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Skipping on Daisies

by Christopher Boscole

Solo piano compositions that are happy, lyrical, magical, and dreaming, reminiscent of new age and neoclassical mysticism
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Skipping on Daisies
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2. Suite Wonder
4:32 $0.99
3. Three Fairies
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4. Toy Bells
2:55 $0.99
5. Variation on Chopin Nocturne
5:21 $0.99
6. Voyage of the Keys
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7. Prayer of Hope
4:55 $0.99
8. Universe
7:19 $0.99
9. Princess of Peace
5:11 $0.99
10. Wonder Suite
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11. Raindrops in a Minor
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12. Procession of the Angels
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13. Celestial Sailing
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14. Be Happy
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Album Notes
Christopher Boscole released his first album in 1986 and over 30 years and through 10 albums of mostly original music has established his own unique style of piano sound that contains elements of his background in Jazz, New Age, and Classical traditions. Popular in radio, Boscole's last five solo piano albums have charted in the top 10 as reported on ZMR. His composition “Angel of Bliss” from his album “Presents of Angels” is also featured on the Whisperings Radio Solo Piano compilation “Music to Quiet Your World.” Boscole is an avid sailor and explores creative relationships between nature, photography, and music through multi-media concerts and videos. Formally trained, Boscole has a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance, Master in Teaching, Bachelor of Arts in Music and also studied privately with Gary Peacock. He names Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, George Winston, David Lanz, Michael Jones, Liz Story, David Nevue, David Benoit, Dave Grusin, Ralph Towner, John McLaughlin, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel, J.S. Bach, and Philip Glass as just a few of his musical influences.


Shimmer: Solo piano (1986)
September Song: Contemporary Jazz (1987)
Land of Music: Contemporary Jazz (1992)
O Christmas Tree: Solo Piano (1992, re-released 2009)
Natural Instincts: Jazz (1993)
Presents of Angels: Piano Solos (2008)
Inner Voyages: Piano Solos (2010)
Floating on a Melody: Piano Solos (2012)
A New Age of Classical Piano (2014)
Skipping on Daisies (2016)



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Skipping On Daisies" is the tenth album from pianist/composer Christopher Boscole. This album is solo piano except for a few places where Boscole hums - a part of his creative process. The music was recorded on a 9’ Steinway and digitally mastered by Joe Bongiorno at his Piano Haven Studio. Boscole is a very versatile artist with an extensive background in classical music and jazz as well as teaching and concert performances. There is an interesting variety of music and musical styles in the fourteen tracks on Skipping on Daisies, but what they have in common is a lightness and a sunny, optimistic attitude. Don’t misunderstand - this is not musical cotton-candy - there is plenty of substance as well as beauty and vibrance.

"Skipping On Daisies" begins with the title track, a beautiful bit of pianistic sunshine. I love daisies for their carefree innocence and this piece captures that quality perfectly. “Suite Wonder” has a gentle grace that suggests the wide-eyed wonder that comes with magical moments or being in inspiring places that leave you breathless. “Three Fairies” is a much bigger and more dynamic work. It would be fun to know the inspiration for it, but it’s easy to imagine any number of stories behind it. Sometimes light and fanciful, and sometimes darker and more dramatic, it’s a fascinating piece! “Toy Bells” sparkles and dances in the upper registers of the piano - pure joy set to music. “Variation on Chopin Nocturne” is a new take on one of my favorite pieces to play - Chopin’s most famous nocturne. While staying true to Chopin’s intentions for the piece, Boscole infuses this well-known masterpiece with his own artistry - a favorite! “Voyage of the Keys” takes us on a mini-adventure that is upbeat and smooth. “Prayer of Hope” is another favorite. In constant motion, it conveys a fervent message of hope and understanding. “Universe” is amazing. More abstract and ambient than the other pieces on the album, it beautifully expresses vast openness and constant motion. “Wonder Suite” is not the same piece as “Suite Wonder,” but has a similar feeling and lightness. The piano is the perfect instrument for describing rain, and Boscole’s “Raindrops in A Minor” is an excellent example. Sometimes a light shower with delicate raindrops dancing on water, and sometimes a heavier downpour, this another favorite. “Procession of the Angels” is so tender and graceful that it is almost fragile. “Celestial Sailing” is another more ambient piece that takes us on a cruise through the heavens, perfectly relaxed and at peace. Boscole sums up the message of this album with his closing piece, “Be Happy.” Warm, peaceful, and soothing, it’s a lovely close to an exceptional album.

"Skipping On Daisies" proves once again what an accomplished pianist and composer Christopher Boscole is. Very highly recommended!

