C.S. Bezas | A Time for Ana

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A Time for Ana

by C.S. Bezas

Soothing music of acoustic piano blends.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No
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2. A Time for Ana
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3. Summer Rain
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4. A River to Cross
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5. Rachel's Lullaby
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6. Adam-ondi-Ahman
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7. New Arrival
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8. Forever, My Love
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9. How Gentle
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10. Time Will Tell
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With subtle nuances and musical allusions, C.S. Bezas writes music that allows the listener to sink back and relax, whether studying or trying to work. Perfect for harried days, A TIME FOR ANA soothes and smooths away frustration, hurt, and fatigue. It is especially effective to help induce relaxation.

Anson Service, of Heuristic Productions, writes, "Your music reminds me of a waterfall. It has a beautiful melody that carries you, which leaves you wanting more and never tiring of it."

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REVIEWS:

"A TIME FOR ANA is a welcome addition to the music libraries of adults who need to unwind and de-stress, in addition to soothing children who have experienced trauma of any sort!" Lori Nawyn, Parker Lane Publishing

"One of the things I loved about this CD, especially compared to other “New Age Piano” artists (whatever that means these days), was that it was very minimal. Too often, contemporary piano artists seem to be obsessed with filling the song’s space with as many notes as possible. They do that by either pounding out thunderous and clustered chords one after the other, or by putting in so many rolls, arpeggios and frills that I wonder if I’m in a smoky piano lounge. This CD is almost minimalist. Simple melodies dance above gentle chords and accompaniments. I almost thought that I could learn to play these songs, they were so clear, clean and simple...A TIME FOR ANA would be great, especially for Sunday listening. Put it on for background while studying your scriptures, or use it as meditation music. It’ll put you in that place for thought and relaxation." Mark Hansen, musician

"Our customers absolutely LOVE your music playing in our store!" Hayley Fair, Creative Keys


BIO:

As a child, C.S. Bezas had requested ballet lessons. When her mother couldn't find a dance teacher in their tiny Nebraska town, she offered little C.S. piano lessons instead. It only took about three weeks of lessons till she was completely hooked.

By junior high, C.S. Bezas was playing piano for nearly six hours a day. By high school the school's jazz band teacher offered to spotlight her compositions in a community concert - dedicated solely to her original music.

Soon after that, she was touring and performing in a variety of settings. She also was a featured vocal soloist with her college's chamber choir and toured in Europe and in the states. C.S. Bezas has appeared on television, on film, in clubs, and on stage. She frequently performs for charity organizations and other events.

The music from A TIME FOR ANA was recorded to honor children every where whose time of peace is still to come.

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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD, A TIME FOR ANA, will go to The Smile Train, an organization which has brought to pass over 112,000 free cleft lip surgeries for children throughout the world since 1999.


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Ellis Hadlock

Great Choice!
C.S. Bezas' music is intriguing, solid, and wonderfully beautiful. A very unique style that welcome's your attention to enjoy and meditate upon. Every song is excellent in it's own way. This is a great choice for your music collection!

