Stanton Lanier | The Voice

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The Voice

by Stanton Lanier

Original, peaceful piano melodies produced by Windham Hill Founder Will Ackerman, who produced George Winston's early albums
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Secret Things
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2. The Voice
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3. Captivating
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4. All Things
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5. Resting
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6. Peace
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7. Freedom
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8. Quiet Place
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9. Tears of Lament
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10. Delight
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11. Friends
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12. Contentment
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13. Eternity
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The solo piano melodies for my fourth CD, The Voice, were recorded at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound Studio, and the album was produced by Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records and Grammy Award winning producer and artist. This project follows three CD releases, and is my first as a full-time pianist and composer, Pianist of Peace(TM).

These thirteen pieces take the listener on a journey that explores a wide range of emotions and themes. I trust that they will bring peace and hope to you in a very unique and personal way. There are two tracks that include the ethereal vocals of Noah Wilding (Captivating and Peace), and two that are accompanied by renowned cellist Eugene Friesen (Tears of Lament and Eternity).


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Kathy Parsons

Peaceful and Soothing
“The Voice” is pianist Stanton Lanier’s fourth album to date. The first three recordings were self-produced (I haven’t heard them), but this one was produced by Grammy Award winning Will Ackerman, who was also the founder of Windham Hill Records. Calling himself “Pianist of Peace” and his foundation “Music to Light the World,” Lanier’s melodies have spiritual inspiration and he incorporates scripture into his liner notes to explain where the music came from. However, he also states that his desire is for listeners to enjoy the music for itself and for them to receive a sense of peace and hope. Most of the thirteen tracks are solo piano, but two include vocals by Noah Wilding and two are piano and cello duets with Eugene Friesen. The recording was done at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studio, so the sound quality is exceptional. Drawing from a variety of human experiences and emotions, the music is both deeply personal and universal. Most of the songs are on the quiet side, but a couple are more energetic and joyous, which adds a nice contrast.

The CD begins with “Secret Things,” a gentle and very melodic piece with a warm and peaceful flow. The title track is stunning in its simplicity and clarity. Quietly searching, one feels a strong sense of hope and peace. Gorgeous! “All Things” has a contagious energy and was originally improvised for an audience of middle and high school students. It is very joyous and free. “Resting” returns to quiet simplicity with a soothing a deeply relaxing piece that has a lot of open space between the notes. Another real beauty! “Peace” was composed in memory of a young child who died of leukemia. The first half of the piece is like a music box lullaby - sweet and delicate - and then the piano goes deeper and the ethereal voice of Noah Wilding comes in, suggesting an angel watching over all of us and bringing us peace. I love this one! “Freedom” becomes more energetic, describing how the human spirit finds true freedom through serving others in love. My two favorite tracks are the cello and piano duets. “Tears of Lament” explores the times of sadness and mourning that happen in life. Eugene Friesen’s cello takes us deep within the pain of loss without becoming melodramatic or maudlin. Wow! “Eternity” is an invitation to a peaceful place, for Lanier a welcome home to heaven. In this piece, the cello is more poignant than sad. Both of these pieces are standouts.

“The Voice” is a very soothing a beautiful CD that can take you to a peaceful and gentle place and give a sense of renewal. Recommended!

Toshiharu Minagawa

A sound without the dirt
A sound without the dirt of the musical instrument called the piano is gained and is full of fresh and young music

TLRose


Won't go on and on. Totally AWESOME CD! Not only bought the CD for myself, but I'm also giving it to my parents and (as we said when we were kids) my one and onliest brother for Christmas. Thanks Stanton!

Kim

Peace
ohhhhhhh soooooooo peeeeeaacefullllllll. Soothes the soul, touches the heart and lifts the spirit. I experience the love, and depth, and kindness of God through this music. Peace like a river flows so deep within my soul- as this music plays. So theraputic, helps ease the heart and mind. Aaahhhhh. Thanks so much.

JoanTan

Love It.
This album is so amazing that it captures my attention from the very 1st time i listen to it.. do you sell it here in Malaysia, i really wanna have one. Could you please give me an address to a place where i can purchase this album here in Malaysia.

Christopher Nathan Lim

Stanton Lanier not only is able to hear the voice, he speaks so that my heart un
By way of my heart, I always knew God was talking to me between the beats. However, I was never able to make the connection with my mind. Stanton Lanier's "The Voice" fills the percussion of my soul connecting me to the once uncomfortable mystery of God; I can better understand my position with the Kingdom of Heaven--- It's good to be me.