© Alchemy Records 1998
While working on this album I found myself thinking about some pretty heavy stuff. In addition to the sorrow and soul searching I felt over the death of my close friend, Michael Hedges, which occurred while I was in the midst of conceptualizing the album, I became fascinated with the kinds of things people believe in, both sacred and profane. I was also interested in the effect those beliefs have on the world around us. I remembered the image of fire as the classic metaphor for life—we burn brightly for a limited time with beliefs and ideas, and in the process we are consumed.
Meanwhile, we leave a story behind us, like a book, of experiences, emotions, successes, failures, dramas, etc. I hoped that this title would reflect these ideas, as well as pay homage to the Jorge Luis Borges collection of short stories, The Book of Sand, which has had a big influence on me. I hoped that The Book of Flame might be a kind of a collection of audio short stories that somehow tied together all of the thoughts and experiences I was having.
Manring rocks out on this one. The compositions stay tight.
This DVD, shot by Bernard Leroux, was made near the beginning of a tour in November 2006 at the beautiful Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. It was a pleasure to be on the road again with Michael Manring, and to be introducing Andy McKee to my audience. This performance was just a few days before Andy shot the fateful YouTube videos that went on to launch his now worldwide fame. It was a great night
Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible with just a bass guitar for two decades, winning thousands of fans and wowing countless audiences the world over with his stunning compositions and mind-blowing technical mastery of the instrument. Soliloquy is his latest Solo release.