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Skipping on Daisies” is the tenth release from versatile pianist and composer Christopher Boscole. Comprised of fourteen compositions spanning seventy-six minutes, the album’s musical essence is perfectly captured by its accompanying brightly colored artwork, which depicts a field of daises beneath a radiant sun and deep blue sky.

The whimsical-natured title track opens in a high register, dancing about melodically and gracefully. Conveying a warmth and joy throughout, it’s like pulling back the curtains first thing upon waking and letting in the morning sunlight. This positively peaceful mood continues into “Suite Wonder”, a gentler piece imbued with a sense of romance that touches upon cherished memories, and eventually finds its counterpart, “Wonder Suite”, further along the album. “Three Fairies” is a sweetly buoyant composition that easily paints a picture of an enchanted garden or magical world of childlike wonder and innocence. Subtly switching melodies about a third of the way through, it soon reverts back to its initial stanza, as it moves through the high and low registers of the piano. One particular highlight is “Variation on Chopin Nocturne”, a slower-paced number of a more classical fare that beckons a moment of pause to reflect and unwind. The rich and enveloping “Universe” is easily my favorite piece on the album and certainly the most intriguing. Sparse piano notes glide upon a constant flow of cascading keys like that of a bubbling brook, while radiating a constant stream of varying colors throughout. Perfectly timed at over seven minutes, the notably classical signature begets a perfectly understated yet riveting composition. “Raindrops in A Minor” is another favorite piece that seems to perfectly capture the beautiful mystique of a light rain-shower in the sunshine. Casting a welcomed bit of shadow, this lovely composition moves captivatingly through the registers with such grace, ease and fluidity. Next to the last track is “Celestial Sailing”, another favorite that moves along in a similar vein as “Universe”. Imbued with a heavenly aura, it feels like drifting away on a cloud while viewing a harmonious and paradisal world below. Likewise clocking in at over seven minutes, I especially appreciate when Christopher slips into this mode. “Be Happy” is the album’s final piece and gently imparts its simple message of hope and optimism. Graced with sentimentality, this soulfully elevating tune leaves the listener with an overall feeling of peace and renewal.

Possessing a piano-playing style that is impeccably flowing and radiant, I’m simply amazed by the seemingly effortless output of Christopher Boscole’s own two hands! Additionally, perhaps it’s no coincidence that daisies are long-held symbols of childhood, innocence and purity, as the title of this album couldn’t be more fitting, nor the music more exemplary of these themes. Exuding throughout a heart-warming comfort and joy, “Skipping on Daisies” is not to be missed by fans of positively uplifting neoclassical and solo piano music.

Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

His best album ever!
There is a sumptuous lightness about the opening composition, which I am proud to say is the title track, Skipping on Daises. I adore it when artists start with the headlining composition, it really sets the scene, the motif is packed with the tones that create a sun kissed hillside and we can watch a blanket of beautiful yellow flowers dance and sway to the music of the late spring wind.
Boscole of course is a real veteran of the solo piano genre and has continued to expand and grow throughout the 30 years since his first release; here he has really brought a little light into a musical world that is sometimes so stuck in a dimension of banality. On Suite Wonder you have an example of that lightness, but a real sense of love can also be both felt and heard in the performance of this stunning piece. Boscole in my opinion on this track has composed a true classic and one that is so very deeply moving.
As we move to the piece Three Fairies, I can only suggest we have a piece of music that could be used in a movie soundtrack, the opening is very redolent of such a composition, the grace and power here is sublime, but the depth of the composition really takes us into a whole new realm entirely. A magical track, but arranged with such a careful hand and heart.
This is truly a delightful album, one that has great poise and energy about it, much like this creation called Toy Bells. Short form it maybe, but this fun styled performance and childlike splendour, really emphasis that big things do indeed come in small packages.
Now it’s time to sample a Variation on a Chopin Nocturne, now here is an arrangement of pure class and one that emphasises Boscole’s true mastery of his art, we can feel the cloak of the night fall gently down around our shoulders with this quite breath taking piece. Dear reader and listener, here is a composition that you will need to get yourself comfortable, close your eyes and draw in a truly blissful performance.
As I listen and write, I feel very moved not just by the compositions and the arrangements, but of the performance, which I rate as being one of the best I have heard this year in the solo piano genre. If we continue our journey with the artist, we will hear further evidence of this, especially on the song, Voyage of the Keys. Soft and gentle, but supremely and confidently performed, Boscole literally floats on a melody with this one, the tempo is so smooth and calming, but also contains a proud and happy motif to cheer us on our way.
At the half way juncture we come across A Prayer for Hope, this is the perfect interlude to our sojourn with Christopher Boscole and his album Skipping on Daises, this track is like a musical mantra for peace and floats back and forth with an imploring resonance.
Now for a really expansive arrangement called Universe, I was very eager to hear this one. We start with an almost slow approach, one that is our galactic guide, the sense of drama is brilliant and Boscole produces another magical musical rabbit from his hat of many tricks. Universe, in a way, also reminds me of a deeper, heavier version of Temple in the Forest by David Neagle. That being said, Boscole has indeed manifested something very powerful here that really demands multiple listens to do the track total justice.
With a hint of the east we float into a song called Princess of Peace, the higher range of notes used here, created a real sense of an almost angelic nature, the slight pauses were so very clever. Boscole then adds a gentle melody that when added to the overall composition, makes this one of the most attractive pieces off the release.
Now earlier on we listened to Suite Wonder, this time we take in Wonder Suite, perhaps the alter ego of the other piece? I completely adored the first track and this one too has such a charming energy about it. Boscole is a true master at composing and this one is no exception.
I found something quite emotive about this next offering called Raindrops in A Minor. One could easily sit by a window and watch the rain falling softly down, tracing trails of water down the glass, almost like tears falling from the eyes of a sad child. This for me was a beautiful piece that perhaps if we ever get a rainy day here; I will listen in the manner I have just described.
As we head towards the end of the last trail and towards the end of the album, we come across a really beautiful piece called Procession of Angels. Boscole must be proud of this composition, it is created from the hand of a true master of the keys, there is a slight hint of the classical here, that when mixed with both the subject matter and the overall style of the album, makes this one of my favourite pieces from the release, a very stylish performance indeed.
Christopher Boscole is a man who clearly loves nature and an avid sailor I hear, as such his penultimate piece is called quite charmingly Celestial Sailing. This happens to be the longest arrangement on the album at well over 7 minutes long, this is an opus of oceanic splendour, and reminds me of our days off the south coast and around the Isle of Wight. There is a sparkling element here, which is far from frivolous; in fact one can almost feel the waves moving you around as the tides changes tact. Boscole’s love for this past time is evident and through his quite majestic performance one can really feel a part of that constant changing nature of the sea and the warm winds that will take our sailing boat to even far greater dimensions than ever imagined.
Our final port of call is now upon us, as we take a listen to the last track called Be Happy. Now, if you’re a musician and wondered just how do I end an album, take a listen to this piece and you will have you’re answer, it has a slow build, a beautiful full flowing melody that has a delightfully slow and peaceful tempo. Be Happy is the ultimate end of album track.
Skipping with Daises by Christopher Boscole is in my opinion his best work ever!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
When it comes to the music of pianist/composer Christopher Boscole the one thing I’ve come to expect is the unexpected. This is the third album from him that I’ve had the pleasure of writing about, and each one has a bit of a different focus or flavor. On this latest release, “Skipping on Daisies,” Christopher goes for a more light-hearted feel, which he describes as “solo piano compositions that are happy, lyrical, magical, and dreaming, reminiscent of new age and neoclassical mysticism.”

Opening with the title song, the mood is indeed quite effulgent, radiating warmth and joy, which draw the listener into Christopher’s tropical paradise. The melody is simple yet catchy and seems to be more about creating an atmosphere than dazzling with technique or frills. But I’d imagine that it would be difficult to not be in a cheerful space after listening to this uplifting tune. The next song, “Suite Wonder,” has a quieter, more reflective feel portraying a sense of innocence and awe that is quite endearing. Following along these lines, the next two songs, “Three Fairies,” and “Toy Bells” reflect on child-like themes.

The only non-original composition on the album is an arrangement by Christopher entitled “Variation On Chopin Nocturne.” But it was nice to hear this facet of Christopher’s musical spectrum reflected in contrast to his original music. One of the things I find fascinating about Christopher is that while he is well versed in classical music composition, he is also quite adept at improvisation, and “Universe” is an excellent example of that with a bit of a new age music feel. There is a yin yang balance in the density of his notes on the keyboard, clustered like stars in the center of the Milky Way, and the spacious feeling the song evokes.

Although there are no lyrics on these purely instrumental tracks, a number of universal and spiritual themes are portrayed in titles like: “Prayer Of Hope,” “Universe,” “Princess Of Peace,” “Wonder Suite,” and “Procession Of The Angels.” One of my favorites on the album was “Prayer Of Hope,” which is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring. The more I hear of Christopher Boscole’s music, the more impressed I am with his versatility and expressiveness. Christopher has a remarkable talent for translating moods and environments into music. The ability to shift between classical compositions and pure improvisation, while being so fluent in each is a skill that makes Christopher stand out in the popular field of solo piano artists. “Skipping On Daisies” is an album that brings all of Christopher’s diverse talents to bear in a light-hearted and uplifting listening experience.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com