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Past to Presence

by Steven C

Past to Presence represents the musical journey of Steven C's life, covering every mood from intimate reflective solo piano to joy filled up beat songs. Featured is Steven C's 9 foot Bosendorfer piano, and many guest musicians. Spiritual and heartfelt.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Sunrise!
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2. Reflections = Who Am I?
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3. Dollhouse
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4. Tears for Peace
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5. Soaring - Joy
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6. From Within
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7. Little Miracles
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8. True Compassion
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9. Blue & True
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10. Something Above and Beyond
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11. Above the Clouds
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12. Time / Peace
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13. Dawn
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14. Edge of Night
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15. Raindrops and Rainbows
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16. Sacred Daybreak
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17. Journey to Us
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18. Blissful
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19. Beyond Heaven
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20. Unconditional
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21. Baby!!!
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22. Mystery Man
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23. Sparkles
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24. After the Rain
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25. Reminisce
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26. Maybe This 1
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27. Receiving Grace
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28. Between Moments
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29. Times Passages
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30. Trail of the Past
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31. Night Zen
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32. Movin'
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33. If I Were a Brickman
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34. Java
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35. An Innocent Joy
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36. Awakening
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37. Monday
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38. Chopin's Prelude 19
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39. Chasing Grace
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40. Soho Stroll Nyc
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41. Seasons
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42. Today Is Forever
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43. East Meets West
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44. Simple Gifts for U2
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45. Precious Moments
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46. Key Lime Pie
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47. Everyday - A Brand New Day
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48. Gratitude
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Past to Presence" is more than a 3 CD collection of 47 out-of-print songs. It's a life metaphor for honoring the Past – preserving it, learning from it and, ultimately, letting it go! The word Presence for me is very spiritual. It's the emotion, the energy, the present moment and the Divine that compose life's miracles.

As a child I wanted to be a baseball player. I said to my mother, "Piano is for girls." Reflecting on recordings and performances spanning 20-plus years brings to mind the maxim: Mother knows best!

Twenty years ago I had a nice collection of piano originals I called "Sunday's Reflection." I made my very first CD with the help of the then-new local CD manufacturing company Zomax. It's quite the racket being your own record label, and it didn't work very well.

In the years that followed, I had some lucky breaks working with the great company NorthWord Press in Minocqua, WI. I did well with a little help from the sounds of "Mother Nature" and the music being sold via interactive display at Target.
From there I was lucky again to work and record with Mannheim Steamroller/American Gramaphone. I produced 14 years' worth of children's music with Baby Genius, and worked on countless other CD projects for Unison, Page Music, Madacy Christian, Moulin’ Dior, Allegro, LifeScapes, Michael Whalen and others.

At the halfway point of my career, I released another collection of original piano songs I called "C-Notes." I had met Arnie Roth and was able to record with the London Symphony Strings at the famed Abbey Road Studios. So creative I thought I was, I even stuffed some real C-notes into the CDs. This CD later became "Heartstrings" and was I almost signed to Sony Classical. Then the music business turned digitally upside down.

Around 2007, I found myself sold on the rage of e-commerce, social media and SEO. Musicians like myself are easy to sway. Show us the way to share our gifts and we jump. I spent much time, money and heart on building websites, hiring search consultants, and pumping obscure radio. I expected to sell millions of downloads. Unlike gravity there is not a cause-effect component of the music business, when I read glowing reviews, saw my songs on the radio charts and yet barely sold any music I humbly concluded, It didn't work very well. But I learned some big lessons: Do it 
yourself. Hire only what you can't do. Look within and be responsible for the effort, not the results.

Times have changed, but I've embraced the digital world and I'm amazed at the streaming activity with my current music. When I get emails from people relaxing to my music on Pandora – and it actually pays – there is a true hope and "Presence" for the future!

The process for “Past to Presence” began with my super fan Mary Jindra’s appreciation for “Spiritual Piano.” I always think of CDs as little Powerball tickets. "You have to play to win" was the phrase that resonated with me. I have a habit of giving my CDs away, as it is much easier than selling them. Giving Mary that CD really resonated with her and she went on a Steven C piano bender of sorts..."Steven's music captivated my soul and made me forget the rest of the world. I wanted to hear the rest of his music and so I began my search. Once I start a search, I keep going." Mary used the Internet to find me “used” on sites such as Amazon, eBay, gemm.com and musicstacks.com. She also hit up Goodwill, Cheapo, Savers and various gift shops.

