Release: April 2003, revised in 2006
The album contains songs inspired by paintings, stories and dreams. The music flows from intimate classical guitar and piano melodies to more dramatic symphonic rock eruptions.
The album can best be listened to and purchased on Bandcamp: www.peterswart.bandcamp.com
1. White Melancholy
This song is inspired by a romantic painting with nymphs taking a bath in a pool in the woods.
2. Tender Innocence part 1
I once had a dream about the birth of a horse and the first steps it took with it's mother. Through the plains and through a forest full of birds. Part 1 is an instrumental attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the dream. Part 2 is another, with vocals added.
3. The Road Goes Ever On And On
The first of 5 songs inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Songs written long before the commercial succes of the movies, when we only had the marvellous books to dwell in. This one is the wandering theme of Bilbo.
The second song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The poem tells us of Aragorn.
The third song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. One of the sidestories, telling the tale of Nimrodel, an elvenprincess, who fled to the south of Middle Earth with her beloved Amroth, trying to escape from the rage of a released Balrog. She got lost in the woods and none has ever heard of her again.
The fourth song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. About Gandalf, his character and the dramatic events in the Mines of Moria. You can hear the horns of the orcs coming closer.
7. The Road - Reprise
An instrumental variation of the first song inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
8. Along Flowing Waters
A classical guitar piece. I have performed it many times on memorial services.
9. Tender Innovcence part 2
The second impression of the horse-dream, this time with a more symphonic touch and vocals.
10-12. A Retrospect / Towards The Unknown
A composition in three parts, inspired by the painting 'De Marskramer' by Jeroen Bosch.
10. A Retrospect part 1 - La Dolce Vita
In this first part the peddler looks back at his past pleasures.
11. A Retrospect part 2 - Bearer Of Darkness
But the darker sides of his past cannot be denied.
12. A Retrospect part 3 - Finale / The Question
The peddler leaves town, following his insecure path.
Peter Swart: all compositions, guitars, keyboards and vocals
Koos van Reeven: drums
Peter van der Laan: lyrics of tracks 1-9-10-11-12 and vocals on 11
Anna Windig: lyrics of tracks 3-4-5-6
Frits van Mourik (Studio Het Pand, Vlaardingen, Holland): recording of drums and mix
Harry de Vries: artwork