A Few Comments about Jim's Music: - WOW. Delicious!!? - Beautiful song - sounds perfect - very calming. - You pick the most wonderful? songs to play. Thank you so much. - Superb!! - What a lovely performance, an absolute pleasure to listen to. You are under-appreciated in this world. - Wonderful hearing the recorder played so? well. - It reminds me of? how the bible described David's playing. God Bless You. - Bravo -? 5 stars! - Saludos,? Reciba ud. mis más sinceras felicitaciones por su magistral interpretación (Greetings, accept my sincere congratulations on this masterful interpretation) - We downloaded the album and played it, and frankly were blown away by it. It is a beautiful collection of music, and is just so lovely to listen to. Very calming, relaxing, enjoyable. Who Are Jim and Mindy? 'Jim' - has been playing woodwind instruments most of his life, beginning on the clarinet when he was eight. He has been teaching and performing on the recorder since 1961. He has studied recorder and early music with Dr. Carl Dolmetsch, Dr. George Houle, and Frans Bruggen. He received his education from Pomona College (B.A.,1962) and the University of Colorado (Ph.D.,1969). Jim has played with the 'Renaissance Consort' and the 'Feld Sinfonietta' in Los Angeles, the 'Collegium Musicum' of the University of Colorado, and the 'Boulder Early Music Ensemble' in Colorado. He has taught recorder and Renaissance music through the University of Colorado and the Idyllwild Arts Foundation of the University of Southern California as well as privately. Over the years, Jim has performed at community concerts, college campuses, elementary and secondary schools, gourmet restaurants, nursing homes, Sunday worship services, and home concerts. Since retiring, he has been producing videos of private performances with his wife, Mindy, at their home in Veracruz, Mexico. While music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods is his first love, he also enjoys playing folk music from many countries, popular music, and light jazz. Jim's YouTube music videos have been very popular with 8-10,000 views. Some of the accompaniments on this album have been arranged and synthesized on the computer by Jim. Others accompaniments are performed live by Mindy. 'Mindy' - has a varied music background which includes piano lessons, singing in choirs and madrigal groups, and playing the recorder and the auto-harp. More recently, she has discovered a versatile, electronic version of her beloved auto-harp called the 'Q Chord' which is being used on the recordings of this album. The Q Chord is a synthesizing instrument which can be made to sound like a guitar, harp, piano, organ, or many other instruments of the orchestra. 'Chumi' - is the Golden Retriever pictured on the cover of this album. He was rescued from a shelter and lives with Jim and Mindy and four other rescue dogs (and four cats) in a small house with a big yard in the tropics of Mexico. Jim and Mindy are formerly from Arizona where they hand-built a renewable energy powered straw bale house. For more information Google 'Solar Haven'.