Curtis Macdonald | When Dreams Come True

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When Dreams Come True

by Curtis Macdonald

Heartfelt and romantic contemporary instrumentals in Curtis Macdonald’s signature style of beautiful piano melodies with modern electronic arrangements. A collection of memorable relaxed rhythmic ballads that is emotional and reflective.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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1. All Roads Lead to You
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2. Holder of My Heart
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3. Diamonds in the Night Sky
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4. Through a Painter's Eyes
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5. With a Love Like Ours
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6. No Place Like Home
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7. Always Remember
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8. Avalon
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9. September
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10. The Scent of Spring
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11. We Have Each Other
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12. When Dreams Come True
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Curtis Macdonald’s signature style of memorable lyrical piano melodies over transparent electronic arrangements is present more then ever on his 17th CMMP CD release, “When Dreams Come True”.

A contemporary instrumental collection that blends New Age, Jazz, and Pop takes the listener on a journey into the artist’s personal experiences and emotions. A flowing narrative of moderately paced rhythmic ballades expresses the moments of love and relationship, the melancholy of heartbreak and loss and the beauty of serene landscapes.

You can hear the passion of the artist on such tracks as “Holder of my Heart” and “We Have Each Other”, the tranquility of “Avalon” and “Through a Painter’s Eyes” and the inspiration and hope of “No Place like Home” and the title track “When Dreams Come True”. Two re-mixed fan favorites, “Diamonds in the Night Sky” and “Always Remember” round out the 12 Song CD and MP3 download album. The album was mixed by Grammy nominated mixer Tony Ugval (Lady Gaga).

“When Dreams Come True” is a beautiful and fresh listening experience from beginning to end. Perfect for those moments of relaxation and reflective thought.

Curtis Macdonald has been creating music and entertaining fans of the New Age/Instrumental Pop genre for over 20 years. His accolades include a Zone Reporter Top 100 Album artist in 2007, and a 2007 Grammy consideration to be nominated for his CD “Everlasting”. He is a graduate composer from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, and his music ranges from jazz and world beat to ambient and EDM.


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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As a huge fan of both contemporary jazz and ambient electronic music, the new release by keyboardist Curtis Macdonald entitled When Dreams Come True is definitely speaking my language. His music combines the best of these genres with elements of pop into a highly accessible style that can range from laid back to more energized. The music piqued my interest right from the start on “All Roads Lead To You,” as a delicate repeated piano phrase lingers in the air over an ethereal synthesizer texture before a contemporary-sounding mid-tempo groove lays down a rhythmic foundation that is sure to get your toe tapping.
A track called “Holder Of My Heart” reveals a romantic side of Curtis with its lush orchestration and emotive piano melody. This track also gave me a sense of his skill as an arranger in the way it unfolds and evolves through various movements. I particularly liked the subtle electronic sounds and textures that accentuate the piece.

While the first couple tunes present a radio-friendly smooth jazz feel, the next track, “Diamonds In The Night Sky,” ventures into more melodically adventurous territory, although not so far as to loose the accessibility that is a trademark of Curtis’ music. One of the most interesting and unusual pieces is a track called “Through a Painter’s Eyes.” His choice of chord changes is quite different and striking and as the title implies, portray an artistic perception of the world that is perhaps more nonconventional than most. One of my favorite songs on the album is “No Place Like Home.” This piece could make an exceptional film soundtrack in the way it evokes the joy and comfort of familiar surroundings. The album ends on an upbeat optimistic note with the title track that is a wonderful reminder of all the qualities that make Curtis Macdonald such a talented composer, arranger, and instrumentalist.

When Dreams Come True is an impressive offering from a music industry veteran. While it might sound contradictory to say, the album delivers both diversity and consistency at the same time. The songs are diverse in their composition and emotional impact, yet rhythmically consistent to provide a smooth listening experience. I really like this album a lot and know that it will appeal to a wide range of music lovers for its relaxed yet animated energy and combination of tasteful piano melodies, rich orchestration, and easy grooves. I’m sure that for me, this album will become a treasured soundtrack for scenic drives or just chilling out. This new release by Curtis Macdonald lives up to its title in terms of being a dream come true as one of the most masterful blends of ambient and jazz elements that I have heard in a while. An excellent music video sampler from the album can be seen at this link: http://youtu.be/3m7Typ4dbxk.
To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com