‘Round Midnight’ because of three reasons: I love that song, its not classical music, and it is very complex – harmonically and melodically – so it was a challenge for all of them. The structure of that cycle was turned in four parts: morning, afternoon, evening, round midnight. The idea is that the theme could be discoloring, like the Rouen Cathedral by Monet, from the strong light of morning to the dreamlike atmosphere of midnight. Joel Hoffman, dean of CCM at University of Cincinnati, and respected composer, loved the idea and supported it.
The night of my 75th birthday party I had a corporate gig and then rushed across town to the 505 club. The place was packed and when I walked in they all started singing Happy Birthday – it was absolutely beautiful. Lots of my friends were there and Jex Saarelaht came up from Melbourne, which I thought was wonderful.