About Triumphant (the single):
I first wrote the piano version of "Triumphant" in 2009 and came out with the book "Triumphant" in 2010 featuring 10 original piano solos in a similar style as Triumphant. I have orchestrated and arranged all 10 of the piano solos which will be combined in an album titled: "Triumphant" as well. Each of the 10 pieces has been fully orchestrated and is in a "New Age Classical Pop" style of music (my own terminology, of course). The second book in the "Triumphant" series is being released in 2013 featuring 10 additional original piano solos in the same style (all will eventually be orchestrated and combined in an album).
The music in "Triumphant" was written to motivate and inspire individuals to excel and do their best. The music is fun to play on the piano. For listening purposes, the music is ideal for anyone working out, exercising, running, training, or conditioning (it was written with runners and athletes in mind). It's ideal for everyone and naturally focuses the listener on accomplishment, being purpose driven, and motivated to excel, succeed, and do the very best they can.
Later when I orchestrated and arranged the additional instruments, I wanted to keep the tempo, beat, and movement of the piece pushing the listener on as if they were training and pushing themselves to accomplish more, be more, achieve their dreams, and succeed.
Here is a list of the instrument parts for "Triumphant":
Composed/Orchestrated and Arranged by Jerald M. Simon
Audio Engineer - Michael Gibbons
Mixed and Mastered by Barry Gibbons - Platinum Sounds Studio (Mixing and Re-mastering)
Photography on cover image - Jon Woodbury
Piano - Jerald M. Simon
Acoustic Guitar - Michael Gibbons
Electric Guitar (2 parts - chords and lead solo) Michael Gibbons
Electric Bass - Rob Honey
First Violin (3 violinists) - Meredith Campbell, Natalie Reed, Kathryn Collier
Second Violin (2 violinists) - Maria Dance, Kristiana Sandberg
Viola - Melissa Draper
Cello - Nicole Jackson
String Bass - Ben Henderson
Timpani - Todd Sorenson
Drum Set and Percussion Set (shakers, etc.) - Todd Sorenson
About the Composer/Author/Poet Jerald M. Simon:
Jerald M. Simon is the founder and president of Music Motivation®. As an entrepreneur, he loves business, composing music, and writing poetry and motivational self help books. He is a professional musician, music educator, professional speaker, and life coach.
Jerald's Purpose and Mission...
"My purpose and mission in life is to motivate myself and others through my music and writing, to help others find their purpose and mission in life, and to teach values and encourage everyone everywhere to do and be their best." - Jerald M. Simon
Brief Bio for Jerald M. Simon
Jerald M. Simon is the founder and president of Music Motivation®. He created http://musicmotivation.com as a resource for piano teachers and piano students. He is the author of 17 music books from the Music Motivation® Series including the popular best selling series: "Cool Songs for Cool Kids™ (pre-primer, primer level, and volumes 1, 2, and 3)", and has recorded and produced CDs. He is also the author/poet of "The As If Principle" (motivational poetry) and the book "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers". The books from the Music Motivation® Series have been featured in the American Music Teacher (MTNA) 2011 August/September issue, the Clavier Companion (2011 July/August issue), Publisher of the Month through Chesbro Music Co. (national distributor 1.800.243.7276), and various newspapers and media. Jerald presents to MTNA chapters and various music schools, groups, and associations throughout the country doing workshops, music camps, master classes, concerts and firesides to inspire and motivate students and teachers. He enjoys teaching piano students about music theory, improvisation, and composition (Theory Therapy™, Innovative Improvisation™, and Creative Composition™). He is a Music Mentor™ and encourages music students to get motivated by music and to motivate others through music of their own.
A brief message from Jerald
to piano students and parents...
If you come to piano lessons each week and walk away from your lessons and only learn about music notation, rhythm, and dots on a page, then I have failed as a Music Mentor™. Life lessons are just as important, if not more important, than music lessons. I would rather have you learn more about goal setting and achieving, character, dedication, and personal improvement. To have you learn to love music, appreciate it, and play it, is a wonderful byproduct you will have for the rest of your life - a talent that will enrich your life and the lives of others. To become a better musician is wonderful and important, but to become a better person is more important.
As a Music Mentor ™ I want to mentor students to be the very best they can be. If you choose not to practice, you essentially choose not to improve. This is true in any area of life. Everyone has the same amount of time allotted to them. What you choose to do with your time, and where you spend your time, has little to do with the activities being done and more to do with the value attached to each activity.
I believe it's important to be well-rounded and have many diverse interests. I want students to enjoy music, to learn to be creative and understand how to express themselves musically - either by creating music of their own, or interpreting the music of others - by arranging and improvising well known music. In addition, I encourage students to play sports, dance, sing, draw, read, and develop their talents. I want them to be more than musicians, I want them to learn to become well-rounded complete individuals.
Above all, I want everyone to continually improve and do their best no matter what they do or choose to do. I encourage everyone to set goals, dream big, and be the best they can be in whatever they choose to do. Life is full of wonderful choices. Choose the best out of life and learn as much as you can from everyone - everywhere. I prefer being called a Music Mentor™ because I want to mentor others and help them to live their dreams.
Your life is your musical symphony. Make it a masterpiece!
Jerald M. Simon