David Hicken | Goddess

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Goddess

by David Hicken

"Goddess" is the first in a trilogy of CDs by English pianist & composer, David Hicken. Perfect music for relaxing at the end of a long day at work. Makes a perfect gift for that someone special.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Lakshmi
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2. Kuan Yin
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3. Sekhmet
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4. Aphrodite
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5. Sarasvati
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6. Ishtar
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7. Isis
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8. Aine
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9. Ostara
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10. Sedna
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11. Diana
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12. Pele
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Goddess" is a concept CD that features 12 tracks of solo piano music, each named after a different Goddess. The idea for this recording came about while David was living in Thailand and Sri Lanka. After visiting local temples he was so inspired by their beauty and rich history, that he knew he had to put his ideas and feelings into music. "Lakshmi", the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity was the first Goddess that he set to music, and became the first track on the recording. He then went on to research Goddesses of different religions and cultures, and when he found ones that interested him, he set them to music.

David's intention was that the entire recording should evoke a sense of calm and relaxation, so as to emulate the way he felt when he visited the temples. He achieved this by interlacing gentle, flowing accompaniments around alluring melodies.
The CD is very popular among massage therapists and reiki practitioners who play the music in the background to soothe and calm their clients. However, most people purchase the CD to help them relax and unwind after a long day at work. If you like the music of Jim Brickman, David Lanz, Kevin Kern and George Winston, then you'll love this CD.
For more music by David, also check out "Angels" and "Faeries".


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khare

Goddess
This CD is really peaceful. I love to listen to it while working on my homework, and it just de-stresses you. And I now finally have a CD where my entire family likes all the music! I am definitely getting the other two CD's ASAP! Thank you for writing such beautiful music!

Patrick Moraz

G O D D E S S
GODDESS, the new solo piano CD of David Hicken, composer, pianist and organist is, in a few chosen words, beautiful, enchanted, melodic, soothing, simple yet intricate, virtually « sing-along-able » and so pleasurable, healing music!

This is a non-exhaustive list of adjectives which can describe the wonderful new recording of David’s new compositions.

This brand new CD encompasses 12 intriguing titles under the names of different goddesses from ancient mythologies of various countries. However in the compositional aspect of the music there is always a "thread of continuity" which gives a sense of unity to the work as a whole.

These pieces can be listened to at all times of the day and night, from Sunrise to Sunset, from Nightfall to Dawn.

I hear there are also two new Cds on the way, « Angels » and « Faeries ». Looking very much forward to those very soon.

In the meantime, everyone can enjoy listening be charmed by the beauty of « GODDESS » and relax to its delectable sound ! Great Work!

Patrick Moraz

Kathy Parsons

One of the Best of 2007!
One of the most rewarding aspects of reviewing CDs is that every once in a while, a recording comes along that really whacks me upside the head. David Hicken’s “Goddess” is one of those albums. I had listened to samples on Hicken’s site, but they did not prepare me for the absolute beauty of the music on this album. It grabbed my attention as soon as I started listening to it, but since the music is rather uncomplicated, I wasn’t sure I would like it as much after listening to it a number of times. On the contrary. Rather than becoming trite and tiresome, these gentle little nuggets become more dear to me each time I hear them. In fact, I’ve been dragging my feet a bit in writing the review because I know that once it is written, I won’t have time to listen to “Goddess” again for a while. Happily, David Hicken is releasing part two of this trilogy as I write, so my blissful listening experience can go on. Each of the twelve tracks is named for a mythological goddess from various parts of the world. My only reservation about this album is that the warrior goddess and the goddess of volcanoes and fire are as serene and benevolent as the moon goddesses, but if that’s the worst thing I can say about it, you are in for a real treat! Parts of this album remind me a bit of Kevin Kern and Michael Dulin (without any orchestrations - these are all piano solos), but David Hicken’s is a unique musical voice. A very accomplished musician in several instruments, I suspect that Hicken, like Kern and Dulin, is so secure in his musicianship that he has no need for a lot of flash or bravado. The music is such an entity unto itself that it has the ring of truth in its simplicity.

“Lakshmi,” Hindu goddess of prosperity begins the CD. The graceful melody gently floats on a peaceful cloud of sound. “Kuan Yin” is the Chinese goddess of compassion, and this piece is all about open-heartedness and kindness. “Sekhmet,” the Egyptian warrior goddess picks up the tempo a little but is very non-threatening, charming her adversaries into submission rather than physically beating them - I like that! “Sarasvati,” Hindu goddess of the arts, is poignant and bittersweet, alternating between major and minor modes throughout the piece. “Ishtar,” Babylonian goddess of the moon and Venus, is cool and aloof, elegant but approachable. “Isis,” another a moon goddess, is also a bit distant and elusive, but ever so beautiful. Her gentle serenity is so inviting. “Ostara” is the Teutonic goddess of fertility and springtime, and conveys warmth and hope. “Sedna” is the Inuit Eskimo and Alaskan goddess of the ocean. The left hand plays rolling, broken chords while the right hand dances lightly on the surface, again very tranquil and exquisite. “Diana,” Roman moon goddess, flows in coolness and grace. The closing track, “Pele,” is warm and wistful, ending this extraordinary musical hour with a smile and a sigh.

If you haven’t been able to tell, I REALLY like this album, and expect it to be on my “favorites” list for the year. Give your ears as well as your spirit a rare treat and check it out. I wholeheartedly recommend “Goddess”!