywood - The Moody Blues at the Isle of Wight and Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie. The directors of both films were there along with Mike Pinder, original keyboardist for the Moody Blues. Mike graciously took time out to speak with Justin and I. It was Mike Pinder who probably had more of an impact and influence on my playing and arranging style than any other keyboardist. I can honestly say that Random Acts of Beauty would not exist were it not for Mike and his work with the Moodies. Thanks Mike!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CD's Have Arrived

For the musician, there's nothing more satisfying than holding a copy of your own hot-off-the-press CD in your hands for the very first time. For me the release of Random Acts of Beauty on CD today represents the culmination of an incredible journey that started with Masquerade a little over a year ago. Although I've already heard the songs a zillion times, I played the album all the way through as soon as it arrived. I must say, Chris Brown out of Nashville did a tremendous job of mastering the CD - this is the best it's sounded to date.

For those of you who ordered the CD through ProgRock Records, your copies will begin shipping out right away. Justin and I sat down and signed copies for the first 100 of you who ordered the album through ProgRock.

Earlier in the week, I did an interview with Don Cassidy of Delicious Agony Radio out of New York which should post to their website shortly. Check for all the latest details. The ARfm UK radio show Rock On hosted by Shane Carlson last week featured the world broadcast premier of four tracks from Random Acts of Beauty. And according to Shane, the show was very well received. Reviews of the album are beginning to pour in from around the world and so far have been mostly positive. For example, take a look at the review posted by Dr. Nick on the UK website.

Incidentally at this very moment, the album is amazingly at the number one and number two position on - the sister company of ProgRock where you can get downloads. How can one album hold two positions you ask? Well, Mindawn is currently offering two versions of the album - the regular version, and a high quality 'flac' version. In addition, four individual tracks are currently in the top 10 - Masquerade at #1, Frozen In Time at #4, Blue Rain at #7, and Storming The Castle at #10. What can I say except thank you!!

I truly hope you all enjoy the album. I'd like to hear from you after you've had a chance to listen to it.


Friday, July 30, 2010

#8? Really??

Hi all:
Since the completion of the album, things have been happening at lightening speed around here. Downloads are now available from, and listings for the Random Acts of Beauty CD have started popping up all over the place, such as on Amazon and Prog Archives. Speaking of Prog Archives, one surprise was to find myself today at the #8 position on the website's most popular artist list. What?? The album is still a week away from being shipped! Some of you may know that is the biggest of all the progressive rock websites on the net. It lists thousands of progressive bands from all over the world and ranks the 40 most popular bands each day. In front of me were Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Rush - obviously. But I found myself ahead of acts such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Steve Hackett, Renaissance, The Flower Kings, Kansas, and even Camel. What's going on?? Has everyone simply gone mad???

Happy, yet confused;

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New David Minasian Album Random Acts of Beauty Out Now!

Well here it is… Newsletter #1 from David Minasian Music. The new album Random Acts of Beauty by David Minasian is officially in the can. Whew! Some of you have been with us since the journey began about a year ago. And I want to thank you all for your continuing encouragement and support. The reaction so far to the music has been overwhelmingly positive, with some folks in prog circles already referring to it as one of the albums of the year. I don’t know about that, but my hope is that many of you will enjoy it. I know a lot of you are anxious to hear Camel guitarist Andrew Latimer’s contribution to the album’s epic opening track Masquerade.

The CD has a street date release of October 5, 2010 and that’s when it will hit the stores. By then you will be able to find it at all the usual places such as your local CD store, Amazon, itunes, etc. However, those wishing to get their hands on copies right away can order them directly from ProgRock Records beginning today. They will most likely be shipped to you in early August. Not only will you get a $2 discount (for a limited time), but the first 100 orders made through ProgRock will receive a copy that has been signed by Justin and I:

And those of you looking for downloads will be able to get them at Mindawn fairly soon:

The album’s track listing is as follows:
1) Masquerade (12:32)
2) Chambermaid (8:53)
3) Storming The Castle (5:29)
4) Blue Rain (7:44)
5) Frozen In Time (14:37)
6) Summer’s End (8:00)
7) Dark Waters (5:12)

