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Beginnings

by Barbara Graff

Beginnings kicks off the album with an inspirational, powerful anthem that celebrates life and our resiliency. When things don’t go the way we’d like, we can heal and re-boot our lives. Beginnings is a feel-good song to unite all of us.
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1. Beginnings (Piano & Vocal Version) [feat. Diana Chittester]
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2. Inspiration
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3. Bring Me a Rainbow (Instrumental Version)
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4. Blue Sky
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5. By My Side (Instrumental Version)
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6. On My Own (Instrumental Version)
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7. Magic Within
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8. Dancing Shadows
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9. Beginnings (Piano Instrumental Version)
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10. Beginnings (Pop Version) [Bonus Track] [feat. Diana Chittester]
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Beginnings kicks off the album with an inspirational and powerful anthem that celebrates life and our resiliency. When things don’t go the way we’d like, we can heal and re-boot our lives. "Beginnings" is a feel-good song to unite all of us towards a happy and peaceful world.

The album is performed and written by award-winning pianist and composer Barbara Graff. In it's debut month, the album charted at #27 in the Top 100 albums on "One World Music Radio."

The vocal version of "Beginnings" features Barbara’s piano and Diana Chittester on vocals. Diana is a spectacular guitarist and vocalist who has performed vocals and guitar live on NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts.

"Inspiration," the second track on the album, is an instrumental piece with a magical quality that has received rave reviews. It was “inspired” by a song in the public domain, yet during creation became its own piece entirely. "Blue Sky" is sunny and bright like its name and is one of the most relaxing pieces you could possibly hear. "Bring me a Rainbow" is an instrumental version of Barbara’s piece with vocals that is a fan favorite on Pandora Radio. It is haunting and beautiful yet somehow still uplifting. "By My Side" and "On My Own" are full instrumental pieces featuring live recordings of violin, drums, steel guitar and more. "Magic Within" and "Dancing Shadows" are contemplative piano solos. The album finishes with a pop version of “Beginnings” where you’ll encounter a cool surprise in the part of the song musicians call the “bridge.” While retaining the spiritualty and enchantment of the piano version, it has the feel of contemporary dance music.

Every song on the album is written and arranged by Barbara Graff. Matt Troja is Barbara’s incredibly talented producer for the "Beginnings" versions; Matt has produced several name artists including Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum! Several other pieces include the stellar skills of audio engineer Chris Lieber.

After Barbara wrote the lyrics for "Beginnings" it became a metaphor for the crossroads in her life. We hope this album, with the many uplifting songs and instrumental pieces, can inspire you during any critical crossroads in your life.

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Steve Sheppard

This will leave a smile on your face and warm sense of happiness in your heart
I have had many fascinating and unique albums land on my desk this year, it seems that artists are seeking to find uniqueness about their style and songs like never before, and I for one support that. I must say that Barbara Graff has brought something to my musical table that is incredibly unique, fun and listenable and I believe you will enjoy this as well.
It’s time to be open and prepare for something more, let’s start with what is a classic 21st century pop song, one that contains superb vocals from singer Diane Chittester and is multi-instrumental in its overall nature, this would make an absolutely fantastic single, it is of course it is the proud opener, the title track Beginnings.
This is Graff’s fourth album and this release has just about something for everyone, like the moving new age styled composition Inspiration, one of my personal favourites. The symphonic grandeur of Bring Me a Rainbow is a simple delight to bathe in as well, and the guitar joins the mix on the piece Blue Sky.
There is a real Midwestern slide guitar feel to the track By My Side that is quite charming and captivating, while a lively percussive beat raises the energies on the most powerful arrangement on the album entitled On My Own, a track that could with ease be used in a TV show.
This is one of those albums that you just can’t stop listening to, there is a huge desire to know what comes next and in what style, even the solo piano lovers are catered for with the track Magic Within and the moving and deeply emotive Dancing Shadows, another personal favourite of mine.
Two more renditions of the opening song end the album, with piano and pop versions of the title track Beginnings on offer to bring the release to a lively conclusion.
Beginnings by Barbara Graff is on the card for the most unique album of 2018 with ease, but apart from that, this is an album that really has to be listened to in depth with an open heart and mind, because what is contained within will entertain, enlighten, soothe, all in a thoughtful and positive energy, and will be guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a warm sense happiness in your heart.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Beginnings" is a collection of ten original songs, piano solos and instrumental pieces by pianist/composer Barbara Graff that are inspiring and uplifting with their positive messages of encouragement and hope. Several of the pieces have a driving rhythm that will get your toes tapping and head bobbing as they put a smile on your face. The title track appears in three versions - the opening piano/vocal track, an instrumental arrangement and a “bonus” pop vocal version that closes the album. Vocals are provided on the first and last tracks by Diana Chittester, who really puts her heart into this anthemic celebration of life and human resiliency. In addition to piano and keyboard, the instrumental pieces feature “real musicians” playing guitar, violin, drums and pedal steel guitar (as opposed to all keyboard or synth).

"Beginnings" opens with the title track, “a feel-good song to unite all of us” (quoting Graff’s website). The powerful beat, joyful piano and upbeat message to “pick yourself up and begin again” would brighten just about anyone’s day. “Inspiration” goes a little bit darker and more subdued with keyboard and electronic instrumentation that create an atmosphere of warmth mixed with a little bit of magic. “Bring Me a Rainbow” is an instrumental version of Graff’s song, “This Way.” The addition of soaring strings makes the piece even more poignant and heart-tugging. “Blue Sky” provides a light and sunny breath of fresh air. Piano, guitar, bells and other gentle instrumentation paint a picture of a blissful day without a care in the world. “By My Side” goes country with pedal steel guitar, fiddle and percussion - a romantic slow dance for sure! “On My Own” has a pulsating rock beat with drums and bass behind guitars and a variety of keyboard sounds - another pleasant toe-tapper. “Magic Within” and “Dancing Shadows” are piano solos that likely would have been more effective before the bigger instrumental pieces. The piano/instrumental version of “Beginnings” doesn’t feature much of the melody, so I think it’s the same as the opening track with the vocals removed. The “pop bonus track” does have the vocals with somewhat different instrumentation - more bass and drum along with an organ sound rather than piano - plus a catchy chant in the middle. This is a fun song and likely the most radio-friendly track on the album.

Barbara Graff and "Beginnings" certainly have their hearts in the right place with an air of positivity and messages of encouragement. If you are looking for upbeat vocals and a varied assortment of instrumentals, check it out.
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