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The Samurai of Prog - November 17, 2014

Bill Gillham is writing a song for the next album from 'The Samurai of Prog', and playing guitar and keyboards on the song. For those who aren't familiar with them, check out their last album, 'The Imperial Hotel'-great stuff!

Also, Cirrus Bay is contributing a new piece of music to 'The Decameron Tales' volume 3, which is a various artists project, also due out in 2015 I believe.

'The Search For Joy' release - April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014-finally received the new cd from production, and have just mailed copies out to the usual vendors.

Learning To Fly - March 10, 2014

A link to this new track, featuring Phil Mercy (Thieves' Kitchen) on guitar, at about the 9:45 mark (end section)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxXA98H9LXg

New songs to listen to. - February 26, 2014

On our music page are 2 new songs to listen to. The opener from 'The Search Foy Joy' which is titled 'Song of the Wind', and another song, 'Out of the Box'. These are 2 of the 8 mostly long songs, of which the very final mix will be done March 1. Then its off to replication and distribution.

updates - February 19, 2014

All 8 songs for 'The Search For Joy' have preliminary mixes and we have March 1 scheduled for the final mix. A youtube video is planned, the hard thing is deciding which song to choose. I don't want to choose the best song, at least not yet, so will probably go with the first song on the album I suppose. And then there's the question of waiting for the final mix to post, or to use the preliminary mix we have now. Stay tuned...

updates - January 24, 2014

Recording is virtually complete for 'The Search For Joy'. The packaging/lyric sheet is done, easily the best Cirrus Bay packaging yet. Michael at Limelight did a wonderful job, and now its ready to be mixed. Last minute touches are not out of the question either, but we will almost certainly have this available before spring. Much love to everyone who has been expressing interest in the new cd, which we feel(hope?) takes our sound to the next level. ;)

'The Search For Joy' - October 23, 2013

Here is the track listing for 'The Search For Joy':

Song of the Wind
Cotton Skies
Me and Wokara
Out of the Box

Waking Wild
A Door Into Yesterday
The August Zone
Learning To Fly

Songs written by Bill Gillham, Performed by Bill, Mark Blasco and Sarah Sanderson. Lead vocals by Anisha Norflet and Sharra Acle.

next cd - March 26, 2013

Well the last couple days have seen some real beauty here in the Pacific Northwest. The warmer, beautiful weather is very motivating to work toward the next cd. Most of the material is written for the next cd, song titles and cd title and themes chosen. Right now we're looking at beginning recording this summer, with a release goal of spring 2014.

2013 happenings - January 14, 2013

First of all Anisha got married and moved to Seattle. Secondly Sharra is going out of the country for six months or more, leaving toward the end of January. Meanwhile, a lot of music has been written and is being written, and the direction of the next cd is pretty well established. I'm excited by the prospect of recording the new music, but with neither singer available at the moment, nothing is being recorded (not that there are any funds available to spend on recording costs anyway). There is an excellent viola player, Sarah Sanderson, who has worked with one of the local symphonies, and has offered to be involved, and possibly provide backing vocals. I have written a couple things with viola parts, which should help give added dimension to our music. Some of the new songs are, 'A Door Into Autumn', 'Me and Wokara', and 'Out Of the Box'.

whimsical weather now available - May 31, 2012

From all our favorite vendors, such as Laser's Edge http://www.lasercd.com/Products/Cirrus-Bay---Whimsical-Weather__7567-82344-2.aspx www.synphonic.8m.com , www.kinesiscd.com and of course our friends at cdbaby.

whimsical weather release date - May 19, 2012

Tuesday May 22, the cds should be ready for pick up, which means May 23 I will send them out. EDIT: 22nd of May: I've picked up cds and will be mailing out tomorrow.

first soundclip - April 17, 2012

The first 3 minutes of 'Across The Cobblestones' is available for listen at www.myspace.com/cirrusbay - myspace has a 50MB limit on songs, and the song is 192MB, which is why it is just an excerpt.

wrapping up mixing - April 13, 2012

I tried to post one of our completed new songs, 'Across The Cobblestones', to myspace, but myspace allows a max of 50MB per song, and this song is 192MB! So we'll probably have to post excerpts. The cover is done, there's some more mixing and we're looking at an early May release, for Whimsical Weather.

