David Nevue | Sweet Dreams & Starlight

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Sweet Dreams & Starlight

by David Nevue

Sweet solo piano music written to express the life-changing magic of parenthood. A great night-time lullaby album as well! Highly recommended for moms and teachers seeking soothing music for their little ones and/or young students.
Genre: Kids/Family: Lullabies
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1. Sweet Dreams & Starlight
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2. Eden Again
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3. Greensleeves
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4. The Moment Everything Changed
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5. Jesus Loves Me
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6. Song for Noelle
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7. The Gift
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8. Happy Together
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9. Ursa Minor
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10. Taking Flight
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11. Across the Velvet Sea
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12. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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13. The Face of the Deep
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14. Goodnight Moon
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Album Notes
From the Liner Notes...

As I look back on my music over the years, it's fascinating to see how each of my albums reflects a particular period of my life. It's almost as if my history, since the age of about 20, has been put to music. Sweet Dreams & Starlight is no different. This particular album, however, marks my transition into fatherhood.

What makes this album somewhat unexpected is that up until a few years ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to be a father. When Julie and I married in 1989, we agreed to wait ten years before having kids. That allowed me to push all consideration of fatherhood to the back of my mind.

We kept to our schedule. Almost exactly ten years after our wedding, Julie became pregnant, and on March 9th of 2000, my son Nathan was brought into this world.

That was the moment everything changed.

Due to complications with Julie's pregnancy, I was the primary caregiver for little Nathan during his first few days on Earth. The irony of this did not go unnoticed by me. After spending my entire life avoiding contact with babies, I was now bathing, changing, and nurturing one on a near 24-hour basis. During those first, intense days, my heart was transformed. I bonded deeply with my son.

It's now been four years since Nathan was born and I thank God for him every day. He is such a joy and blessing to us. And, as if to say "I want to bless you even more" God gave Julie and I another child, Noelle, a sweet little girl born to us on June 12th, 2003.

Fatherhood has completely altered my perspective on life and family. Where I was once rather pessimistic about becoming a father, I now view fatherhood as a role I was made for. My children have released in me a deeper, more profound love than I had any idea I was capable of. They are now as much a part of me as is my own heartbeat.

And that is, in part, why I put this collection together. I wanted to give my children an album they could call their very own; a gift of music from the father who loves them more than he can express with words alone.

David Nevue, March 2004


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Kathy Parsons

Nevue's Best Album Yet!
“Sweet Dreams and Starlight” by David Nevue is the eighth release from an artist who seems to keep getting better all the time. Nevue’s albums have themes about things going on in his life at various times, and this one celebrates becoming a father after many years of not being sure if he wanted to take that step. Nevue states in the liner notes that he made this recording because he wanted to give his children an album they could call their own. I expected something very light and playful, perhaps including some lullabies; it is so much more than that. The pieces are very gentle, but the emotional depth is amazing. Many of the pieces have a strong sense of wonder, and it seems that they capture the joy of discovery as a child as well as the joy of discovering new places within yourself you didn’t know existed as an adult. As a result, this really isn’t a children’s album at all, but an expression of humanity that anyone can relate to.

The fourteen tracks are all solo piano, and include ten original pieces and four delightful arrangements of favorite tunes. Nevue pays homage to one of his early influences, George Winston, in the title track. The opening melody is simple and heartfelt, beginning in the upper registers of the piano, much like a music box. He repeats the melody, fleshing it out, and brings in a middle section that sounds very much like a Winston passage; a reprise of the melody closes the song with a sigh. A great beginning, and one of Nevue’s best pieces ever. His arrangement of “Greensleeves” is sweet and simple, with a wonderful gentle flow. “The Moment Everything Changed” is almost a lullaby - very quiet, with a sense of wonder. “Jesus Loves Me” is truly a classic children’s hymn, and Nevue’s theme and variations approach to it is lovely, keeping it warm and childlike. “Song For Noelle” is a charming, tender ballad for Nevue’s daughter. Quiet enough to be a lullaby, the loving emotions flow through. One of the surprises is a great arrangement of The Turtles’ “Happy Together.” Nevue gives it a semi-classical approach that works really well. I’ve always loved this song, and Nevue’s version made me realize how strong it is musically. In the liner notes, Nevue writes about how much he loved looking at the stars as a child and how, as he got older, he got too busy to remember to do so. One of the first words Nathan learned was “star,” and his discovery of a starry sky has brought ”Daddy” full-circle to loving to look up again; “Ursa Minor” has a gentle, twinkling quality that describes a night sky. My favorite track is “Taking Flight,” which has a graceful, rolling left hand that gives it momentum, and a melody that suggests excitement and anticipation. I hope this will be available in sheet music soon! “Across the Velvet Sea” is kind of a dark, dreamy waltz. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is another theme and variations, and is totally charming in its innocence and wonder. “The Face of the Deep” is a bit more mysterious, but is tranquil and calm.

“Sweet Dreams and Starlight” is one of my favorite albums so far this year. Very highly recommended!


Guaranteed to bring your inner child back to life
This wonderful music enveloped me as I sat outside on one of the first beautiful fall-like days of the year. It invoked sweet memories of my childhood and the aching heart of youth. As usual, when the world around us seems tragic, David Nevue's music reminds us that the spirit of peace is always near.