"...A sampling from Fox’s website (www.wireduck.com) shows much of that music to be political, timely, and often very funny. The pieces on this new album are melodies from some of Fox’s songs, arranged for solo piano. An exceptionally strong player, Fox’s music reflects a wide range of musical styles and influences, creating a unique voice and making it difficult to compare him to other pianists (not a bad thing, in my book!). Some of the pieces have a driving rhythm while others are softer and more romantic. I love the variety in the music and the strength of Fox’s musicality. The “Volume 1” in the title of the album hints that there is more to come, and I really hope that’s the case!
"The first piece is “Bridal Suite,” a fascinating piece that contains a variety of themes in several different styles. It begins as a lovely, graceful ballad, picking up steam as it develops two additional themes that are in more of a rock style that isn’t so serious. All of the themes repeat, and return to close with the original melody. “A Father’s Touch” is a beautiful and emotional piece that conveys passionate love and strength. “I Will” and “I Give My Life to You” are tender love songs. “Don’t Worry So” is a favorite with its conversational and reassuring melody and heartfelt delivery. “I’m a Painter - Not a Prophet” goes a bit darker and more reflective - another favorite. “Bar Noir” is a hoot - kind of ragtime, kind of bluesy, and lots of fun (this one makes my fingers itch!). “Hold My Hand” takes a very simple, straightforward melody and creates a gentle love song. “Next Bottle of Wine” has an elegant, easy flow. “Human Rights Suite” is a standout. With themes/movements ranging from quiet and reflective to more turbulent and edgy, it seamlessly covers a broad range of moods and emotions - a must-hear! “Here’s To the World” is a warmly optimistic and uplifting closing piece that leaves you wanting more.
"...Very highly recommended!"
Neal Fox is a singer-songwriter with an extensive history in the music business, known for his dry wit, beautiful melodies, and audacious choice of subject matter. He has composed and produced music for everything from commercials to TV and has received numerous awards. Some of those are: Clio, Addy, and Telly awards, American Song Festival, Billboard Song Contest, Just Plain Folks, Unisong, Palm Beach International Film Festival and Delray Beach Film Festival (for music videos).
A reviewer for the Entertainer wrote, “Fox delivers hooky melodies that in turn thrill you and then break your heart.” Comments like that, and the fact, that people have repeatedly responded to the emotional aspect of his songs, inspired him to translate a selection of his music into contemorary solo piano pieces. Aside from being easy on the ear, they’re also a good choice for piano students and music teachers. [The sheet music for this collection is available on Neal’s home site, Wire Duck Records.]
If you want to hear the full instrumental piece, or full song with lyrics, check out the original recording’s CD title in parenthesis.
1. Bridal Suite - (instrumental, Hotel del Swell)
2. A Father’s Touch
3. I Will
4. I Give My Life To You (full song coming soon, Jingle This!)
5. None But The Lonely (full song, Meat Street)
6. Don’t Worry So
7. I’m A Painter – Not A Prophet
8. If Ever I Could See You Again (full song coming soon, Jingle This!)
9. Bar Noir (instrumental, Pigeonholes)
10. Hold My Hand (full song, Meat Street)
12. Next Bottle Of Wine (full song, Hotel del Swell)
13. Human Rights Suite (instrumental, Pigeonholes)
14. Here’s To The World