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Of This I Dream

by David Findlay

New age, contemporary instrumental
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. The Dreamcatcher
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2. Slipping Away
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3. The End of the Dance
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4. Ripples in Dark Water
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5. A Girl in Traffic
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6. Things in the Closet
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7. Song for the Boy
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8. You Are My Song
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9. Returning
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10. Absent Friends
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Of This I Dream is David Findlay’s 2nd solo CD, following his much- acclaimed New Age offering, “Delightful Voyages”. Nominated for 4 NAR awards, it heralded the arrival of David Findlay as an important voice in the New Age music scene.

This time around, however, the voyage is more introspective. Some selections are quite dreamy and reflective while others are somewhat disturbing and active. The music, most of which was written in the latter part of 2007, is quite personal and is the result of a very difficult time for the composer. Like in many of our dreams, there are many emotions running below the surface. But in the end, the journey ends happily and peacefully.

As on the previous CD, Dave plays a number of instruments while showcasing his considerable piano/keyboard/arranging talents. Indeed, Of this I Dream is aims to calm the spirit and provide a space for reflection. There is one vocal feature: Absent Friends. Featuring a stunning vocal performance from Toronto’s Sue Breit, it was written by David in 1993 after the death of his father, John. There have been many versions of this song, but this one will be the first one released to a larger audience.

May your dreams be of the best things your mind and soul can conjure.

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Bill Binkleman


Of This I Dream

As he did on last year\'s Delightful Voyages, multi-instrumentalist David Findlay (piano, keyboards, guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn and rhythm programming) mixes things up on Of This I Dream, a cornucopia of moods, styles, tempos and instrumentation. Findlay\'s strong suits are his considerable talent on all his instruments, his compositional skills across the genres of new age, electronica, jazz fusion, and adult contemporary, and his knack as an arranger and producer, seldom succumbing to any of the pitfalls that can typically undermine a solo effort (he does everything here including production and engineering, aided only by two vocalists on two songs and a guest artist on trumpet on one track). His self-assurance comes across plain as day as the album veers from the opening new age shimmers and sparkling piano of The Dreamcatcher to the soft melancholic bells and plaintive acoustic guitar of Slipping Away and then crosses over into jazz-inflected electronica on A Girl in Traffic with kicky beats and a soft bluesy horn on lead melody with piano dancing around the edges, followed by the energetic jazz fusion of Things in the Closet with even more frenetic beats, trumpet, brief jazzy runs on piano, bass guitar rhythms, and, if I\'m not mistaken, a sampled accordion. Huzzah! It works! As I said, Findlay is not lacking in confidence, and I\'d guess that in less capable hands, a variety of tunes such as appears on this CD (especially if it was also self-produced as this is) might spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R. Not so here, though.

Besides the tracks mentioned earlier, the album also contains a hybrid jazz/new age ballad (The End of the Dance) which evokes empty urban bars in the wee hours of the morning and long walks home down deserted streets (the occasional use of vibes is a nice touch), a pleasant slice of electronic new age music (Ripples in Dark Water) wherein the piano mimics the titular ripples set against flowing washes and pulsing beats (reminding me a little of Peter Buffett from his Narada days, circa Lost Frontier perhaps), some gentle new age piano music (Song for the Boy), and the ultra-ambitious Returning which, at eight-plus minutes, reverses its field in midstream, crisscrossing from slowly swaying jazziness (guitar, piano and vibes) into darker more dramatic territory mid-song before coming back to the starting point. I wasn\'t crazy about the middle of this track but perhaps it will grow on me over time.

Finally, there are the two vocal tracks, You Are My Song and Absent Friends. Actually, \"You Are My Song\" doesn’t have traditional vocals per se. Stephanie Hospedales adds wordless singing (a la Enya\'s multi-tracked work) here and there. The song itself is a mid-to-slow tempo jazz affair, with Findlay\'s talent on trumpet taking center stage. \"Absent Friends\" closes the album with a sincere and touching lyric about life and death and the part we all play in both. Sue Breit is the vocalist here and her voice reminds me of Beth Nielsen Chapman a bit (meant as a compliment). It\'s a good choice as the CD\'s closer, owing both to the melodic content as well as the lyric.

I think Jeff Oster, an artist who has enjoyed a lot of success the last several years, better keep one eye on his rear view mirror. David Findlay may just be coming up on him - fast. Findlay is clearly someone to check out if you enjoy the same kind of mixture that Oster featured on True and Released. Findlay\'s only weakness may be that some songs could be pared down a tad (besides the eight-minute \"Returning\" \"The End of the Dance\" and \"A Girl in Traffic\" both clock at over six minutes). However, that\'s not a big deal when the music is this noteworthy. Finally, one more comparative statement: If you do buy this CD and enjoy it, also take a look at Eric Petersen\'s Neon in the Black, which is cut from the same cloth. As for Of This I Dream, I give it a solid and satisfying thumbs up.

Rating: Very Good Very Good


- reviewed by Bill Binkelman on 5/16/2008
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Kathy Parsons

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David Findlay is a brilliant “new” artist who has been working in the music industry for thirty or so years. “Of This I Dream” is Findlay’s second album, following last year’s “Delightful Voyages,” which was nominated for four New Age Reporter Awards. I wouldn’t expect any less for this new release. A composer of film and television music for many years, Findlay melds a variety of musical styles and instruments into original music that is bold, innovative, intelligent, emotionally powerful, and accessible. A classically-trained pianist, Findlay is also proficient on brass, percussion, electronics, and guitar, all of which he plays on this recording in addition to being composer, arranger, producer, and recording engineer. On one track each, Findlay is joined by Christian Findlay on trumpet, Sue Breit’s beautiful vocals, and Stephanie Hospedales’ wordless vocals. Otherwise, this is truly a solo album - impressive!

The CD opens with “The Dreamcatcher,” a mysterious piece that sparkles at the beginning, but still conveys a feeling of dread - what’s next? More ambient than melodic, the piano comes to the front in a dreamy and freeform style that is much lighter than the dark background sounds - a fascinating piece! “Slipping Away” is a guitar ballad, melancholy and introspective. Various electronic background sounds add color and atmosphere, but this is a rather minimalistic piece. “The End of the Dance” is very visual and would be the perfect closing theme for a moody movie. Piano and trumpet play a dark and rather mournful duet that packs an emotional wallop. “Ripples in Dark Water” is much lighter in mood, suggesting rapid movement that sometimes flows and sometimes swirls. “Things In the Closet “ has a Latin-jazz feel to it - kind of mysterious and very energetic. Fun! “Song For the Boy” is mostly solo piano that is deeply emotional and reflective - a beauty. “You Are My Song” is a tender love song composed in 1990. Trumpet, voice, guitar, and light orchestration make this likely the most radio-friendly piece on the album - really nice! “Returning” clocks in at almost 8 1/2 minutes, allowing Findlay to explore and develop his themes at a leisurely pace. The first section is slow, reflective, and rather dark, with piano, guitar, and brass in the spotlight. The intensity builds and the piece goes even darker and deeper. Heavy drum beats heighten the feeling of desperation and then wind down a bit before the intensity returns and gradually subsides to the end - an amazing and very powerful piece! “Absent Friends” is a wonderful closing. Written in 1993 in honor of his father’s death, the song has had an evolution of its own, culminating in this arrangement with the marvelous vocals of Sue Breit. Sad and very poignant without becoming maudlin, it’s a heartfelt tribute and an outstanding song.

“Of This I Dream” is a great album for those who like music that is complex yet accessible and CDs that have a variety of styles and instrumentation all in one place. I highly recommend it!
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