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A Delicate Joy

by David Nevue

A joyful solo piano album that celebrates life, faith, family, and living every moment to the fullest! Need encouragement? This is the album for you.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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2. Traveling Light
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3. Down by the Sally Gardens
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4. The Garden Swing
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5. Days Gone By
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6. A Vision in White
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7. My Happy Dance
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8. A Tiny Heartbeat
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9. Just Because I Love You
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10. Happily Ever After
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11. Hand in Hand
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12. Under the Setting Sun
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13. Goodnight Sweet Angel
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14. Jesu Joy Canon in D
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From the liner notes...

Nothing has made me more aware of the swift passage of time than watching my two children grow up before my eyes. It seems like not all that long ago, I was holding my newborn son in my arms, and yet here he is, eleven years old already and just moments away from becoming a teenager. My daughter Noelle, who makes me smile every single day, is eight now. If it were possible, she’d gladly choose to grow up even faster than her older brother!

Life moves so quickly. Months pass like days, and years like weeks. I have become so aware of how very precious every single moment is that I have with my children. I make every effort to listen - really listen - to what they are saying and feeling. I watch and treasure every delightful thing they do. I do my best to teach them what a life of joy means, not only through my words but also by my example. When they grow old and think of me, I want them to remember laughter, love and what it truly means to be a child of God, trusting in Him.

But Joy is a very delicate thing. It’s so much easier to worry… to stress out about finances, health concerns, politics – all things that in the scheme of eternity don’t really matter much. I have to constantly remind myself not to get overly caught up in such things.

Joy, like Love, is more than a fluffy feeling, it’s something you do. It’s a decision you make and an action you take. Yes, life is sometimes difficult to navigate – especially when dealing with issues of health or grieving for the loss of the ones we love – but we often make it harder on ourselves than it needs to be. We carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and allow ourselves to be swallowed up too easily by our troubles. That steals away our joy.

That’s not what God, our creator, wants for us. He wants us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. He wants us to focus on the eternal, on love, on relationships, both with Him and our fellow man. He wants us to rely on Him, to truly put our cares on His shoulders. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it is a noble and Godly pursuit.

The music on A Delicate Joy is about living fully and joyfully. It’s about freedom from worry, and about walking in faith, knowing God has all things in His hands. It’s about love, family, and spending precious time together enjoying God’s creation. It’s about making the most of every single moment, because there isn’t a moment to lose. Every moment matters. Life is a treasure to be enjoyed.

Psalm 66, 81, 95, 98 and 100 all exhort us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. This album is my joyful noise, or at least one part of it. It is my expression of gratitude for the great blessings God has given my family. I will not take them for granted, and I will not let the dark clouds I occasionally pass through in life take my joy away.

Celebrate life, choose joy, and in doing so not only will you live in peace, you’ll inspire those around you to live joyfully as well.


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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Un álbum encantador donde los sentimientos más positivos se reflejan en cada obr
David Nevue, uno de los pianistas más influyentes de los Estados Unidos y descubridor de otros cientos grandes pianistas, lanza al mercado su duodécimo álbum bajo un título que indica el tierno carácter del CD, A Delicate Joy. Desde su último trabajo “Overcome”, hace ya más de cinco años, Nevue no lanzaba obras originales; durante ese tiempo se centró en adaptar himnos eclesiásticos e incluirlos en sus trabajos “Adoration” o “Revelation”. Para los que somos seguidores y amantes de las obras originales de David, hoy es un gran día. A Delicate Joy nos descubre el mismo efecto que ya conseguía “Sweet Dreams & Starlight”, una de sus joyas, donde la amabilidad, el afecto, y un sinfín de buenas sensaciones invaden al oyente, mientras este es acompañado por un piano pausado, melódico y de una gran belleza.

La primera pista no podía ser otra que “A Delicate Joy”. Nevue sabe dar el toque justo en velocidad y tacto a las notas y acordes, ofreciéndole a la pieza un sentimiento que sólo el sabe conseguir. Intercambiando instantes de toques sutiles de acordes con una melodía extremadamente dulce, Nevue logra acercarse al corazón del oyente. Una de mis preferidas!.

Otra de las afables maravillas de A Delicate Joy lleva el título “Traveling Light”. Con un sentimiento entrañable y juguetón, el pianista parece arrancar del piano una pieza inspirada para niños, donde la inocencia y el baile de sus notas marcan la diferencia en esta música que despeja la mente y dibuja una sonrisa. Otra de mis preferidas…

Sigo sorprendiéndome por la facilidad que Nevue tiene a la hora de componer. No existe una pieza escrita por David que no conserve una melodía pegadiza, sea sencilla o complicada, esta se queda grabada como a fuego en la mente del oyente. “Down by the Sally Gardens” es un ejemplo de esto, la melodía es lenta, de una exquisitez difícil de describir, pero poseedora de una melodía muy poderosa. Sin palabras.

