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A Thousand Springs

by Adam Andrews

From the solo pianist nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2014 ZMR Awards, this album is for folks looking for encouragement and inspiration.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. A Thousand Springs
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2. Authenticity Falls
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3. Finding Free
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4. Just Gotta Be
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5. Night Embers
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6. Every Dark Tear
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7. Surrounding Hollow
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8. A New Dawn Rising
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9. Water Over Ashes
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10. Not Lost On Us
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11. Believe
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12. Foundation Trails
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Simply intended to be a source of encouragement for all, A Thousand Springs captures the experience of a 24-hour retreat into nature for reflection and renewal. Each song is based on a personal, yet common, emotional experience that often brings restoration and enthusiasm to life.

Andrews explains, “The first four tunes are about enjoying nature and unwinding from day-to-day stresses. The next four pieces reflect a time to relax, heal, reassess and map out positive steps forward. The last group of four compositions represent leaving nature or the retreat, and going back into society, but now facing the world rejuvenated and focused.”

1. A Thousand Springs
"A Thousand Springs" is a celebration song! It's about it being okay to stop and celebrate the big and small victories in life. Adam had a vision of springs of water in abundance, waterfalls, new life, etc. as he composed this song.

2. Authenticity Falls
"Authenticity Falls" is about the value in being true to who we are. It's not easy to reveal all of our different sides to the world. It can feel like going over a waterfall at first, but then riding peacefully down the river. Adam tried to build several different styles of music into the song to represent our many sides.

3. Finding Free
"Finding Free" was inspired by an appreciation for creativity. In this song, Adam expresses the joy he feels when creating with an open heart and mind. He wanted to use a country/folk style of music to convey this emotion.

4. Just Gotta Be
"Just Gotta Be" is about finding contentment. It serves as a reminder to Adam not to take life too seriously, to relax from time to time, and just be!

5. Night Embers
"Night Embers" is a song about his own difficulty to let go of past hurts. It can be easy to dwell on and retell of past hurts, yet it just plants seeds of bitterness in our hearts. Adam envisioned floating embers in the night that have the potential to roar back to a blaze of rage. The song is short intentionally so as not to dwell or retell!

6. Every Dark Tear
"Every Dark Tear" was composed to bring solace to those grieving loss. Adam wrote the song the day he attended the funeral of his best friend from childhood.

7. Surrounding Hollow
"Surrounding Hollow" is a song of encouragement for those who've ever hit rock bottom, admitting weakness or the need for help. While difficult to get to that point in life, it can start the healing process. At that point of acknowledgment, it's as if we surround what is hollow within us, allowing us to be filled up, loved, and cared for.

8. A New Dawn Rising
"A New Dawn Rising" is a reminder that there is always hope. Each new day brings an opportunity to awake as if on purpose. This was the final piece composed for the album and gave Adam a peace about the album's completion.

9. Water Over Ashes
"Water Over Ashes" is about grace. It symbolizes leaving old places behind and preparing to start out on a new path.

10. Not Lost On Us
"Not Lost On Us" is about finding compassion and empathy for others. Living out this concept has transformed Adam's life and brought him much joy. To compose the song, Adam thought about his adopted son, and how his family will never forget that he had to grieve his first family in order to be with theirs.

11. Believe
"Believe" is about the importance of staying positive and persevering in life. As Adam's first album, Road to Ambo, blessed more people than he could've ever imagined, he wrote this song reflecting on how he had to remain positive while taking the steps of faith to bring his music to the world.

12. Foundation Trails
"Foundation Trails" is a song about moving forward in life, one-step or day at a time, and applying all that’s been learned along the way.

