Blue Sky, White Sand


Music: Mike Deak, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

“And here the world is just, it’s only sea and sky and blue, and I. My little worries count for nothing more than foolish thought, a waste of heart and mind, beside blue sky, white sand…I’ve dreamed so many dreams and wasted more…” The lyrics record a kind of contemplation by the backdrop of a wide stretch of sand, sky, and ocean.  Composer Michael Deak wanted to pay tribute to the pianist and composer Kenny Barron. More songs with lyrics by Michael Deak and two dozen or so of Barron’s works can be found in the Shop here. (The clip is by the composer, an accomplished pianist as well as composer.)

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Mike Deak

Mike Deak

Michael Deak studied vibes with Bobby Hutcherson as a teen and played them professionally until adding the piano after the landmark “Kind of Blue” album in 1959 came out and he heard the inspirational pianist Bill Evans. By the time he won 1st place for vibes in several Lighthouse Jazz Festivals, he was already composing, and eventually won awards for both jazz and classical works. Two of his guitar works, performed by Gregg Nestor and Ray Burley, can be found on Cambria’s “Kaleidoscope” CD. While Jarrett was in California, Mike came to hear her group Borrowed Time, and their lyric and song collaborations began. Currently, there are 8 in varying styles in the Shop, but Mike continues to send Jarrett compositions to work on so more may appear in the future.


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