“Winterfall” renders the crystal-quiet feeling of standing in a snow-covered forest. The original title composition is based on a melodic line from Vivaldi's "Winter," and is described by fans as “a breath of fresh air. “Lee Spears hammered dulcimer work dances delicately inside Donna Michael’s emotive acoustic piano strokes. Both artists play acoustic guitar and the album features additional accompaniment on cello, stringed bass and English horn.
Described by fans as “soothing and life-affirming,” these exquisite arrangements use musical pauses in a way that honors the gift of silence.
"We Three Kings" evokes a journey of mystical introspection while "Midnight Clear" presents "an intensely beautiful mélange built upon a complex and fragile structure." The closing selection, "Angels Sing," is a medley of some of the best-known seasonal carols, elaborately woven into a musical tapestry that builds to joyful celebration. For a NEW review of this album:
ABOUT LEE SPEARS
Lee Spears gave his first musical performance in fifth grade, playing an instrument he built in the family garage. The brown-eyed boy stood on stage playing “Oh Susanna” on his handmade electrified ukulele with a glued-on microphone and a tape recorder hanging from his belt', simultaneously playing the harmonica.
As a boy he made many visits to the local Radio Shack until he had rigged an FM transmitter module to his handmade guitar to amplify the sound. Since that time, he has made his career as a musician and luthier, building over 2100 hammered dulcimers and recording music.
His recording company, Thistlegate Productions, bears the fruit of Spears’ hard-core perfectionism. Spears’ music is flawless and his albums are meticulously recorded. Many fans say “Winterfall” is hands-down the best Christmas CD they have ever heard. Both "Winterfall" and “Brighter Side of Night” are completely unique in the depths of their musical insights and sensitivity.