For The Willow Wept… (Sunrise Edition)

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know I’ve released the Sunrise Edition of my album “For the Willow wept…”.

This edition of my album For The Willow Wept…, holds a special place in my heart. The original version of the album was released in 2012, however it took me 4 years to get to that point.

During those 4 years before its release, I was living on an emotional roller coaster and I found it extremely difficult to try to sit and compose new music. When I did, I would play a few notes; jot down an idea; replace a couple of voices in a song and then walk away after only about 10-15 minutes. It would then be weeks or months before I had enough courage to try it once again. There were way too many things going on in my life at the time, and I found it extremely difficult to concentrate on music. When I finally did return to it, I would fall into a deep depression. Suffice it to say, that’s probably why the album floats between highs and lows throughout.

In late 2011 and early 2012, I began to take back control of my life and myself. I reminded myself what my true passions were and found encouragement from others. I managed to assemble the songs I had worked on, and place them in a proper order for an album.

I had only 6 tracks together so I was looking at releasing an EP, but knew that I wanted to release a whole album since it had been 4 years since I released my last. I had enough feedback from fans about Sea Dragon, that I decided to write a Reprise version of it to end the album with, but that only got me to 7 tracks, and quite honestly, the reprise was just the same song twice, with a different intro and outro.

And then I found my inspiration again. I had a song I was working on, but it just was NOT making any sense, until one day things just clicked. I liked the song and the name that I gave it so much, that I decided to name the album with a similar name. The song was “For the Willow Weeps underneath the Stormy Skies”, and through someone very close to my heart, I found my inspiration once again.

I released the original version of For the Willow Wept.. around June of 2012, but knew I would eventually return to it to expand upon the idea, and extend the number of songs into a proper album.

After a few years or renewed vigor for my music, and honing my craft, I finally decided to dive back in to what I consider one of my more moving albums. I re-mastered the original tracks, removing the two versions of Sea Dragon and leaving only the “Reprise” version on this release. I also composed 3 more songs that are included to flesh it out as a full-length album.

This album for me represents overcoming your burdens, and emotional strife, and reaching for your dreams. Only you can control your own destiny, and it’s up to you to stand tall just move forward.

Life is full of highs and lows, you must remember that the lows will eventually go away. It’s important to stay strong and persevere.

You yourself may be experiencing dark times, but just remember the sun will rise.

I dedicate Sunrise Edition of For the Willow Wept… to Kayla, who has shown me what true happiness is all about. She is my sunrise, my Willow.

Be sure to take a listen when you can!
It will also be available on all the major digital distributors within the next few days.


– Keith richie

Ambient Highways: Volume 3 – Issue 2

The Ambient Highways newsletter serves as a roll up of all the recent music related activity from me. The newsletter is also sent to fans on my mailing list. You can join now by clicking here!

What’s New

It’s near the end of May, and I realized I haven’t sent out the Ambient Highways rollup newsletter since Mid January, and a LOT has occurred since then.  So let me see if I can recap everything that’s happened since then for you.

  • I released my first The Dark Tower inspired album Gunslinger – A Musical Journey to The Dark Tower: Volume 1.
    • I’m so happy with how the album turned out.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very, very long time.  In fact, check out this post in August of 2008 where I was considering it at that time.
    • I’m currently re-reading The Drawing of the Three and taking notes to begin work on the next album in this series for 2018.
  • I created the new theme music for the Microsoft Cloud Show.
    • The Microsoft Cloud Show is the only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud world including Azure and Office 365.
    • I’ve known Andrew Connell and Chris Johnson for years and they asked me to create the new theme music for their podcast.  It’s so awesome to hear it playing during their podcast and I’m truly thankful to them for the opportunity.  Go check it out!.
  • Via my collaboration project with Musical Nature (a.k.a. Geoff Varosky) we have released our first album VR:1.
    • VR is a musical collaboration myself and fellow SharePoint Developer and Musician Friend Geoff Varosky. Geoff currently produces and releases experimental ambient music, ranging from long slowing soundscapes to beat and heavily sampled ambient house via Musical Nature which is his “ambient project in experimental sound”.  Together we form VR. Be sure to check it out, we would LOVE to hear your feedback!
  • Released the Escape Single.
    • I’m trying to put together a series of songs that fall into the “Synthwave/Retrowave” genre.  Escape is the first single release on this work.
  • Launched my Patreon page.  It’s just one of the various ways you can support me and my music as listed on my Support page.
  • Started building out a merchandise site where you can get branded T-Shirts and other items featuring my music projects.
  • I was introduced to Cathy Heller and her amazing Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast.
    • Cathy was famous for having hand crafted a career as a songwriter, licensing her music to Film/TV and Advertising and she is now creating the truly amazing Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast.  Cathy is truly an inspirational person and her podcast has certainly reinvigorated me to continue pushing forward with my dreams in music.   And quite frankly, her podcast isn’t focused on making a living in music, it’s about making a living doing what you absolutely love, regardless of what it is. I would Highly recommend you check it out.
  • I bought the book How to Make It in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand.
    • Ari has a great blog simply called Ari’s Take and I have read several articles there.  His insights were collected and fleshed out in the for of the book.  I’m just getting started in the book, and so far it appears to be absolute gold.  Once I finish, I plan on doing a write up on my blog.

I have so much more I’m working on as well such as a possible enhanced / re-mastered and extended version of my album For the Willow Wept… (which if you are a patron of mine on Patreon, you can listen to how that album is panning out now!

What’s Next

Here’s a list of things I’m working on next and what’s in store for the future!


Continuing to promote my latest album Gunslinger.  As I keep myself busy and always working forward on new material, I have to remember to also promote what I’ve already released.  So be sure to check it out!

History of Musical Influences

I want to continue in reviving my History of Musical Influences posts, so I’m going to dedicate some time throughout the year to move forward with that.  I’ll be taking a “Staycation” next week to work on a few things such as this.  So be sure to keep checking back!

Complete reading the How to Make it in the New Music Business

As mentioned above, I just acquired the book, so I plan on finishing a read through of it, and begin implementing the suggestions mentioned in the book.

Gigers’ Chimera and Escape

As I mentioned above, I released the single Escape.  I have a few more tracks I’m working on that are styled this way, and may be able to finish it up before the end of the year.

I’ve also released an early draft of a song I’m calling Gigers’ Chimera which is a dark ambient audio exploration into the world of H.R. Giger.

Hans Rudolf “H.R.” Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, whose style was adapted for many forms of media, including record albums, furniture and tattoos.

The Zurich-based artist was best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a cold ‘biomechanical’ relationship. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien.

This is a track I am working on that will be released in a future album of dark ambient music. Who knows, maybe I’ll even release a whole album of Giger inspired music if there is an overwhelming request from my fanbase. Let me know!

In Closing

I hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter, and if so please leave me your comments!

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at and click the “Stay Informed” link!

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

– Keith Richie


Announcing VR:1

You may remember this post from a few short months ago where I announced a collaboration project with my good friend and fellow SharePoint/Musician Geoff Varosky that we are calling “VR”.

Well, today I’m very happy and proud to announce to you the fruits of our collaboration in the form of our debut album VR:1.

This debut album constitutes the collective energy we both share in regards to ambient and electronic music, and is an absolute pleasure to work on.

Please give it a listen through and let us know your thoughts!

– Keith and Geoff