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Transformations

by David C Deal

The CD "Transformations" makes use of Jazz, Rock, Broadway and Progressive Rock in a "concept album" which attempts to honestly express intense spiritual/emotional experiences spanning a lifetime. The experience of this CD is raw, complex...
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1. Graceful
2:39 album only
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2. First Contact
3:19 album only
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3. I Don't Know What
4:52 album only
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4. Where Are You Now?
5:53 album only
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5. Dark Night of the Soul
4:39 album only
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6. Bump
3:49 album only
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7. Help Me Fly
4:38 album only
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8. What You Want To Me
4:20 album only
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9. Flowing Deep In the Night
4:46 album only
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10. Transformation
7:38 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Do You Remember When Music Meant So Much To You That It Changed Your Life?

Transformations Cover Message;

"Sometimes, in the midst of a perfectly ordinary day, one is unexpectedly flooded by the magnificence of “what is.” Perhaps that moment of awareness and clarity arrives while watching a storm or absorbing a piece of art or kneeling with intention in a church. If blessed, echoes of the past and visions of the future fade from existence as the unknowing silence of the infinite present emerges. With patience and grace, one comes to know the incredible richness of “what is” as a revelation of God’s face and the mind is forever transformed into a mirror of creation." . . . .

Musical Information about David C Deal

David lives in Ohio where he is a practicing psychologist. His favorite instruments are keyboards; however he also enjoys playing acoustic guitar. He currently performs in several bands including a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band named Siberian Solstice.

A word from David about Transformations;

I have recently completed the creation of a concept album entitled Transformations, which is both a spiritual autobiography and hopefully, a spiritual vessel. The songs from Transformations have deep, emotional and spiritual meaning. The songs from this CD are meant to be heard sequentially for full effect.

I enjoy writing songs which emanate from the deeper recesses of the universal human mind. The CD "Transformations" makes use of Jazz, Rock, Broadway and Progressive Rock in a format which attempts to honestly express intense spiritual/emotional experiences spanning a lifetime. Transformations is a CD meant to be truly "heard" and savored.

Some additional musicians who play on Transformations include Les Brooke, Tom Hannah, Tim Vargo, Andy Vargo, Cynthia Lugo, Russ Notestine, Andrea Bok, David Coonrod, Ned Clark, Kevin Peters, Kristin Sorensen and William O'Connell. I want to extend special thanks to Arthur Kills Straight Putnam who wrote and recorded the native flute song following each composition. Arthur's segments represent "Spirit" which is best heard when the mind is most quiet.

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R Blake Tobias

Awesome album
This album shows the depth and breadth of David's writing talents as well as a diverse palette of musical interests. I feel a very strong connection to this wonderfully produced and performed music. Get ready for an emotional multi-genre ride as each track stays true to itself while maintaining a vital aspect as a member of the coherent whole. I applaud David and this fine crew of musicians for such a deep and fantastic undertaking. Highly recommended!
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Various Reviews of Transformations
“Don’t miss out on the Deal….DAVID C. DEAL, That is…TRANSFORMATIONS” – Rob Grant
David C. Deal – Transformations I purchased this CD from David 3 weeks ago and I have listened to it, well over a dozen times. I knew I would want to write a review for him, but I wanted to get a true feel for the whole CD. The very first day I put it in my player, I found myself cranking it up, as each song played. I knew I was going to like this CD, but I had no idea, how much it would grow on me. With each listen, I picked up more depth of the music and more feel of each of the players involved. This was no “indie” artist CD I was listening to, this was as good as any CD I ever listen to. The quality of production, arrangement and musicianship was stunning me. Now, I hate to use artists to compare sounds, but this CD has styles ranging from Alan Parsons, Styx, Pink Floyd to a Disney Movie or a Broadway Production. The CD opens with a Beautiful instrumental, featuring piano and flutes…….a very classical proggy ambient piece of music. This is followed by a heavier rock piece, with a touch of Styx influence, sung by Les Brooke, who has a fantastic voice. His 3rd track features the vocals Cynthia Lugo, who has an extremely beautiful voice. She also sings 3 other tracks on this CD and does so, with various styles of progressive rock, broadway, pop, blues and movie. She sings with such strength, you can’t help, but be moved by her emotions. I don’t mean to single out just a couple of the artists, because all of the players on this CD are TOPS at their instruments. David is the composer of all of the songs and the main player of keyboards on this CD. There are NO lame tracks and the CD moves quickly by and you’re starting over, before you know it. The song arrangement is excellent, to keep the flow of music just right. I HIGHLY Recommend this CD, for those who LOVE good music, in a rock style………It’s progressive and it’s very pleasant listening. It’ll get heavy, at times, but it’s never overbearing. I give this CD…ALL of the Stars, I possibly can….+++++ Laughing David!!! Thanks, for the GREAT Music……..and at $10.99, ya can’t beat the price either……hehehehehehhe OH YEAH!!!! The packaging is PROFESSIONAL….SUPER!!! I couldn’t believe how nice it was. It’s the best “indie” CD packing, I’ve ever gotten and as good as any pro artists, as well. Rob Grant

