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For this photo, Tanya described a delightful, happy day, complete with a bike ride, sunshine, silliness and, of course, a picnic.

I used traditional concert band instruments for this, and wanted to keep it fun but also a bit awkward and silly (hence the 5/4 meter, double reeds, trombones, and tricky rhythm). All my memories of new loves are both delightful and always awkward, so I tried to capture a bit of both. :)


from Short Songs For Patrons III: The Photo Album, released November 5, 2021


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Chris Carlier regina, Saskatchewan

I make short songs for doing dishes or walking the dog or riding the bus. Sometimes it sounds like the smell of the ground after it rains in autumn. Sometimes it sounds like a long summer drive with the windows down.

Sometimes I make music for film/TV/games/radio. Sometimes I make music for patrons.

Most of the time I'm drinking coffee.
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