Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
“Commuting for hours on crowded roads? Family life on overload? Or working from home - all alone? It’s time to build a better way to live and work and play,” sings Tom Teller, in his newly released CD, “Ann Arbor Suite.” These words, right out of his lyrics, continue, “Imagine working just down the street, where knowledge, work and the internet meet, working together for different groups, co-located under a single roof, starting right here in Ann Arbor, as we act locally and think globally.”
“When I was nine years old, I expressed a strong desire for music and carried that with me through my adult life,” says Teller. “Little did I know one day all that passion would become a catalyst for me to get some very positive messages out to my community, and, potentially, the world at large.”
Teller wrote the lyrics and music, plays several instruments, and sings on this, his first CD.
“We are bombarded on all sides with negative inputs into our thoughts –from the ‘bad economy’, troubling world events and general daily conversations about ‘how bad things have gotten’. To counteract this, I decided to try to interject some positive thoughts and suggestions with a musical approach,” says Teller. “I found inspiration in the people, parks, animal and plant life in my community, as well as the historical architecture in this region.”
Teller’s vision? “I had a dream the other day / About a place… where people play / Space for friends to meet / And find a bite to eat / Everything… was happening / on Car-Free Main Street/ Green and sunny space / Car-Free Main Street / Walking place to place / And trolleys brought the people down / From parking lots around the town / Measuring with their feet / They find their favorite treats / Everything awakening / on Car-Free Main Street / Green and sunny space / Car-Free Main Street / Walking place to place/ Singers singing / Painters painting / Drummers drumming / Dancers dancing / Life’s enchanting / So enchanting .”
In this article, we could focus on many songs featured on this album, each with its own gem of a message; however, there are a few we’d like to highlight. In songs like “The Ark”, Teller focuses on a specific artistic venue and how places like this in the community all intertwine and connect to form the beautiful theme of thinking globally and yet acting locally. “Simple Pleasures” begins with: “Cycling beside the Huron River / Gentle pace through the park / autumn leaves floating and drifting / Glow in the sunshine spark / Nature astounds and beauty abounds.” In this, we see the artist’s call to the wild and how the simple pleasure of enjoying nature in our own community can heal, restore, touch and provide such beauty. In "Café Japon", Teller sings about a restaurateur who dreamt of creating food and started her own place. This speaks to the entrepreneur inside of us – a story many communities, and individuals across the country can relate to; “She knows way down / Deep inside her heart / these beautiful dreams / Are edible art.”
For an interview with Tom, please contact Josephine Dries at 734.385.6170 or josephine(at)icheadlines(dot)com.
About Tom Teller – Tom Teller has carried on his childhood love for music and lyrics into a beautifully compelling CD, titled “Ann Arbor Suite”, an ode to positive aspects of his home city with the goal of bringing people into a constructive frame of reference for their own locale, by having an optimistic point of view when observing the highlights of living where they are based. Tom’s goal of inspiring others to think globally and act locally has already had a widespread effect. In keeping with his commitment to taking action locally, all proceeds for the sale of the “Ann Arbor Suite” CD are being donated to 826michigan - a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Tom believes that creative writing – in books, stories, and even songs – will continue to provide voice to the fresh ideas of the future. For more information, and samples of some songs, please visit Tom’s web site: http://tomteller.com/. To book Tom to perform at your occasion, please contact bookings(at)tomteller(dot)com or call 734.274.0315