14 Windows has unique vision. All songs are a single guitar, and each is prefaced with a monologue about the story of each piece, narrated by Paul.
Monologue locations range from studio, radio,live and field recordings. These reveal his personal experiences in a very tangible way. The music becomes each subject, hence a window, because you know exactly what the notes are describing/seeing.
Purchase 14 Windows here:
Roy Williams, Executive Producers of 14 Windows:
The first-ever music CD to be commissioned by the Wizard, 14 Windows is a journey into the language of notes and rhythms, with guitarist Paul Finley serving as tour guide.
It was July 14, 2002. Pennie and I were among the milling crowd waiting for Dave and Amy Nevland to emerge from the clutches of the wedding photographer when marvelous music began to sparkle in the air above our heads. I went in search and found it coming from a nearly invisible fellow sitting at the edge of the crowd. The late Ray Charles once said, “The way I see it, we’re actors, but musical ones. We’re doing it with notes, and lyrics with notes, telling a story.” Ray Charles would have deeply loved the guitar of Paul Finley.
Like any other collection of instrumental music, 14 Windows is a series of poignant stories told in the language of notes and rhythms. But unlike any other collection, each of these 14 songs is preceded by a bonus track in which the artist shares with you the details of the moment that inspired the song.
You’ll hear, first in his own words and then through his guitar, this introverted young musician’s delighted surprise when a beautiful young woman, Ginger, agrees to go on a date with him. You’ll hear his thoughts and musical feelings about the little town in Wisconsin where he spent his childhood. And you’ll hear his joy at the 50th anniversary celebration of his parents. You’ll hear the colorful stories of 6 By The Pool, Valentine’s Day, Out Of Body, Stillhouse Hollow and several other life experiences.
A second breakthrough aspect of this CD is that Paul Finley pioneers in it a technique he calls “melody strumming” that produces the effect of several guitars playing across, over and through each other. You’ll find it hard to believe, but none of the songs on this CD were overdubbed with harmonies, melodies, or rhythmic accompaniment. Every bit of it is just one guy telling us fabulous stories through one amazing guitar.