The album’s musicians are as follows:
David Minasian: Keyboards (Grand piano, mellotron, harpsichord, moog, pipe organ, organ, cello, violin, oboe, flute, recorder, clarinet, French horn, cornet, dulcimer, sitar, voices), acoustic 12 string guitar, classical guitar, bass, drums, percussion, lead and harmony vocals.
Justin Minasian: Electric lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic and classical lead guitars (tracks 2-7)
Guy Pettet: Drums (tracks 3, 5)
Don Ray Reyes Jr.: Drums (track 5)
Nick Soto: Electric rhythm guitar (track 2)

With special guest:
Andrew Latimer: Guitars and vocals (track 1)

There’s a few people I’d like to thank at this time: My son Justin Minasian for his brilliant guitar work and enthusiastic attitude; Camel’s Andrew Latimer for his encouragement and beautiful guitar and vocal contributions to Masquerade; Guy Pettet, Don Ray Reyes Jr., and Nick Soto for their expert musicianship; Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records for his unwavering belief; Michael Leadingham for his breathtaking cover art; and Lara Feamster, Ashley Danielle, Mike Gillmore, and Joel Minasian for their superb photography.

And now here’s where you come in. Please join with us in helping to get the word out. After listening to the album, if you like it, then by all means post something on the internet about it during the next few months… or write a review and submit it to or or any number of retail or music review sites.

In addition, spending a few moments to post items about the album on facebook or on various band forums that have similar musical styles or other progressive music sites will be essential to the album’s success in the days to come. And it will be greatly appreciated! This type of internet ‘word of mouth’ really does work wonders.

One other thing: Please do what you can to stop any download piracy of this album that you might come across. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you find something suspicious. It’s a far bigger problem than you can imagine especially for independent releases such as this and it could very well threaten whether or not we can continue making music for you.

Let us know if there are additional items you may want such as t-shirts or posters featuring Michael’s beautiful cover art. If enough people tell us they want such items we’ll look into making them available. And again, thank you all for being part of this and joining us on this wonderful journey. You can contact us anytime at

David Minasian

Monday, July 19, 2010


Finished! Time for a nap...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Down To The Wire

Hi all:
You'll be happy to know Justin is doing better and we've resumed our work on the album's final track, Frozen In Time. Michael Leadingham has completed the artwork for the CD cover and it is breathtaking. It will be revealed soon. Our distribution agreement with ProgRock Records has been signed and we've been added to their website. A release date will be announced during the first half of July if all goes well. And the website has reopened. Look for our first official newsletter in the weeks ahead and join the mailing list if you haven't already.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Good News Bad News

A lot of things have happened this past week, some good and some not so good. I'll start with the bad news first. Poor Justin sadly dislocated his shoulder this past weekend which resulted in a painful trip to the hospital. Not only has our work on the album's final track been brought to a grinding halt, but Justin also had to cancel an important gig with another band he plays with. The reopening of our website has now been delayed as well. But he seems to be in good spirits and anxious to get back into things. Let's hope for a quick recovery.

On a brighter note, a face to face meeting last week with Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records went extremely well and negotiations should be wrapped up shortly with a release date for the album soon to follow. Also, talented fantasy artist Michael Leadingham has been commissioned to paint an original piece of artwork for the CD cover and from the looks of things so far, it's going to be stunning!

Thank you all for your continued encouragement and support.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

It's been over a month since I posted anything. Things have been rather chaotic to say the least. Some of you have noticed that the website has been down for a few weeks. We're giving it a minor overhaul while we prepare for the album's completion and release. Once we reopen (which should hopefully be soon) you may want to take a look at something new on there called David's Guide to Random Acts of Beauty under the discography section, where I give a behind-the-scenes commentary on each of the album's tracks. I also explain the reason behind certain last minute song title changes and talk about a few tracks which didn't make the cut.

