Laura McMillan | Linger Longer

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Linger Longer

by Laura McMillan

OWR ALBUM of THE YEAR! The most treasured moments in life, we all wish would 'Linger Longer'. If you enjoy relaxing, beautiful, solo piano music, and the warm sound of a Steinway, this one's for you!
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. The Window
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2. December 12th
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3. Twirling
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4. With All My Heart
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5. Empty
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6. Dear Heaven
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7. Linger Longer
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8. Letting Go
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9. Without You
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10. Wings
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11. July Lullaby
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12. Raspberry Rain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
During a 15 month time period, my Mom
(who was my Mom, very best friend, and encouraged my music, always)
lost her brother, brother in law, and sister in law to cancer.
To say this was a difficult time for her, is an understatement.

I tried my best to be supportive and simply asked her one day,
'What would make you happy?' She replied, 'Nothing.'
I then suggested we 'go somewhere', anywhere she would like.
She said, 'The only place in the world I've always wanted to go is Cape Cod.'
I said, 'Okay, then we're going!'.

She wanted a place right on the beach.
She found an old sea captain's house they rented out in Brewster.
We went, only for three days, clear across the United States,
one day to fly there, one day to stay, one day to fly home.
Mom was afraid I'd be bored there.

The place is called, 'Linger Longer by the Sea'.
We ended up going 17 more times, for 10 days each time.
It was magical, opening the sliding glass door onto the deck,
then stepping into the warm sand,
swimming in the bay that has warm water!
Endless walks on the beach, picking up seashells.

Our memories there on the Cape will last me a lifetime,
best, most wonderful trips, always.

I thought it only appropriate to dedicate
my new cd in memory of my Mom.

The cover is the sunset on Cape Cod bay,
a picture taken right from the deck
where we watched hundreds of sunsets
and an overlay picture of me playing the piano.

So, now, you know the meaning behind my cover art,
piece and title of my new cd,
'Linger Longer'.

The most treasured moments in life, we all wish would
'Linger Longer', and to me, Cape Cod is a piece of Heaven
on Earth.


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Dennis Albro

Linger Longer
'Linger Longer' ... Beautiful music composed from the heart and played with passion. 'Linger Longer' and ' Wings' are my favorites. They showcase your technical ability exquisitely. You use the keys and your touch much like singers use their voices for phrasing. I picked up nuances in this CD that were not there in your first CD. Excellent compositions.

Corene

It's wonderful
When listening to Laura's music, I think of her mom (my cousin) and feel a connection to her. Laura is a very gifted pianist/composer and her compassion comes through in her music. It's hard to pick a favorite from her latest album, but when I hear Twirling I can see her and her mom twirling together on the beach at Cape Cod.

Claire Hjorring

"Linger Longer" and let this music take you with it ... you may be surprised whe
Oh I love how "Linger Longer" does just that - I have lingered tonight with memories I thought I had forgotten ... I smiled, I cried, I was invited to think about "Letting Go", and then reminded to be thankful to have loved and to have been loved ... rejoice and live my life with the energy of "Raspberry Rain". You are a very gifted composer and pianist Laura - you take us with you in your music ... bravo ... encore please :-)

Duthsah Bard of the Veil

Music that sings without a word.
Linger longer is a journey into the mind of a beautiful human being. There is not a vocal one on this, yet it sings to the heart with words unspoken. This is my second review, the first was too long. So I must be brief, maybe this is better. Words cannot do justice to Laura's music. Ever song on this inspires pictures in the mind, and of feelings that words cannot express. For me, I see Pemiquan Point in ME, with rollers breaking on the sea wall, of visions of Mount Hood raising its majestic head above the fog in Portland Or. I see trees reaching to the sky with winter fingers, patiently waiting for springtime and the promise of warmer days. I see the hope that springs eternal, from the ashes of yesterday into a new day, a day with no hurts, a day with no more tears. I see reconciliation, a day of greeting long lost loved ones. IT is more than words can say, I would go into detail over each song if space permitted. But better yet, add this album to your collection, and you would not need my poor words, you would 'see' and hear for yourself. I am moved, in a deep way by this music.

