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Liz Meredith and John Somers go epic on five-LP box set

Composer/guitarist John Somers finds ideas for sound pieces in everyday places. Take, for instance, the path encircling Lake Montebello off East 33rd Street. A social worker by day, Somers had a client, "this really neat old woman," that he used to take for walks around the lake. "We would have these really nice walks and talk about life-not in a deep way," he says during a weeknight interview. "She would ask, 'Have you found a girl yet?' Stuff like that. So I had her in mind when I was thinking of the image I started with, and it evolved from there."

He's talking about "Montebello Lake," a single composition that is split over two sides on a...