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Helena Dee

INTERNATIONAL TOP 10 PIANIST ADAM ANDREWS SHINES ON NEW RECORDING
With his second solo album just out, solo pianist Adam Andrews is quickly becoming one of the favorite piano composers/players in the new age music genre because of his interesting melodies and vibrant playing. The new album, A THOUSAND SPRINGS, has a dozen memorable original tunes on it. His debut album, ROAD TO AMBO, came out in 2014, went into the Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Chart for this type of music, and those radio programmers named him one of the best new artists of the year. If you like piano music, do yourself a favor and check out this excellent newcomer who has something fresh to say musically.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Adam Andrews’ award-winning and highly-praised 2014 debut album, "Road to Ambo," set the bar very high for a follow-up album, but "A Thousand Springs" does not disappoint. Adams is a classically-trained pianist with a background in folk-pop Christian music and brings a strong, original voice to the solo piano world.

"A Thousand Springs" captures the experience of a 24-hour retreat into the wilderness for reflection and renewal. Sometimes very energetic and sometimes calm and peaceful, “A Thousand Springs is simply intended to be a source of encouragement for all. Each tune has a specific focus about a universal emotion often experienced along the journey to healing and inspiration.” (quoting Andrews). The album is grouped into three sections of four piano solos each. The first group is about enjoying nature and unwinding from day-to-day stress. The second group reflects on a time to relax, heal, reassess and map out positive steps going forward. The third group represents leaving nature and going back into society, facing the world rejuvenated and focused.

"A Thousand Springs" begins with the title track, a joyous and effervescent piece that celebrates the big and small victories in life - a glorious opening! “Authenticity Falls” combines several styles of music into a colorful collage that represents the many sides of each person’s personality and the value of being true to who we are. “Finding Free” is a light and carefree celebration of the joy of creating with an open heart and mind. I think this piece could brighten anyone’s day! “Just Gotta Be” is a reminder to not take life too seriously. A playful waltz, it’s a bit of musical sunshine. “Night Embers” is a shorter piece that is something of a prelude to the second group of pieces. Coming from a place of painful life experience, it envisions floating embers that can roar back to a blaze of rage. “Every Dark Tear” was composed on the day of the funeral of Andrews’ childhood best friend and is intended to comfort anyone grieving loss. Sad and very heartfelt, it also expresses hope. “Surrounding Hollow” is a favorite. Composed as a song of encouragement to those in desperate situations, the warmth and emotional depth is as palpable as the music is beautiful. “Water Over Ashes” expresses letting go, forgiveness, and moving ahead. It begins very quietly and pensively, building gradually in a theme and variations style, becoming energized and optimistic, and returning to the original theme. “Foundation Trails” is about moving forward in life and applying what has been learned so far. Bright and energetic, it brings this exceptional album to a joyful close.

I would expect "A Thousand Springs" to be as well-received as Adam Andrews’ debut and look forward to seeing him become a prominent voice in contemporary solo piano. Very highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music

