Because it's easier in the age of the Internet to put the liner notes here than try to stuff them in the CD sleeve.
I finally decided to honor a favorite writer who has recently left us.
MARS WEEPS: A RAY BRADBURY TRIBUTE
1. At Sunrise--The Themes
Opening with a natural scene.
2. Pure Imagination--Gene Wilder
Welcome to the candy factory of fantasy writing. Bright colors, tempting flavors; but there are dangers too, and lessons to be learned.
3. Ahmran (Song of the Winds)--Leaves' Eyes
Mostly here because it's pretty.
4. Rocket Boogie--Pete Johnson
"R Is For Rocket".
5. Ascent--Richard Shindell
Sometimes what happens to the protagonists just doesn't make sense to them.
6. Teenagers From Mars--The Nutley Brass
"And staring back at them, they saw the Martians."
7. Blood Like Lemonade--Morcheeba
Some of Bradbury's stories get a little gruesome.
Not quite as disturbing as Mr. Dark's carnival in "Something Wicked This Way Comes" but twisted nonetheless.
9. The World Has Gone Insane--Anthony Warlow
How Guy Montag feels about two-thirds of the way into "Fahrenheit 451."
10. Time's Scar--Yasunori Mitsuda
The theme of a game about divergent timelines for "A Sound of Thunder."
11. Under the Blasted Oak--George Formby
Ray Bradbury had a sense of humor too.
12. Creeping Misterioso--Lan Adomian
13. Smallville Pastorale--Rudy Schrager
Bradbury's beloved smalltown setting, Green Town.
14. Dr. Frankenstein--Jack Savoretti
Is technological progress for its own sake the best use of humanity's time?
15. Fiesta en el Camino--A New Andean Era
Another pretty piece for happier stories.
16. No One Takes the Train Anymore--Holly Dunn
"I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or slowers, because they never see them slowly."
17. Fire In the Sky--Kristoph Klover
Space has its own poetry.
18. A Mushroom Cloud--Sammy Salvo
The Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation had their echoes in Bradbury's work, such as "There Will Come Soft Rains."
19. The Golden Rocket--Hank Snow
Bradbury's protagonists often have difficult relationships with their wives or loved ones.
20. Lonesome Water--Joe Bethancourt
Pastoral fantasy...but there's a bite even there.
21. Here Comes the Sun--Charlie Dore
"All of Summer In a Day."
21. Key of the Twilight--See-Saw
I keep returning to these stories.
22. The Parting Glass--Liam Clancy
And a beautiful song of farewell to an old friend.
Also, see the liner notes for barondave
's mix here: