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Road Home

by Brad Jacobsen

Melodic and mellow instrumental piano music, perfect for meditation and relaxation.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Morning Prayer
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2. Road Home
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3. Wanderlust
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4. Solitary Road
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5. Prodigal
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6. Lead, Kindly Light
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7. Trails
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8. Leaving
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9. Autumn Walk
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10. Longing
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11. Road Home (Homecoming)
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12. Benediction
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"I love Brad's music! It's so peaceful and calming. He really makes the piano sound so beautiful. It's the perfect mood music to play softly in the background when you want something relaxing. I'd also recommend his other albums. In fact, my two year old daughter falls to sleep every night with one of his CDs playing in the background---she doesn't like to go to bed without it! " - Richard D.

My story with the piano started out like most. I don’t recall asking to take piano lessons, but at the age of 8 I found myself doing just that. As the youngest of four children I was destined to follow in the footsteps of either playing a sport or an instrument. My lack of interest in anything competitive (which for the most part remains with me today) naturally ruled out sports. To be honest I don’t remember ever being excited about piano lessons. I had wonderful teachers, but as an overly-imaginative child (some may call it ADD) I found the rigidity of piano lessons frustrating. However, with my parents’ promise of “you’ll thank us later” I stuck with it into my mid-teens.

Around the age of 15 I finally discovered music. I stumbled across artists like David Lanz, Kurt Bestor, and despite the quizzical looks from my friends, Yanni. These artists helped me realize the connection between emotions and music. Though I had practiced and played music by the “masters” like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, I just wasn’t hearing or feeling this connection before. That changed the year my parents took me to a Yanni concert. The stage was absolutely packed with world-class musicians from all across the globe. Each was given his or her turn to take the lead in various songs, and I remember vividly seeing and sensing the depth of emotion of each musician. That same Christmas my parents bought me my first keyboard. I spent hours playing with the various instruments and rhythms. I started writing my own music and announced to my parents – “I’d like to quit piano lessons.” Though they were hesitant at first, wondering if I’d stick with the piano, they eventually relented.

My Dad, who was always my biggest supporter, passed away in 2004. Not long before he passed he had a coworker design me some beautiful business cards – The Peaceful Piano – and told me, “You have to make the most of your music.” Though it’s taken some years, I hope I’m making him proud.

My personal philosophy – The most complicated piece performed flawlessly does little for the soul, while the most simple song, if played with sincere feeling, is a true ‘masterpiece’.

I currently make my home near Tacoma, Washington with my wife and three sons, and have spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by the green and yes, often the gray.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Brad Jacobsen’s "Road Home" is a gorgeous collection of ten original piano solos and a few solo piano arrangements of favorite hymns, recorded to perfection at Piano Haven Studios near Seattle. Jacobsen began piano lessons at the age of eight, but really discovered music as a teenager when he was exposed to the emotionally-powerful music of David Lanz, Kurt Bestor, and Yanni, which inspired him to start composing his own music. Although his music is played with more than enough skill and technique, it’s the expressive and emotional content that really communicates. Jacobsen’s philosophy says it all: “ The most complicated piece performed flawlessly does little for the soul, while the most simple song, if played with sincere feeling, is a true ‘masterpiece’.” Although the emotions expressed in the music vary somewhat, most of the pieces are flowing, melodic, and very beautiful, making this an excellent choice for relaxation, meditation, and soothing background music. Do your ears and mind a favor, though, and listen to the music with full attention at least a few times to fully appreciate the depth of the music as well as Jacobsen’s graceful playing.

"Road Home" begins with “Morning Prayer,” a combination of two hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and “Did You Think to Pray?” Warm and inviting, the pieces act as something of a prelude to Jacobsen’s original compositions. The title track is a gentle piece that expresses the emotional response to heading back to where you really belong. Bittersweet and deeply-felt, it’s bound to touch even a jaded heart. “Wanderlust” seems to be about freedom and the need to explore without deadlines or cares holding you down. “Solitary Road” tells of morning walks to visit Jacobsen’s father’s grave and the silent conversations that took place during those walks. The music is tender and honest, expressing a bit of sadness, but also hope. “Prodigal” tells a wordless story with a beautiful melody and gentle rhythm. “Longing” slows the tempo to a dreamy pace and tells of those aching feelings deep within when something or someone is missed and desired in a very profound way. My favorite track is “Road Home (Homecoming),” an upbeat and joyful arrangement of the second track. Rhythmic and buoyant, it overflows with the excitement and anticipation of coming home after being away for a long time. “Benediction” is a quiet, prayerful closing to an exceptional musical experience.

"Road Home" promises to be one of my favorite albums of 2011, and I really look forward to hearing more from this Washington-based artist. Very highly recommended!
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