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planned out in detail; some which stem from actual incidents in his past. He’s faced many demons in his life and Under- tow underscores the battles he has waged to make sure history doesn’t repeat. Ironically, if it wasn’t for The Whirling Dervishes, this ambi- tious project may never have seen the light of day. Kanach wrote the music for the album between 1999 and 2002. He then recorded demos of the songs entirely by himself, but put it aside as his marriage be- gan falling apart. “It was a hard time and I didn’t feel good about myself,” said Kanach. “The inner voice in my head was trying to justify things. It was a confusing and dark time for me, so I didn’t do anything with Undertow. I finished it, but simply buried it. I lost confi- dence in the record and didn’t do anything with it.” As he started the next phase of his life, he began meeting new people. Some were curious Listen to “Momentarily Gray” by Tom Kanach NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 9