Following the posting of a brief audio excerpt from the track Masquerade on our website, we received numerous emails from Camel fans all over the world who were delighted to hear a preview of Andy's beautiful contributions to the track.

Justin and I are right now in the process of finishing up the album's final song, an epic joint composition which will likely end up being the album's longest track.

We're also scheduled to finalize a worldwide distribution deal next week, and we'll be organizing the CD's artwork, printing, and mastering very soon as well. So things are looking good. Hang in there...

All the best;

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Another Busy Week

This last weekend yielded a mix of the 12 and a half minute track Masquerade featuring the wonderful guitars and vocals of Andy Latimer. I've sent a copy off to Andy to get his evaluation and have my fingers firmly crossed. We hope to put up some audio clips on the website in addition to MySpace and Facebook within the next few days.

Justin and I have one track to finish up - the epic instrumental which will in all likelyhood get a name change before we're through.

We continue to update the website with new things so check it out when you have some time. We hope to set up a mailing list shortly so you can be kept up to date on all the activities.

Best wishes to all of you, and thank you for your continued support.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stop The Presses

It's a beautiful sunny Easter afternoon here in California and we just had a 7.2 earthquake a few moments ago. We're a little shaken up (no pun intended... ok it was intended) but we're ok.

We should hopefully be mixing the nearly 13 minute epic Masquerade sometime next week and will be putting up some audio clips on the website soon thereafter. We're now aiming to complete the album sometime in May. If you have some extra time, you may wish to check out David Minasian Music on Facebook and become a 'fan'.

David Minasian

Monday, March 8, 2010

No Longer Untitled

A busy weekend in the studio has proven to be very fruitful. After a number of failed attempts at trying to mix the very complicated and highly over-produced (lol) Chambermaid, we finally succeeded and have added some clips to the website:

I also managed to finish the lyrics to the previously untitled track which shall now be known henceforth as Summer's End. Justin pulled out all stops on this one and came up with what has got to be one of the most amazing guitar solos in all of rock history. You can hear a brief segment for yourself at the website under the audio/visual link.

Andy Latimer mentioned that my moog solo (which can be heard on Panic Attack clip #1) reminded him of the late great Pete Bardens of Camel. Thanks for that, Andy!

I know that in my original post I stated that I thought we'd be finished by now, but things always seem to get in the way. But we're nearly there - 5 songs completely mixed and in the can and only two more to go. Shouldn't be long now...


Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Website Is Up!

My son Justin has been pulling double duty as guitarist extraordinaire and website designer. The website is now up and running with a couple of soundclips. Check out:

Only a few things are working at the moment (Home, Bio, Blog, and Audio/Visual - which is where you can hear the samples)

Vampyre has been completed and mixed and once again Justin's powerful guitar leads are the highlight. You can hear a snippet of it on the sample, along with an excerpt of his gorgeous Blue Rain leads.

We're in the middle of recording the untitled track at the moment and if the past is any indication, I'll probably have the whole song finished sans vocals before I write the lyrics. This one's turning out very Floydish-Camelish-Moodyish-Crimsonish. In other words, very "Dave."

David Minasian

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guest Vocalist Revealed

Well, it's time to reveal the identity of the guest vocalist who was to have appeared on our album... It was none other than Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. Unfortunately, he won't be appearing on the track Blue Rain due to scheduling conflicts. However, he did have some nice things to say about the song, a track which, even without his assistance, has wound up sounding eerily similar to something the Moody Blues themselves would have recorded around the time of Seventh Sojourn...

"It's a lovely song... The guitar solo sound is fabulous and it's a very Moody track. I'm sure it will be a great album for David." (Justin Hayward, January 7, 2010)

Although understandably disappointed, I was still very encouraged by Mr. Hayward's enthusiasm for my own vocals which will now grace the final version of the song instead of his...

"I don't think they need me anyway as I really like the feel of the vocal on there already." (Justin Hayward, January 7, 2010)

I think a lot of people besides myself would have loved to have heard Andy Latimer and Justin Hayward appear on the same album.

I have now completed the work I was scheduled to do on Camel's forthcoming DVD The Opening Farewell and will be heading back into the studio momentarily.


