Gary Girouard | The Naked Piano Light & Dark

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The Naked Piano Light & Dark

by Gary Girouard

Winner 2012 "Whisperings Album of the Year". Inspired by people everywhere struggling to find hope & light during difficult times...A collection of 14 dynamic tracks of elegantly expressive piano music to inspire the mind and soothe the soul.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Bright Angels
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2. Grey-Eyed Morn
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3. Lanterns
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4. Golden Chariot
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5. Streaks of Light
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6. Rusticana
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7. Aurora's Bed
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8. Herald of the Morning
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9. Above the Clouds
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10. Out of the Dark
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11. Heal
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12. Love's Light
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13. Rising in the East
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14. Leave the Light On (I'll Be Home)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Everyone faces difficult times. It could be health, relationships, family or work - life throws curveballs. It’s particularly challenging when you deal with sickness to yourself or someone you care about. It’s during these “dark” times we are challenged to find light and hope. It’s THIS sentiment that was the inspiration for The Naked Piano Light & Dark album.

In 2008 my wife (Guida) was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. She lost her father to cancer just a few months later. But we’re not unique. I bet you know someone right now fighting a serious illness. The fact is - we are mortal and our time is fleeting. It’s what we do with our time that makes all the difference.

It’s four years later and Guida is doing well. It was a difficult (and sometimes dark) period, but there were countless blessings too. There’s so much to be thankful for...

For The Naked Piano: Light & Dark each piece revolves around the theme of contrast. Some of the pieces are dark and contemplative, while others are filled with light and hope. There are pieces about the love of children and family - and others that contemplate our mortality. Others are literally influenced by the contrasts found in nature. On this album you will find 14 dynamic pieces of piano music with soaring melodies and dynamic textures. The music is meant to inspire the mind, yet soothe the soul. Whether your driving, cooking, reading or just relaxing - we could all use a little "Naked Piano" music...

I welcome and encourage you to share this story and music with friends and loved ones. I also welcome you to send YOUR story to share with others! What difficulties have you faced? How do you overcome adversity? Your story can inspire others and I'd like to share it on my "Share your Light" page of my website. I will only post your first name (unless you request otherwise) - so PLEASE, share your story!

My sincerest wish is we are inspired to give thanks for all that life may bring - the dark and the light.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Light & Dark" is the fourth installment in pianist/composer Gary Girouard’s "The Naked Piano" series. The series was started in 1990 to celebrate the purity of solo piano - no accompaniment and no editing. Girouard explains: “From the start, this project was all about capturing the uniquely beautiful qualities of an acoustic piano - sort of like a 'tribute' album. The decision was made early on to use as little technology as possible and to avoid edits or synthetic effects. The idea was to create a collection of compositions that would highlight the timeless nature of the piano (and life) by writing about such universal themes as love, family and nature. By focusing on emotionally-charged and expressive themes, the intention is to provide you a 'natural escape' from an often-hectic world. The Naked Piano is meant to invigorate your mind, while soothing your soul.”

"Light & Dark" is especially poignant because it was inspired by Girouard’s wife’s battle with breast cancer. It was also motivated by the challenges of finding light and hope during dark times, so the mood of the music varies widely. Having been there myself, I can attest to what a roller coaster ride of emotions the experience is. Are there three more dreaded words than “you have cancer”? They shake you to the core, but then you have to find your way and give it your best fight. It’s a really wonderful thing that Girouard could empathize, experience, and share this journey so clearly and beautifully via his music. Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio, the piano sound is impeccable.

"Light & Dark" begins with “Bright Angels,” a sweet and optimistic piece that has a bittersweet tinge. “Grey-Eyed Morn” is much more introspective - a favorite. “Golden Chariot” feels like a very dark soliloquy - working through difficult and painful emotions at the piano - a very powerful piece and another favorite. “Streaks of Light” is a return to a more hopeful and optimistic outlook - very tender and delicate. I also really like “Aurora’s Bed,” an emotionally-charged piece that ranges from gentle reflection to much stronger feelings that, once they are expressed, fade off to a sigh. “Herald of the Morning” seems to convey quiet acceptance and the hope of a fresh start. “Heal” signals a return to the light and relief that things are getting better. “Love’s Light” is almost celebratory, with bits of Pachelbel’s Canon woven into the melody. “Rising In the East” is amazing. It begins (and ends) peacefully, becoming more intense and turbulent as it develops - another wild emotional ride that rings so true. “Leave the Light On (I’ll Be Home)” brings the album to a close, refreshed, stronger, and ready to move forward.

