Maguire releases CD based on Lewis book Cobb Life Director Mark Wallace Maguire recently released an album, “In green seas, under copper skies: Music inspired by C.S. Lewis’ ‘Perelandra.’” The project was written, performed and produced by Maguire. It is an instrumental album and stretches across genres, including rock, ambient music, soundtrack and space rock. Maguire admits the album is aimed at a niche audience, but also emphasized that one does not have to have read the book to enjoy the music. “‘Perelandra’” — as with most of the Space Trilogy that Lewis wrote, including ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ and ‘That Hideous Strength’ — is arguably the most overlooked and under-read books of Lewis’s esteemed canon,” he said. “I found that even the most ardent Lewis fans had not heard of the book. I suppose the idea of composing music based on it sounds strange, but an idea was
born and I followed it.” Though the CD is heavy on guitar, it also features bass, drums and piano. Maguire credits artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Gustav Holst, U2 and Brian Eno as influences. This is not Maguire’s first foray into music. Maguire performed semi-professionally as a guitarist and bassist in the ‘90s with bands garnering radio airplay, touring and performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He temporally retired from the music industry in 1999 to focus on a career in journalism, but began playing again in his spare time a few years ago focusing on studio work and performing occasionally in church. Last year, his music was featured on the independent film circuit at festivals in New York City and Atlanta. “In green seas, under copper skies” features eight pieces based on eight scenes within the book. The
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music is available at www.markwallace maguire.bandcamp.com. His music is also available on numerous other platforms, including Soundcloud, Grooveshark and can be followed on Facebook.
December 2013 Cobb Life
Cobb Life Dec. 2013