The Story Behind “Hearts & Minds”

Some songs you write in a day – inspiration hits, and you don’t leave the studio until it’s done.  But others take time, sometimes months.  “Hearts & Minds” falls into the latter category.  In fact I took longer to write and record that song than any other on the album.

I wrote it when the war in Iraq was just beginning, and the war in Afghanistan had been under way for a while.  Politicians and pundits were always talking about what it would take to win the hearts and minds of the people there.  I won’t go into political positions, but I’ll say that it was something that weighed on my mind.  Of course, it was on everyone’s mind.

I was also thinking at the time that relationships can work, in a much smaller way, similarly.  Someone may have the heart of another, without reaching his or her mind.  Or inversely someone could convince another that they should be together, but that person hasn’t won the other’s heart.

Obviously the conflict that can create is insignificant compared to the conflict of war, but maybe there are some similarities.  This song is basically me brooding over that idea, musically.

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Inspirations: Nicolay

I’ve loved Nicolay’s music for a  long time now.  And if you know me, you know that the first City Lights record was a huge inspiration.  Well, City Lights Volume 2 just came out, and it’s amazing.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it.  Check the description here.

Soon Come

I can’t say too much just yet, but I can say that I’ve been back in the studio working on some new music.  Hope to have a new single out before long…

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Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul Show

I love Jazz, Soul, Nu Jazz, Future Soul, Broken Beat…  There’s such a diversity of styles among all those genres, and yet there are common threads too.  Simon Harrison manages to tie them all together in his Basic Soul Show, which you can listen to here:  Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul.

The show is a huge inspiration to me.  In fact I interviewed Simon back in January, and you can read that here.

Hope you enjoy Basic Soul as much as I do.  Let me know what you think…

The Story Behind “Harbor View”

“Harbor View” is my favorite track off Rural Sounds, and based on digital sales, I think it’s the most popular.

When I wrote the song I just wanted to capture a feeling – one of escapism and relaxation.  If you’re like me, you’re always on the grind, and it’s rare that you get any down time.  But then comes the unusual occasion when you can get to the beach, have some drinks, chill by the ocean, and just forget the world.   That’s what “Harbor View” is all about.

People write songs for different reasons.  I always try to write music that I’d want to listen to myself, regardless of its commercial viability. And “Harbor View” is the perfect example of that.  I can listen to it, remember that mood, and escape for a few minutes.

By the way, I also love Incognito’s music for that same vibe.  Check out Tales from the Beach, and then the remix album, More Tales Remixed, which features a Mark de Clive-Lowe version of  “Feel the Pressure.”

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New album

Zane Tate: Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds, Vol. 2


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