A Thousand Springs is the total package for fans of the solo piano genre
Andrews has a certain energy about himself as a person and about his performances as a pianist and with the opening track being the title header, A Thousand Springs, we find that we’re gifted a real fast paced, but a very flowing composition, that does what every good title track should and that’s set the scene and so with the springs of cascading water filled tones falling all over us we move to the next piece called, Authenticity Falls.
Take a very close listen to this piece, it’s one of the cleverest arrangements of solo piano your likely to hear for some time, Authenticity Falls has it all.
Finding Free, is a beautiful melody that almost radiates happiness and freedom, in a dance of musical tones so sweet and rhythmic it’s almost addictive to listen to and isn’t that the way all good music should be?
Most of the compositions on the album are of the short form variety. Just Go To Be in just over 2 minutes and 40 seconds seems to cross many genres, all with an underpinned light and happy motif, if this album doesn’t leave you with a smile on your face, nothing will.
The art of any good musician is having the ability to switch paces, styles or themes at a touch of the keys and do so with an ease that at times it is hardly noticed. Here on Night Embers Andrews does just that, the piece may only be just over 1 minute and 40 seconds long, but depicts a musical narrative of night with classical skill and poise.
My favourite track off the album is nestled nicely at the centre of the album, it’s called Every Dark Tear. The emotive majesty with which Andrews achieves his goal here is stunning, the mood is deep and sullen, but the track itself has an almost gothic element about it, that progress with a heartfelt longing and yearning and a sorrow so passionately felt to the core of oneself, this is without doubt a masterful arrangement indeed.
Flowing with passion into the second half of the album we have a real gem of a track for you to enjoy. Surrounding Hollow creates something of beauty, which has that deepness of the preceding track, but without the mournful repose. There is also something quite healing about the piece, which allows you room to relax and just enjoy this down tempo, but delightful composition.
The slow start to the next track, is almost childlike in its opening expression, this is another extremely clever composition that builds and progresses with a certain youthfulness which then grows until the composition has achieved its rightful title of, A New Dawn Rising.
At 4 minutes and 22 seconds Water Over Ashes is the longest track on the album, an enjoyable oasis of sound that will revive you on your weary travels, so when you get home at the end of a very long and tiring day, have this track ease your furrowed brow and calm you from within.
The next piece called Not Lost On Us changes pace and intent once more and there is a real expectation from the very first essence of this composition, then the track falls into a gentle rhythm, that always retains its original narrative of expectation, but which in turn, builds into a confident and purposeful piece of great style.
The penultimate track off the album and it is called Believe; once more a duel tempo almost has us falling into the tones, as if into a veritable pool of warming self-belief. There is a little added retrospection built into the piece that in my opinion adds to the composition and creates a level of professionalism into the music, which will be respected by all who love this genre.
We now move into the open arms of a composition called Foundation Trails. The lightness of this pretty composition will have you happy and light of foot, instead of leaving with a traditional down tempo piece, here Andrews leaves us with a flourish, to show to us and the world that here is a man who has found his musical muse.
A Thousand Springs is the total package for fans of the solo piano genre, the creativity, happiness and energetic power, with which this album has been made, will raise your spirits, the skill and professionalism that can be found in the performances will no doubt impress you. Adam Andrews has indeed travelled the long road to Ambo and within this album you can feel the unbridled love and happiness gained along the way.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
This desire to help others through his music runs deep in Adam Andrew’s motivation. In his words, “I planned out song themes ahead of time, wanting each song to be about emotional experiences that bring healing and inspiration to people.” The album is presented in a trilogy format, with three sections of four songs each, and captures the experience of a 24-hour retreat into nature for reflection and renewal.

The album opens with the title track, and like it’s name, “A Thousand Springs,” right from the beginning, the music surges in a fast-moving current that evoked images of a powerful stream coursing along with foam and spray splashing in the sunlight. Adam’s command of the keyboard is impressive, providing a number of “wow” moments for me throughout the album. There were a few musical surprises in the second track as Adam accents his neo-classical ambience with some unexpected bluesy phrasing that caught my attention right away.

Interestingly, the second section of the trilogy reflects a different facet of Adam’s musical spectrum. The moods are more introspective and sometimes wistful as they embody ideas of forgiveness, letting go, grieving, and emptiness. As Adam shares: “I compose from places of both joy and sadness.” One of the things that stands out to me in Adam’s playing and composing is his ability to move seamlessly through various emotional states, not only from song to song, but often within the boundaries of a particular composition. The last two tracks, “Believe” and “Foundation Trails,” are among my favorites for their wonderfully optimistic air, which leaves the listener feeling refreshed and renewed by the end of the album.

"A Thousand Springs" is an excellent showcase for this up and coming composer/pianist. Adam’s well-developed sense of melody, and his impressive keyboard technique that is both sophisticated and sensitive, make for an evocative listening experience. It has been said that fans of solo piano artists such as Jim Brickman and David Lanz, would find a lot to like in Adam’s music, and I can see that. With such a strong start as his first two albums indicate, Adam Andrews will be an artist to keep an eye on in the future as well as in the present.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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