People often ask how we discovered these CDs, and what caused us to carry them, so here's the story!
Eli listens to a lot of music, and usually prefers to listen to his own collection. But while driving he will occasionally listen to the radio, and usually his dial is tuned to the local classical station. This is how he originally heard the song In a Garden So Green, from the album Where Beauty Moves and Wit Delights. Owain Phyfe's voice hooked Eli from the first minute, and he actually stopped his car to make sure he could hear and write down the title of the album—deciding he simply had to have a CD with such beautiful music! During the next several months he looked for it everywhere, asking every local music store he came across, browsing for used ones, and searching online. Amazon had samples from the CD (which he played over and over again), but the disc appeared to be out of print.
In desparation, Eli turned to the public library system. It wasn't available locally, but he asked if they might be able to get it using an inter-library loan. After a few weeks, they found one! In Tulsa, Oklahoma, of all places. Since the CD didn't appear to be available, Eli's plan was to simply copy it and live with that. But the disc that came was so badly scratched that copying it wasn't an option. It did, however, offer an additional clue for finding a copy: the name of the recording company.
With that information, a website was quickly found. But it was badly out-of-date: there was no phone number or e-mail address; it did not accept credit cards—there seemed to be no for-sure indicators that the company was still in business. There was, however, a mailing address with a list of CDs and their prices. So Eli took a chance and sent a check. He also asked if they sold CDs to bookstores. It turns out that Nightwatch Recording was still around. They had stopped selling their CDs to larger companies, but were happy for small companies who truly liked their music to promote it. We've been priveleged to offer their music ever since.
Nightwatch Recording offers music from the band Cantiga and its members. When members of Cantiga join modern-day bard Owain Phyfe, they become the New World Renaissance Band. Their music can be somber, lively, textured or simple—but it's always delightful.
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