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Instrumentals featuring a mixture of lush, Latin-flavored arrangements, some rock and some harder rock.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (60:14) !
Related styles: LATIN: Flamenco, EASY LISTENING: Orchestral Pop

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I have played guitar since I was 15, first by figuring out the opening of Stairway to Heaven. I knew I wanted to be a finger-style guitarist (back then it was called a finger picker). And though I listened to heavy metal, the songs I came up with on the guitar were much more easy listening.

With a mixture of Latin, some rock and an over-the-top finale, CITIZENS OF EARTH! contains music that is interesting, moving, fun, or a mixture of all three.

A description of the songs on this album:

Teece – Set in the Arizona desert, this lively bass-driven song takes a few twists and turns as it heads to a sensational ending.

Hank! – An upbeat song with a two-part harmony, this is the kind of music you may hear on a vacation south of the border.

Maria – A more contemplative instrumental with a slow-building crescendo.

Rico, Chico ... and George – Named after a George Carlin skit, this one begins and ends with the chorus, and in between is a continually changing texture.

Snooter – The little song of the album. Its three-four time and minor key give it a gypsy carnival tone.

Role – A European-sounding song set in a minor key that builds on the opening motif. Listen for the dual melodies at the ending.

Tuba Force – This song has the feel of Gospel music mixed with a nylon-stringed melody.

Buttons Howard – This song broke many of my own rules: It doesn''t follow a main theme, it changes styles six times, it is not melody driven, etc. Also, some parts that sound like a guitar are created by a synthesizer, and some parts that sound like a synthesizer are an effects-driven guitar. But it is fun! I got this song title from a person who called me on the phone years ago. I imagined this person to look like Esther Rolle of TV''s “Good Times.” Much to my surprise when Buttons Howards arrived at our house, he was a white and male.

Bobz – Probably the most “pop” song of the collection, this song features a strong keyboard and guitar interplay.

Ma & Pa Kettle – A country-ish, southern rock, mid-tempo song with a blues-type guitar solo and an ever-changing chord progression.

Citizens of Earth! – There are a few things going on with this song. It starts out with a piano playing a melody that shows up later in the song. It builds up with what sounds like an action movie theme, then it becomes a hard rocker. The song title is pays homage to UFO movies of yesteryear. Enjoy the ride!

I dedicate this album to my parents, Teece and Role Moritz. Thanks especially to my wife, Dana, who has listened to me play guitar since we were teens.

Copyright 2009 BMORITZ. All songs composed, arranged and performed by Brad Moritz.

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