“Transformations” is one of those `must have` CD’s” – Chris Bishop
“Transformations” is one of those `must have` CD’s … its a spiritually moving journey that allows `Reflection` of self, but also allows us insight into David Deal too.
I used the word `Reflection` for good reason, as many of us reach a point in our lives where we become aware of greater things than self, but we need to find ourselves through reflection to see this … it allows us to `see` with eyes a new.
Of course not everyone will experience this `Transformation` and for those that do, their journey will tell a different story, but for those with eyes to see, will regardless relate with ease and comfort as we follow David’s awakening or revelation.
Many talented musicians have helped create the story of David’s transformation, and once you’ve listened to this new Album you quickly become aware of a oneness of understanding that’s very much needed to create such an outstanding musical works.
Congratulations to the talented David Deal, and all those helping to transcribe David’s love and understanding.
Chris Bishop . . . . Administrator: http://popspace.co.uk/
Sound Engineer and Music Producer

“I am….BLOWN AWAY!!!” – Rob
David, I have to tell you something. First……yes, I have been listening to your music, for as long as I have known you here….and I have enjoyed it. BUT!!! Putting your music on, in a CD form and listening to it in it’s full content and context…….and having a superbly packed CD, in hand……DAVE!!! I am….BLOWN AWAY!!! I have to tell you. I ordered your CD and one from a band called UNIFAUN, from myspace. They are a GENESIS sounding band. I was very anxious to hear them, as well. Out of loyalty, I decided to listen to yours first, but thought, since I already knew your music, I might listen to a few tracks and anxiously put on the other. DAVE!!! This didn’t happen. I was SO ENTRANCED by your CD and the music and everything about it, it’s going to stay right where it is. I LOVE IT!!! Dave…….I will be doing a Review BLOG for your at MIX, as soon as I have had a few listens. EXCELLENT WORK and the other CD will have to wait, until I’m ready to listen to something else. I hope you understand what I mean and don’t take this the wrong way. I also have a few PROG friends on the NET that will be made fully aware of your CD.
Rob

Testimonial by Michael Foster
[Transformations] it is a really amazing and most ambitious effort. So many excellent instrumental movements in this one…nice electric guitar work…a beautiful transition to a great sounding acoustic guitar…excellent drums and bass throughout…the keyboard stuff shines…and the vocals and lyrics are potent. I can’t tell if that is a fretless bass or a synth I hear midway through the [album] …but it sounds great. I hear so many influences in this…actually “Blows Against The Empire” by Jefferson Starship was what hit me first…because that too was such a diverse group of musicians who combined in a most powerful way.
Michael Foster – Avalanche


Tony Mazza on “Where are You Now?”
David, First let me tell you that I do not express myself well in the technical aspects of music mixes and productions. I can only tell you how it makes me feel when I listen to it whether it is mine or someone else’s. That said, I think the song as a whole is beautiful. I can hear what’s going on smooth and clear. The words, your questions, are powerfully consuming. They sent me into a sort of meditation. Your voice, if that was your voice, guided the journey for me. The music was produced perfectly, to my ears. It kept me entranced although I was listening through speakers not headphones I was oblivious to anything that was going on around me. I didn’t think, I helplessly was drawn deeper into the song. When it ended I felt cleansed. I hope this make sense to you. I don’t know what you are looking for in the way of a comments on this particular song, but in my opinion I don’t believe anyone could of performed, recorded, mixed or produced this song any better than you did on this recording. The questions may have been asked before, but not like this. I’m a STOUT ROCKER my friend, if I may call you my friend, but your Brilliance moves me. Peace, Tony
Tony Mazza – Recording Engineer

