Thanks to my friend and very talented artist Chris Longs, "The Shy Gemini Sessions" now has a visual story to go with the music. What's extra super duper cool is that everything on the artwork has significance relating to the music.
The two sketches of me on the front and back covers are inspired by the Greek Gemini twins Castor and Pollux. The significance of the gemini is that we recorded each song in two different ways - full band and acoustic to show the varying sides of my artistry.
The canyon not only represents the song "Canyon," but it also runs in between Castor and Pollux, both connecting and dividing the gemini twins, showing they are the same yet very different.
The instruments represent the trio that made the heartbeat of this album pump. Jerry Roe on drums and Ernest Chapman on bass are the definition of badassery + creative genius.
The infinity symbol on the drum set is there because this theme runs heavily throughout the project. In fact, the album begins with the song "Infinity" and ends with "Endless" (if you can call that an end?) We could probably psychoanalyze why I'm obsessed with the unknown unending abyss, but then again, who isn't?
Finally, the album cover is actually a watercolor painting inspired by the song "Watercolor." I love how Chris left the canvas showing on the edges. To me the painting looks intentionally unfinished in this way. Chris is showing the process of its formation; what's lying underneath, undone. Even the Castor and Pollux gemini sketches are undone looking because, well, they're literally quick rough sketches. I fell in love with them so much that Chris decided to use them in the real artwork.
This idea of being in the process, unfinished and undone, couldn't be more telling of the personal place I'm coming from with recording this album. We are all works in progress...
Anyhow, can't wait to share with you the MUSIC!! Coming soon!