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One Day In A Life

by Bill Wren

This award winning composer uses a combination of styles, rock, jazz, and orchestra music creating moody and mellow instrumentals.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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2. Day Break
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3. En Mai
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4. Betrayal
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7. I Will Waltz for You
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8. Old Friend
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9. Night Fall
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BIOGRAPHY:
Bill Wren Artist Biography
The Songs of the Wren
Please see Billi's web page for
complete Biography and more
http://www.billwrenmusic.com


Bill Wren Speaks About His Album, One Day in a Life.

One Day in a Life is an album that reflects my life experiences. The project evolved from deep within my soul. Because of this, I think it flows like light into the heart of every listener. Sometimes mere semantics cannot express the deep-seated feelings of the human condition. Even when there are words that describe an emotion, we have a tendency to look past what we hear with our ears. It is only then that we tend to let our hearts finally take over to search the underlying meaning of what is being said.

All of my life I have loved the magic and mystery that music creates. At times, I have been so entranced in beautiful melodies that my imagination runs wild. And it is only then that the muses in my mind paint and display a perfect tapestry, a musical picture, and display it before my eyes. One Day in a Life was meant to take the listener on this same type of journey. Sure, the album reveals the feelings and events of my own life. However, more importantly, it causes one to ponder their unique journey in life.

The tracks of the album are as carefully placed as they are composed. The album commences as each day does, starting with “Day Break.” This song and the second track, “En Mai” reflect the wonderful times of my youth, summers of innocence, and love. The dark times in my life are displayed as well in songs such as “Betrayal.” There are themes of tender romance in “Lovers Rendezvous” and musing of the beauty and splendor of my later years “I Will Waltz For You.” I even examine my own mortality and short time left on this world within the track “Night Fall.” Last, but not least, “Heart to Heart” is the final song on the album which reveals that these are all of my life experiences. The song states simply that this is my life expressed in music, and I would love to share them with you from my heart to your heart.

Sincerely,
Bill Wren

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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
It’s unusual to come across an album credited to a composer and musician who plays not one note on said album. Such is the case with One Day in a Life, written by Bill Wren, who plays bass, guitar, and piano but does not perform at all on the CD.

However, this oddity does not get in the way of the enjoyment of this album. While it would have been nice to hear Wren display his instrumental abilities, it is certainly clear that he has quite an ear for striking compositions fusing a wide variety of eclectic styles.

The CD, which is arranged, conducted, and performed by Frank Ralls and his orchestra, is enjoyable from beginning to end. Most of the pieces feature acoustic guitar leads with acoustic guitar backings, which is not a surprise considering that the acoustic guitar is Wren’s instrument of choice and probably the instrument with which he composed most of the tunes. A couple of tracks feature acoustic guitar paired with cello. Horns, strings, and Northumbrian pipes also feature prominently throughout the album.

The two most memorable and outstanding songs on the CD are “Old Friend,” a buoyant, rollicking ballad anchored by acoustic rhythm guitar and a solid backbeat behind lead flutes, and “Nightfall,” which is pure smooth jazz heaven led by a sultry sax. This is easily the most complex and dynamic track on the album.

It’s nice to have another Texan musician/songwriter, in the vein of Michael Nesmith and Eric Johnson, whose tastes and influences extend far beyond the reach of the Lone Star State. As good as this CD is, though, it would be nice to hear Bill Wren make a more direct connection with his audience by playing on a future album, even if it’s only acoustic guitar backings and rhythms.

Tamara Merson

A delight to the ears
Such pretty music. My favorites are En Mai, Ocean Breeze and I will waltz for you. Beautifully Produced. The cello has true passion.

Kelly O'Neil

One Day in a Life
If you were to wake up one morning with a song in your head and it stayed with you throughout the day as you went about your activities and interactions it would undoubtedly deviate to fit your mood. If these variations stuck with you until the time you laid back down to bed that night, your mind would have played out a whole soundtrack perfectly composed just for you.

Whether it was composer Bill Wren’s intentions or not, he has woven together such a concept in his debut "One Day in a Life." The title track sets the stage for an accessible musical formula that is carried throughout the album. A lead instrument, which dictates the mood, is gently accompanied by arpeggiated strings (mainly acoustic guitar) and long sustained chords (mainly keyboards). Wind chimes or rolled mallets on the suspended cymbal herald dramatic and transition sequences of the songs.

The first lead instrument in “One Day in a Life” is the acoustic guitar. The quiet, unassuming timbre is appropriate for a melody heard at daybreak. Other songs will feature the cello with its deep rich tones as the soloist in tracks such as “En Mai.” Incidentally, all of the orchestral string work on the album is very well done. In “Ocean Breeze” the classical guitar takes control of the melody and offers a different sound than the previously heard acoustic guitar work. The classical guitar is more pointed and directed but is still quite pleasing to the ear.