Mary would show up at my gigs with handfuls of CDs to have me sign. She needed a large tub to accommodate the voluminous collection. I asked if I could borrow her tub of Steven C CDs, as she had the most complete library of my music. The sight of the CDs was both inspiring (I did that!) and depressing (that most of the music was out of print). Much of these CDs were "concept" albums that labels hired me to produce – widgets, really, to lure impulsive buyers. "Theme songs," if you will. And for a while, that concept really did work. Many of my songs were given new titles to match a given musical motif. For "Past to Presence," I've renamed many of the songs to fit their true musical origins. That works for me.
Mary's quest created a light bulb moment for me: Not many people would do what she did. Let's make it easier to find my music. I went through ALL the CDs and loaded the songs that were not currently available on my three original releases. In revisiting my musical past, it blew me away when I realized I had 47 songs that were not published. And, certainly not insignificantly, that I am 47 years old.

I separated the songs into 3 (my lucky number) mood groups, and amazingly the numbers worked again – 15 Mellow, 16 Middle C, and 16 Movin' tracks. The BIG question for each song became, is it up to par as is, or does it need editing? Certainly they all needed re-mastering. Songs recorded on my old piano with old recording gear needed a new "Presence." Then I pondered, "If I re-record, will it be better than the original?" A time-consuming process that brought great musical reward. This music brought me great joy and many memories. I could feel the many chapters of my life through these songs! I ended up re-recording about half of this collection.


When I declared music as my major at Hamline University, I was told: “It’s really hard to make a living playing music. You should have something to fall back on.” Always inspired by hearing advice regarding what I can’t do, I didn’t follow the wisdom shared with me. I have felt lucky as a career pianist in the Twin Cities for over a quarter century. However, after thousands of gigs at country clubs, weddings, funerals and even Timberwolves basket ball games. I ponder my ability to continue doing music this way. Using one’s heartfelt art to sustain life now brings about a sense of renewal. Generating income in the way in which I have been has become less of a priority for me. The inspiration to focus on my own compositions and to share them completes the “circle” of my purpose.

Along this amazing journey I’ve honored my past, I’ve learned new lessons from it and the word Presence has been magnified, creating a renewed musical energy in me.

So, I'm letting "Past to Presence" go…. in your hands, through your ears and our connected hearts. May it lead us to personal joy and a life fulfilling Presence.

Thanks for joining me on this Journey.

Steven C


THANKS:
To the interconnected Universe for connecting me to everything needed to do what I do. To my supportive and patient family, friends and fans. To JA and the Bahama Boys, Scooter, Bob Miller, men’s club, Ab, Michael Whalen, Tom Hambleton, Ed Patton, Vicki, Doc, Emmy V. Val, Cara , Ed Bonk, Bill Sadler, John Chase, Lisa D, aaa for finding and inspiring me, old houses, Starbucks, and everyone I forgot.


Credits:
Produced by Steven C Anderson for Steven C Music
Mastered and edited by John Chase
Additional Production by Patrik tanner & Michael Whalen.
Graphics by Vision Van Gogh
2013 photo by Michelle Tanner
Copy proofing by Lisa Dahlseid
www.stevencmusic.com


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Past to Presence" is an incredible 3-CD retrospective of pianist/composer Steven C’s more than twenty years in the music industry. The set includes a jaw-dropping 47 tracks (a coincidence that also commemorates Steven’s 47th birthday this year) plus a bonus track, all for about the price of a single CD. The inspiration for the collection came from one of Steven’s most ardent fans, who searched high and low for Steven’s earlier recordings, most of which had gone out of print. Over time, this fan compiled the most complete library of Steven C’s music anywhere, so he borrowed the collection and revisited his own musical history. He took all of the pieces that were out of print and put them onto three CDs sorted by mood: “Mellow,” “Middle C,” and “Movin’.” From there, he remastered the originals and re-recorded about half of the collection. The resulting set sparkles, soothes, inspires, and energizes.

Quite a bit of this music was used to develop concept albums released by Steven’s previous record labels, and the pieces were often retitled to suit the themes of the albums. For Past to Presence, Steven renamed many of the songs to fit their true origins. The majority of the tracks are ensemble pieces, but there are also quite a few piano solos. It is interesting to “note” that Steven worked and recorded with Mannheim Steamroller/American Gramaphone (that group’s influence can be heard in some of the music) and produced fourteen years’ worth of children’s music with Baby Genius.

