Laura McMillan | Without Words

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Without Words

by Laura McMillan

This Portland-area musician manages to say a lot “Without Words.” Her debut recording melds a deep grounding in the classical tradition with a love of Broadway and an appreciation for the more gentle lyricism associated with the Windham Hill label.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Missing You
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2. Soaring
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3. Let it Rain
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4. Shine
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5. Dance With Me
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6. Daydreaming
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7. Swept Away
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8. Once Again
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9. Goodbye Waltz
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10. Time Flies
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11. Too Late
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12. In Winter
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13. Diamond Glint
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14. Without Words
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Laura McMillan's CD already has received rave reviews from listeners who find something to suit any mood. Some praise its gentle, soothing passages for the ability to capture the listener attention without bombast. Others are captured by the up-tempo pieces that can’t help but put a little bounce in the listener’s step.
All listeners are captured by the natural purity of the music and McMillan’s obvious compositional sophistication.

Now, McMillan is putting the focus back on her performing career with stellar results. Listen to “Without Words” and you’ll understand why it’s taken up permanent residence in so many local CD players.

“Without Words” is available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and perhapspiano.com. To watch Laura perform, go to YouTube channel lauramcmillanpiano.

ALBUM REVIEW:
This review is from: Without Words by Laura McMillan (Audio CD)
I got to know Laura through an ebay transaction and I am really glad I did. She sent me this cd and I have listened to it 3 times and find new things with it every time. I won't call this new age, it's just beautiful piano music. To me, the songs create visions and and feelings that I remember from a long time ago. I love music that can tell a story without words and that is what I have found in Laura's wonderful music. Her style is not pretentious like many piano artists, it flows with ease but has some very interesting patterns both complex and simple. The songs are relatively short which I like because so many artists songs are 5 minutes long and they repeat a lot to the point of monotony. I have listened to this cd while doing monotonous work on the computer and just relax and the time flies. I also have a BBE 462 sonic maximizer that does wonders for the sound quality but found that the sound is really good without the 462 engaged. That shows a really good quality recording with attention to details. I know, I am a studio engineer. Thank you Laura, you are a hidden gem who should be in the spot light.
Robert Schurr


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Marilyn

Without Words
So peaceful and yet moving. I listen to this beautiful CD whenever I have a chance. I love the purity of it.

Brian Gordon

Time Flies
Very relaxing. definately a song I could play more than one time to enjoy.

Priti

Without Words
This is a beautiful compilation of piano music. Laura has captured so much emotion in her compositions. Her fingers seem to move effortlessly along the keyboard and create a masterpiece in every song. Without Words is just wonderful!

Reece

Pure Talent
An amazing display of talent, both in writing and performing. If you enjoy the sounds of a piano, this CD is a must have for your collection.

doug smith

Without Words
Laura McMillan's "Without Words" left me without words to describe the beauty she has created in these original compositions. Easy and relaxing to that of a pounding rain storm. "Without Words" is worth every penny and then some!!!

D. Parker

Without Words
Laura takes your heart to another place. If you like solo instrumental this is one of the best.

Jeff Brinklet


Great music, you will not be disappointed, definately worth listening to. I would recommend this CD for everyones listening pleasure.

Linda

Without Words
Have sent this exquisite album to my children! It is beautiful. It evokes so many images as I listen. Thank you Laura for sharing your talent with all of us!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano.com
"Without Words" is the solo piano debut by Portland, Oregon-area pianist/composer/teacher Laura McMillan. A classically-trained musician from an early age, McMillan merges her deep classical roots with a love for Broadway and an appreciation for the pianistic styles associated with the Windham Hill label. The results are a somewhat understated composing approach played with the skill and heart of someone who really knows her way around the piano. I only wish the CD was recorded a little louder because even with the volume maxed out on my CD players, the music is very quiet; I prefer it to sound more like the piano is in the same room with me. That, however, is my only criticism of "Without Words," as the music is lovely and played with expression and passion. Most of the fourteen tracks are less than three minutes long and while the mood is fairly consistent throughout, there is a very nice variety of styles.

"Without Words" opens with “Missing You,” a beautiful ballad that overflows with longing and love. The middle section becomes lively and upbeat and then returns to the first theme - a great beginning! “Soaring” is a lighter-than-air ode to exhilaration and feeling free. “Let It Rain” is the attitude of a true Oregonian! I’m watching it do just that as I write this review! This piece is very soft, gentle, and contented. “Shine” is one of the bigger and more energetic pieces, offering support and encouragement. I love the gentle ease of “Daydreaming” and its feelings of sweet surrender. I also especially like “Once Again,” which feels something like a heart-to-heart talk with a dear friend - open and completely honest. “Goodbye Waltz” is a slow, bittersweet farewell from a deeply emotional place within. “Time Flies” is a very aptly titled bundle of energy with a slower section in the middle that allows the subject to take a breath before resuming a frantic pace. “Too Late” is a slow, sad piece that expresses regret and comes from the heart. McMillan saved the title track for the end of the album, and it’s a real beauty! A wide range of emotions are conveyed within the piece - some that are energetic, and some that are gentle and reflective. The various themes are woven together to indicate just how much can be said “without words.”

"Without Words" is a great debut, and I look forward to future music from Laura McMillan. Recommended!

Ann Stennick


The music is amazing. I can feel it in my soul.
You are an incredible artist!
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