Lori Nawyn

A journey that leads to a place of respite much less transitory than that of oth
> As the mother of four, and grandmother of one, I've witnessed first
> hand
> the power of music to impact psychological well-being. Thus, in a
> world
> that seems to possess no shortage of distress and unrest, I am ever
> interested in music that will evoke feelings of peace and harmony.
>
> Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending a performance given by C.S.
> Bezas. I found her music to be unique with a quality I felt could
> best be described as reflective. When her new CD, A Time for Ana, was
> released, I was anxious to discover whether it lived up to its
> billing: music intended to soothe.
>
> I decided to listen to the CD with my six-year-old, a precocious child
> who has the ability to communicate her feelings well but sometimes has
> a hard time slowing down to absorb the world around her. As we
> listened, I found her reactions to the music were much the same as
> mine -- a sense
> of gentle calm giving way to an avenue for introspection.
>
> Like the compositions I'd heard flow from the fingers of C.S. Bezas
> during her performance last fall, A Time for Ana, stirred feelings
> that were reflective. I didn't find myself immediately soothed -- in
> the true sense of that word -- by each and every selection. For
> instance, A River to Cross, which begins quite dramatically, initially
> caused me to feel a bit of despair. As the song progressed, that
> feeling, however, soon became replaced with a sense of resolve -- a
> sort of
> "stay-the-course" type of emotion. On one of her websites, Bezas
> stated she wrote the song for those who have "wide rivers" to cross,
> so my feelings seemed on course with the emotions she intended to
> stimulate. She also stated that she hoped the song would bring peace
> and, by the end of the selection, I felt I had indeed arrived at a
> place of peace.
>
> My six-year-old was captivated by Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No. She
> said
> it made her feel "happy" and reminded her of time she'd spent with a
> favorite aunt who also served as a surrogate grandmother. Writing
> about
> this song, Bezas said, "when I have someone in my life sustaining me
> through both the "yes's" and the "no's," the unpredictability becomes
> much more manageable. I wrote this song in the hope and prayer that
> each listener will have that special person through each personal "yes"
> and "no" of life!" For my daughter, the song seemed to communicate
> this
> desire quite well.
>
> Summer Rain felt light and fresh to both of us, taking us back to
> times when the breath of spring was fresh and new. Adam-ondi-Ahman
> gave us a sense of hope and How Gentle seemed to bring about a sort of
> airy, childlike tranquility.
>
> After listening to the entire CD, I did feel soothed and at peace and
> observed that those same feelings resonated in my daughter. A Time
> for Ana is different from similar music in the same genre in that each
> selection seems to provide a type of mini-journey that allows
> resolution of various levels of stress and tension leading to a place
> of respite that is much less transitory than that of some other works.
>
> Concerning the final track on the CD, Time Will Tell, Bezas states:
> "Let us relax, knowing that some things can only be born out through
> the gentle ebb and flow of time itself . . . For what legacy do we
> really want to leave?"
>
> The statement seems to sum up A Time for Ana in that the full effect
> of the CD is indeed born out through a gentle ebb and flow --
> uncertainty giving way to certainty, unrest giving way to rest, tumult
> giving way to tranquility. And the legacy C.S. Bezas leaves us with
> is of a heart communicating its deepest urge to comfort and console,
> to bring peace and to soothe. For that I commend her.

Gary McCallister

This is music for thinking!
Your next Cd needs to be subtitled "music to think by". I am behind at work and came in early this AM to write lectures and an article that is due. It has just dawned on me that I have been listening to "A Time for Anna" the whole time. It is perfect "thinking" music (perhaps most beneficial for those of us who have trouble with thinking). Powerful stuff! Stimulating, but without distraction.

Edna L. Peterson

Arrived perfectly in its gold-lined box. Love it!
I have been looking for just such quiet music, especially to wake up to. Was impressed by the sample from Meridian Mag. and ordered it. Loved the Confirmation order! Thanks.

Kathy Parsons

Very soothing!
C.S. Bezas’ debut CD, “A Time for Ana,” is subtitled “for all children who have yet to experience spring.” The ten piano solos were designed to “slow the heart and increase relaxation” for both adults and children. With a few exceptions, the pace of the music is relaxed and the mood is peaceful. Gently melodic, the CD can melt into the background or be a focus for letting go of stress or going to sleep. All of the pieces are original except “How Gentle,” which was composed by Hans G. Nageli.

The opening track, “Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No,” has one theme that sounds like a children’s song that follows the words in the title. A second theme is a bit darker, illustrating the ups and downs of life. The title song is a wistful and dreamy little piece - very simple and expressive. “Summer Rain” is delicate and a bit more abstract, but very soothing. “A River To Cross” is the one very dark piece on the album, but I really like it. Beginning with feelings of despair and fear, the first part of the piece dwells in the deep bass of the piano. The notes go into the mid-range and higher registers of the piano as resolution takes place, and end with a nice major chord - a very dramatic and interesting piece! “Rachel’s Lullaby” and “Adam-ondi-Ahman” are about as gentle and peaceful as it gets - refreshing! “Forever, My Love” is a favorite. Melodic with a simple accompaniment on the left hand, this piece exudes contentment and tranquility in the first half and is more passionate in the second half, ending with a gentle smile. “Time Will Tell” closes the CD with hope and optimism. Thoughtful and reflective, it’s a beautiful ending to a lovely CD. 5% of the proceeds from this album will be donated to The Smile Train, which provides free cleft palate surgeries around the world.

“A Time for Ana” is very effective in creating a soothing environment for unwinding, thinking, or just being.