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This song was conceived to be an instrumental companion piece to the famous Bulgarian folk-song, “Theodora is Dozing,” for a performance by the Paul Winter Consort with a Bulgarian choir at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The seed-idea for it was simply two repeated notes that begin the melody of this folk song. With these two notes Jeff Holmes masterfully developed this song-
without-words.

The nostalgic quality of the song made me think of how we are often longing for home, and when we were searching for a title, I thought of that old familiar phrase, “Home, Sweet Home.” I then thought of shortening this to “Sweet Home.”

When I suggested this title to Jeff, he laughed and said: “Well it happens that my wife, Dawning, grew up in a little town in Arkansas named “Sweet Home.”

(Coincidences like these always make me think that we are being guided by the Universe.)

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from Light of the Sun (High​-​Fidelity Audio), released November 13, 2020
Written by Jeff Holmes
(Jeffrey Wayne Holmes
Music, BMI)

Paul Winter / soprano sax
Jeff Holmes / piano

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Paul Winter Litchfield

Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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