ENJOY YOURSELF (IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK) 2017 CD

TOM RIGNEY AND FLAMBEAU–ENJOY YOURSELF (IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK)

FROM TOM RIGNEY’S LINER NOTES

”An awareness of the swift passage of time seems to have put me in a philosophical frame of mind as I selected the material for this new recording. The title track pretty much sums up my thinking along all existential lines these days. No matter how you look at it, it’s definitely later than you think, so try to act accordingly…Other songs also add their two cents to this ramble through the existential jungle– Let the Good Times Roll is about as succinct a philosophy of life as I can imagine. Joe Paquin’s cosmic Cajun tune Little White Dot helps us get a firm grip on our place in this big ol’ Universe in just over three minutes. Quite a feat…Les Mysteres (The Mysteries) attempts to capture a fleeting bit of life’s mystery in a darkly dramatic instrumental piece.In Dreams lets us drift a while on the sweet sea of memory, where time can’t touch us.

Along the way we find time for a rumba, and to celebrate finding love–The Longstraw Waltz–when you least expect it. Around the Bend is a tune I wrote when I reached an age that I thought at the time was quite ancient, but that now looks almost comically distant in my rearview mirror. Summertime, one of the great lullabies, I dedicate to my mom, Paula Bruen Rigney; we can all use that kind of love and support, at any age.And finally, I would like to dedicate Song of Remembrance to those who have gone before us, whose lives and whose art have inspired us, and who have set the examples by which we try to live our own lives. We could not have reached this point without you.”

The cover art, with the happily oblivious fiddler about to be run over by a train, is a collage of many people–family members, friends, musical colleagues, and well-known artists, thinkers, and athletes–whose lives have had a profound influence on me. All of them have shuffled off this mortal coil but their memory and their accomplishments continue to inspire me.