Thursday, December 31, 2009

What's In Store For The New Year

Hi all:
With this, my final post of 2009, I'd like to thank all of you who have been so encouraging to me since this project began. As Random Acts of Beauty (the album's tentative title) moves closer toward the finish line, I would like to especially thank legendary Camel guitarist/flautist/singer/keyboardist/composer Andy Latimer whose guidance and words of wisdom have been truly invaluable; along with my son Justin who continues to amaze me with his talent and sunny attitude; and brother-in-law Guy for his amazing drumming and state-of-the-art mixing studio. What 2010 holds remains to be seen but I have a feeling things could get rather exciting.

The instrumental Vampyre is now finished save for Justin's guitar leads. We will most likely mix that song along with the highly complex Chambermaid sometime next week which will bring the number of songs that are completely in the can to four (Blue Rain, Panic Attack, Chambermaid, and Vampyre). Masquerade is nearly complete but remains a work-in-progress to some degree.

We're going to take a short break while I concentrate on getting Camel's new DVD The Opening Farewell, which I am producing, ready for release. When we resume recording, we will begin tracking the new as yet untitled song which should (hopefully) turn out to be one of the album's highlights.

Hope you all have a healthy and exciting New Year!

David Minasian

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's In The Mail

Another busy week. We did two final mixes this past weekend (Blue Rain and Panic Attack) and they sound great. I also sent Blue Rain off to our mystery vocalist this morning in the hopes that he'll want to sing it. Keep your fingers crossed. In the meantime, we've started tracking Vampyre and should have it finished this week.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More Reviews

Well, you are all in for a treat. I didn't think my son Justin could possibly surpass the guitar parts he'd already recorded for Chambermaid or Panic Attack. But his leads on Blue Rain simply blew me away with their intense beauty and emotion. Wow, who taught this guy how to play? Actually, as much as I would like to take credit for it, I can't - he's self taught. Nevertheless, between Justin's and Andy Latimer's contributions, lovers of emotional guitar leads are going to have a field day with this album.

I decided to get some feedback on our latest completed track and sent it halfway around the world to a good friend of mine in Scotland also named Dave. Dave owns millions of CD's (well... it seems that way) and knows just about everything there is to know about music (well... it seems that way). And I trust his opinion (well... oh, nevermind). Here's his reaction to Blue Rain which he posted on the Genesis forum last night...

"Well guys and gals, I have just had the pleasure of listening to a track from Dave Minasian's forthcoming album. The song is called Blue Rain and it's 7 and a half minutes of class. The song begins with a solo piano and then haunting oboes are introduced over a backdrop of lush synths very reminicent of Camel at their most symphonic. Then we enter into Moody Blues/Barclay James Harvest territory with John Lodge style hushed vocals over those gorgeous oboes. The track also reminds me somewhat of the Paul Cusick track Fade Away in the same symphonic style. Things pick up with drums and bass coming in during the next verse and there is no doubt the influence on this track from the aforementioned bands. Just when you think you have heard it all, in comes a lovely harpsichord which reminds me of Denis Quinn's excellent Open Secret and then a superb guitar solo that John Lees or Justin Hayward would be proud of. The piano comes in again and a final chorus and guitar reprise brings this superb song to a close.

If this is a taster of things to come then I cannot wait. I have heard some of David's older material but this is a big step up to my ears. I cannot thank him enough for allowing me to hear this song. All I can say is that this is shaping up to be something special if this song is an example of what is going on the album."

Thanks Dave from Scotland, we'll continue to do our best.

David Minasian

Monday, December 7, 2009

Early Reviews Are In

I sent the first three tracks from the album to a producer friend of mine a few days ago and got this unsolicited and unexpected response:

"first off, i need to tell you that your work is really great - beautiful stuff you've done here. all the tracks you sent me are very strong.

masquerade - very beautiful orchestral textures, the mellotron is great, vibey vocals, this almost has a sorta kinda pink floyd vibe which i love - also cool melodies and counter melodies, harpsichord is awesome.

chambermaid - also very cool stuff, ethereal, haunting, beautiful, great arpeggio runs, great lead guitar, cool.

panic attack - all great. love the ye olde fairy tale beauty then big rock! this almost has a trace of a vibe like the band muse would do. very cool.

dynamic, visual, regal, delicate, rude, and ultra musical. it's the kind of music that you don't just listen to, but you actually step inside it and experience it."

