Greg Maroney | Songs of the Water Rose

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Songs of the Water Rose

by Greg Maroney

Piano music written about the lush Redwood forests, people and places of Northern California.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Whistling Sun
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2. Song for Jana
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3. Midnight Awakenings
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4. Silence Between the Raindrops
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5. Sweet Saturday
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6. Simple Pleasures
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7. Sunrise through the Redwoods
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8. Waltz to our Future
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9. Wing River
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10. Alexander's Calling
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11. Faith Returned
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"Songs of the Water Rose" was inspired by the places and people of Northern California. Greg lived in the mountains above Santa Cruz, in a winding valley that follows the San Lorenzo River up through the lush redwood forests. It was this magical spot that was the inspiration for such songs as Wing River, Sunrise Through the Redwoods, and Silence Between the Raindrops. Another source was the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, especially an area called Desolation Wilderness. While hiking with his brother, granite mountains looming on the horizon, the song Whistling Sun was born.

Greg wrote Waltz to Our Future, to celebrate his life and future with Linda. It is a vision of an elderly couple waltzing in their joy and love for each other as they pass through time together.

Another, Song for Jana, was written for a close friend who was battling leukemia and sadly passed away.

Some songs on this CD are available in sheet music format as a pdf download. If you are interested in playing this music, go to the website www.gregmaroney.com for further details.


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Kathy Parsons

A Beautifully Remastered Debut!
Pianist/composer Greg Maroney has re-recorded and remastered his debut recording, “Songs Of the Water Rose” on a 9’ Yamaha grand piano. The CD has been re-released with new artwork and much-improved sound quality. Here is my review of the original album with a couple of updates:

”Songs of the Water Rose” is Greg Maroney’s first album, and was composed and recorded when he lived in California. It is interesting to go through a composer’s work in reverse order as I have done with Maroney’s, as often there is a very big change in styles as the artist grows and matures. “The Sentinel,” was the first of Maroney’s CDs that I reviewed, and remains a favorite, but his debut is also quite good. As with his other releases, there is a combination of quiet pieces and some that are bigger and more turbulent. Of the quieter pieces, I really like “Simple Pleasures” with its warm sense of contentment and gentle flow. “Alexander’s Calling” is also very beautiful in a joyful, peaceful kind of way. My favorite piece, though, is the bigger and more powerful “Midnight Awakenings.” It feels very much like those times when you wake up during the night and your brain just will not shut down and let you go back to sleep. Several moods and trains of thought run through the piece from musings to worries and turmoil. Maroney lets the themes build and then trail off quietly, and then they start in again - much as those thought processes do during a restless night. This is a really effective piece! Greg Maroney is certainly among the best of our contemporary pianist/composers,and I hope he’ll get the exposure he needs to become more widely known. “Songs of the Water Rose” is highly recommended!