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Mood Swing

by Becky Archibald

Piano music for every mood, from A Really Mean Boogie-Woogie, to a nostalgic September to a Chopin-inspired Waltz, this is a must-hear disc written with freshness and honesty. Don't miss the bonus ensemble tracks.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. September
Becky Archibald
4:48 $0.99
2. Unspoken
Becky Archibald
5:36 $0.99
3. Waltz
Becky Archibald
4:30 $0.99
4. Last Dance
Becky Archibald
3:40 $0.99
5. Spring
Becky Archibald
3:44 $0.99
6. I Know
Becky Archibald
3:53 $0.99
7. Out of the Blue
Becky Archibald
2:35 $0.99
8. A Really Mean Boogie-Woogie
Becky Archibald
4:04 $0.99
9. What Might Have Been
Becky Archibald
5:09 $0.99
10. Rocktober
Becky Archibald
3:32 $0.99
11. A Song in the Key of DAVE
Becky Archibald
5:27 $0.99
12. Spring (duet)
Becky Archibald, Ingrid Fischer-Bellman
3:44 $0.99
13. I Know (trio)
Becky Archibald, David Bellman, Richard Graef
4:07 $0.99
14. Out of the Blue (duet)
Becky Archibald, P.J. Yinger
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
The drastic shifts in moods from one piece to another, and within the pieces themselves, brought to mind the title “Mood Swing.” Most of these pieces were performed in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2006. I had hoped to record the CD immediately after I arrived home from that momentous occasion. Instead, I waited. Which was good, because three other pieces emerged from me that were important to include on this CD.

September - A nostalgic, dark and playful piece

Unspoken - An intense work which began with 5 notes drawn out of a hat

Waltz - Chopin-esque, eerie and a favorite among kids!

Last Dance - A bluesy lament

Spring - Warm and stormy and surprising

I Know - Sounding like a standard, this one has a nice bounce to it

Out of the Blue - The writing of this piece lifted me out of my "after-Carnegie-Hall" funk

A Really Mean Boogie-Woogie - This one will make you smile, even when you're mad

What Might Have Been - I didn't get my way, so I wrote this

Rocktober - Fun, fun, fun with a heavy beat

A Song in the Key of DAVE - Written in honor of my dear friend Dave Nehamkin

Spring (duet) - A rich and beautiful cello/piano version of track 5, with Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello.

I Know (trio) - Clarinet/French horn/piano version of track 6, with David Bellman, clarinet and Rick Graef, horn. Don't miss this one!

Out of the Blue - A wilder verion of track 7, with P.J. Yinger, jazz trumpet.

Cover illustration by Chris Pyle
Art Direction/Design by P.J. Yinger
Photography by Scott Schrecker
Produced by Frank Felice
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alan Johnson

Weaving the improvisational style of jazz with classical piano, award-winning composer/pianist Becky Archibald creates music that is inviting, intense and intimate. Becky’s performances refresh the audience with relaxing and riveting harmonies, and stories behind the music. She received a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall following her debut performance in May, 2006. In Nashville, she has performed at the Renaissance Center, the Scarritt-Bennett Center, and has played several times on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C.” In Indiana, Archibald has performed at Butler, Ball State, DePauw, IUPUI and Anderson Universities, as well as University of Indianapolis, where she served as an adjunct professor for six years. She has performed with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and has performed several times at the Indiana History Center, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Glendale Library and the Spirit & Place Festival.

An Anderson, Indiana native, and a graduate of Anderson University, Becky received her Masters in Piano Performance from California State University at Long Beach. She has written the score for a musical comedy—The Pied Piper of Hoboken, and music for film—Coming to My Senses, and American Dreamer, a documentary about artist Robert Indiana. Her chamber music has been commissioned by the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Kent Leslie, and has received premieres by Kent Leslie, David and Ingrid Bellman, Fishers Chamber Players, Butler University Composers’ Orchestra and Alias Chamber Ensemble in Nashville, TN. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and a composing commission from the Indianapolis Foundation. She has also received the ASCAPlus award for the past 8 years. Archibald is a Partner Artist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s educational program, and also teaches private piano. She has released two books of music written by her students, Kids Compose and Kids Compose 2. She has studied composition with Jody Nagel and Michael Schelle, and continues her piano studies with Robert Palmer.