"The Naked Piano: Light & Dark" is truly exceptional in every way, and I recommend it very highly.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Uno de los mejores álbumes del año!
Son álbumes como el que nos ocupa hoy, los que nos recuerdan que la música reside en el interior de todos nosotros, a la espera de ser descubierta. Son en los momentos más amargos e insoportables cuando las mejores notas van apareciendo, instantes en el que las emociones son las mejores compositoras. Continuando con su saga “The Naked Piano”, su cuarto trabajo podríamos considerarlo como el mejor álbum hasta la fecha. Grandiosa y agridulce combinación de inquietudes que se transforman en una música maravillosa, así es The Naked Piano: Light & Dark, tristemente compuesto en un periodo cruel en la vida de su compositor. El álbum recoge las sensaciones más amargas y de impotencia de Gary Girouard y de su esposa (Guida) tras ser diagnosticada de cáncer, pero en Light & Dark, también hay lugar para la luz, expresándonos momentos dulces, íntimos, entrañables, esperanzadores, algo que vislumbra lo deseado; un final feliz.

“Bright Angels” presenta el álbum, una de las piezas más bellas que se pueden disfrutar en este álbum. Haciendo hincapié en las notas más altas, y jugando con una las melodías, Girouard escoge la mejor pieza para abrir este álbum.

Mustio amanecer, donde una mirada perdida busca un rayo de luz a la que aferrarse. Esto describe a la perfección el carácter de “Grey-Eyed Morn”. Íntima y algo apenada en su melodía, esta pieza indaga en el desierto inmenso que erige la tristeza en el interior.

“Lanterns” es la pieza perfecta para consolar a un alma afligida. Las notas no son vertiginosas, y ni mucho menos los acordes rápidos, es el brillo del sol hecho música. Una melodía amable y un toque delicado de pasión son suficientes para suspirar optimismo, y sobre todo, esperanzas.

Otra de las grandes en Light & Dark es “Golden Chariot”, técnicamente compleja, melódicamente hermosa, esta composición será una de sus favoritas sin lugar a dudas. “Golden Chariot” es la más extensa del CD, pero posee una musicalidad que hipnotiza, una contundencia que enamora.

Al igual que la pieza que abría el álbum, “Streaks of Light” es una buena forma de dar un giro a nuestro estado de ánimo, dándonos a entender de que todo es posible, que no existe el desconsuelo, que los sueños se hacen realidad. Bellísima pieza.

Un momento para la reflexión. “Rusticana” es de esas piezas para escuchar en buena compañía gracias a su melodía de toque romántico y sutil pasión.

Fascinante “Aurora’s Bed”. Inclinándose más hacia el género clásico, Gary nos presenta esta obra intensa, con carácter, y poseedora de una melodía que habla sin palabras. “Aurora’s Bed” es uno de los temas más apasionantes del álbum.

Brillante, emocionante, inesperada… Se presenta “Herald of the Morning”, una pieza con un comienzo cálido y entrañable que va tornándose frenética y de una energía sorprendente.

Qué mejor que escenificar un viaje a través de las nubes que comenzando la melodía en la zona alta del piano. Llena de vida y libertad, las notas de “Above the Clouds” respiran paz en un contexto único, sorprendente. “Above the Clouds” es una pieza que merece ser escuchada con atención, merece ser vivida…

Oscura y tremendamente desoladora es “Out of the Dark”, el título no casa con el carácter apagado y abatido de la melodía, esperando a que esta cambie sus asfixiadas notas por otras de colores más vivos.

“Heal” es el culmen de la alegría, la demostración de que el esperado feliz final llegó. “Heal” comienza con una música muy reservada, algo que no deja ver el cambio tan emocionante que nos espera minutos después. La satisfacción y el gozo se apoderan de las manos del Girouard, regalándonos una música extraordinaria!.

Otra de mis preferidas, y la más romántica de The Naked Piano: Light & Dark es “Love’s Light”. Desde “Heal” todo ha cambiado a mejor, a una música más emotiva, alegre, engrandecida, y sobre todo, muy optimista y radiante.

“Rising in the East” es la esperada paz que tanto se anheló tras unos amargos tiempos. Las notas de “Rising in the East” dejan ver una música que invita reflexionar, a recordar el dolor, pero siempre con un ojo apuntando hacia un claro horizonte.

Y llegó el fin, y la emoción de que todo pasó, de que todo fue una horrible pesadilla. “Leave the Light On (I’ll Be Home)” muestra el merecido descanso tras el infinito esfuerzo que se realizó en aquellos aciagos momentos. “Leave the Light On (I’ll Be Home)” es una acaricia en el rostro, una sonrisa y un beso sincero. Magistral Gary!.


The Naked Piano: Light & Dark, en pocas palabras, lo compraría sin dudarlo!. Gary Girouard ha dado vida a uno de los mejores álbumes del año, y con ello, uno de los mejores álbumes de su carrera. The Naked Piano: Light & Dark es un álbum con una dura historia a sus espaldas, pero con un buen final; esto le ha llevado a Girouard a componer con las entrañas, con el alma, siendo el puro dolor y la brillante alegría sus acompañantes. The Naked Piano: Light & Dark es un álbum muy recomendable!. Si te gusta la música de George Winston o Michael Dulin, este álbum debe estar entre tus próximas compras!.

reviewsnewage.com
15/04/13