From Ken Morris:
I first heard Corinthian Bells wind chimes (on the front porch of a house about a block down from our old apartment) while walking our dog, Chiquita, about 7 years ago. I’d never heard any wind chimes anywhere that had a more beautiful sound, very resonant, rich with harmonics and very pleasing and relaxing to listen to. Corinthian Bells are much more like a musical instrument than a household decoration because of the precision with which they’re tuned and their extraordinary tone quality, though they’re also beautiful to look at. The sound is similar to a vibraharp or marimba, but prettier. I found myself taking Chiquita for her walk past the house where I found them whenever I noticed a breeze. Finally, one day, I asked their owner about them and she told me what kind they were and where she bought them, and a couple of years later, I got the idea to buy a pair of them tuned to the same key – for the record they’re the 29” and 50” Corinthian Bells windchimes tuned to A. Individually they sounded lovely, but together, they were absolutely amazing way beyond my expectations.
That summer and early autumn, I found that listening to them suggested melodies and chord changes, so I began playing along with the chimes on my acoustic guitars and experimented with different tunings and voicings for the melodies and chords. At the beginning of July, 2008, I recorded the first of the new wind chime songs. It was both fun and frustrating because I needed to find a way to record the chimes and capture the “feel” of the wind without having the sound of the wind gusts so loud that it overpowered the chimes, so I experimented with different eq settings and improvised windscreens throughout the summer. There was also the problem of ambient sounds from the neighborhood – many times when I had everything set up, there were sounds of sirens, motorcycles, lawnmowers, scavengers pulling carts of cans down the alley, or the wind would either just suddenly die down or it would start to rain, so getting good recordings of the windchimes wasn’t as easy a process as it might seem, but it was often interesting and fun.
By the end of 2008, I had a number of good recordings of acoustic guitar songs with the windchimes. A number of friends who had heard some of them asked me for copies, so that Christmas, I gave away dozens of CDs of the first version of Summer Rain with my favorite 7 recordings from that summer and fall (tracks 10-15 and 1 of the present version of Summer Rain). I was delighted with the reaction! It seemed that everyone liked it and wanted more, so over the next couple of years, I recorded several more songs with my original chimes and also windchimes tuned to C (27” & 44”) and E (36”) and released “Summer Rain” digitally on October 20, 2010.