"These three pieces bring full circle my time with a small group of once young students now making their way off to college as young adults, and a new crop of children have entered my studio to take their place. In the herbs listed in the title we find symbols of what might well be the reaction of many of us who work with youngsters at such a moment: Parsley, the symbol of comfort in the face of our bittersweet feelings, Sage, symbol of a long life, of which our time together was only a small part, Rosemary, remembrance of time together, and Thyme, the symbol of endearment which continues across the expanse of time.
It is perhaps appropriate this suite should open with a reference to the song “Scarborough Fair” - the poignant, melancholic nature of the song reflects so well the feelings of nostalgia that inevitably accompany this type of coming of age event. In the ambiguity of her lyrics, especially the symbols, we might find space and freedom for our own thoughts and imaginings. “For Daniela” was written in six years ago. Now, as she starts her second year at the university, Daniel’s song is finally finding its place in this collection. The humour expressed in “Humoresque” is reflective of the fact that these happenings are the natural way of things, and we should not be too awfully concerned - this is, after all, the way it should be. " [Michael Montgomery]
Double bassist Michael Montgomery, a student of Robert Rohe and Lucas Drew, has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, played in the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, and now lives in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where he teaches at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas. His articles have been published in American Suzuki Journal, Bass World, and Pastoral Music.