The inspiration for the "Beautiful Solitude" album came to me from an old photograph of my grandfather fishing. From the stillness of the trees to the soft ripple of the water, every aspect of that moment in time danced through my head as I began to write. The result is this lovely album full of moments just like my grandfather's. These songs are meant to help you relax and ponder the beauty of the world around you. Enjoy!
"Jennifer Haines looks to the simple things in life for inspiration: her husband and children, the seasons, nature and on her fourth self-release, her grandfather fishing. With just her piano, the East Moriches resident effortlessly finds the appropriate accompaniment for such pastoral scenes (living in eastern Long Island undoubtedly helps). The seven-minute "For Peter" is a pretty opener that sets the mood for this relaxing recording, as Haines' playing glides across the piano keys, taking full advantage of the instrument. "Sounds (Outside My Window)" was written during a sunny spring day, and you can just envision Haines in a big room with the curtains blowing in and rays of light shining on her. "Butterfly", an ode to summer, is an ironically chilly piece dotted with soothing crescendos. "Naomi's Dance" includes some tricky playing, followed by the flowing "Sway", a nice complement for trees swaying in the breeze. Finally, we're treated to the lovely title track, a peaceful tribute to her grandfather. With three other albums already behind her, this young pianist will eventually have more than enough music composed for all seasons and surroundings."
Long Island Press
Vol.2, Issue 29, July 22-July 28, 2004