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Soul Dreams

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. New Hope
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2. Polyana
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3. Heart Traveler
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4. Happy Day
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5. To See You Again
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6. Empathy
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7. The Question
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8. Soul's Journey
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9. Soul Dreams
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10. Peace of the Soul
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11. Mistery
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12. Suite Sunshine
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Soul Dreams - review by Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews.com
What an absolutely stunning set of solo piano work to awaken to on a rainy Pacific Northwest Sunday morning… I’ve been reviewing Christopher’s highly creative solo piano works for many years now, most recently in issue # 129, so I’m quite familiar with the penetrating depth of his playing… as you listen to the joy he projects on compositions like the 3:37 “Happy Day“, you’ll hear why I’ve always loved his music… I particularly enjoy the way he uses his left-hand to kind of “emphasize” the chords in the right-hand… simple, yet vibrantly full of life.
Folks who read my reviews often will know that I believe that (what I call) “pacing” is the key to magical playing… in order to give you a “clear view” of what that looks like, I’m including a video Christopher performed live on (from an earlier album, “Presents of Angels”, which I reviewed in issue # 96)…
https://youtu.be/wbTJ3g5HE2s
Did you notice how involved Christopher is in the playing, yet he’s able to use the keyboard to draw out his feelings, with no “over-drama”, or other gimmickry… absolutely stunning!
Christopher’s focus on this new release is the spirit, and as you listen to the purity on his title track, “Soul Dreams“, his ability to reach down deep into your own presence will help you to realize your own dreams… when it comes to solo piano, my friends, it doesn’t get any better than this… a perfect way to start off 2018.
It is the deep left-hand strokes on “The Question” that (easily) got my vote for personal favorite of the twelve tracks offered up for your aural pleasure… in fact, I’ll predict that this composition will be recommended for awards… Christopher is a true piano master, and gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fine album. You can learn more at Christopher’s website.
http://contemporaryfusionreviews.com/christopher-boscole-highly-creative-solo-piano-christopher-boscole-soul-dreams/

Review by Vivek Kumar on Zindya
Owing to the love for traveling of the artist, the album carries the footprints of a soul traveling on the carpet (not Alladin’s) and exchanging stories of the unknown worlds
The names of the tracks will give you an itinerary of an unplanned trip that brings delight to the listener through different moods of the piano.
Right from the first song, Christopher weaves stories and makes you sit back relaxing as you imagine taking joyful reveries.
Kudos to the artist for sharing his wonderful gift with the world and taking us through the dreams that are otherwise impossible to visualize!
https://www.2indya.com/2018/01/22/review-of-cds-consider-the-moon-stars-and-soul-dreams/

Contemporary Instrumental/ New Age Review: Christopher Boscole-Soul Dreams
Christopher Boscole’s recent release titled Soul Dreams provides a thought provoking introduction with the colorful artwork on the CD cover.
If you look closely you will discover the many symbols relating to humanity and our soul’s travels. If you believe in reincarnation this would apply as well. I do have a belief that kind of experience is very possible. I think we all have Soul Dreams regardless if we hold a belief system that does not support more than one life in a physical existence. I try to look into and beyond the music when I see a title, artwork and listen to see if the music falls in line with the suggested theme on the cover (similar to a book). I want to see if it can transport me with the suggestions in front of me, in the form of pictures and colors and then of course the music, the most important element of all.
I have to say that Soul Dreams was a transporting experience and it really made me realize how many vivid dreams I have. I have experienced different periods of time in history or have been another person in my dreams. When I see myself as another person, there is my clarification and personification of a past life. Call it what you like, I think everything happens for a reason, similar to the science of cause and effect. To me all things are interrelated.
Christopher’s music is heartfelt and appealing. It prompts you to discover your soul and all its experiences. And why not? There is a lot we just brush off as every day occurrences or happenstance. Should we all look a bit harder at the images that come to mind in our awake and beta sleep? I think so. Music is the keeper of the gate and the one thing that can open it up. It can put a new perspective on our existence here on this planet. I know this is heavy food for thought but this is what the music sparked inside me.
Christopher’s music is simply piano, nothing more. And that my friends can be a wonderful offering and quite enough to engage any potential listener in my estimation. At times I think I will run out of things to say about instrumental piano music but somehow the magic happens and the words just flow. I think my evaluation will line up with the creative relationships between music, nature, and photography through multimedia videos that the artist has explored in the past and presently.
Is it time for you to look into the mirror of life - your Soul Dreams? I hope the music inspires you all to do so and that you will find the peace and contentment that this music can provide. Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
http://www.newagemusicreviews.net/2018/02/christopherboscolesouldreams.html


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Candice Michelle

At once expressive and colorful yet serene and introspective
Soul Dreams is the eleventh album by pianist and composer Christopher Boscole. A Pacific Northwest native who currently resides in Hawaii, Christopher draws much of his artistic inspiration from the scenic beauty of his surroundings and sailing around the islands, infusing a colorful atmosphere of warmth, leisure and serenity into his lovely compositions. A formally trained pianist who holds three degrees in music, Christopher cites several notable composers as influences, as is often reflected in his own musical style of which spans the jazz, neoclassical and contemporary instrumental genres. Perfectly depicted by its dreamily beautiful artwork, his latest album, Soul Dreams, features twelve solo piano compositions that span approximately an hour.

Like finding the elusive end of a rainbow, “New Hope” opens the album on a serenely optimistic note with Christopher’s hands seeming to glide effortlessly across the keys. Played primarily in the higher range with resonating chords in the lower range, the effect can be likened to watching sunlight shimmering upon a body of water gently rippling in the wind. One of my favorite pieces on the album is “Heart Traveler”, which seemingly conveys a contemplative sense of searching for someone or something. Supremely elegant with touches of classical and jazz, the gentle composition mostly hovers in the mid-range as Christopher plays in a graceful, flowing manner. “To See You Again” is another highlight that exudes an air of hopeful longing, as one might perhaps envision the smiling face of a loved one as the sun’s radiant glow shines upon them. The ensuing “Empathy” is a slower-paced and thoughtful piece that recalls a bit of David Nevue, of whom Christopher cites as among his musical influences.

My three absolute favorite compositions on the album are grouped among its latter half, with the first of these being the title track, “Soul Dreams”. Here, spiraling chords in the mid-range remain sustained throughout, as they’re accentuated by tinkling notes in the higher register. A dreamy, almost cosmic-sounding piece, it seemingly alludes to the spiral shapes found throughout nature, of which includes everything from seashells to the Milky Way Galaxy. Similarly in this mode is the cleverly-named “Mistery”, which effectively recalls Michael Jones (who is another one of Christopher’s influences) and in particular, his Seascapes album that was released on Narada Records in the mid-80’s. Essentially an improvisational, unbounded soundscape, the piece is characterized by continuously cascading and sparkling chords that seemingly mimic a light rain-shower in the wind, as sunlight softly peers through grey skies. Christopher once again slips into this mode on the closing piece, “Suite Sunshine”, which exudes a supernal warmth and overall sense of divine love expressed through nature’s beauty.

Conveying a reflective mood and tender romance wrapped in a wondrous awe of the natural world around us, Soul Dreams is at once expressive and colorful yet serene and introspective. Equally on par with Christopher Boscole’s previous album, Skipping on Daisies, fans especially of David Nevue, Michael Jones and Peter Kater are highly encouraged to check out this outstanding follow-up!
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Dyan Garris

Beautiful Piano Solos
Christopher Boscole – “Soul Dreams”

Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

Christopher Boscole is a classically trained pianist and composer who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz, as well as a Masters in Teaching. His eleventh album release, “Soul Dreams,” is quite aptly named, as the solo piano compositions take us on an effortless, delightfully flowing, and soothing journey of almost one hour, on which we are invited on a soul level to transcend the physical and elevate the spirit.

The twelve piano solos found on this album are mainly neoclassical in style, yet at the same time dimensional in nature. There is a lot of easy, natural flow and liquidity here, and in my opinion Christopher’s style brings in some additional facets to our general concepts of “New Age,” solo piano, or traditionally classical music.

And along with the visually attractive album cover art, the music on “Soul Dreams” is exceptionally beautiful as well. Dreamy and peaceful, with some of it possibly improvised, as that is one of Christopher Boscole’s many musical talents, the compositions are fluid and light, transporting us so very easily to a voyage that is beyond ourselves.

