Website Design by: Windsong Entertainment

© 2019 by Jim Wilson Music

Beneath The Olympian Skies is Jim’s latest offering — a stellar collection of original compositions that continue Jim’s theme of melodic tributes to places and people that have impacted his life. …Memorable melodies, lush arrangements, and an engaging diversity of themes from the dramatic title cut, to the majestic “Beside The River Of Dreams”, to the spirited “Rio”.

 

Through Your Eyes 
(for Devon and Joel)
A Way Back to Your Heart
When the World Belonged to Us
Rio
Where I Belong
In Every Heart
Don't Stand at My Grave
Dreamland (Reprise)

Beneath The Olympian Skies

$12.95Price
  • "From every place below the skies
    The grateful song, the fervent prayer,--
    The incense of the heart, --may rise
    To heaven, and find acceptance there."

    Every Place a Temple
    John Pierpont 1785 - 1866
     

     

    Beneath the Olympian Skies

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Charlie MorganDrums
    Nathan East: Bass
    Bruce Watson: Guitar
    Kristen Autry: Violin
    Briana Bandy: Viola
    Sharon Rizzo: Cello
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Dreamland
    (featuring Lili Haydn)

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Lili Haydn: Violin
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Beside the River of Dreams
    (featuring George Tortorelli)

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Charlie MorganDrums
    Nathan EastBass
    Bruce Watson: Electric Guitar
    Johnny Lee Schell: Acoustic Guitar
    Kristen Autry: Violin
    Briana Bandy: Viola
    Sharon Rizzo: Cello
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Through Your Eyes
    (for Devon and Joel)

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Brad Cole: Bass/ Percussion
    Kristen Autry: Violin
    Briana Bandy: Viola
    Sharon Rizzo: Cello
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    A Way Back to Your Heart

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Brad Cole: Bass/ Percussion
    Charlie Morgan: Percussion
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    When the World Belonged to Us

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Rio

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Chris Standring: Guitar
    Charlie Morgan: Drums
    Nathan East: Bass
    Kristen Autry: Violin
    Briana Bandy: Viola
    Sharon Rizzo: Cello
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Where I Belong

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Charlie Morgan: Percussion
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    In Every Heart

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Brad Cole: Bass / Percussion
    Charlie Morgan: Percussion
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    ABOUT THE MUSIC
     

    BENEATH THE OLYMPIAN SKIES is a stellar collection of ten new original compositions that continue his theme of melodic tributes. "I love to travel and many of my songs are inspired by people and places that have inspired me."

    The evocative, cinematic title cut was inspired by a trip Wilson took to Washington state's Olympic Peninsula in the most northwest corner of the United States. "It's truly one of the more magical regions in the world. The rocky, dramatic coastline; the lush rainforest -- the only one in the continental U.S.; the towering forests of lodgepole pines. I was absolutely transfixed the entire time," says Wilson. "I was fortunate to capture some amazing video footage of the region and we've incorporated it into my newest performance video."

    BENEATH THE OLYMPIAN SKIES continues this tradition of working with renowned musicians - ambient pop violin player Lili Haydn, smooth-jazz hitmaker Chris Standring, world-class bassist Nathan East, former Elton John drummer Charlie Morgan, woodwind master George Tortorelli and Phil Collins band member Brad Cole. Another highlight of the new recording is the presence of real string players -- the violin-viola-cello trio known as Bella Musica - on many of the tracks.

    About the dedication on the back of the CD, Wilson says, "These songs are my heartfelt offerings and when people share with me that my music provides spiritual refuge for them, it's truly a blessing. I found this beautiful poem called "Every Place a Temple" by the 18th century writer John Pierpont that perfectly encapsulated my sentiment for the record:

    "From every place below the skies
    The grateful song, the fervent prayer,--
    The incense of the heart, --may rise
    To heaven, and find acceptance there."