Becky’s solo piano CDs, Searching, The Long Ride Home, The Light At the End of the Blues, and The Christmas One have been played on radio stations around the country and overseas, including NPR’s All Things Considered and All Songs Considered. “Her music unfolds like I expect a good story to unfold,” says Bob Boilen, creator of ASC. Scott Yanow of the L.A. Jazz Scene describes her music as “thoughtful, melodic and passionate.” The Nashville Scene defines it as having “flashes of humor but with an introspective quality drawn from the wells of Chopin and Gershwin.” Just Plain Folks, an international organization of independent musicians, calls Becky a “jewel” and selected The Long Ride Home as “Best Solo Instrumental Album” in their 2002 CD awards. And Just Plain Folks nominated “Happy Holiday Rag” from The Christmas One for “Best Traditional Holiday Song” for their 2006 awards. The CD received a “Recording of Exceptional Merit” award from Dr. Christmas himself, Gerry Gryzb, host of public radio affiliate WRST-FM, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.



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Cheryl Waldman

Mood Swing
Becky's Music is great traveling music. Her CDs are among my companions on the road and keep me from getting bored. I love the swings in Mood Swing.

Kathy Parsons

A Great Album!
“Mood Swing” is composer/pianist Becky Archibald’s fifth album to date, and, like her previous releases, it’s an eclectic mix of jazz and classical stylings, with a little rock thrown in for fun. I’ve been a big fan of Becky Archibald’s original and distinctive music for a number of years. A lot of solo piano albums easily fade into the background, creating a warm ambiance, but Archibald’s music is often big, bold, and gutsy. She is also capable of breaking hearts with a tender, soulful melody. I love her versatility and the way she lets the listener in on the creative process and inspiration for each piece in the liner notes. Becky Archibald and her award-winning music deserve much broader recognition, and “Mood Swing” just might do it for her. Eleven of the fourteen tracks are solo piano; the last three are ensemble versions of songs that also appear as solos and are fascinating examples of how much adding one or more musicians can change the interpretation of a piece of music. “Mood Swing” is an outstanding album from start to finish, certain to touch your heart, put a big smile on your face, and get your toes to tappin’.

When Becky Archibald learned that she was going to perform her debut concert at Carnegie Hall in 2006, she set out to write a new piece each month. One of those pieces, “September,” opens the CD. Melancholy and introspective at the beginning, the piece goes much darker and more intense in the middle section, ending on a more playful note - reflective of working through some of life’s struggles. “Unspoken” is one of my favorites. Begun as a dare to herself to compose a piece beginning with five notes pulled from a hat, Archibald was shocked by how bad those notes sounded. Tempted to add notes that sounded better, Archibald decided to stick to her challenge. Once she embraced the tension of the dissonance of those notes, the piece started making more sense to her. Very dark and moody with a mysterious air, it is also deeply passionate. “Waltz” was inspired by a master class where an assignment was given to begin a piece in a nonchalant way, make the second movement eerie, and the third terrifying. This is a fun piece that does all of that flawlessly. “Spring” appears as both a piano solo and a duet with cello - both are sensual and elegant, becoming big and discordant in the middle, returning to a gentler theme in the third section. “A Really Mean Boogie-Woogie” is another favorite. I love this style of jazz, and Archibald does it up proud. “What Might Have Been” was the product of Archibald’s feelings about the election results of 2004 - sorrow and anger spill out of the piano as it overflows with emotion. (I felt the same way, Becky!) “Rocktober” is the antithesis of the previous piece - fun and funky, demonstrating that Archibald isn’t just about jazz and classical music. I like this one a lot, too! “A Song in the Key of DAVE” was composed in honor of a dear friend who passed away, and the tangle of emotions that comes at those times is clearly expressed. The closing track is a soulful piano and muted trumpet duet of “Out of the Blue” that leaves the listener wanting more. A great album! Highly recommended!

Ellie Noe

Mood Swing
Enjoyed the CD as well as other Becky's CD's I have in my personal collection.