David Nevue | Overcome

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Overcome

by David Nevue

An emotionally-charged solo piano album for folks looking for something with a bit of an edge. "Overcome" won "Best Instrumental Piano Album of 2005" at the LifeStyle Music Awards.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Overcome
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2. Winter Walk
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3. Take My Life and Let it Be
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4. Variations
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5. Treasure Falls
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6. Broken
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7. As the Deer
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8. The Vigil
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9. A Moment Lost
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10. When the Hard Rains Come
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11. Psalm 5
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12. Words Left Unsaid
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13. Walking in Shadow
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14. There is a Redeemer
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15. The Old Country Church
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16. It is Well With My Soul
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About the Artist...

With a piano style somewhere between Chopin and George Winston, David Nevue brings melody and heart back to instrumental music. Perhaps Heartsong Review said it best when they described his music as "hauntingly romantic." David's music introduces us to a wilderness of musical ideas which the listener becomes anxious to explore.

Interestingly enough, if you ask David about his musical background he might surprise you. He comes not from a background of polished piano music, but grew up a typical 1980's teenager strongly under the influences of such progressive rock artists as Rush, Pink Floyd, and Kansas. David pursued rock music as a career throughout his college years, playing keyboards for a number of garage bands.

It wasn't until David's college roommate introduced him to the piano music of George Winston that he began to consider a career as a pianist. "Prior to hearing George Winston, my idea of 'solo piano' went no further than classical music, a form a music I've never felt much connection with. Winston's impressionistic style was at that time unlike any music I had ever heard. My roommate played Winston's music all the time, and it just sort of seeped in. As a result, I found myself playing around with a few melodies at the piano and I just never stopped."

In 1992 David released his first album, 'The Tower.' "At the time I recorded The Tower I was listening to a lot of the band Renaissance. I was really going for that very poetic, artsy, dramatic piano sound." David promoted 'The Tower' via mail order and at performances. Building on the support of his small but growing fan base, David put the profits from 'The Tower' back into his music. His efforts eventually resulted his next project, 'While the Trees Sleep' released in 1995. Since that time, Nevue has released several more CDs, including 'The Last Waking Moment,' 'The Vigil', 'Postcards from Germany' and a 'best of' collection called 'Whisperings.'

Today, David markets his music almost exclusively via the Internet. He is the author of the book 'How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet,' and founder of the Music Biz Academy, an online resource for independent musicians selling music on the web.


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Kathy Parsons

Deeply Personal and Moving
“Overcome” is David Nevue’s ninth solo piano CD, and comes from the emotional journey of losing his father in the fall of 2003. Nevue emphasizes in the liner notes that the focus of the album is not sadness or sorrow, but the process of passing through it. A deeply religious man, and the son of a street preacher/evangelist known as “Brother Hallelujah” to those he preached to in Africa, Nevue includes his arrangements of five hymns and praise songs as well as ten new pieces and a new arrangement of “The Vigil,” which was the title track of his 1999 CD and the piece he opens every performance with. Several of the pieces are very intense and convey the mix of emotions that comes with the death of a loved one. Some are quite dark, but the hymns bring light and a sense of healing. The last two tracks are much more upbeat and peaceful, having “overcome” the grieving process and making it through to the other side.

The title track is a very dark, powerful piece, full of deep emotion - one of Nevue’s best, I think. “Winter Walk” is another favorite. The crystalline opening notes in the upper register are chilly and clear. The rest of the piece is more introspective with the leisurely pace of a long walk to think things through and to just let yourself feel. The feeling is very sad, but not without hope. “Treasure Falls” is another beauty, although it is much lighter in feel. Alternately introspective and almost dancelike, it reflects a contrast of emotions. “Broken” is again very solemn and deeply emotional, as are “A Moment Lost” and “When the Hard Rains Come.” “Words Left Unsaid” is another favorite. Nevue calls it “a lament,” and the sense of regret is palpable. “Walking In Shadow” is based on a verse from the 23rd Psalm, and is very dark, indeed, but a feeling of hope breaks through in passages, again contrasting some very different emotions. “The Old Country Church” was composed for Nevue’s father, who loved good-time gospel music. It isn’t exactly joyful, but as the song develops, it is going in that direction. Nevue’s arrangements include a lovely version of “As the Deer” as well as his personal interpretations of “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Take My Life and Let It Be,” “There Is a Redeemer,” and “Psalm 5.”

As an artist, David Nevue keeps reaching new heights by setting his life experience and faith to music. His music is not complicated or flashy, but comes from deep within, letting us know him and his heart in a way that words would never do. “Overcome” is amazing in its candor and openness. Very highly recommended!

Martin

very good piano solos, we need more of this stuff!
I'm very satisfied with buying this CD!
The piano pieces are very emotional and harmonious.
Good flow and nice sound! I'm always searching for
good solo piano music, I think a good piano piece doesn't need other instruments.

Normally I like piano solos with a strong (lower octaves), strange and far and beyond sound.

I don't understand why some people say the music from David is similar to George Winston? Maybe those people should make a visit to an ear specialist.
In my opinion David's pieces are more harmonious, but I don't want to say David's music is better than George's, it's just different. The rest depends on the personal taste of music.

These titles are not my taste of music:
3. Take my life and let it be (too much christian style)
7. As the deer (too friendly for me)
11. Psalm 5 (too much christian style :-))
14. There's a redeemer (too friendly, not my style)
15. The old country church.
But these 5 titles are nevertheless nice and beautiful piano pieces.

These titles I like very much:
1. Overcome
6. Broken
8. The vigil
10. When the hard rains come
12. Words left unsaid
13. Walking in shadow.

By the way: on David's website I've heard "Racing the northern lights", that's a very good flow!!!!!!!!
Nice feeling!!!
And on Napster I bought "The walled city" very good too!!!

Maybe this will help anybody, I don't know, everybody got his own taste of music.