Whew! Considering that this gentleman has worked with everyone from Rod Stewart to Shania Twain to Motley Crue, this is very encouraging indeed.

Regarding album progress, Blue Rain is nearly in the can. In addition to the previously recorded piano and harpischord, we were able to add mellotron (strings and choir), cello, 12 string guitars, oboe, bass, drums, and vocals this past week. All that remains now is the lead guitar scheduled to be recorded later today. After we've done a couple of mixes (one with vocals and one without), we will forward them to our potential guest vocalist who will decide whether or not to participate. If not, well, I'm afraid then you're stuck with me singing lead... oh, the humanity!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another One Bites The Dust

My son Justin added a couple of jaw-dropping guitar leads to Panic Attack this week while I provided some acoustic guitar. This brings the total number of songs 'in the can' to two. Now it's onto Blue Rain. Upon completion of this track, I will be submitting it to my mystery celebrity guest vocalist for his consideration.

I've also looked into bringing on a seasoned producer to help with the mixing process. The plan would be to do some final mixes of 4 or 5 of the completed songs sometime next month and use those songs to secure a distribution deal as well as get some samples out there on the net. And while that's going on, I can be finishing up work on the remaining three or four tracks.

Gotta keep moving forward...

If you have any questions, feel free to ask:


Monday, November 9, 2009

Album Progress Update

Hi all:
I thought I would bring those of you who are interested up to date on the progress of the new album. I wrote the final song for the album this last weekend and I think it's going to be a good one. Subject to any last minute changes, here's how things are shaping up...

Track 1: Masquerade. I have yet to receive all the files from Andy Latimer who continues to record parts for this song. Initially clocking in at around 7 minutes, the final version could very well swell past 13 minutes depending on how things end up being put together. Andy's contributions to this track so far are truly goosebump inducing.

Track 2: Chambermaid. An epic 9 minute track with an accesible melody, lush 12 string guitars, pianos, mellotrons, etc. and a long instrumental section that should please most Genesis fans. My son Justin has added a couple of excellent Steve Hackett/Justin Hayward style guitar solos and there's a nice moog solo ala Pete Bardens or a subdued Rick Wakeman from me. Lyrically it's a bit strange - a Tony Banks story song of sorts with a touch of Ian Anderson cleverness. Hopefully you'll find it all somewhat interesting. This one is completely finished, except for the mixing.

Track 3: Panic Attack. A 5 minute instrumental piece featuring cellos, harpsichords, flutes, and mellotrons which takes a sudden left turn about 2 minutes in, and that's where the electric guitars, synths, bass and drums begin to battle it out. Another left turn results in a Renaissance-like passage before an explosive ending. We only need a few guitar overdubs (probably this week) and this one's ready to go.

Track 4: Blue Rain. A lovely 8 minute piano and harpsichord based ballad. Only the basic tracks have been recorded so far. I'm hoping to get a very famous guest vocalist in for this one. It probably won't happen, but you never know.

Track 5: I Thought She Was a Sandwich. An epic 10 minute prog instrumental written back in 1978 and never recorded. It's been sitting in the back of my head all this time - boy am I glad to get rid of it! I'm not sure about the title for this one yet (Can you guess where I got it from? Here's a hint - it's a line from a famous music-oriented movie made during the mid 60's). Only the basic tracks have been recorded - this one needs a lot of work.

Track 6: Untitled. This is the newest song written only a few days ago which replaces one I wasn't too keen about. I still have the lyrics to write. Fans of the Moody Blues' core 7 albums or Kayak's lush ballads (Phantom of the Night, Frozen Flame) should be happy with this one. Maybe it's a bit too similar to Blue Rain, but who cares... I like it.

