This CD is my tribute to imagination and creativity. After two years spent working with Christmas carols it was delightful to be composing again. I spent every spare moment I had writing, playing and just enjoying the creative process. Each song is a moment or feeling or thought that has been set to music. The liner notes include a brief story about the origin of each piece and also an original poem ("Aspen") that I wrote while I was dreaming one night...
I just picked up and listened to your new CD, "Thoughts and Dreams" for the first time.
I must say, this is an *exceptional* solo piano album. One of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to for quite awhile. I have a stack of 13 solo piano CDs on my desk that I'm actively reviewing right now and yours is definitely the best in the stack. It's refreshing, and you definitely have your own unique vibe going on it.
Congratulations on a job VERY well done. You should be proud. It's terrific.
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"When the full weight of reality starts to set in, we could all use a little escape. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the luxury of running away from it all. At times like that, we need a little fantastical voyage, a journey through the imagination. Time to relax, reflect, do a little soul-searching…It offers magical moments where we can get away from it all, hiding in the shelter of our own thoughts, hopes and dreams.
Spectacular solo pianist Jennifer Haines somehow just seems to “get” that. Her latest collection of creative compositions, Thoughts & Dreams is a beautiful 45 minute trek that’s pensive, poetic and moving. In a world that threatens to weigh you down with the trivial, mundane and the maniacal, this CD is like a soothing balm specially prepared by the very Muse of music herself.
With thirteen breathtaking breaks from the normal chaos we call life, you could package and sell this album as therapy!
I’m a big fan of anything Jennifer’s written, I’ve been listening to her for years. So, there’s a chance I might be a little biased. But there was something different about this album – it seemed more personal, more fragile, whimsical – somehow almost vulnerable. It caught me up and carried me away on an audio-visual adventure. I couldn’t have asked for more…
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better – it did! The album cover was so stunning (it turns out that Jennifer designed and created it herself) that I couldn’t help but take it out and take a peek inside. You should too!
Rarely can a listener see the music through the eye of the composer. But that little peek inside was like taking a look at the world through the same window she did, caught up in those moments of plain and simple creative genius.
Thoughts & Dreams ranks in the “Gotta Have It” category for New Age and Solo Piano enthusiasts alike, no questions asked!"