Bill Douglas’ initial Hearts of Space release, Jewel Lake, reflects ethnic, classical and ambient elements in its serene, 14-track arc. Gentle ballads like the title track and “Angelico” meld with Celtic-inspired pieces like “Highland,” “Killarney” and “Deep Peace,” which features vocals by soprano Jane Grimes. “Karuna”‘s dramatic, Moorish atmosphere may explain why Jewel Lake found surprising popularity in Spain. This recording, filled with poignant lyricism contains some of Douglas’ most popular tunes. It is here where we first encounter Douglas’ most popular composition in his long career, Deep Peace, written on the occasion of his father’s 70th birthday. The beautiful blessing is presented on this recording in it’s simplest form.
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace to you.