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The Space Between

by Chad Lawson

Following up two award winning releases, Steinway artist Chad Lawson records his most intimate yet daring album yet. A unique sound where "I wanted to record the spaces between the notes rather than the notes themselves" states the composer and pianist.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Know a Love so True and Fair
5:58 album only
2. Heart in Hand
3:03 album only
3. Falling Together
5:23 album only
4. A Love Is Born
3:57 album only
5. Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Loves Me
6:15 album only
6. I Wish I Knew
5:22 album only
7. Just Before
5:47 album only
8. Father Abraham
5:10 album only
9. Ave Maria
3:42 album only
10. No One's Gonna Love You
4:39 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This album was inspired when Lawson was asked to compose a piece for a short film. The director gave him an idea of what he was looking for and from there, the first song composed for The Space Between was Father Abraham. So inspired by the new piece, Lawson continued writing so much so that the entire album, with the exception of Heart in Hand, was written in one day and then Lawson recorded the entire release the following evening. It wasn't until 2 weeks later that Chad was asked to write a piece for a commercial that A Love is Born was written and recorded, both in less than an hours time. After hearing the final outcome, he knew it needed to be on the release as well.

"Never stop reinventing yourself" Phil Ramone once told him during a rehearsal the late Ramone was directing. The Space Between is a departing phase of Lawson's award winning, The Piano, yet continues to remain true to his audience. While completely different, it's as if the listener is hearing something vaguely familiar yet new all at once.

Produced by Lawson and Alejandro Clavijo, it was recorded & mixed by Lawson and mastered by Grammy Award winner, Michael Graves. Released on the Hillset Records Label.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
After three highly-acclaimed and award-winning solo piano CDs (plus two improvised EPs and recordings with his Trio), Chad Lawson decided to shake things up a bit and do something different. "The Space Between" is still mostly solo piano and the composing style is classic Lawson, but the approach to recording this one was new - seeking to capture the actual sound of the piano including its inner workings and occasional creaks. At first listen, I thought perhaps it was a digital piano with a high reverb setting, but I know Chad better than that. Then I thought maybe he was keeping his foot on the pedal much longer than usual. So I asked him, and it turns out that he was experimenting with putting a long strip of felt between the piano hammers and the strings, softening the normally percussive sound of the hammers striking the strings and allowing some of the sounds of the piano’s action, the keys being depressed, etc. to come through. Most of these sounds are subtle and create a very interesting effect coupled with Lawson’s velvet piano touch and shimmering composing style. I wasn’t sure I liked the piano sound at first, but I’ve come to love and appreciate its softened tone. When listening to this album, it is very important to give the music some time and an understanding of what Lawson was doing. He is joined on a few of the tracks by Rubin Kodheli on cello and James Duke on guitar. The cello especially adds its own special magic to the sound. Of the ten tracks, eight are originals plus Lawson’s gorgeous arrangements of “Ave Maria” and Band of Horses’ “No One’s Gonna Love You.”

The music on "The Space Between" originated with an invitation to score a short film that tells the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac ( http://vimeo.com/62992476). After meeting with the director, Lawson composed “Father Abraham,” a quiet but extremely powerful piece. Feeling tremendously inspired, Lawson composed most of the rest of the album in one day and recorded those eight pieces in one session. The two pieces not composed in that burst of creative energy are “Heart in Hand,” written for another indie film, and “A Love is Born,” composed for a different project. Lawson went on to tell me, “With this album, either people are going to love it or they're going to hate it.... It's a risk I took but I have to be honest with myself and what I create and for me, this is the most honest music I have ever been given. Every note I play is that of worship and returning to the Father above (Christ) and if I were to change my intention or direction and create something for man, it would just fall flat. So, I played what was on my heart, and here we have it.”

Intrigued? I hope so, as "The Space Between" will be generating a lot of musical buzz! Very highly recommended for those with a sense of musical adventure and an openness to hearing the piano in a new way!