The project was written, performed and produced by Maguire. It is an instrumental album and stretches across genres, including rock, ambient music and space rock. Maguire admits the album is aimed at a niche audience of “Lewis heads,” who have read, “Perelandra” but also emphasized that one does not have to have read the book to enjoy the music.
“‘Perelandra’” – as with most of the Space Trilogy that Lewis wrote, including ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ and ‘That Hideous Strength’ – is arguably the most overlooked and under read books of esteemed canon,” he said. “I found that even the most ardent Lewis fans had not heard of the book. I suppose the idea of composing music based on it sounds strange, but an idea was born and I followed it.”
Though the CD is heavy on guitar, it also features bass, drums and piano. Maguire credits artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Gustav Holst and Brian Eno as influences.
This is not Maguire’s first foray into music. Maguire performed semi-professionally as a guitarist and bassist in the ‘90s with bands garnering radio airplay, touring and performing throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He temporally retired from the music industry in 1999 to focus on a career in journalism and now works full-time as columnist, director of magazines for Cobb Life and Cherokee Life and editor of the Cobb Business Journal.
A few years ago, he took music back up in his spare time and ventured into studio work. Last year, his work was featured on the independent film circuit.
“In green seas, under copper skies” features eight pieces based on eight scenes within the book. The music can be purchased individually or as a whole. It is available at www.markwallacemaguire.bandcamp.com. His music can also be followed on Facebook and is available on Soundcloud.