Christine Brown | Winter Tapestry

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Winter Tapestry

by Christine Brown

Completely relaxing piano music that soothes the soul with intimate stories and quiet images, original songs, yet familiar, and some uniquely woven with holiday melodies, sure to warm your heart in any season.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Expectations
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2. Winter Rain / Carol of the Bells
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3. First Snow
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4. Aspen Breeze
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5. Silent Night
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6. Morning Dance
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7. Angel's Lullabye
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8. Joy to the World
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9. December Moon
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10. Firelight
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11. Awakening
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12. Holiday Spirit
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13. Waiting
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14. Promise of Spring
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15. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Christine was raised in Colorado and discovered her talent for the piano at an early age. She did not pursue a career in music, instead graduated from the University of Colorado in Business. School years were spent accompanying music and vocal groups, taking piano lessons and creating her own arrangements of her favorite songs. During her college years, she was inspired by George Winston and Peter Kater, and the piano remained a gratifying hobby throughout life.

Christine immersed herself in her music after the loss of her mother, releasing her heartfelt emotions in her own compositions and inspiring her listeners. In 1991, she debuted on Sugo Record's solo piano compilation titled PIANO PORTRAITS and later, SUMMER STORIES. These compositions were also featured on Muzak channels.

Today Christine continues to compose and record her piano compositions,and has released 3 more CDs of original works, as well as a Christmas CD and children's song collection. She believes playing the piano is such an emotional release and reflection of my life's experiences and feelings, and has always been an extremely gratifying way to express myself, often an escape. I feel so fortunate to have the support of my family and friends, which encourages me to pursue my dream.
Christine


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Kathy Parsons

Gorgeous!
”Winter Tapestry” is a gorgeous collection of original piano solos, seasonal medleys, and children’s songs. The Christmas pieces are interspersed among the other music, making this a wonderful album all winter long and beyond. The arrangements are full and heartfelt without being overly flashy, letting the lovely melodies tell their stories in a straightforward, uncluttered fashion. A few tracks have some synth washes, but most are purely the piano, played in a soothing and gentle style that avoids being cloying or overly sentimental.

The opening track, “Expectations,” is full of hope and optimism with a touch of bittersweet nostalgia. My favorite piece is a medley of Brown’s “Winter Rain” and “Carol of the Bells.” “Winter Rain” sparkles as musical raindrops dance softly and then build to more of a downpour. As the showers taper off the piece melds into an excellent arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” that is both powerful and elegant. “First Snow” and “Aspen Breeze” are peaceful and delicate with lots of open spaces. “Silent Night” has the Brahms lullaby woven through it in a charming blending of two pieces I wouldn’t have thought to combine - it works beautifully. “Angel’s Lullabye” is another favorite, full of warmth and love. “Joy To the World” begins with a charming version of “Alouette” that becomes “Frere Jacques,” and returns to “Alouette” before evolving into the Christmas carol - very clever and inventive. “Firelight” is a bit darker with a feeling of introspection that I really like. “Holiday Spirit” is another great medley that includes “Kumbaya,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “The First Noel.” The closing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is a peaceful and flowing arrangement that begins with an original prelude.

“Winter Tapestry” is a wonderful CD for any time of year, but will be especially loved during the cold months. Samples are available at the artist’s website (www.christinebrownpiano.com).