“Beginning”… new piano track

This is “Beginning,” a new solo piano track. Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of solo piano lately. A piano is just one instrument, but there is a lot of nuance that can happen with every note and every chord.

This is a short piece in three movements. I hope you like it.

“Lady of Shadows (Piano Version)” on Spotify Playlists

My piano version of “Lady of Shadows” is in the following Spotify playlists! These playlists feature some very good piano compositions, so make sure to follow these if you’re a fan of solo piano.

“Meditations” and “Lady”

There are two new releases! First, the album “Meditations of Light and Darkness” is out, available at your favorite store or streaming service.

Bandcamp: https://goo.gl/ajxb48
Spotify: https://goo.gl/X9xvwp
Amazon: https://goo.gl/hKnwtB
iTunes: https://goo.gl/3Bfs7q
iHeartradio: https://goo.gl/sf5qra
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/HrrjHc
Soundcloud: https://goo.gl/8oCtXa
Youtube: https://goo.gl/cYDCYX

Next up is the single “Lady of Shadows (Piano Version).” This is an extended piano version of the Odetta theme from the track “Lady of Shadows.” The original version can be found in the album “Red Fields of None.”

“Isolation”… The first single from “Meditations”

It’s been a pretty busy week! My new album, “Meditations of Light and Darkness,” will be released on 11/30/18, so I’ve been keeping busy making sure everything is ready so that there’s an actual album to release on that day!

A few details about that album… The challenge when writing these songs was to stick to (mostly) the piano and the string section. How much can I say just by using these sections? I knew that I could be soft and subtle, but could I also make it intense and powerful when needed? I think I am happy with the results, and it’s probably a concept I’ll be returning to in the future. There is a lot of power in some of these compositions, but they still manage to remain intimate and expressive.

In the meantime, here is the first single, “Isolation.”

And don’t forget to sign up for my email list! You’ll get a free download of this new song when you sign up. I have more freebies planned as well… http://eepurl.com/dwMkWj

“The Rose” on Spotify Playlists

My song “The Rose,” from the album “Red Fields of None,” has been added to several Spotify playlists! Thank you to the owners of these playlists for placing my song in such good company.

If you’re a Spotify user and a fan of dramatic/fantasy/sci-fi orchestral music, make sure to check these out. They did a good job at compiling these playlists…

“Fantasy Chill” Playlist by Goman Kalef

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“Epic Music, Battle Music, & Warrior Music” Playlist by Derek Fiechter

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“D&D Stuff” Playlist by Robert Price

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“Intense Classical” Playlist by Nick Berry Pagán

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“Dungeons and Dragons – DnD music / fantasy music / celtic music / role playing” Playlist by Celestial Aeon Project

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“Cinematic Music for studying and motivation” Playlist by Leandros Papakarmezis

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…and here is the entire album, “Red Fields of None”

“Lady of Shadows” video narration

Here is the narration that should accompany my video for “Lady of Shadows,” a song from the album “Red Fields of None.” Just imagine the voice of David Tennant, or Kiefer Sutherland, or Patrick Stewart, or whoever your favorite voice person happens to be.

The first instrument we hear is the Bösendorfer piano from Eastwest/Quantum Leap Pianos. From day one, I’ve always loved the sound of this library, and of this piano in particular. This is also my go-to piano for sketching out and brainstorming new ideas. Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to a lot of Eastwest stuff (such as Hollywood Strings, another great library which I also used here), it doesn’t come “mix-ready” out of the box. Their idea is to provide you with the tools you’d get if you were a recording or mixing engineer. So you’ll probably want to spend a little time shaping and crafting your sound.

Next is Hollywood Strings, another library that never disappoints. The legato patches here sound great–I used the bow-change+slur patch, which means that depending on how you play (or MIDI program it), the patch will change between bow-change or slur legato transition (there are other patches that also include portamento transitions). It’s SO rewarding to hear this in action, but a price we have to pay is that there is a little lag when playing. If you want to play it in real time, you have to play a little ahead of the metronome, but one gets used to it with practice. A word of warning: EW recorded some LOUD dynamics on these strings (the library is intended for modern dramatic scores and compositions). At their loudest, these strings are screaming. Be mindful of this, because the strings sound so good that it’s easy to lose track of dynamics and before you know it everything is loud.

ACE from U-He provides the synth pads. This is the same company that makes Zebra, a favorite tool of Hans Zimmer. ACE is a nice modular synth that even emulates the cables for you, and it’s a great learning tool if you want to become familiar with modular synthesizers. Just make sure you read the manual first.

The saxophone is from EWQL’s Goliath library. This library has been around for awhile, but it will never get old. The clarinet is from EWQL’s Hollywood Symphonic Woodwinds.

When the track gets heavy near the end, I bring in some Spitfire Iceni low strings to add some weight to the cellos and basses. Spitfire makes some GREAT stuff, and you’ll be seeing a lot of their libraries in upcoming videos. Iceni is their “low, heavy” library with larger orchestral bass/low sections. The sound is mighty impressive, as you’d imagine.

That about covers it! Feel free to ask any questions on the composition of this piece, or any questions about the libraries that were used.

“Red Fields of None” is available here:
-Bandcamp: https://goo.gl/6bg6B6
-Spotify: https://goo.gl/uuSGpx
-CD Baby: https://goo.gl/qp25HA
-iTunes: https://goo.gl/iHuHwZ
-Amazon: https://goo.gl/Q8y3nj
-Youtube: https://goo.gl/3tKfXo
-Google Play: https://goo.gl/7bXCMT
-iHeart Radio: https://goo.gl/27RcTf