2012 music - March 15, 2012

Well we are wrapping things up and should finish mixing in April, looking for an early May release for Whimsical Weather. Lots of music in 2012. Thinking Plague's 'Decline and Fall' is extraordinary, complex music. Tony Banks' 'Six' comes out in the us in April-Beautiful music! Kotebel has a great new instrumental album. Advent and Big Big Train, 2 of my faves, I think will have their new cds out around the end of the year. Squackett (Chris Squire and Steve Hackett) have their album coming out shortly as well, and a new Flower Kings album is due in June. Good times musically for our ilk.

whimsical weather - February 11, 2012

recording of the 3rd cirrus bay cd, 'Whimsical Weather' is progressing along, hampered somewhat by time and financial constraints, the getting around of which is not too dissimilar to trying to sneak across a border into a new country without papers or pipe. Seeking suitable 'sneak-across' points has been elusive but with proper equipment not impossible to detect and so we still have spring 2012 as a release date, with the same lineup as 'A Step Into Elsewhere'. Track listing:

Circles and Seasons (11:00)
Boundaries (10:30)
Wanderlust (8:40)
Awake Forever (2:58)
Gathering Clouds (7:04)
Me and the Wind (9:19)
Across The Cobblestones (12:45)

third cd - September 11, 2011

Work progresses on our third cd. Most of the guitars and keyboards have been recorded. Sept 29 Sharra and Anisha are scheduled to record vocals. We have a few more keyboard and guitar parts, bass and drums left to do. Looking for a Spring 2012 release date.

Through The Cave - June 14, 2011

Not music related, but Bill's book 'Through The Cave' has been submitted for publishing and will be available over the next couple weeks. It is listed as sci-fi, but its really a mix of many genres - some action, adventure, young adult, fantasy, romance, mystery and sci-fi all rolled into one novel. Some musical references are cited as some of the different characters have different musical tastes.

July 21-Through The Cave is now available through Amazon Kindle and a few e-book sites. Barnes & Noble coming evidently. It is under the name 'Wilbert Gillham' as there is already an author named Bill Gillham, who writes childrens and/or religious books.

Mark Blasco is a father - August 6, 2010

Jack Blasco was born May 18. Our love and congratulations to Mark and Jessica. For more on Mark's plethora of activities go to www.markblasco.com

A Step Into Elsewhere is done - June 18, 2009

Our 2nd cd, A Step Into Elsewhere, is now done. Copies are being mailed to our favorite distributors, synphonic, kinesis and cdbaby. Distribution to amazon, cduniverse and iTunes will be in a few weeks. This is the cd we've always wanted to do. There is a review of it already on the press page from Kinesis, and the cds are now available there.

cds in production - June 5, 2009

'A Step Into Elsewhere' is in production and should be done around June 13. Then copies will be shipped to the same fine folks that carried the first cd, but there will be a delay before getting to places like amazon and cd universe. Musically, it is a significant step forward from our debut. Feel free to listen to samples at www.myspace.com/cirrusbay

new album news - March 23, 2009

almost all the instruments are now recorded, and the vocals are scheduled for March 29th. Mixing should take place in April. Will keep you posted! Bill

new album news - February 6, 2009

work is well under way for the new album, which is titled 'A Step Into Elsewhere'. The cover is chosen, another fine Michael Brighenti painting, and the song order and approximate times are as follows:

1. Serenity In A Nutshell (13:15)
2. Out Of The Cold (5:45)
3. The Exposure Of Truth (9:20)
4. Walking In Shadows (5:55)
5. The Secret Country (3:34)
6. Zenobia (16:20)



Most of the drums, bass, guitars and keyboards are recorded. We are hoping the cd will be complete in April and available in May.

new album - December 4, 2008

On December 13, Bill and Mark will lay initial tracks for new album, which will be more complex, more 'progressive' than the first.

lyrics not on lyric sheet - October 16, 2008

Here are the three songs that due to space, and the fact that 2 of these were bonus tracks, were left off the lyric sheet. ...

I Can Only Wonder -

Although the sun was shining, gray was the color I was seeing-world of adventure for the taking, then called to me, outside my door - And as we walked together, all of the birds would sing so sweetly-And then the morning sun would shine much brighter, calling to me, outside my door. - I can only wonder where I'd be, here without your love to set me free. - Who really knows what love is, so many things are so subjective-until our lives become just like a river, that flows uphill, into the wind. - I can only wonder where I'd be, here without your love to set me free

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Don't think of it as a problem - (lyrics by Sharra Acle) I sat back for a while, watched the evening sky slide into place, over you over your little dark empty worlds, I jumped into place, and filled the missing element, the vulnerability was so apparent... I watched, I used it, I really did, I learned something vitally unimportant, and woke back up to learn it all over again .... what we think we need and what we think we want, we only think we need and want 'cause we know we dont have it ... the moment had arrived, and I was quite unready, I brushed by hair and put on my shoes, I would have killed for this so long ago, its a protection to visualize the impossible ... it's a subtle protection to keep you clearly in the possible, once the impossible becomes possible, life makes a twist and chokes you to death...
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Timesteps -
We stand today, on the steps that lead away, far far away they lead into a misty haze, though you look behind there's only one way to go, cannot go back ... at dawn we awake, do we wish it was midday? Late in the day, do we miss those morning rays? Youth, like the spring it fades away, and a season never stays, nor days as you cross each step beneath the sun, reaching out toward the final one .... The artist stands, carving lines upon our faces. Time is her name, and we wish our lives away....

progression magazine review - October 10, 2008

We have been notified by the fine folks at Progression magazine that 'The Slipping Of A Day' will be reviewed in the November issue of Progression. What they will think of it remains to be seen...
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