Towards the end of the album it takes on a completely new feeling with the garish leads of a jazz saxophone. The wind instrument offers a sultrier and at times frantic sound compared to the tender strings as demonstrated in “Lovers Rendezvous.” As the excitement of the saxophone ebbs, the closing track, “Heart to Heart,” features a soothing piano lead. The melodies for all these songs are different, yet they all follow a similar pattern.

The most well structured songs on the album are “Day Break,” which features the cello and vocals flowing over the lush orchestration and “Old Friend,” with its upbeat tempo, percussive backbeat and keyboard flute interludes adding a sense of intrigue.

"One Day in a Life" is finely mixed and expertly produced. There are no memorable melodies or knock out numbers, but instead is a delightful blend of movie score, New Age and a touch of smooth jazz. It is an enjoyable nondescript listen and provides the perfect soundtrack for a day in the life of an ordinary happy soul.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
“One Day In a Life” is the debut release from “Texas Songbird” Bill Wren. Warm, lush instrumental music casts a spell and creates a mood of contentment and well-being. It is interesting to note that Bill Wren composed all of the music on the album, but he is not one of the players. Some of the music is quite orchestrated and some is guitar and accompaniment. Strings (live and programmed), percussion, keyboards, voices, sax, and penny whistle combine with the guitars to tell evocative tales that are visual and often have a cinematic sweep. Focusing on the desire to move people with his music, Wren says,” I want to create music that moves the heart in a positive direction.” I would have to say that this music succeeds well in reaching that goal.

The title track begins the “Day.” In this guitar piece with gentle percussion and keyboard in the background, Sandy Williams creates a peaceful scenario with washes of soft pastel colors. “Day Break” - the first-place winner of The Indie International Songwriting Contest - is more orchestrated, but cello and guitar carry much of the lovely melody. Warm optimism gives this piece wings. “En Mai” is one of my favorites. A duet for cello and guitar with light percussion and keyboard, the mood is serene and a little wistful. “Betrayal” is somewhat darker, with Sandy Williams again making magic with his guitar. “The Way It Was” has a substantial yet intimate sound. The sweet tones of the penny whistle suggest a Celtic influence, and it is easy to imagine this music playing behind images of a vast countryside in simpler times. “I Will Waltz For You” is very much a slice of rural Americana and is again very cinematic and graceful. “Old Friend” is gently nostalgic but also passionate and elegantly beautiful. “Lovers Rendezvous” is quite different from the other tracks, but it is also my favorite. Tom Washatka’s haunting sax and Frank Ralls’ sensuous piano along with the percussion and ambient background sounds make this a powerful emotional experience. The final track, “Heart To Heart,” is mainly guitar and piano. Slow, graceful, and very tender, it’s a closing that will leave you wanting more!

“One Day In a Life” is an auspicious debut! Check it out!

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Bird of Paradise
It’s pretty easy to get sidetracked from doing what we really want to do everyday, and a 25 year departure from songwriting was longer than what this musician had in mind, but his migration back to composing have many people moving to new heights. Bill Wren is often referred to as the Rare Texas Songbird, in a declaration I thought appropriate having the surname Wren, yet it uniquely describes his musical aspirations and return flight to perfection. First playing bass in a Rock band, Bill realized after one stellar show in front of a crowd gone wild audience, music was his final destination. One day in a Life is his release already gathering attention, having many songs winding up #1 or in the Top 10 at SoundClick.com & Broadjam.com, with songwriting awards in Indie & International Song Writing Contests. Reading everything I could on Bill Wren, I also learned that lifelong friends played a major role leading to an early formation of his musical biography that endures even to this day. One day in a Life is like a beautiful bird of paradise and where Bill Wren excels the most, in heartfelt compositions that exhibit the very essence for each characteristic style given by every performing musician on the album he calls a friend. Wren states the album’s success is due in part to the arrangement and production work of Frank Ralls, along with musical assistance of Terry Winch & Ike Strum, with a host of vocalists and instrumentalists who together, have assembled a refined album with a right at home presence. One day in a Life answers the call to 11 songs in New Age, Orchestration, Neo Classical, along with structured blends of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, building a comfortable resting place to display his versatile compositions. The calm acoustic guitar strides heard in the title song characterize the overall attraction given to the entire album, giving a hint of the harmonious novelty waiting within each well rounded song.
Daybreak shows the smooth artistry of this album sporting a fragrant touch and vibrant flare, where rich orchestration plays the intermingled leading role while supporting soloist and softer vocals. Much like En Mai, lavish cello entries appear to drift and sway in time to gentle winds and deep sentimental overtones, with an emphasis on instrumental soloists as the chosen method to hallmark every occasion in this album of versatility. Ocean Breeze features acoustic guitar giving the arrangement a moderate tempo and under closer examination, exhibits a form of poetry in motion while gently transitioning to a more complex guitar rendition, making the move during nice orchestral balance and light percussion effects. I Will Waltz For You, with it’s descriptive title, glides right into motion filled pirouettes in time to dance rhythms, while Lovers Rendezvous has a moderate tempo with saxophone and piano adding an impassioned rendition, contributing to a pleasing sense of atmosphere. Setting the ambiance again is Heart to Heart, in singular key piano melody and Night Fall, where piano, saxophone, and soft vocals maintain the beautiful colors perceived in this albums theme. The song Old Friend provides the forethought in this lighter flute melody backed by a full symphony of warmth and sincerity, and since everyone is great as an individual soloist on the album, it does help me summarize with certainty. The qualities I discovered in One Day in a Life, do facilitate a level of relaxation one person can easily enjoy alone, morning, noon or night, but with such an engaging album like this one, is always best experienced in the company of good friends.

