Scott D. Davis | Winter Journey

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Winter Journey

by Scott D. Davis

Composer and pianist Scott D. Davis combines elements of Classical, Rock, and New Age to mold his unique solo piano arrangements of classic Christmas songs
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Winter Journey
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2. Away in a Manger
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3. We Three Kings
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4. Greensleeves
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5. Carol of the Bells
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6. Snowprints
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7. God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
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8. O Holy Night
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9. Coventry Carol
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10. Silent Night
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11. Embrace the Journey
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12. O Come All ye Faithful
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Piano Music Style: Melodic, contemporary solo piano. Sometimes delicate, sometimes very energetic and intense. Similar artists: David Lanz, George Winston, Yanni, Michael Nyman.

Musical Influences: David Lanz, George Winston, David Nevue, Dax Johnson, Chopin, Beethoven, Dream Theater, Evanescence, hair bands of the 80s (seriously).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long have you been playing piano? I started playing keyboard when I was 16 years old in 1989. I played keyboards in rock bands totally by ear until I was in my mid 20s. As the stress of struggling to keep the band together began to take it's toll; I started improvising on piano as a way to relax. Finally I realized that the music I came up with when "relaxing" is the music I REALLY should be doing. I changed my focus and never looked back.

How are your songs inspired? Most of my ideas for songs come to me when I'm hiking. Ultimately, my music in inspired by a relationship with God. It's when I'm in the wilderness, away from the noise and distraction of modern life, that I can truly quiet my mind and tune into his influence. The intensity and overwhelming beauty of a trek through the backcountry can also generate very powerful emotions. It's these feelings try to express through music.

Where do you record your CDs? Currently, I record at Spark Studios in Emeryville, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). I use a Yamaha C7 piano (a 7 foot concert grand).

Do you do concerts? Yes! I do everything from 50 seat "living room" concerts to 500 seat venues. Sign up for mymailing list and I'll let you know when and where.


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Kathy Parsons

A Great Christmas Album!
“Winter Journey” is a collection of twelve piano solos comprised of three original pieces and nine arrangements of traditional Christmas songs. Scott D. Davis brings a lot of energy to his music (especially when performing live!), so some of these pieces are bigger and more upbeat while others are peaceful and serene.

The CD opens with the title tune, a lively piece full of excitement and anticipation. Several themes weave in and out, telling about different parts of the journey - a great piece! The closing notes melt right into a lovely arrangement of “Away In a Manger. I always think of this as a children’s piece, and Davis keeps the arrangement innocent and fairly simple. I really like what he does with the left hand broken chords. “We Three Kings” is a piece that stands up to many different approaches and stylings. Davis’ arrangement is a theme and variations, which works well. His arrangement of “Greensleeves” is based in part on “Tahoma” from his previous CD of the same name - very peaceful with an underlying energy. When I first heard “Carol of the Bells,” I thought it sounded a lot like George Winston’s arrangement, and it is, indeed (used with permission). Scott did a fine job with it, too! (I wonder if he took his shoes off to perform it!) “Snowprints” is the second of the original pieces, and it’s a beauty. The left hand summons a feeling of bitter cold with a repeated minor key pattern while the right hand sparkles like light dancing off the snow. I really love this piece and the atmosphere it creates. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” also does well with a variety of treatments. At more than seven minutes, Davis takes the song in several directions, keeping the melody intact and maintaining a haunting quality - a great arrangement! I also really like what Davis does with “Coventry Carol,” an ancient melody that always sounds so sad. His arrangement of “Silent Night” is very different, beginning in a minor key and altering the melody to make it bittersweet. With each verse, the piece becomes more peaceful as it evolves into the major key and then back to the minor. Interesting and effective! The closing track is “O Come All Ye Faithful,” which begins traditionally, with a classical treatment. About a third of the way into the piece, Davis pulls out the stops. If you know his “Soul of the Storm,” this track will make you smile. With broken octaves in the left hand, the rest of the piece is full of energy and passion, summoning the faithful to come and rejoice. What a finish!

If you like Christmas music with a new sound and a fresh approach, I think you’ll really enjoy “Winter Journey.” Recommended!

Leo Schoenborn

Awesome!!! Scott plays with unparalelled mastery - an inspirational work of pian
This is some of the most masterful and inspirational piano playing that I have ever heard. It will leave you in awe from beginnig to end. The performance and talent in this CD is as extraordinary as it is breathtaking.
The musicianship is true artistry at the peak of perfection.

Tina Cleberg

Absolutely Wonderful Music!
Fresh and inspirational music for the soul. Thank you for a taste of home when I have to be away during the holidays. May God bless you with even more wonderful melodies. I look forward to hearing more of your music.