"Dancing Hearts Afire is not only a requiem for the painter and dancer Barbara Beausoleil, but at the same time also a monument to love that had existed for more than three decades and even overcame prison walls". - Michael Boss
I am happy to announce the availability of my album Dancing Hearts Afire on compact disk. This album is unique among all my recordings in that it documents a deeply personal tragedy while also being a celebration of the relationship that made this event so tragic.
In 2012 my dear wife Barbara, a dancer in the American tribal folk dancing style, conceived of a collaboration between she and I in which she would choreograph a dance to an original musical composition of mine. I began my part of the collaboration by composing two versions of a kind tribal percussion track for the piece, a fusion of traditional and non-traditional beats, both roughly 17 minutes long. My part of the collaboration was at this point when, in October of the same year, Barbara unexpectedly died from a brain aneurysm. We had been married nearly 31 years at that point. Being in prison, I couldn't even go to funeral service or attend her memorial with our family. Outwardly I managed to maintain fairly well but inside I was an emotional wreck and struggled to process the loss of my beloved. After a period of unmitigated grief, I realized that what I needed to do was to honor her and her immense significance in my life by finishing the collaboration we had begun before she passed. Dancing Hearts Afire is the artifact from that process. In this recording are the tracks left in the wake of that strange brew of emotions I was experiencing at that time — those that for the most part I could only express in music.
Dancing Hearts Afire was first released by the Sagittarius A-Star label on vinyl LP in 2013. It is now offered for the first time on CD. I hope that this album will find a home in your personal record collection. It is one that comes from the heart.
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