stephen lancaster


Two months ago, I came across a musician and songwriter that stood out to me by not only being ecletic, honest, true, and just an all around great guy, but also being extremely passionate about his craft. That artist was and is musician Bill Wren. I had the privelege of listening to a few of his compositions prior to the "One Day In A Life" official album release and I immediately began thinking something like this deserved more attention from the musical realm of listeners ears. In fact, I think it deserves a lot of attention.

The Audio Village iMusic Network wasted no time featuring Bill Wren on our radio show, AVRadio and for good reason. His unreleased track, "Ships of Wood," gained immediate attention from the members, and sat comfortably at the top of our charts for quite some time. Still to this day, that song is holding a strong 5 star rating based on votes from other AVArtists. Of course that song also graces the favorite list on my personal Audio Village profile.

In the independent music world, Bill Wren is known as, A Rare Texas Songbird, and I could not have worded a description any better myself. Bill has been quoted saying, “I want to create music that moves the human heart in a positive direction.” This album release is a perfect example of taking that train of thought into the realm of reality. This is the real deal my friends.

The album is an atmospheric array of Light Jazz and New Age woven together into a beautiful soundscape of pure emotion. Virtually an all instrumental album, the music speaks for itself, telling stories and charting through the deep waves of our various human feelings and moods. The arrangement is professionally constructed with all the key elements in place. There are many touches of sensuality throughout the album which really add to the color and power of such a mellow work.

The opening track, which also doubles as the album title, is "One Day In A Life." This song slowly brings you into the atmosphere Bill Wren so eliquitelly creates. The orchestrated concept of the album really shines through with an opening track such as this, creating that "morning" feeling and the rise of a new day. The beginning. Dawn. This song sets the stage for the coming chain of events that will soon lead you to "Night Fall," and that tender kiss the night sky lays upon our weary heads. As the night sky transcends, the album closes with a sensual "Lovers Rendezvous" and a "Heart To Heart." Two excellent choices, and two perfect selections to end an album of such substance.

The highlight for me, and one in particular that has received much play in my world, is the song "I Will Waltz for You." There is just something about this song that connects with me emotionally. That is quite the rarity for my tastes, but this track, if I had to pick just one, IS the best on the album. Beautifully orchestrated and arranged.

I highly recommend this album to any person who wishes to just escape from the daily grind and desires to become lost in a soundscape of color and sound. "One Day In A Life," is easy on the ears and hard on the heart. When I think of this album, images of candlelit dinners, romantic evenings, a first kiss, and undying passion all come to mind. I've been hard pressed in the past to point such attention to a virtually all instrumental album, but this one hit me hard, and in all the right places. Maybe I was just in the right mood at the time or maybe this album is simply very well written.

The production and overall structure of the album is top notch and rivals any major release in the same genre rather easily. Upon listening, one will recognize Bill's vision and come to realize this album wasn't a walk in the park to produce. This is very well done on all fronts. The album was produced by Frank Ralls.

The album is a tri-fold design with artwork that really speaks for what is inside. I can honestly sit here and say, from the packaging, to the artwork and of course to and through the music, this is one of the best assembled works I have ever come across from an independent artist.

You haven't heard the last of Bill Wren friends. In fact, he is just getting started. "One Day In A Life," is his debut release, and this talented artist is already composing his next. If you never had the opportunity to experience Bill Wren's melodically mood driven work, please do. Visit his CDBABY pageAVArtist page for free sample cuts of the album or check out his on Audio Village.

Bill Wren, "One Day In A Life," is truly a melodic, mellow, moody delight. For the genre, and from an independent artist, this is a very modest masterpiece.

Please support independent music.

Sincerely Indie,
Stephen
Audio Village iMusic Network

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
Amongst the hectic days
Or calming nights
A voice of guitar sings
Song of open heart

It isn’t just one more pleasant album for review because Bill Wren’s life experiences were fully reflected in his music. It expresses a wide scale of various emotions. But even all aforesaid is not essential. The main thing is that Bill Wren’s music is very sincere. These are melodies of the open heart which aspires to share its love and passion with the listeners.

There is much beauty in Bill Wren’s compositions. The artist masterfully mixes various genres. As a result we can listen to perfectly played new age music. Here I’d like to mention another important feature of the album “One Day in a Life”. Its music is weightless, it is natural like a breath. As you listen to Bill Wren’s album it is difficult to understand how you could have lived without this music before.

The album “One Day in a Life” is filled with a positive view on a life. And it has a refined sounding. Rejoice your life with the touching music of a true master Bill Wren!