“Welcome to my latest project, “Walk Another Mile.” The songs span a range of different themes, aiming for a unique approach, a few twists on familiar topics, and a touch of humor. Things like finding one’s place and purpose, love and loss, facing and overcoming challenges, reflecting on the past and dreaming about the future, can all be found weaving their way through the track list.
If there is some common theme to be found, a larger arc that spans the trajectory of the entire work if you will, I’d like to think it’s a positive, inspiring message. As a writer, I think the only way to give meaning to potential cliches such as “love is the answer,” or “never give up,” is by keeping it real and drawing on personal experience.
Walk Another Mile in its essence affirms that we are all on a journey, full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and punctuated by milestones and life-changing moments. Along the way hopefully we grow, become better at love, and closer to the best version of ourselves. This album is a window into my journey, and I hope that somewhere along the way you see yours in there as well.
The full album will be available everywhere on May 19th. Download digitally or splurge and go old-school, get the physical album that you can hold in your hand (yes, apparently they still make those). In the meantime, enjoy the clips available here on the site-wide player. You can also purchase my first studio album, “Surrounded,” right now. Thanks for visiting, reading, and most of all, thanks for listening!”
“The old adage “Good things come to those who wait” holds true, because while fans of Laurence Elder have waited a long time to hear new music from him, there’s no doubt they’re going to be extremely pleased with these new compositions.”
– Rick Such, Inside MusiCast
“Laurence Elder’s new CD: “Walk Another Mile” could also be sub-titled: Songs of Love, Loss, Life and Light. Laurence is indeed a bright presence on the Pop/Jazz Crossover scene as a singer, songwriter, lyricist, pianist, keyboard artist, and producer with a unique gimmick: He’s a Musician! I was first introduced to his music by the great pianist/composer Kenny Werner, who raved about his first release “Surrounded,” and on this album Laurence continues his journey with songs that draw you in with their imagery, melodicism and wonderful harmonic motion.”
– Multi-Grammy Winner Randy Brecker
“From Steely Dan to Bruce Hornsby to Sting…Joni Mitchell to Norah Jones, there was that special something that each had; a constant striving for the nuances that made them artists and not just musicians. Add Laurence Elder to that list.”
– Michael Fagien, JAZZIZ Magazine
“His voice, deep as tarnished silver, seeps right into the soul.”
-ADLIB Magazine, JAPAN
“On this album (Surrounded) I found all that has been missing in music these days. Great sound and melodies plus excellent musicianship. Whenever I listen to this CD, I’m always happy, even when listening to the sad ballads…thank you Laurence. It is through people such as yourself that I get my everyday energy and spirit for life. God Bless!”
-Maciek Pysz, CD Baby Listener Review