Special award from BMG Records Deep Breakfast
1 million albums sold
Pete Jones, President of BMG distribution (left),
Al Bergamo (right)
Ray Lynch Instrumental Artist of the Year
In the photo above,
Ray is standing in front of the oil painting of Deep Breakfast
, which was used for the album cover. An artist friend of Ray's, Kim
Prager (now Zen Player), had heard some of the new music and asked
for a copy of it, which Ray gave him. Several weeks later, Kim came
back to Ray with this lively oil painting, which really captured the
spirit of the music.
was possible because I had already done The Sky of Mind
and new technological tools had become available. One part
of my character had been summarized and expressed in the previous
work and I was ready to do something different - something
more energetic and less "controlled". I didn't "plan"
or prefigure the album as a whole (I never do this). I simply
started writing pieces which were interesting or moving or
fun, or any combination of the above and when I had enough
pieces I spent a fair amount of time sequencing them until
they seemed to work together.
eventually went platinum (mainly through word-of-mouth, so
it took a while), and it generated a lot of fan mail. Hearing
from so many different kinds of people telling me how much
the music meant to them was both empowering and sobering.
And to some extent, it helped set the stage for the next album,
No Blue Thing,
which won 2 Awards.
Did You Know
music of Deep Breakfast keeps popping up in
intriguing places . . . to the surprise of everyone, The Oh of Pleasure
is included in the Grand
Theft Auto IV soundtrack, along with artists such as
Aphex Twin's SAWII, Jean Michel Jarre, and Tangerine Dream.