...is best described as songs for the piano. The songs are defined as Tone Poems for the piano, where the shift to melodic emphasis more readily focuses on bringing out feelings and emotions.
'Music From the Heart' was recorded in 1979 at Wilshire United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California, with the assistance of recording engineer Les Remsen.
Born 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, American composer John William Burrows writes for solo piano.
Music and sports were and are of equal importance in his life. While he had the ability and interest to spend long hours at the piano as a youngster, he was equally drawn to stick ball and roller hockey on the streets of Brooklyn. His musical talent, thanks to the encouragement of his mother, also a pianist, led to his being a student organist at the age of ten at St. Ephrem's Grammar School. At the age of fourteen, his love of ice hockey in the PAL program took him to competition out of state. His Irish Catholic parents had hopes of his joining the priesthood and sent him to Cathedral High School, where he continued his musical studies. After graduation he took time off, applying his typing skills to a job. Within that year, he joined the army and was sent to Ulm, Germany, where he served as a Chaplain's Assistant. After serving in the army, he was accepted at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam. While in college, he continued playing ice hockey on the weekends, along with long hours of practice at the piano. With graduation came the Senior Recital Award and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.
After ten years of teaching music to children from elementary age through high school, he began his second career of playing piano in resorts, skiing, traveling and composing pieces at the piano. He also continues to give recitals of his works.
Mr. Burrows is a member of ASCAP
The portraits of "Judy", "Nancy", and "Billie" are reflective and sentimental, and several other pieces on this album share their sweetly nostalgic moods, while the upbeat "Cockroach" and "Tar Baby" seem designed primarily to demonstrate Burrows' flashy playing and wide-ranging influences.
Review by Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
Thank you, CD Baby, for including 'Music From the Heart' as an Editor's Pick!