Parker Gray (with Harvey Jones) 2017 NEW FROM HAT CHECK GIRL POETRY BOOK
Luminous Darkness

Parker Gray: A collaboration between songwriter Peter Gallway and keyboardist Harvey Jones. Cinematic musical interpretations of 11 poems—spoken and sung—from the collection Big Mercy.

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If you look at the cover of Laura Nyro’s New York Tendaberry album, I believe it is a photo of her on her penthouse terrace on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I used to go to visit her there and we’d sing new songs to each other. My latest solo project, Feels Like Religion, is inspired by and dedicated to Laura. She changed my life in countless ways, some of which took a very long time.

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The songs on Kiss Me Quick were written as duets. Unison, harmony, trading lines, swapping verses, interplay, interweaving. Over the decade we’ve been recording together as Hat Check Girl our harmonies have grown closer, and our blend more personal; this project explores the intrinsic possibilities in working as a duo – a different way of thinking than in the recordings we each make on our own. The conversation between the instruments, especially Annie’s lap steel and Peter’s electric lead guitar, has become another sort of duet -- this collection explores that interplay as well. And, as always, only more so, this project was created completely “in-house”… from writing the songs, to performing, recording, mixing, conceptualizing and realizing the production, graphic design, promotional materials, video and photography -- it all happened under the red metal roof of our home and studio here on the coast of Maine. Kiss Me Quick is our eighth release as Hat Check Girl.

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 Big Mercy was inspired by the writings of Raymond Carver, Leonard Cohen, Charlie Smith and others,

"Thanks for sending Peter Gallway’s "Big Mercy." It is, indeed a big mercy. So well crafted and realized. A number of wonderful parts. One is, of course,

"One day there will be only the quiet.
It will stretch forever . . . "

Within a plethora of absolute noise (in its many manifestations) this is such a stunning and simple truth. It is a coda of survival. I find it resonating in my own life."

- Malcolm Boyd (in a letter to Kristi Wallace)