Greg Maroney | Seven Valleys

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Seven Valleys

by Greg Maroney

Listen to the beautiful and vibrant piano music that is inspired by Greg's surroundings, life, travels and nature, all set to rich solo piano music.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Becoming One
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2. Cloudburst
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3. Seven Valleys
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4. Haiku
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5. The Dog's Fantastic Ride
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6. Brookdale
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7. Addie
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8. The Susquehanna
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9. Dark
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10. Evening Song
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11. Before You
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12. Daybreak
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13. Walking the Orchard
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14. Rose
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is music from the heart of Pennsylvania.

Living in south central Pennsylvania has been a blessing for my wife and me. We have learned to be more self reliant, we are healthy, and have developed an acute sense of appreciation for our environment. We can fix our house when anything breaks, and build anew if the need arises. But mostly, we have felt closer to the land. This feeling is with us while turning the soil to grow our own food, planting trees for shade, or watching the seasons evolve from the warmth of a summer's afternoon to a cold snowy winter's day. The people who live here have taught us these things, and this music is dedicated to this place, this time and these people.

Greg has studied classical and jazz piano since age 5. He also studied classical Indian Music and music of the Middle East, and gave performances on the sitar and saz in the early 1970's. Currently he continues to compose, teach and perform in concert both locally and nationally. He and his wife live in an old farmhouse in the country with 3 cats, 4 dogs, a myriad of chickens, and his vegetable garden.

Some songs on this CD are available in sheet music format as a pdf download. If you are interested in playing this music, go to the website www.gregmaroney.com for further details.


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Steffen Hagen

Awesome!
This cd is really sofisticated and clever solo piano playing, and every track is fantastic!
I bought this cd because I enjoyed "Becoming One" and "Cloud Burst" (which I heard on Whisperings) and instantly feel in love with the feel of this music! Very well done Greg, hope you can keep this up :)

Kathy Parsons

Wow!
Seven Valleys
Greg Maroney
2007 / Hen House Records
61’30”

“Seven Valleys” is Greg Maroney’s sixth album of original piano solos, and to my ears, his best work to date. This is no small praise, as all of Maroney’s CDs have been great and several of his previous releases were on my Top 10 lists for the years they were released. “Seven Valleys” is so good that I recommended that Maroney submit it for consideration for a Grammy Award. With all of the CDs I listen to in the course of a year, that should give you an idea of just how good this CD is. As with his previous albums, Maroney’s music was inspired by his rural surroundings in south central Pennsylvania, his closeness to the earth and nature, his pets, life’s amazing moments (good, bad, dark, happy), and the people who inhabit his world. Intensely personal yet universally understandable, Maroney paints a vivid portrait of his life, revealing a deeply spiritual yet very human soul. Few artists have the technique AND the heart to create such colorful and richly emotional music. If you are not yet familiar with Greg Maroney’s music, this CD is a must. Fans of any of his previous releases will love this one, too. A more natural touch or sincere musical message you are not likely to find anytime soon.

“Seven Valleys” begins with the elegantly flowing “Becoming One.” Full of passion and grace, the piece sets the stage beautifully. Some of my favorites of Maroney’s pieces have to do with “big” weather events, and “Cloudburst” fits that category (both categories, actually - big weather and favorites!). The first couple of minutes of the piece suggest the building momentum of a coming storm - a calm but edgy beginning with electricity in the air; intensity builds gradually as winds start to swirl and dance; then the sky opens, releasing a downpour that is both energetic and refreshing - I can’t wait for Greg to do the sheet music for this one! The title track is much more contented and sunny, but has an infectious energy - this is a happy place! “Haiku” conveys a sense of gentle simplicity and peacefulness. “Addie” is about one of Maroney’s rescue dogs who smiles, and the piece exudes feelings of trust and joy in the small but significant things in life. “Dark” was composed during a period when Maroney was losing his sight in one eye. For a musician, this sort of thing would be extremely difficult, but for a trauma nurse (Maroney’s “day” job), it is absolutely devastating. Fortunately, the condition was diagnosed and treated, restoring Maroney’s sight. This piece is wrenching in its deep, tumultuous emotion - an incredible piece. “Evening Song” immediately brings us back to beauty and calm. “Before You” is a graceful and passionate love song that speaks volumes without uttering a word. “Daybreak” effectively captures the spirit and promise of a new day. “Rose” is another breathtaking beauty, emotionally rich and elegant.

“Seven Valleys” is an amazing CD that will draw you in from the first notes and hold you there until the final chords. Don’t just put this one in the background - savor the many moods and emotions that Greg Maroney has so effectively captured and conveyed in his music. I give “Seven Valleys” my highest recommendation. It is available from gregmaroney.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com. Wow!

Kathy Parsons