With 47 tracks, it is impossible to go into a lot of detail about the CDs, but I have to admit that I really love Disc 3, “Movin’.” Some of the pieces are simply more rhythmic than those on the other two discs, but some really cook. “Chopin’s Prelude 19” blows me away every time I hear it. Usually a mournfully sad piano solo, the upbeat Latin rhythm and faster tempo make the piece danceable and completely intoxicating! I also really like the easy-going feeling of “Java,” the bluesy/rock spirit of “Chasing Grace,” the light-hearted playfulness of “Today Is Forever,” and the upbeat joy of “Simple Gifts for U2.” The bonus track, “Gratitude,” is a beautiful piece that was commissioned for the new Anderson Student Center of Hamline University.

Since I started with Disc 3, I’ll continue in reverse order with Disc 2, “Middle C.” The sixteen tracks on this disc are between “Mellow” and “Movin’,” conveying warmth and optimism. Some are quite rhythmic while others are smooth and more graceful. I have to say that I like all of the tracks, but a few standouts are the gentle “Blissful,” the passionate “Unconditional,” the somewhat intense “Mystery Man,” the poignant “Maybe This 1,” the gospel-tinged “Receiving Grace,” and the ambient “Night Zen.”

As would be expected, Disc 1, “Mellow,” is the quieter and more elegant music Steven C is now known for. My favorites on this disc are “Tears For Peace,” “Soaring-Joy,” “Something Above and Beyond,” “Above the Clouds,” and “Edge of Night.”

"Past to Presence" is sure to be one of my favorite CD titles for the year. With more than 2 1/2 hours of great piano music, it’s a wonderful overview of Steven’s C’s musical career (so far!) as well as being a beautiful listening experience to be savored over and over for another couple of decades. I give Past to Presence my highest recommendation. Check it out!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Piano enthusiasts who purchase Past to Presence certainly can’t complain about not getting their money’s worth. For under $20, they will receive an impressive 3 CD set that provides over two and half hours of music! This compilation is a retrospective of Steven’s musical history. In addition to re-mastering the music, Steven felt that some of the songs needed updating and he spent a tremendous amount of time and energy re-recording about half of the collection. I greatly appreciate that he took the time to arrange the music into categories, with each of the three CD’s based on a mood or theme: “Mellow,” “Middle C,” and “Movin.”

Fans of solo grand piano artists such as George Winston, Liz Story, David Lanz, and Suzanne Ciani will find a lot to like in the first CD, appropriately titled “Mellow.” The 15 tracks on this disc showcase Steven’s stylistic range and melodic vocabulary. His classical training blends beautifully with more impressionistic new age influences as he reveals his creative spirit and command of the instrument. Switching over to the second disc entitled “Middle C,” it is clear that we have entered new territory in Steven’s musical landscape. Right from the start on a tune called “Sacred Daybreak,” we are met with a bouncy mid-tempo piano melody accompanied by strings and a conga drum groove. Throughout this CD, I thought that Steven made perfect use of the accompaniment, striking a nice balance between tastefully supporting the song while keeping the spotlight on the piano.

As the title of the third disc, “Movin’” implies, the music shifts into a higher gear, although doesn’t represent as much of a difference as there is between the first two discs. While, overall, this is one diverse collection of music, Steven’s piano virtuosity is the glue that holds it all together and provides continuity through the various stylistic permutations. I was quite impressed with Steven’s technical abilities as well as the expansiveness of his creativity. Past To Presence represents a body of work to be proud of, as well as being a treasure trove of inspired piano music for listeners.

To read a full-length feature article of this CD, as well as others that are available for listening and purchase on CD Baby, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
If you've always wanted to really get into the music of Steven C but didn't know where to begin, this is the perfect place to start.

His latest release is a three-CD retrospective that spans his entire career, which is now entering its third decade. The project was possible thanks in part to Steven's ardent admirer Mary Jindra, whom Steven calls a “super fan” and who had all of the 47 long out-of-print songs here on various CDs. Working from curator Mary's archival material, Steven proceeded to rerecord many of these classics to breathe new life into them.

The discs are sorted into the categories of Mellow, Middle C, and Movin', providing a nice variety of Steven's wide range of composing and performance styles. There are gentle, serene piano cascades, upbeat numbers with a more fleshed-out sound, and everything else in between. As different and far-reaching as Steven's music is, it is all imbued with his thoughtful creativity and heartfelt passion. This is an artist who cares about his connection to his audience.

If you're a fan of Steven C, this is piano paradise. If you're a novice, this is your introduction to a world of musical wonder.