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Summer Reflections

by Anewday

Haunting and memorable piano melodies with superb orchestration for the romantic listener.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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1. Summer Rush
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2. Reverie
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3. Solstice
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4. Early Rising
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5. Misty Mornings
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6. Celtic Farewell
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7. Place of Solitude
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8. Future Beginnings
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9. Astronomical Convolutions
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10. Solar Moons
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11. The Revival
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12. Mystique
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13. Whispering Streams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ROB MILLER – PIANO, COMPOSITIONS
Even as a child growing up in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Rob was influenced by the beautiful natural surroundings of the area and the strong Celtic traditions that seemed to emanate from all around.

His earliest recollections of music were from his mother who taught piano and who instilled in him a sense of discipline and a deep love of melody. Although trained in a classical piano tradition, he was also influenced by both pop and folk music which gave him a broader range of musical appreciation.

Once at university, his yearnings turned towards science and medicine which then focused his energies for many years of study. Always in the background however were his strong feelings towards melody and the things that enhance and embellish the passion in music. As a result of a serendipitous meeting with Ron Huestis, a friendship and kindred relationship developed which over the last 4 years has resulted in their first collaborative CD album – Autumn Musings. They are now at work on a 2nd CD release, Summer Reflections which will be released in June 2007.

RON HUESTIS - ORCHESTRATION
Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Ron was influenced musically by his father Lowell, a well knownand respected musician and broadcaster. After forming a solid foundation on piano and electronic organ in his teens, he acquired an affection for many other instruments, including saxophone, bass, and guitar. Growing up listening to jazz, classical, and pop music has allowed Ron to keep an open mind with all genres of music, which is key to his modern approach to songwriting and music production.

A veteran of the Atlantic Canadian music industry, he is equally at home in the studio as well as on stage. He has performed, co-written, and recorded with some of the east coast’s best, and has also been privileged to work with well known international artists such as Ian Creighton and Steve Negus of Saga fame.

Ron has embraced the tools of modern music production and takes his wealth of musical inspiration and techniques to new heights during his musical collaborations with Rob Miller.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
“Summer Reflections” is the second release from the Canadian duo who calls itself Anewday. Their 2006 album, “Autumn Musings,” was on my Favorites list for that year, and it’s quite possible that this one will be on my list for 2009. Anewday is Rob Miller, who is responsible for piano and compositions, and Ron Huestis, who does the orchestrating. The music is difficult to classify because of the variety of influences and styles - always a good thing, I think! Combining acoustic and electronic instrumentation as well as occasional ambient washes for atmosphere and color, the music is easily accessible yet complex enough to listen to repeatedly without getting tired of it. Most of the thirteen tracks are gently upbeat and melodic, but there are also dramatic and passionate moments that contribute a very satisfying contrast.

“Summer Reflections” begins with “Summer Rush.” The piano sings for joy while the orchestration provides a contagious energy that sets it dancing - a glorious opening! “Reverie” is a sweet daydream. Piano, flute, and guitar alternate with the melody as soft strings add subtle washes in the background. “Early Rising” is a bit more ambient, with guitar and woodwinds floating effortlessly, completely at peace - a beauty! “Celtic Farewell” is much darker and more dramatic, with a graceful cinematic sweep. “Future Beginnings” is a favorite with the piano in front of a full orchestra, telling a mysterious tale of unknowns. “Astronomical Convolutions” returns to a place of tranquil contentment and grace. I really like “Revival” and the way piano is combined with keyboard sounds and percussion, creating something of an energetic and charming slow dance. “Mystique” returns to a more abstract, ambient style that is darkly atmospheric and chilly. Timpani, voices, piano, guitar, and strings merge to great effect! “Whispering Streams” is my favorite piece on this excellent CD. Arpeggiated chords on the piano set the rhythm and passionate mood. As the piece evolves, strings, voices, and percussion keep the drama building to a peak, and then it calms and settles to a close. Love it!

