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His music is often inspired by the landscape and locations around Northwestern Lower Michigan where he resides, as well as places from his travels far and wide. Both of the title tracks from his new CD, Summer Sands and Sleeping Bears, was inspired by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and both Leland Harbor and the Schooner Inland Seas make an auditory appearance in the tune "Foamfollower." Other tunes recall travels as far away England, Wales and Hawaii and as close his back deck in Traverse City, Michigan.
"The original songs presented on this CD are uplifting tunes that mirror Northern Michigan summer days. They are soft and serene yet captivating and powerful, similar to the sights and sounds of our beloved Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore."
"Filkins develops his ideas as a mini-musical journey, and we come along for the ride. His style is at times fluid, at times filled with stops and starts as he changes directions and we're taken
to a new place . . . reflective and never hurried . . . A musical departure that expresses the peace and joy of having been here, and the hope to return again sometime. -Minor 7th