Elaine Cronin

Elaine Cronin

Elaine Cronin

Bruce’s playing and writing has always resonated with me. As a songwriter, perhaps it’s a shared appreciation for all kinds of music – folk, rock, classical, etc -and a willingness to follow those influences regardless of whether the end result fits a particular musical niche. As a pianist, hearing Bruce is a constant reminder to set my personal bar ever higher (and to get out my Hanon).

This year, I chose “The Valley Road” for its southern sensibility. Though musically different, it always reminded me of Bruce’s other road. “The Road Not Taken”. My Valley Road runs through the Virginia Blue Ridge.

A grateful shout out to Mark Bryant and Steve Latt for their creative contributions.

Elaine Cronin