My introduction to "Yonder Tree" was unusual and spectacular. On a summer day in August, I went on a 8+ mile walk around Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. Not only was I listening to this CD for the first time, but I was taking in the awesome breathtaking natual splendor of North America's most beautiful city! I listened to the CD twice, everytime since then I feel like I've remembered every step.
The CD begins with "Walter Whitman Where Are You", a slow, bluesy type of song with Tollek Ollestad playing some great harmonica. One can definetly see Gino singing this in a smokey bar. "Fallen In Love" begins with Gregory Hines tapping his feet, and the Portland Rhythm Section falls right in. Gino first words are: "Pardon me, what a rare mood I'm in". That feeling is all over "Yonder Tree". Those vibes are particular on "Unbearably Blue", "None So Beautiful" and "I Die A Little More Each Day". I got the feeling that Gino had done some serious soul searching, it definetly comes across on the CD.
I was doing some serious soul searching of my own that day. Looking at the various 5,000 ft peaks over both West & North Vancouver, I had realized how special this moment actually was. Beautiful music and spectacular scenery. Naturally, I prayed for more of this in my life. I'm proud to say that British Columbia is my home away from home now.
This (for me) is definetly a Desert Island Disc. The next time you go to Vancouver, take "Yonder Tree" and go to Stanley Park, you won't be disappointed. On second thought, you can save a lot of money and just "click" to buy this great CD!