“The Garden Light”. Sin romper el carácter del CD, Nevue nos regala una pieza algo más movida que las anteriores, pero con unos arreglos más complejos, donde predominan toques de acompañamiento en la zona baja del piano y una aligerada melodía que interpreta la diestra.

El artista nos vuelve a invitar a disfrutar de la paz, esta vez con “Days Gone By”. La belleza de esta pieza reside en los cambios, donde David interpreta dos fragmentos, un primero soñador y reservado, y un segundo algo más breve y aligerado. Es increíble como un fuerte sentimiento de nostalgia invade al oyente cuando escucha esta música con atención!.

Otra de las grandes composiciones de A Delicate Joy es “A Vision in White”. En esta ocasión, David interpreta una de las piezas más apasionadas de álbum y con unos cambios muy interesantes e inesperados, todo ello, dentro de la tranquilidad y la distinción que conserva el álbum. “A Vision in White” es otro ejemplo claro de la facilidad de David en crear piezas increíbles. Muy melancólica, pero su belleza es superior a todo. Mi preferida en A Delicate Joy.

Algo de alegría con “My Happy Dance”. Más rápida que las anteriores y descubriendo un estado más positivo, Nevue nos regala su toque juguetón, donde el baile de sus manos dan vida a una música que aleja la negatividad y durante unos minutos, nos ilumina la vida!.

Emotiva y muy reflexiva, “A Tiny Hearbeat” son de esas composiciones que inconscientemente invitan a sentarse y pensar sobre la vida. La pasión y la sinceridad de sus notas son la hermosura de la pieza, donde el cuidado de la melodía es extremo.

Otra música sincera y llena de afecto. “Just Because I Love You” es una composición entrañable, de hermosas notas que nacen de lo más profundo del artista, son verdaderas. Es tan bella, tan clara… Sólo hay que escucharla con atención para darse cuenta de la naturalidad de la misma. Otro gran tema que engrandece este álbum.

La siguiente composición alegre y movida del álbum lleva el título “Happily Ever After”, es despreocupada y la esperanza como principal sentimiento. La alegría de sus notas y la rapidez de su encantadora melodía es una delicia, y para variar, posee una música pegadiza y atractiva.

Toda la franqueza comprendida en “Hand in Hand”. En esta pieza no encontramos acordes imposibles ni melodías vertiginosas. Es increíble como la sencillez de esta pieza consigue emocionar al corazón más duro. “Hand in Hand “ es lenta, muy lenta, pero de una emotividad que no se puede describir con palabras. Escuchen y juzguen ustedes mismos, yo estoy mudo…

Disfrutar de unos momentos de relajación mientras se observa un claro día es algo perfecto, un contexto soñador. “Under the Setting Sun” tiene su vida en la zona más baja del piano, creando una música agridulce, apagada en el sonido, pero iluminada en su significado. Una pieza que es un fondo musical perfecto para embellecer con la mirada todo aquello que acontece frente a nuestros ojos.

La única canción de cuna del álbum es “Goodnight Sweet Angel”. En la música, tan importantes son las notas como el silencio, y en esta ocasión, Nevue lo hace perfecto. “Goodnight Sweet Angel” es hermosa y frágil, dejando los momentos de silencio para respirar. Qué belleza!.

Para finalizar, una música que nos resultará muy conocida. “Jesu Joy Canon in D”, una mezcla entre la composición de Bach “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” y el “Canon in D” de Pachelbel, pero interpretada a su manera, imaginando los acordes y las notas. Realmente muy interesante!.


“A Delicate Joy” ha sido una muy grata sorpresa. David Nevue como pianista es fantástico, pero como compositor… único!. Después de más de cinco años, Nevue ha vuelto a regalarnos su mejor toque y su arte compositiva en catorce piezas que harán disfrutar al oyente con el baile de sus notas. Todos y cada uno de los momentos de la vida posee banda sonora y así lo ha reflejado David en A Delicate Joy, un álbum encantador donde los sentimientos más positivos se reflejan en cada obra. Muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
05/05/12

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
In his formative days as a musician, David’s biggest influences came from the progressive rock of the 1980’s with groups like Pink Floyd, Rush, Jethro Tull, and Queen. However, upon hearing the impressionistic piano music of George Winston while in college, David was taken by what he heard and began to move in that direction. In fact, his sound on the piano has been described as “somewhere between Chopin and George Winston.”

