Produced in 2006 under the stage name Killon Finch, the music for my second solo album Songs of a Lonely Fragile was designed to showcase not only my skills as an accomplished songwriter, but also as a consummate producer, arranger, and instrumentalist.
With this album, I experimented with more melancholy and alternative styles with the songs “Falling” and “Let it Rain”, and with intimate ballads such as “When it was Love” and “I’m in Love With You”. It was my goal to touch on several unique musical influences.
In taking the helm as producer, I also took on the role as an arranger, along with the task of performing all of the instrumentation myself. Though a daunting challenge, I held nothing back. It turned out to be quite the learning experience, one that brought a cohesiveness to the final project.
Unleashing a creative muse to craft the music for Songs of a Lonely Fragile, I was able to piece together music, unlike anything I had ever produced before. Leaving behind my old go-to bag of tricks, I looked to explore a more alternative style, as I searched for new ideas and inspiration to enable me to cultivate the music for this album.
The album’s title was inspired by a dream I had one night. I dreamt of an album by the Scottish artist, Fish. This album was titled Songs of a Lonely Fragile. I even envisioned the artwork for the cover of this imagined Fish album. So vivid was this dream, I had to make sure this album did not actually exist. Once I determined it was indeed only a dream, I knew I had to find some way to use this dream album idea for my next project.
The only two songs that were not written specifically for this album were track 2, “I Can’t Change Your Mind”, and track 5, “I’m in Love with You”. Originally written in 1989, “I’m in Love with You” was rediscovered on cassette tape during preproduction. In need of one more track, I opted to add the song to the album. “I Can’t Change Your Mind” was an unfinished 1994 Crimson Fable song. Written out of a jam session with musicians Marc Miller (bass), Gary Zdenek (drums), and Art Bromage (guitar), I always believed the song had great potential, and I definitely felt it had a place on this album. So I completed a new recording and arrangement for the song.
Album design by Ed Melendez