Through a long life, there have been perhaps half a dozen instances of a piece of music figuratively grabbing me by the throat and DEMANDING my attention, and I'm mesmerized from the very first time I hear it. For whatever reasons (and I wish I had the musical knowledge to identify them), two numbers on this album, "Ups And Downs Interlude" along with "Ups And Downs", are the latest examples of such songs. Even after listening to them for a couple of years now, they have an impact that brings tears to my eyes and puts 99.9% of the rest of my music on the back shelf, and something within me shouts out, "Now THIS! THIS is what music is SUPPOSED to be!!".
I urge all those wearied by the incessant onslaught of the 'loudness wars' and so-called popular music, to try this album. You might find, as I have, something precious.