Jane Ellen | Seasons of the Heart

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Seasons of the Heart

by Jane Ellen

Jane Ellen's new album of piano compositions ranges from historical, folk-inspired lyricism to evocative and melodic portraits of the changing landscape of the heart.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. I Will Find You
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2. Into the Past
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3. Seasons of Change
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4. Daydreams
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5. Summer in Grace Road
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6. Paths Not Taken
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7. On Greenland's Coast
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8. My Gipsy Heart
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9. Hard to Say Goodbye
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10. November Rain
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11. Mid-winter Carol
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12. Winter Snow
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13. The Long Road Home
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14. Comes a New Day
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15. Promise of Spring
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16. Rose
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Liner Notes:
My previous CD, 'From My Heart', was a compilation of music covering a span of more than a decade. While some pieces were written specifically for the CD, many were commissioned works, or music written as gifts. 'Seasons of the Heart' is a departure from that format, in that all of the music on this CD was written over the past year, beginning immediately after the release of 'From My Heart'. Although not all of the numbers are intentionally programmatic, I am hopeful that you, the listener, will find that the music inspires images for you, reflecting your own experiences throughout the past year.

A few words about some of the pieces ...

I have learned that one of the few constants in life is change; many of us fear change, whilst others see it as an opportunity for new adventures. I have experienced several "Seasons of Change" in the past year, and I suspect you have as well. The seaside is one of my favourite places to be, although I get there all too seldom. "Daydreams" represents that bit of peaceful solitude which I am sometimes able to find within my heart. All of my life I have been a wanderer; physically travelling when able, and travelling via books and the internet during settled times. "My Gipsy Heart" speaks to my desire to continually seek out the new and unfamiliar.

"On Greenland's Coast" is my arrangement of three traditional folk melodies: "I Live Not Where I Love", "The Water is Wide" and "Over the Hills and Far Away". The title is drawn from a lyric to the latter from John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', but it encapsulates themes innate to all three, regardless of different words that have been applied to them over the years. Greenland's coast is a cold place, a place of separation. But it is also a place of possibility, where the power of thought can transform the present. The music has resonated through Civil War England, revolutionary America and the "Flanders, Portugal and Spain" of the Napoleonic Wars, embodying the hopes and fears of countless ordinary lives. This, for me, gives it its enduring power.

It is no secret that my favourite flower is the rose; not only do they have beauty, but they have a natural resilience. From their humble origins in China, roses have spread around the world becoming an icon for nations, for historical events, for spirituality, for friendship, and for love. We enjoy their perfume, extract medicinal properties from their petals, and new varieties are developed yearly. Despite the attentions of the over-zealous, or times of absolute neglect, they continue to flourish summer after summer, sometimes into the autumn and winter. I draw comfort and inspiration from the "Rose"; I hope you will as well.

Follow your heart,
Jane Ellen


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talk2deb

Excellent!
Jane Ellen provides a wonderful second CD with Seasons of the Heart. My family loves the calming effect this music provides. It lends a lovely uplifting feeling to our home. Well worth the cost. Excellent!

Mystic Age Radio

Moving
Great CD to sit in the dark and relax!

Bill

16 Tracks from a Truly Gifted Individual
Seasons of the Heart is the followup to Jane Ellen's debut CD, From My Heart. Happy to say, it's every bit as beautiful as the first CD. Even more amazing, the 16 tracks that are heard on this disc were composed specifically for the disc.

For the most part, this is pure Jane Ellen, playing her own compositions as only she can play them. However, there's a bit more this time. A few tracks contain very appropriate effects and/or accompaniment. My Gipsy Heart is a standout example, and is a surefire winner.

This is music as it should be--if you've never heard Jane Ellen play, then what are you waiting for? Buy without hesitation!

Matt

Wonderful!
I heartily recommend this CD, the music is wonderully written and expressive. Jane Ellens touch on the piano is exquisite and the chord sequences are engaging and not predictable, just when you think its about to go one place it goes somewhere else which is my favourite way that music should be!

Jerry Ernst

Beautifully flowing melodic piano music
Seasons of the Heart is a wonderful second volume of piano compositions by Jane Ellen. It is a generous collection at nearly an hour, and a very personal collection, full of emotion and imagery. While I’ve never met Ms. Ellen in person her music leaves one with the feeling of having listened to an old friend.

Seasons of the Heart is a rare treat in that is it pleasant and relaxing as background for dinner or work, and yet it is complex and interesting when listening is your primary activity. In this way it is similar to Jane Ellen’s first volume of piano music. Also similar is that the interesting passages are not contrived or dissonant, the little surprises are pleasant ones. While all the pieces were written in the past year since her first piano release, the material holds up well to the first, perhaps even exceeding it, no small task.

The dynamics are broad and expressive, and the overall style is more melodic than percussive. Knowing the first volume as well as I do it is neat to hear some additional instrumentation and sounds on a few songs, and the percussion and bass on My Gipsy Heart are very effective and don’t detract from the balance of the CD. It is hard for me to pick out favorites from a collection of gems, but I’ll try a few; Comes a New Day is fitting, it starts out with a sort of distant melancholy feel, then seamlessly grows in positive feeling. On Greenland’s Coast revisits some old old favorites in a creative and soulful way. Rose is a fitting last song for the collection, and the changing time signature passages so vividly bring to mind a petal in the breeze.
I highly recommend this wonderful collection to anyone.