Steve Gilmore’s Opinion of Transformations
David Deal – I Don’t Know What
First Popspace artist up for review this month is a new name to me. No idea what he does or where he is from but I guess that doesn’t matter too much eh? We all speak the language of music. There are are elements of classicism in both his writing and his music which kind of led me to expect something…er….new age. Just goes to show that one should never let ones assumptions into the driving seat because you are liable to crash and burn as I did with this excellent track. The only vaguely new-ageist thing about is the lyrics which are based on a poem written in the 16th Century.

See, I told you this was a brainy one
The music, however, has some finely honed musculature to go with the grey matter and one of the most powerful pairs of lungs you are likely to hear this side of nirvana. I Don’t Know What is in fact a hybrid; partly rock (of several stripes), partly soul (especially the vocals) and partly anything else that fits. Surprisingly enough, once the dust had settled after the initial excitement of the first few plays, it started getting better again.

There’s a lot going on in there Jim lad.
There’s some lovely musical moments; the guitars especially overall but in the quasi-Queen sections they burn down the house. Not anything like as fiery as the vocals courtesy of Ms Cynthia Lugo; the kind of voice you are not likely to experience that often. Lending that to an almost prog-rock arrangement should be sinful and probably is, but by God it feels so natural that you don’t even question it. Can’t say I’m over-excited about the mix but I tell you what you can hear everything that’s going on and that’s saying something. As I said it’s a very full track.
Highly Recommended blend of Pop, soul and spiritual.
Steve Gilmore

David Deal – Where Are You Now? – A Rockorian Chant
Don’t be misled by the progressive rock label because this is a track that straddles God knows how many different genres. Where Are You Now? is an almost six minute wander through some of the worlds more spiritual places, much more Eastern/Buddhist in feel than anything else. This is probably one of the reasons I seem to have latched onto this track like gangbusters. Not just because it does explore a lot of my own favored musical niches but because it does it in such a positive and fresh way.
Obviously the tried and tested monk chant is going to be at the heart of any track carrying its name and – to be fair to David – he has done a remarkable job. See, when you get a new sound happening, it’s real easy to then go overboard on it. Not so in this case, this musician uses the device just enough to imprint it into the track and then goes off to several different sections that echo it; lyrically and musically. I’m going to hanging on to my copy for further study and I name this track…
Highly Recommended blend of styles.
Steve Gilmore

Help Me Fly is a ballad, and regular readers will understand my customary shudder. My main problem with ballads isn’t that they are slow (which they generally are; haven’t heard many lullabies at 180bpm) as you would expect but usually because they are let down by what can only be called design flaws. The only ballads that really work for me are the ones that are intense, emotional and with a lyric that says something other than bland sugary confections that just give me a headache.
In my world, the best ballads come about because of life and its trials, not the moaning about it.
I have to say that the production, first of all, on this track is absolutely outstanding. Everything sounds just right and the mix fits the musical style perfectly. Where this track scores above most ballads is that it manages to tell a believable story with warmth and love. Essentially a song about a fathers love for his daughter, Help Me Fly never veers into the cringemaking partly due to the excellent lyrics but also partly because of the voice singing those lyrics. Again, no idea who is singing on this because it certainly isn’t David unless he’s suddenly become Davida. The female vocal is the final touch that makes this track not just work but – dare I say it – fly.
Excellent Ballad. Yes I said that. Highly Recommended.
Posted by Steve Gilmore
Review: David Deal
Posted On 06/25/2009 02:58:06 by SteveGilmore
David Deal – Dark Night Of The Soul
Looking back to see when I first met David Deal (you may know him better as songdoc if you hang around certain forums and websites) I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was some time ago. My how time flies when you are having fun eh? The track that introduced me was I Don’t Know What (December 2007) which established two important facts about this musician that further tracks have only embellished. One, he is a very serious musician and songwriter and two, he isn’t afraid to experiment a bit with form and structure as he showed in that first track. Since then it’s always been a pleasure to see one of his tracks coming up for review, at least you can pretty much guarantee the quality.
Although the track is billed as prog-rock at POP, I can’t get myself to agree with that assessment. First of all, were it true, I would be foaming at the mouth and uttering vile curses as prog-rock is not welcome in my house and second, Dark Night Of The Soul probably owes more to rock itself. In particular, I was minded on first listening that it sounded like classic Jim Morrison era Doors and that feeling lasted through every play. An easy reach I know, but listen and I think you’ll understand what I mean.
Strung out on the kind of Riders Of The Storm setting is a song with surprisingly few words but much inner power. For my money it’s the sparseness and style of the backing track and the almost spoken vocal that gives it the Doors feel. David Coonrod and Russ Notestine supplied the bass and guitar respectively on this track and should definitely be mentioned because both play a major part in events. Definitely a track for classic rock fans everywhere, there are so many echoes of the past in it. Don’t be thinking though that this is just us old codgers reminiscing about how it was back in the day. Dark Night Of The Soul is modern enough for anyones tastes and varied enough in structure to keep anyone guessing as to what comes next.
Excellent classic rock song. Highly Recommended.



