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True North

by Michael Straugh

Meditative, contemporary piano solos to quiet and soothe the soul. Michael Straugh has written the soundtrack to the quiet times of life. Indulge yourself.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Against the Shore
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2. Scheherazade
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3. If Only
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4. True North
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5. The Kiss
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6. Wedding Dance
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7. First Breath
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8. Lullaby
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9. Linus and Sally in Love
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10. Sunday Mornings Here With You
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11. Mediterranean Nites
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12. With Eyes Closed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Michael Straugh is a composer, recording artist, pianist and guitarist. His first album of contemporary piano solos, True North, was released in December of 2004. His piano solos have been embraced as meditative, romantic, and healing.

True North is a telling of life, as all true art is. Pieces such as Wedding Dance, written during a very rainy honeymoon cruise, or First Breath, written to be played during the birth of his first daughter, capture the emotion life’s turns imbue us with. True North is in fact a song cycle spanning the brashness of youth, the finding of true love, the circling of life, thru a lonely journey at its conclusion.


Features "Scheherazade" & "Linus and Sally in Love" (both charting Top 20 on American Idol Underground).


“Music to chase away the grayest of winter days… Michael Straugh truly enthralls listeners with the passion in his playing… A collection of beautiful instrumental songs which are truly the music of life. Complex piano melodies played with grace and passion to delight the senses.” (reviewed by Nancy at www.Streams-of-Time.net)

“Blends Contemporary and more Classical compositional idioms into works that are at once captivating upon first listening, yet contain layers of complexity where one may hear something a little bit different each time.” (reviewed by Frank at www.Streams-of-Time.net)


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Streams-of-Time.net - Joshua

a unique and truly moving collection of contemporary piano solos
The album has an overall slow to medium pace, which works extremely well with the the compositions. I found myself just listening to the album, being enveloped with the music, that I sometimes didn't realize that tracks had changed.
"True North" works well as relaxing background music when working, reading, spending time with family and friends, or just relaxing after a long days work. The music paints a picture as beautiful as Straugh's cover art, a painting by Straugh himself, aptly named "True North".
I'm awarding "True North", a unique and truly moving collection of contemporary piano solos, Streams-of-Time's above average rating, 4 out of 5 Stars.

Streams-of-Time.net - Nancy

Complex piano melodies played with grace and passion
Music to chase away the grayest of winter days and shine forth with the warmth of spring! Michael Straugh truly enthralls listeners with the passion in his playing in "True North." He's composed, arranged and played a collection of beautiful instrumental songs which are truly the music of life. Complex piano melodies played with grace and passion to delight the senses.
Perfect music for relaxing on a Sunday Morning or any time a pleasant atmosphere is required; "True North" would be great for play in charming cafes, gift shops and art galleries.
My therapeutic massage clients have found it very enjoyable to listen to while receiving massage, and leave in a relaxed and happy mood. Michael Straugh demonstrates, in a beautiful way, how the power of music can change our mood, and our lives.

Streams-of-Time.net - Jack

almost reminds me of George Winston
"Against the Shore" almost reminds me of George Winston. "If Only" has a very meditative tone, music for a walk through the Northern woods. "The Kiss" may be my favorite on the album. A hesitant piece, peaceful.
This would be an album to have playing during a dinner party, or as the background to a romantic evening.

Streams-of-Time.net - Frank

marvelous job in blending Contemporary and more Classical compositional idioms
In "True North", Mr. Straugh presents a collection of works for solo Piano. Although thoroughly contemporary in nature... Each composition in this CD is meant to paint a musical picture in the mind of the listener. A technique especially well demonstrated by the French Impressionist composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Mr. Straugh, in the opinion of this reviewer, has done a marvelous job in blending Contemporary and more Classical compositional idioms into works that are at once captivating upon first listening, yet contain layers of complexity where one may hear something a little bit different each time.
For those who enjoy Contemporary Piano music, "True North" will make a welcome addition.

Karen

excellent for relaxation
I love piano solos. This one is a new favorite!

Wendy P.

Beautiful soothing music!
This music is beautiful and very soothing to listen to. I love to listen to this CD and it calms me down after a stressful day. The titles of the songs perfectly fit the style of music.

TAXI - music industry independent A&R company

review of Scheherazade
Solid musicianship and compositional skills. Solid piano sound and overall production. Overall, a pleasant New Age style piano tune with solid appeal.