Christine Brown | Piano Stories

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Piano Stories

by Christine Brown

Solo piano, relaxing and soothing, tender melodies rich with emotion and played with a gentle grace. Original songs, personal and reflective, yet calming and familiar.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Coastal Breeze
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2. Lazy Sunday
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3. Hiding Places
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4. Never Too Late
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5. Welcome Home
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6. Gone
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7. Whispers
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8. Summer Nights
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9. Yasawa Blue
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10. Surrender
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11. Secret Garden
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12. One Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Christine was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1962, but grew up in Colorado, graduating with a business degree from the University of Colorado. She discovered her love for the piano at an early age, taking classical piano lessons and accompanying vocal groups during her school years. Christine was moved and inspired after hearing her first George Winston album in college. But it wasn't until years later, after the loss of her mother, that Christine began composing and pursuing her lifelong passion. With no formal training in music composition, Christine uses the piano to voice emotions and experiences.

"Piano Stories" is a introspective collection of new songs and also several songs featured on her Sugo Records piano compilation albums, "Piano Portraits" and "Summer Stories". Those CD's are no longer in production, yet Christine continues to get requests for this music. Reflecting similar images and emotion, this incredible music combines heartfelt stories, told on the piano.


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Kathy Parsons

Beautiful!
Piano Stories is an elegant and graceful collection of twelve original piano solos by Christine Brown. Her fifth solo album to date, “Piano Stories” are personal recollections of some of life’s pleasurable and thoughtful moments. Five of the songs were originally from 15-year-old compilations that are no longer available. Since Christine still gets a lot of requests for them, she re-recorded these pieces for this CD. There is no indication in the liner notes which songs these are, so it’s kind of fun to try to guess which pieces are from her earlier composing years - it certainly isn’t obvious! I have thoroughly enjoyed Christine’s previous albums, and this one is also exceptionally nice. No bells or whistles - just lovingly played, flowing, beautiful solo compositions that soothe the soul and take the listener to a warm, contented place. Most of the pieces are at about the same tempo, making this a very easy album to have in the background, but it is also very pleasant with full listening attention.

Coastal Breeze sets the tone of the album with an easy ebb and flow on the piano and brief ocean sounds at the beginning and the end of the piece - so relaxing! Never Too Late is deeply introspective and reflective, seeming to ponder the past as well as the future in a most effective way musically. Welcome Home exudes a tender warmth and a slightly bittersweet mood - a musical hug of sorts. Gone has a sad feeling, but isn’t painful or mournful. The feeling is of reflection and going within - beautiful! Summer Nights is lazy and peaceful. Secret Garden is filled with wonder and a gentle grace - another beauty. One Heart closes the CD with a deeply-felt love song.

Piano Stories is a wonderful CD for relaxation and to create a peaceful musical setting. Some of Christine Brown’s music reminds me of Kevin Kern, so if you enjoy warm and gently optimistic piano solos, this is a great choice!