    With BENEATH THE OLYMPIAN SKIES, Wilson once again delivers his trademark combination of memorable melodies and lush film-score quality arrangements. This recording offers his widest diversity of themes so far, from the dramatic title cut, to the majestic "Beside The River Of Dreams," to the adventurous, spirited "Rio". "This song is probably the biggest departure for me so far. I started writing this samba-flavored tune years ago during a trip to Brazil and only recently completed it. It has this fun, easygoing, "I'm on holiday" quality to it. It's a real joy to play."

    About the track “Beside The River of Dreams”, Wilson says, "The song tells the story through music and images of the Texas Panhandle's majestic Palo Duro Canyon - the timeless setting for Native American tribes, Spanish explorers and famous civil war battles. Regional photographers have contributed phenomenal still and video images of the canyon and the performance video is just gorgeous." The video also incorporates stunning aerial footage of the canyon Wilson acquired with assistance from his pilot and videographer friends.

    The CD includes more of Jim's signature achingly-beautiful ballads: "Dreamland", "When the World Belonged to Us" and "Through Your Eyes" -- the latter is dedicated to Jim's newlywed niece Devon and her husband Joel. "There's a profound beauty in two people coming together to commit their lives to each other. This song has a very romantic quality to it that articulates my sentiments for them."

    The last song on the album is the emotional "Don't Stand At My Grave" -- the instrumental version of a poem Wilson set to music. Jim says, "I was given this poignant poem when my brother died years ago. The imagery was so strong and the message so powerful that it moved me to tears." The CD ends with "Dreamland (Reprise)" which Jim says, "is like a sentimental recalling of a beautiful place you've been."

    BENEATH THE OLYMPIAN SKIES follows Wilson's first five albums, which were all strong sellers -- NORTHERN SEASCAPE, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, MY FIRST CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, QUIET SHADOWS (his versions of pop standards) and A PLACE IN MY HEART. The release of his second album was highlighted by the airing of an hour-long national PBS television special, "Jim Wilson & Friends: Cape of Good Hope (and Other Musical Portraits)" and a live national concert appearance on QVC television. Wilson proved to be one of the few contemporary instrumentalists who can bridge the gap between new age, smooth jazz and Celtic-flavored pop. Other musicians who guested on these recordings include Richard Elliot, Everette Harp, Peter White, Lisa Lynne, Steve Lukather, Lee Sklar, Steve Porcaro and Lenny Castro.

    Don't Stand at My Grave
    (Music: Jim Wilson, Lyrics: Anonymous)

    Don't stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I'm a thousand winds that blow,
    I'm the diamond glints on snow.
    I am sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the morning's hush,
    I'm the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft star that shines at night.

    Don't stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there, I did not die.

    Brad Cole: Synths/ String arrangement
    Kristen Autry: Violin
    Briana Bandy: Viola
    Sharon Rizzo: Cello
    Jim Wilson: Piano


    Dreamland (Reprise) 
    (See above credits) 

     

    All Songs Written and Published by Jim Wilson, Willow Bay Music (ASCAP) © 2007
    Produced and Arranged by Jim Wilson, except where noted.

    Engineered by Peter Boynton & Sasha Yates at TunaTones, Sherman Oaks, CA; additional engineering by Colin Mitchell, Cliff Brodsky, Jerrold Launer.


    Mixed by Doug Rider 
    Mastered by Bernie Becker
    Art Direction / Graphic Design by Mick McCarthy
    Photography by Davy Knapp, John Williams
    Piano Tuning by L. A. Piano Services

    Jim Wilson plays Yamaha Pianos
    All piano tracks recorded on a Yamaha C7

    Nathan East appears courtesy of RCA Victor Records
    Lili Haydn appears courtesy of Arista Records
    Chris Standring appears courtesy of Trippin' n Rhythm Records

    My deepest gratitude to Mom, Andi, Jason, Jenny, David, Kristen, Devon, Trevor, Billie Jo, and Mary Lee for the love and support; and to my father -- you will always be in my heart. 


    Heartfelt thanks to Audio FX, the engineers and players who shared their incredible talents on this record. A special word of gratitude to the inimitable, amazing Brad Cole.

    My sincere thanks to you for buying this CD, supporting the music and helping to spread the word! And as always, above all, humble gratitude to the Creator for giving me the opportunity to be a channel for your expression.