Live electric excerpt of 'Jamaican Shuffle,' Track #3, from my
'Island Fantasy' CD at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville, NY.
"A musical, mythical tour of tropical splendor!"
FANTASY" is exactly what the title implies: a musical and
mythical journey to a beautiful island paradise; shaped like a guitar;
named the "Isle of Jábeam."
It is a dreamscape of fantasy and sound
that conjures rum-soaked images of the Caribbean; where it is rumored
to be; so the map on the back album cover shows. Smiarowski is adept
at evoking moods and extracting feelings from his instrument, whether
it is the celebrative chaos of "Festive Streets" or the
romantic bliss of "Lullabye"; the edgy anxiety of "Tension
Teaser," which is why one escapes to the 'Isle,' or the margarita
magic of the "Isle of Jábeam."
Chas Eller (Keyboard player extraordinaire of
Kilimanjaro fame), co-produced this project with Mike. His interplay
with Mike is simply beautiful! It is as if they are reading each other's
minds. Indeed, their collaboration is one of wondrous splendor!
This is the album, though released on Mike's
own small independent label, that rivaled the biggest names in the instrumental music world.
As Mike says, "Most of us have dreamed
of escaping to a beautiful paradise and so have I. In this frame of
mind my first album, Island Fantasy, was created. Journey with me
to the magical 'Isle of Jábeam'
on a mythical tour of tropical splendor!".
A Direct Metal Master LP of this
album is available on request.
"I personally invite you to leave all your worries and pressure behind: call your travel agent, pack your bags, make sure to bring your loved one - and travel to another dimension to enjoy your reward of Island Bliss!