Track 7: Room With Dark Corners. A short catchy uptempo track in 3/4 and the only song on the album which even remotely has a chance as a single. The classical arrangement will probably keep that from happening though - which should make all you proggers happy.

Track 8: Vampyre. This third and final instrumental piece is a haunting classically based song of mine from 1979 and was originally featured in a much shorter version on my first album. All the usual pianos, harpsichords, mellotrons, flutes, and lead guitars are here in abundance.

And there you have it. Still got a lot left to do. I hope to keep you all updated with the recording process in the days ahead.


Monday, October 26, 2009

And So It Begins...

I awoke a few mornings ago to find an email waiting for me. It had come from half way around the world, to California from the UK. The contents of the attachment had me giggling like a schoolgirl.

It was an audio file… a guitar solo to be specific… a long, very special guitar solo. I immediately played it. The sound was unmistakable. Even without the benefit of hearing it with the rest of the instruments, I knew it was perfect.

I then quickly booted up another computer in my studio which held the Pro Tools tracks I had been working on since June and transferred the solo to its appropriate spot nestled among the swirling keyboards, strings, woodwinds, and drums. I hit play… and held my breath…

Pure magic!

The opening track from my new album had reached a whole new level. The song, a classically-tinged progressive rock tour-de-force, was turning out far better than I ever could have anticipated. Featuring piano, harpsichord, mellotron (strings and choir), cello, oboe, classical guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, the track was now highlighted by a powerful, passionate, and melodically stunning extended lead guitar solo from the fingers, mind, and heart of Andrew Latimer, legendary guitarist for the band Camel. Is it as good as Ice or something off Rajaz? Maybe, but I might be biased. You’ll have to be the judge.

I wrote back to Andy saying that I couldn’t thank him enough for contributing to my album. Knowing all that he’s been through in the past few years, I simply could not fathom that he would take the time to record this for me. But he did, and for that I will always be grateful.

But it didn’t end there. Over the next few days I continued to receive more files of additional guitars and even vocals. I was stunned. The song was being transformed into a true epic right in front of me.

I had met Andy and his wife and lyricist Susan Hoover back in 1997 when I was asked to produce and direct Camel’s concert DVD Coming of Age. Since then I have produced an additional six DVD’s for Camel Productions including Curriculum Vitae, Footage I, Footage II, Total Pressure, Moondances, and the as yet unreleased Opening Farewell, an epic concert extravaganza recorded in Santa Cruz, CA during Camel’s Farewell Tour in 2003.

For those who may not know my background, I began classical piano training at the age of five. Later, after hearing the track Land of Make Believe from the Moody Blues on the radio, I became interested in progressive music and began my discovery of bands such as Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, Renaissance, Barclay James Harvest, Strawbs, and of course Camel.

In 1978, after deciding to give the music biz a go myself, I began writing and recording demos. But alas, my timing was off. Record companies in LA at that time simply didn’t want prog. So I successfully pursued my other passion – filmmaking. In my spare time, I went ahead and independently recorded the album Tales of Heroes and Lovers. It eventually got released in 1984 and was accompanied by a self-directed music video which actually got MTV airplay.

An ill-fated attempt at recording a pop album for CBS (with ex-Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz slotted to produce no less!) in 1986 was nearly completed, then shelved. The 1990’s saw an additional album being recorded with limited release along with a song being placed in a Kris Kristofferson film, and this kept the musical flame flickering… barely.

Finally in June of 2009, with Andy's encouragement, I decided to go ahead with plans to record a new album and was more than delighted when he kindly offered to contribute to the track Masquerade.

I hope to complete the album, titled Random Acts of Beauty, by the end of the year with a release date set for sometime in early 2010. It will include mostly brand new material, and even one or two pieces I wrote back in the pre Tales days!

Here's hoping that the lush, symphonic, melancholic, melodic, classically–tinged progressive rock we create will find a home in some of your hearts. Check...

for more details in the coming weeks and months.

David Minasian