The album begins with the lovely and melodic, “New Hope.” This is an ultra-dreamy, truly delightful “soulscape” of sound. Supremely relaxing, flowing, and tranquil, here we are drawn enticingly and willingly into the rest of the “dream.” “New Hope” is followed by the genuinely enchanting “Polyana,” with its gentle, tender-hearted vibe. These are two tracks you may find yourself listening to over and over again.

Track 3, “Heart Traveler,” is passionate and emotional but with a light, calming melody. This feels like it could be conveying the journey of one heart connecting somewhere in the ethers with another heart, melting together into one perfect harmony and one love. In any event, there is much to love here all around.

Not to be overlooked in any way are “Happy Day” and “To See You Again,” which are both quite captivating and enchanting. However, of particular note, and in the vein of “Heart Traveler,” the song on track 6, “Empathy,” seems to capture perfectly how we might feel to be heart-connected with someone else. This is my absolute favorite song on the album. It’s rich, expressive, and hypnotic, with emotional depth and breadth. Plus, it is deeply relaxing, as is also the very authentic feeling, “The Question.” And the tranquility and peace we discover in “Soul’s Journey” on track 8, reminds us that the journey of the soul goes on, even if we may not quite understand the answer to “the question” of what we are doing here or where we go from here.

“Soul Dreams,” the title track, follows on track 9. In alignment with the fluidity of the compositions on the album, the song is quite mesmerizing. And this one is actually a bit “trance-inducing.”

The last three tracks on the album, “Peace of the Soul,” “Mistery,” and “Suite Sunshine,” are more ambient rather than structured. But ambience sometimes has its own definitive structure within. These last three are “shimmery” and “glittery,” perhaps like the sparkling scintilla of our very soul’s essence.

The album, “Soul Dreams” by Christopher Boscole is an effervescent cascade of liquid light and a highly recommended addition to your solo piano collection. ~ Dyan Garris
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Kathy Parsons

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"Soul Dreams" is the eleventh release from pianist/composer Christopher Boscole, and I think it’s my favorite of his recordings so far. Like his previous album, "Skipping On Daisies" (2016), the music on "Soul Dreams" is infused with joy and a lightness that can provide a warm and peaceful respite from our stressful world. A Pacific Northwest native, Boscole released his first album in 1986. He has been living and sailing in Hawaii for the past several years, surrounded by the lush beauty and vibrant colors of the Hawaiian Islands. It is no wonder that his music has taken on similar characteristics.

The first seven of the twelve tracks on the album are more classically-structured and melodic while the last few pieces are freer and more ambient. Boscole composed all of the music and recorded it on a 9’ Steinway D grand piano. Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studios did the digital mastering.

"Soul Dreams" begins with “New Hope,” a piece that flows smoothly and with just enough positive energy to keep it always moving forward. “Polyana” is a favorite. Sunny and optimistic with a grace that is sure to charm, this lovely piece feels like an encouraging smile from a dear friend. “Heart Traveler” is very light and buoyant like sunlight dancing on gently undulating water. “Happy Day” seems to express the satisfaction and peace of mind that come from a really good day that leaves you tired but very contented. “To See You Again” has a wistful sense of longing that is both beautiful and poignant. “Empathy” is another favorite with its heartfelt message of hope. Tender yet very expressive and deeply emotional, it’s a beauty! I also really like “The Question,” a piece that is somewhat darker than the others and makes very effective use of the deep bass of the piano. Gorgeous! “Souls Journey” is one of the more ambient pieces - delicate, relaxed and very expressive. The title track is also freely-structured and flowing with an ethereal touch that isn’t all that common on the piano. Sometimes almost misty and sometimes sparkling brightly, it very effectively expresses the feeling of a dream. “Peace Of the Soul” is exceptionally soothing with fluid rhythms and a delicate touch. It expresses the freedom of improvisation, drifting from one passage to the next as the music wills it to go. “Mistery” shimmers and floats effortlessly, dancing gracefully on peaceful ripples of sound. “Suite Sunshine” brings the album to a close with a very blissful feeling of warmth and calm. The spare, open melody is surrounded by quiet tremolo that sparkles as it soothes.

If you are looking for solo piano music for relaxation or meditation, "Soul Dreams" should do the trick. I don’t recommend putting it in your wake-up alarm, but in this case, that’s a good thing! Recommended!
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