Goldsboro keyboardist Nicholas Cole's smooth-jazz instrumentals show all sorts of unexpected influences, including a fair quantity of middle-of-the-road pop from before he was born. But one of the least-likely might be George Winston. Cole's album "A Journey of One" closes with a track called "A Song For Taylor (The Finale)," a quietly meditative reverie that sounds like it could have been on Winston's 1982 new-age signpost "December." It's a song Cole wrote for his cousin.
"Taylor was 6 when I wrote that," Cole says. "Her father, my uncle, had just passed away. It's a lullaby to her, almost like a comfort song. He had four daughters & I want them all to have their own song for their father because each had a specific & different relationship with him. I started with her. She's 8 now & loves her song."
For more on the teenage Cole's music and his surprising chart success, see the profile in Sunday's paper.