If you enjoyed “Autumn Musings,” you’ll love “Summer Reflections,” too! Recommended!
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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

Reflections on our Future
Canada is the geographical location of 2 New Age artists who make up the artist title of Anewday. Their discography includes Autumn Musings, the newest release Summer Reflections plus 2 more are promised to complete the 4 seasons. I have listened to both albums and must say their music is very exciting and everyone should look forward to every release from Anewday since these 2 musicians are more than just a pretty good team. Anewday was formed several years ago by Rob Miller and Ron Huestis who now reside in the Southeastern Coastal providence in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rob composes and plays the piano, while Ron provides the orchestrations, each performing their part in a meeting of minds between these great friends who both have roots in Classical music. Anewday has done very well with their Summer Reflections. The abundant piano and orchestration gives a variety of moods that transition wonderfully throughout the entire album, giving New Age fans some great music to enjoy this Summer, and the complete 4 seasons in our future. This Canadian team’s first album Autumn Musings was nominated for 4 NAR lifestyle awards, ending up in the final round as Best New Artist in 2007, which is not a surprise after listening to their first album with a slightly more Contemporary Piano tone. Summer Reflections is their current release now making an impact on the public by a beautiful blend of Classical Piano Orchestration in a Contemporary, Celtic, and a great Cinematic influence. There are some interesting angles to this album, having a variety of Orchestra and Piano Instrumental pieces along with some in a light Celtic flavor, in a distinct balance that is pleasing to everyone and many songs that could easily become a beautiful score in the perfect movie soundtrack.
The song Future Beginnings starts with a single piano note phrase in a Contemporary Celtic tone, when several measures later, orchestra begins to build then breaks into powerful crescendos with strings and woodwinds. Over and over again, then wave after wave of emotion come crashing down in a moderate tempo theme, creating thoughts of ice breaking vessels carving a new trade route in the Northwest Passage, where tidal waves of piano and orchestra movements first break together in strong dramatic sweeps, and then gently give way and flow beside one another in a new harmonious way.
Whispering Streams is a powerful and dignified song, exemplifying the indigenous Inuit people who habitat the Northwest territories in the Arctic Region. Beginning with a wonderous piano scale melody, the Inuit lifestyle, traditions, and culture can be shown by the dignified piano note movements that trickle in upper octaves with calm and solitude. When full orchestra enters, an element of beauty and danger is notably presented by the evolving tone, sharply contrasting with the natural beauty of the region by strings that echo the piano melody. When the symphonic orchestra begins a dramatic back and forth rhythm in a contrasting melody, a wondrous new element of cinematic intensity emerges while upper octave piano boldly enters, telling of the evironmental hazards that are also present in this narration. The piano movements in the upper most ranges confirm the skills acquired over centuries needed for survival in this beautiful yet dangerous environment in the future Arctic sea route.
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Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
The album “Summer Reflections” is a beautiful combination of Rob Miller's vivid piano solo and sparkling orchestrations by Ron Huestis. It stirs your soul immediately from the first seconds by its purity and emotional richness.

“Summer Reflections” is a riot of colors. You turned out to enjoy daylight at a Summer meadow. You see a lot of splendid flowers and colorful butterflies which flit from one flower to another. And this meadow is completely wild. You are just excited and you don’t need to do anything, only to stay for a while and to be alone with your most sincere and deepest emotions.

Rob Miller and Ron Huestis are both great composers. The music of this Canadian duo named ANewDay is very tuneful and has a lightness to it. The entire album’s compositions are perfectly arranged and performed.

“Summer Reflections” has one more significant feature. It is filled with joy and brings positive emotions. The album “Summer Reflections” can be your personal listener’s pleasure as well as a good present for your loved ones.

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com
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Donna Kilgore

Summer Reflections
Yet another wonderful musical journey. What a soulful journey your music takes me on. I truly love your compilations.
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