Kathleen Ryan | The Rebirth of Light

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The Rebirth of Light

by Kathleen Ryan

Solo piano and keyboard Christmas arrangements, with a dash of classical depth.
Genre: Holiday: New Age
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1. The Rebirth of Light
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2. Angels We Have Heard on High
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3. God Rest Ye Merry
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4. Somebody Talkin bout Jesus
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5. Come All Ye Shepherds
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6. That Single Star
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7. I Wonder as I Wander
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8. Usher in the Morning (I Saw 3 Ships/Good Christian Men)
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9. The Never-Ending Starlit Road (We 3 Kings)
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10. The Sun's Lullaby (Away in a Manger)
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11. The Little Drummer Boy
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12. Coventry Carol
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13. O Holy Night
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14. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here I offer to you peaceful explorations of the spiritual dimension of Christmas, traditional music conveying beauty and mystery, tenderness and passion. I have tried to create music that heralds the moment of the birth of Christ, which is of course now.

The carols on The Rebirth of Light:

01 — The Rebirth of Light
“how silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given”

02 — Angels We Have Heard
“what great brightness did you see?”

03 — God Rest Ye Merry
“O tidings of comfort and joy”

04 — Somebody Talkin
“everywhere I go, somebody talkin bout Jesus”

05 — Come, All Ye Shepherds
“hasten then ... to see heaven descend to us all”

06 — That Single Star
“ages of endless dark, pierced by that single star”

07 — I Wonder As I Wander
“high from the heavens a star’s light did fall and the promise of ages it then did recall”

08 — Usher in the Morning
“break forth, o beauteous heavenly light, and usher in the morning”
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing
“then let us all rejoice amain on Christmas day in the morning”
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
“rejoice with heart and soul and voice: now ye hear of endless bliss”

09 — The Never–Ending Starlit Road
“guide us to Thy perfect light”

10 — The Sun’s Lullaby
Away in the Manger
“fit us for heaven to live with Thee there”
My Dancing Day
“this have I done for my true love”

11 — The Little Drummer Boy (Davis, Onorati, Simeone; arr Kathleen Ryan)
“I played my best for Him”

12 — The Coventry Carol
“how may we do for to preserve this day this poor youngling?”

13 — O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam; arr Kathleen Ryan)
“He appeared and the soul felt its worth”

14 — Silent Night
“Son of God, love’s pure light,.... Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!”

We wish you joy and peace and a rebirth of the light that guides your spirit in this Christmas season. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it.”

Kathleen


A bit about me:
I am inspired to make music by sounds, by images, and by ideas. I can't always make a piece do what I want it to. Perhaps that's not something I should confess to, but while I can put notes where I want them, they won't always stay there. The pesky things seem to have some ideas of their own. I've read that novelists discover the personalities and intentions of their characters. Well, I discover the personalities and intentions of my musical ideas, and they don't always go where I would have led them...

but they often go somewhere I find interesting, listenable, even tantalizing. So I follow. I follow the music until it sounds true to me.

When I am composing, I don't necessarily hear music inside. Instead, I experience a subtle dissatisfaction until the sounds my hands create match the deeper emotion I feel within.


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Lanette Meister

the rebirth of Light
In Kathleen Ryan’s “the rebirth of Light,” I’ve found true Christmas comfort and joy. Her selections reflect tenderness, a playful heart, and a reverence for the majesty of the holiest night. Kathleen’s celebration of the angel choir’s resounding elation in “Angels We Have Heard on High” lifts my spirit right up to their lofty heights. Until I heard Kathleen’s interpretation of “I Wonder as I Wander,” I thought that only George Beverly Shea could do it justice. Her arrangement is at once contemplative and full of awe. I’m very grateful for Kathleen’s Christmas gift to us all.

Brian Satterlee


Rebirth of Light is a rebirth of great Christmas music!
author: Brian Satterlee

I can't think of not listening to this music every time the winter season
comes around. It is very rare to have music that leads the mind and heart
on to such high places. Far from being just another holiday CD, Ryan's
Style brings this music to a new place for me. The sincerity of this pure music can not be questioned. There is such variety that you will find yourself playing this CD many times again.

Kathy Parsons

Reflect and Celebrate!
“The Rebirth of Light” is the 10th anniversary reissue of Kathleen Ryan’s wonderful collection of Christmas music that peacefully explores the spiritual dimension of the holiday season. Originally released in 1997, this new version includes additional material. Most of the pieces were arranged for solo piano, but a few have keyboard instrumentation. The collection also features two original compositions. The CD sustains a really nice mood throughout, although some of the songs are joyful and exuberant, most are more subdued and reflective. Having been a piano teacher for more years than I care to admit, I often get very burned out on Christmas music, but I really like this album!

“The Rebirth of Light” opens with the title track, a quiet, exploratory piece that sets the mood with lots of open spaces between the notes, and a very peaceful message. “Angels We Have Heard On High” opens with a series of piano trills that suggest fluttering wings. With an improvisatory section in the middle, this arrangement is quite unusual and very effective. “God Rest Ye Merry” dances for joy, twirling and leaping into the air - a great arrangement! “Somebody Talkin Bout Jesus” goes very dark for a beautiful and soulful rendition of this old spiritual. “Come All Ye Shepherds” is a lively keyboard arrangement that brings the good news. “That Single Star” is the second original piece, and is a lovely meditation. I love “I Wonder As I Wander,” a carol said to have come from Appalachia. Ryan’s arrangement sticks to the melody, and really brings out the soulful nature of the song. “Usher In the Morning” is a keyboard medley of “Ermuntre Dich,” “I Saw Three Ships,” and “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.” Upbeat and lively, this is another toe-tapper that brings a big smile. “The Never-Ending Starlit Road” is a haunting solo piano arrangement of “We Three Kings of Orient Are” - one of the best I’ve heard. “The Coventry Carol” is another standout, overflowing with the beauty and tragedy of this ancient piece. “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” are both stunning in their quiet passion and elegance.

“The Rebirth of Light” will certainly make a return appearance to my CD player as we get closer to the holidays! For a reminder and a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas, this is a wonderful choice. Highly recommended!