Carol Comune | Echoes of Coquina

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Echoes of Coquina

by Carol Comune

Echoes from Coquina is a musical reflection of the serene lifestyle I experienced on Florida's Gulf Coast. The cool, white sands of the beaches offset the beautiful and iridescent coquina shells that dance on the water's edge at low tide.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awakening
4:32 $0.99
2. Song of the Palm Trees
7:36 $0.99
3. Shell-Dance of the Coquinas
7:02 $0.99
4. Rainbows
4:36 $0.99
5. Sundown
4:41 $0.99
6. Clair de Lune
5:02 $0.99
7. Quiet Nights, Distant Lightning
7:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Inspired and inspiring, this is professional solo piano with sensitive expression and lovely compositions. Quality never falters in concept or balanced performance, with the artist’s emotional forte considerably more evident than many piano soloists. Contemporary Winstonian sound so fine one could hope one day the term might become ‘Comunian’. Carol’s control is exquisite as well so that the expressive flow is delivered with wonderful expertise.” Acadia - Heartsong Review



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Dominick P

A Beautiful Album for Keeping a Clear Mind
Just Listened for the first time today and I have to say that this just might be my favorite album to listen to when trying to keep a clear focused mind... so beautiful! The melodies are timeless and executed with incredible precision. Definitely going to be playing on repeat for weeks to come!!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Released in 1991, "Echoes From Coquina" was pianist/composer/celebrated piano teacher and music educator Carol Comune’s second album, following her 1990 debut, "Intracoastal." The album consists of seven piano solos that are a reflection on the serene lifestyle Comune experienced while on a trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Six of the pieces are original compositions and one is a beautiful performance of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” The music often suggests the quiet ebb and flow of a peaceful ocean and sometimes sparkles like light dancing on the water. Comune’s background in classical music is apparent in her composing and performances, but she also brings a contemporary mindset to the music that is ageless, melodic and very accessible.

"Echoes From Coquina" begins with “Awakening,” a slow and very graceful piece that gradually builds as awareness does when someone wakes up from a deep and very comfortable sleep. Gentle and very soothing, there is no rush to start the day! “Song of the Palm Trees” hints at the stately nature of these trees as well as the movement of a breeze through the fronds and perhaps the activity of the wildlife that lives in the trees. Very free and relaxed, this piece is truly a pleasure to listen to! “Shell - Dance of the Coquinas” refers to the seashells that dance at the water’s edge at low tide. These delicate sea-creatures are often colorful and resemble butterflies, inspiring this light yet swirling piece. Rainbows are magical everywhere, but over the ocean, they can enchant even the most jaded beach walker. “Rainbows” gently expresses that breathless awe. If you have ever watched a sunset by the ocean, you know the profound peacefulness of the changing sky and the intensity of the colors reflected on the water. “Sundown” paints a vivid picture of this experience. Debussy’s “Clair de Lune (Moonlight)” has always been a favorite classic both to play and to listen to, and Comune’s performance is lyrical and expressive. “Quiet Nights, Distant Lightning” beautifully depicts the flashes of lightning on a dark sky. Exciting and unpredictable, sometimes they are bright flashes and sometimes flickers in the distance. There is no thunder, so this really is a dance of flashes of light against the dark sky.

Even though it was released twenty-six years ago, "Echoes From Coquina" is fresh and timeless. If you love peaceful music with a nature theme, be sure to check it out! Recommended!