The title track is appropriately named in that it illuminates a delicateness like sunlight on a spider’s silken web. I appreciated the way he would often pause between phrases to let the composition breathe, and give the listener a brief respite to savor the moment. Of the fourteen tracks on the album, twelve are originals and two are arrangements. Track three, “Down By the Sally Gardens” is one of the later – a sweet and lovely Irish tune that is one of David’s favorites.

The mood shifts a bit on “Day’s Gone By” and “A Vision In White” eliciting a more wistful air, that highlights the emotional range David brings to his playing and composing. However, the pendulum swings back again on the exuberant “My Happy Dance,” making me aware of how much a simple melody or piece of music can tap into our feeling nature and affect it so profoundly. The CD draws to a delightful conclusion with the second of the two arrangements entitled “Jesu Joy Canon in D” which David refers to as “a mish-mash of Bach’s Jesu Joy, Pachelbel’s Canon, and my own improvisational riffs.” “A Delicate Joy” is an exquisite collection of solo piano music that is moving, heartfelt, and life affirming, offering a timely and touching reminder to stop and smell the roses.

For a full length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
This album marks pianist David Nevue’s first collection of mostly original compositions in over five years, and it has been well worth the wait.

The CD contains twelve Nevue-penned tracks and two adaptations/rearrangements of traditional tunes. But they all flow smoothly one after another and equally display Nevue’s talent for balancing virtuosity, elegance, taste, and restraint.

The result is an album that is an absolute delight to listen to. There is no single track or group of tracks that I found myself wanting to skip to and play over and over. They all fall easily on the ears. However, if I could only listen to one track, it would be Nevue’s masterful interpretation of “Jesu Joy Canon in D.” Also, “The Garden Swing,” “Just Because I Love You,” “Hand in Hand” and “Goodnight Sweet Angel” are particularly affecting.

A truly amazing aspect of not only this CD but also Nevue’s music in general is the fact that he does not write or notate any of his original compositions or covers of other people’s works. He plays everything by ear and memory.

This wouldn’t be so remarkable if this was jazz improvisation, where general thematic and chord structures usually serve as a launching pad for free-form solos. However, every one of Nevue’s originals or covers is intricate and detailed, especially a piece such as “Jesu Joy Canon in D,” making Nevue’s prowess on the piano even that more extraordinary.

Whether you are a piano aficionado or a casual listener, this is one album that can be enjoyed by fans of all musical persuasions.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano.com
"A Delicate Joy" is the twelfth release from pianist/composer David Nevue and his first album of original piano solos in about five years. From the heartwarming cover photo of Nevue’s daughter Noelle in a field of tulips to the last notes of Nevue’s medley of “Jesu Joy of Man’s Beholding” and “Canon in D,” this album celebrates the simple beauties and joys of life. Nevue’s liner notes describe it perfectly: “The music on "A Delicate Joy" is about living fully and joyfully. It’s about freedom from worry, and about walking in faith, knowing God has all things in His hands. It’s about love, family, and spending precious time together enjoying God’s creation. It’s about making the most of every single moment, because there isn’t a moment to lose. Every moment matters. Life is a treasure to be enjoyed.” All but two of the fourteen pieces are Nevue originals. The other two include the medley mentioned above and Nevue’s arrangement of the traditional Irish song, “Down By the Sally Gardens.” I have to admit that I’ve always been partial to Nevue’s darker music, but these pieces sparkle and dance, radiating the happiness of a peaceful heart and soothing our cares away.

"A Delicate Joy" opens with the title track, a reflective and gently flowing piece that could be a prayer or meditation set to music. “Traveling Light” has a lighthearted lilt that hasn’t a care or worry in the world. The simple melody and left hand rhythm pattern in “The Garden Swing” create a tranquil interlude - effortlessly kicking back and doin’ nothing. “A Vision in White” was inspired when Nevue saw his toddler daughter in a white dress as a flower girl in a friend’s wedding and thinking about how she would be walking down the aisle in her own wedding sometime in the future. Bittersweet and introspective, this is one of my favorites. “My Happy Dance” was inspired by Mike Strickland’s “foot-tappin’ music” and is quite different from most of Nevue’s other music. It fits this album perfectly both theme-wise and musically - free-flowing fun. “A Tiny Heartbeat” conveys the wonder and awe of hearing a baby’s heartbeat for the first time. The swirling and carefree “Happily Ever After” is a more-restrained yet effusive happy dance. “Hand In Hand” is a simple, heartfelt love song - slow, melodic, and honest. Love it! “Under the Setting Sun” is my favorite track. I love the gentle ebb and flow of the peacefully rolling rhythm and sensitive melodic line. I can’t wait to play this one myself! “Jesu Joy Canon in D” is an effervescent ode to joy that combines the two classics with Nevue’s improvisations and interpretations, ending the album with a happy smile.

David Nevue has created another gem with "A Delicate Joy"! Recommended!