Released May 2019
Moon landings and Woodstock. Great social change.
High school to college. Draft cards.
A few days spent in the hospital, pondering my own mortality.
Bonding with a group of friends who would be with me for a lifetime.
And finding the music… some of the greatest music ever. MY MUSIC!
But in 1969 there was an earthquake event that reverberates in me to this day.
In the spring of 1969, I was asked by a local rock band to fill in for a drummer friend of mine who had injured his hand. And so, I played my first ever gig, drumming and singing with the band. I recall that my vocals on a rendition of Hey Jude went down particularly well. It was wonderful, joyful…spectacular!
On that fateful day, my life changed forever. I didn’t know it right then. It would take a while to understand that this had been my destiny all along. Music had always been a part of my life. Starting in 1969, it would become my life’s passion.
So, thank you, 1969!
50 Years On!
THE GREATEST GIFT
Released November 2009
I originally wrote the trilogy of songs that appears on this album for performance at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s annual “A Westchester Christmas” concerts.
In “Come This Night,” a faithful shepherd sitting on a hill overlooking Bethlehem.
In “The Greatest Gift,” an angel speaking to Israel, foretelling the future.
In “Strange Boy, ” the voice of a contemporary of Jesus. Perhaps someone who, having lived in Nazareth, watched him grow from boyhood to man.
“My Anchor Holds”- Lyrics, by W.C. Martin, from an old hymn. I was inspired and wrote a new musical backing for them.
Plus some Christmas spirituals:
“Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel," "Mary’s Boy Child”
“Silent Night” and “Go, Tell It On The Mountain”
NO NIGHT THERE
I wrote this song in the summer of 2001. I could not have guessed how appropriate it would become a few months later. The lyrics are from an old hymn of the same name by J.R. Clements (1868-1946), and are based on the Book of Revelation.
This is not a song of mourning, it is a song of hope. I dedicate it to all the victims of 9/11, but also to the many thousands of survivors, who, with the help of brave rescue workers, miraculously were able to escape. We will never forget.
Released December 1999
INTO LIGHT is Gary Adamson’s first solo CD on Water’s Edge Music. Released on the cusp of the new millennium, INTO LIGHT is a song cycle that revisits the past while looking forward, with hope, to a brighter tomorrow
Stylistically, INTO LIGHT pays homage to the progressive rock music of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Memorable melodies and complex harmony vocals are interwoven over multi layered instrumental tracks. Echoes of Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Yes, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young can be heard, blended together in a new and interesting way.
Standout tracks include, “All We Need”, a Beatlesque look at the 60’s generation, “Aurora”, dedicated to Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, “A Place” / “Turns To Silence”, and more…14 tracks in all.
Gary's music is available at cdbaby.com and on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and many other streaming services!