Steve Sheppard

One World Radio
In the ever busy and over flowing world of New Age Piano artists one really has to be at the top of their game to get noticed.
Let me introduce you to Laura McMillian, one who has done so with a stunning album called “Linger Longer” and the first track that opens this carefully crafted work is entitles “The Window”, a piece that takes the listener to the very frames of this alternate existence and one can sit by listening to Laura’s powerful and emotive playing, thinking of past, present and future whilst gazing out of The Window.
“December 12th” flows with a cold wind and Laura’s style is very redolent of that time of year, but the power is still there and almost embraces you with a warmth that melts away the darkness of the long winter nights and they lay’s you down gently upon a warm rug and once again all is right with the world. This is a clever piece and very well played by a versatile Laura McMillian.
Classically trained McMillan’s brilliance shows with abundance in the track “Twirling” which seems to spin and twist you in the nature of the name of the track, one of my personal favourites it has to be said is emotional “With All My Heart” this track is a heartfelt honest statement of love and beautifully constructed.
Now on her second album Laura McMillan has found her footing with great gusto on Linger Longer, as in the track “Empty”, which has a sadness so deep, but then it almost recreates it’s self into a defiant and powerful statement of intent that lifts the listener to a greater height.
This is such a very well constructed album, it flows like a mountain stream, sometimes moving rapidly past boulders, then slowing down into calm peaceful eddies of musical bliss, the track “Dear Heaven” is a prime example of this wonderful style.
We all hear, see and feel different things in an album and sometimes it’s almost amusing for the artist to see such comments, albums like this give the listener a perfect vehicle for doing such as that, as does the passion filled piece “Linger longer” the title track, which could almost be described as an anthem of sheer genius.
Sometimes we come to a place in our lives when we have to do the hardest thing in the world and that’s let go, it maybe a person in our lives or a life style choice, but as with the track “Letting Go” it gives us a reassurance that once one thing ends, let go, because something new and better is just around the corner.
I found the track “Without You” a soft and respectful reverent piece, McMillan does justice to her playing with this gentle composition, you can literally feel the emotion in this track, it’s always present and dare I say it Lingers Longer?
“Wings” is almost a piece that hangs in the air and I am sure that one could place lyrics to this for a song that you can imagine a family singing around the fire on a cold winter night, but also builds to a perfect crescendo towards the end.
“July Lullaby”, you know I listened to this track a couple of times and kept finding more in it each time, yes the sleep element works, but it would also work for lazing in the countryside on a Summers day, perfect piece and one of my favourites.
It’s been a pleasure to have had the chance to review “Linger Longer” by Laura McMillan and that pleasure is finally ended with the refrains from the last track of the album called “Raspberry Rain” a cheeky title, but shows the fun and enjoyment the artist has had in bringing you this wonderful album which a true treasure in the hectic world which will sooth and take you dear listener to a happier place entirely.
Steve Sheppard
One World Radio
www.oneworldradio.org.uk

Raj Manoharan

The RajMan Review
Laura McMillan’s latest album presents twelve tunes that have as their main theme the idea of staying in the moment, even a little bit after the moment has passed.

The tracks themselves have that quality of being in the now. Some music doesn’t register until long after it has stopped playing, and that may not be a result of the music itself, but rather other things that distract or preoccupy us. McMillan’s compositions, however, demand your attention as you listen to them, but not in an overbearing way. Her graceful, nuanced performances draw you in gently, allowing you to enjoy each masterful keystroke and flash of brilliant phasing.

McMillan has succeeded in creating a work that not only inspires us to linger longer in moments that matter, but also helps us to commemorate those moments with beautiful music.

Jodi Raven Hawk

Linger Longer
I love this CD. It is peaceful and soothing. Laura plays unique pieces that will lull you into another world full of tranquility.

Lillian

NEO-CLASSICAL MEETS NEW AGE ON LAURA MCMILLAN CD
LAURA MCMILLAN
LINGER LONGER
CD REVIEW
PERHAPSPIANO.COM

On her recording LINGER LONGER, solo pianist Laura McMillan presents a dozen new original compositions representing her thoughts and feelings about life -- from remembering the innocence of childhood to losing someone you love, from cherishing special memories to praying for a better understanding of our world.

McMillan, who has been playing and teaching classical music all her life, blends both traditional classical piano elements and a strong appreciation of Broadway music with modern new age and neo-classical motifs to create her own sound. She often employs tempo changes within a composition which builds excitement and makes the listener wonder what direction she will head next. At times McMillan balances heavy chording with delicate runs, keeping both hands active, developing a variety of moods and passionate feelings with the music.

This is a lovely CD full of music that goes down easy, but also piques the interest just enough. Recommended.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Linger Longer," pianist/composer Laura McMillan’s second solo piano CD, is a collection of twelve original compositions. Dedicated to the memory of her mother, Maureen Serres, the album also contains “Wings,” a piece McMillan composed the night her childhood friend’s son was shot in the head by a neighbor boy. McMillan has donated all proceeds from this piece to help the Stokes family with their medical expenses, and has also performed a benefit concert to help raise funds for Austin’s ongoing care. While these events bring great sadness, the music never dissolves into despair, but is reflective and hopeful. Laura McMillan is a prominent piano teacher in the Portland, Oregon area with a strong background in classical music as well as a great love for Broadway show tunes and the artists from the Windham Hill era. These varied influences give McMillan much to draw on to create her own musical voice.

"Linger Longer" begins with “The Window,” a piece as soft and gentle as a daydream. The strong melody suggests possible lyrics, but none are necessary to express the grace and beauty of this piece. “December 12th” picks up the tempo a bit, alternating between a slower theme and a very lively one. Perhaps December 12th was the date of a Christmas student recital and the piece expresses a mix of excitement and dread (I remember those feelings well)! “With All My Heart” is a graceful and heartfelt ballad - a favorite. “Empty” is grief set to music, but there is always a ray of hope shining through. “Dear Heaven” begins with a very dark intro, but softens to a quieter more prayer-like voice. As the piece evolves and develops, it becomes lighter and more joyous. The title track refers to an old sea captain’s house on Cape Cod that McMillan and her mother stayed in often, sharing time together and the beauty of the ocean. “Without You” is a tender good-bye and a gorgeous celebration, reflecting the mixed emotions that come in rapid succession in times of great loss. I really love this piece! “Wings” also spills over with emotion, and McMillan says that her motivation in writing this piece was: “The greatest mistake you can make is to do nothing, because you can only do a little.” What a wonderful gift to a young boy who nearly lost his life because of a momentary mistake that was not even his own. I don’t know where the title for “Raspberry Rain” comes from, but I like it! Lively, swirling, and upbeat, it’s an effervescent ending to a most enjoyable album!

"Linger Longer" is a beautiful follow-up to "Without Words." Recommended!