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Songwriter and instrumentalist Patrick Grant of New York City merged the baroque musical period with post-rock and post-minimalism, re-inventing new classical in a way that sounds like Bach or Beethoven wrote the pieces

To succeed in music, you need to defy categorization. Technicality alone won’t reserve you a spot in the charts. You must be a storyteller who authors using sound, rather than the spoken or written word.

Songwriter and instrumentalist Patrick Grant of New York City merged the baroque musical period with post-rock and post-minimalism, re-inventing new classical in a way that sounds like Bach or Beethoven wrote the pieces.

Leading a team of six musicians on ‘A Sequence of Waves’ (12 stories and a dream), released Aug. 24, 2017, Patrick played guitar, bass, viola, piano, keyboards and percussion; John Ferrari focused on drums and mallet instruments; Nick Didkovsky offered a guitar solo on ‘Primary Blues,’ the 10th track; Dan Cooper played 7-string electric bass; Lynn Bechtold provided background violin; and Dan Barrett played cello.

As if it were a lucid dream itself, ‘Lucid Intervals,’ the first track from this monolithic album, combines all involved musicians’ powers to lure appreciators of classical music. It takes the origins of songs we enjoy today and kicks off the first chapter of the story. A lucid dream is starting, and, through the use of violin and cello, the dreamer is evolving the song with his/her mind.

‘Primary Blues’ continues the story: It takes on a more upbeat tone, fast-forwarding several generations to the beginning of contemporary music. It introduces all modern-day genres, particularly jazz, pop-rock and blues. Nick’s flawless guitar solo makes this track one of the best of the album.

Have you ever listened to therapeutic music before sleeping? ‘Seven Years At Sea’ could function as the soothing sounds needed for a good night’s rest. You may picture yourself in a kayak floating on a stable ocean, but close enough to safe land.

‘A Sequence of Waves’ is out now via Pepper Green Media.