Musical meditations on light in dark places, for solo piano.
This album represents a return to my first musical love - the piano. It’s a collection of work drawn from some 30 years of composing. While some of the pieces are very recent and were really only finalised during the recording process, others date back longer than I care to remember! In contrast to much of my recent production work, which has dealt with layers of sound, dense arrangements and a quest for perfection (whatever that might mean), with this recording I’ve attempted to strip away extraneous details and present the music in its rawest, most authentic form - in single takes, free from the tyranny of the click track! (Full disclosure: production technology has been used sparingly to nudge offending notes into line on the odd occasion when I felt posterity deserved better.)
The great beauty of instrumental music is that, as an abstract art form, it doesn’t actually mean anything. Yet, at the same time, it can mean everything. These pieces may evoke moods, feelings and scenes that play out in the imaginations of listeners and you are free to draw your own conclusions or impose your own stories. With this in mind, I’m almost loath to be too prescriptive about meaning. However, I also feel compelled to tell you that this album is a collection of music defined by a common theme and purpose. Each of these simple piano compositions has, in some way, been born out of a desire to express the idea of hope shining into the darkest of situations. It’s my prayer that these pieces will speak to the hearts of all who listen, stirring up faith and bringing hope.