Many of us have practices, things that we do to honor that sense of the sacred in our lives. We may have a meditation practice, or a yoga practice. I was just reading about some who go a little farther and consider themselves to have a gardening practice, or what they call an exercise practice. [Read More…]
Finding Sanctuary: Christmas
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A Contemplative Christmas…
Much Christmas music is exuberantly joyful. But for me, the few weeks around the turn of the year offer a time of contemplation, of considering where I’ve been and where I’m going, and of thinking about those things I’ve done right as well as those I wish I could have done differently.
I like to put on a heavy sweater, pour a little whiskey, and settle down with a view of the misty day outside. This is a time to think, dream, plan, regret if necessary, remember those who have passed, and be warmed by the love of those with us still.
That’s the atmosphere I wanted to create in this album, ever since getting started in the hot days of August in Naples, Florida. But I’ve loved it. It’s been a glowing ember that I’ve carried in my heart since the day I began selecting the pieces I would play.
I chose the piano for its beauty, expressiveness, and simplicity. But I also wanted a fullness and a lightness to the arrangements – more than I could do with two hands alone. So I have layered the piano parts on top of one another. In some places there are up to four pianos at work, each with its own voice, it’s own expression, its own part to sing.
I want this collection of songs and carols to be worthy of active listening, and yet gentle enough to abide in the background. It’s not party music. Rather, it’s music for a more solemn, deeply joyful celebration – a celebration of the life and breath we live and breathe every day.
"A beautiful instrumental EP with lush arrangements and finely tuned production, The Clearing is an expertly crafted piece that is both uplifting and at times deceptively melancholy."
"Very listenable with palpable emotion..."
"Calming, peaceful and great to listen to on the way home from work while stuck in traffic..."
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