“Wow! Wow! Wow!” – Heinz Karnitschar
(review of “Dark Night of the Soul) Wow! Wow! Wow! Man David, this is truly the darkest, most mysterious song I’ve heard of your repertoire. I just read the info above, and it’s intriguing! This song has a lot of power, let me tell you. That haunting, repetitive piano, the great percussion, the deep guitar sounds. And your voice – man! It reminds me of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. This definitely is one of my faves of yours David! Did I say ‘Wow’ already? Incredible soundscape, loved it!!
Heinz.
Heinz Karnitschar“Such a Great Vibe” – Chris Georgiou
(review of “Transformation”) What you create here is really outstanding. A song should be, for me it is, a journey, what you doing here is a trip to a beyond galaxy. Such a great vibe.
Chris Georgiou

Keyboardist Blake Tobias on Transformations
Even though I know all your music, your CSP last night absolutely floored me. What inspiration! What a monologue! What absolutely fantastic creativity on display, and such great performances from everyone – wrapped in such lavish productions. To hear your creations played this way, in more of an album format – it really hits home what kind of an artist you are and how good the Transformations album will be. And you know, the second I know that album is available…I’m there! Congrats to you, and to all your wonderful musicians for filling the air with such sweet sounds. The spirit is in you, and it shines so brightly. Nothing less than brilliant! Truly exciting!!! .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I have taken possession of the Transformations CD. I have spun it many times over the last few days and can tell you it’s diverse, it’s inspired, it’s got heart and soul. The writing, playing, and production is everything I could hope for. It was a long time coming, but this was clearly worth it. Of course none of what I said came as a surprise to me. I know what Dave and his band of merry and excellent musicians can do, and it’s right here! This is an album I can highly recommend without reservation to almost anyone. It’s got the versatility, appeal and depth for so many of us music lovers. A most wonderful achievement. My congratulations to you Dave, the band, and to all those making the wise decision to support this art. Besides, us musicians could always stand to learn a thing or two from this
Blake Tobias – - Keyboardist, TCP.
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Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Beautiful and diverse collection of Inspiritional music
David C Deal's latest album, “Transformations,” uses a beautiful blending of genres in an attempt to give his audience an inspirational and uplifting musical experience. This record is produced song to song; some tunes are Jazzy, some are Rock songs and still others are Broadway-like ballads. The opening track, “Graceful,” is an uplifting, instrumented song that centers on an alluring flute playing a melodic melody. On the song, “First Contact” we hear Deal discuss his feelings about God over an energetic, guitar-lead, Rock ballad featuring a string section. Then, on “Flowing Deep In The Night” we encounter a slow moving Jazz song placed behind the vocals of a talented female singer. So while Deal may jump from musical genre to musical genre within “Transformations,” the album is held together by his goal of addressing life's largest issue while being uplifting and motivating. Check out this album if you enjoy music that tries to take on intense and deep issues or if you would like to hear how one man can express himself in various musical styles.
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