David Nevue | In the Soft Light of Grace

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In the Soft Light of Grace

by David Nevue

David’s music is picturesque and emotive. There is a strong emphasis on melody, which is the foundation for all his compositions. An apt description might be “film music” for solo piano. Every song tells a story.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Walking in Trust
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2. In the Soft Light of Grace
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3. Equilibrium
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4. In the Quiet Alone
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5. Everpresent
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6. The Wind Blows Where It Wishes
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7. Out of Pain, Comes Beauty
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8. Where the Water Flows
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9. At Last Light
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10. Heaven Came Down
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11. Luminous
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12. Unshakeable
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13. A Dance for Heaven
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After the success of his previous album, Winding Down, David put immense pressure on himself to do even more… to raise the bar again. However, after years spent burning the candle at both ends, David was worn out, restless and fighting increasing bouts of vertigo - the music just wasn't happening. David came to realize his only way forward was to STOP STRIVING… and so he did. He stopped trying to be "musically clever" and learned, once again, to just rest at the piano. Once he stopped trying and started trusting, the music began to flow, easily - like a peaceful river carrying him deep into the soft light of grace.

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"It's been four years since David Nevue's amazing album, Winding Down, of which I wrote "Winding Down is pianist David Nevue's Pieta, his Mona Lisa, his Aida, his Gone With The Wind, his Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is his masterpiece, his crown jewel, his pinnacle of artistry. He has poured every ounce of himself into this magnificent record and it shows on every single track and during every minute." As hard as it is for me to believe it, his new release, in the soft light of grace, is easily Winding Down's equal and, in some ways, it eclipses that landmark recording. in the soft light of grace showcases Nevue's three "P's." His passion is evident throughout the thirteen tracks, each note and chord resonate with his depth of feeling (a reading of the intimate liner notes reveals the "why" of this particular aspect). Whether the song requires a deft nuanced touch or a powerful expression of emotion, Nevue's prowess on piano is on display from the first to the final note. However, it is his purpose that shines brightest, as he channels his deep spirituality and conviction to his faith into an outpouring of music that is uniquely his own. Despite the variety of moods, tempos, and motifs which populate in the soft light of grace, there is no mistaking that it is "all of a whole" for this talented yet humble man. I have learned my lesson about stating that any one album is Nevue at his peak, since look where that got me last time! Simply stated, David Nevue continues to compose and perform at a level that will doubtless leave many solo piano fans awestruck at what they hear. One last thing: the digipack features some of the most beautiful, and I mean "hang on a wall gorgeous," photography and all of it was by David Nevue's hand on his evening walks. If he ever gets tired of wowing us with his piano music, I suggest he take photography. I'll be first in line at his first showing if he does." - reviewed by Bill Binkelman on 2/25/2019

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A NOTE FROM DAVID ABOUT IN THE SOFT LIGHT OF GRACE... (from the liner notes)
I walk. Quite a lot, actually. Three years ago, I decided that if I wanted to live a long, healthy life, I had better get my body up and moving. So now I walk several miles a day, most days. It's been one of the most important lifestyle changes I've ever made. I just *love* being outdoors. It energizes me, gives me time to think, process things and, of course, pray.

That extra prayer time has been a necessary thing of late. As my body puts on the years, I find myself dealing with various annoyances that affect my ability to carry on my day to day work... from chronic pain in my hands and knees to a visual disfunction that can trigger vertigo and motion sickness when I read, drive, type and even sometimes when I play the piano.

I've prayed... "Lord, how am I supposed do what You've gifted me to do when it's painful to do so? How can I work, travel and perform when I never know if the vertigo is going to kick in?" The Word I keep getting back is... "My grace is sufficient. Trust me. I will give you strength when strength is needed and a clear mind when a clear mind is needed." (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

God has been faithful to His Word. I've had concert performances where ten minutes before I go on, I'm praying for strength because my brain is in a fog and I'm thinking, "How am I going to get through this?" Then, I step out on stage and in that moment, my strength and mind are renewed. I am infused, reenergized, and I watch in amazement as cohesive words come out of my mouth and beautiful music flows from my hands. Every time this happens, I am reminded that in whatever I do, if I do it in service to my King, Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes over and does the work. It's not "me", it's HIM. It's ALL Him and it's ALL grace. (Isa. 40:29-31)

I am learning that this is what life and living are all about: walking in trust, drawing near to God, and glorifying Him in every struggle and in every dark place. No matter what I "see" or how I "feel," in the depths of my soul I rejoice, knowing that in anything I do, even if it requires gritting though pain, dizziness or difficulty, I will accomplish whatever God intends for me to accomplish... according to His purposes, grace and timing (Jonah 2).

In my weakness, my faith has become stronger. The more I actively trust Him - and let go of my desire to control things - the more I see His power at work. I am amazed by this, and I am reminded of what John the Baptist said when Jesus appeared on the scene... "He must increase and I must decrease" (John 3:30). May it ever be so in my life.

Here's the point, and the central theme of this work...

God's grace surrounds us like a very soft light. It's always "on" and it's always active. Unfortunately, we don't often see it. Why? In part, it's because we are too busy carrying around our *own* lights. We shine them on our wants, goals, needs, accomplishments and, of course, ourselves. Until we put down our own lights, we won't be able to see His. That's just the way it is. Sooner or later, due to tragedy, illness or just old bones, our lights will begin to fail. When they do, and when we face the increasing darkness, that's when our faith, if we have it, is tested.

Here's what I know. I needed my light diminished so I could better see His. I was caught up in my own spotlight, investing too much time and worry into shining brightly and "being seen." I have no desire for that anymore. I would rather, simply, reflect Him. So now, I walk in His light and His grace, moving as He leads. Miles and miles for the rest of my days.

HOW THIS ALBUM CAME ABOUT...

God's grace led me here.

With my previous album, Winding Down, I wanted to challenge myself as a composer and a player. I worked deliberately, with purpose and determination, to elevate my work and create a collection of music unlike anything I had done before. In that, I accomplished what I set out to do.

When I sat down to begin work for this new project, I tried this same approach. This time, however, I utterly failed. I didn't have the energy to take on such a task. I was tired, worn out, restless, and the songwriting process was a continuous struggle. I realized the only way I could possibly move forward was to STOP STRIVING. And so... I did. I stopped trying to be "musically clever," stopped overthinking and learned, once again, to just rest at the piano. Once I stopped trying and started trusting, the music began to flow. Easily... like a river running through me. That's what led me here… into the soft light of grace... and to this miracle of an album.

Let us acknowledge the Lord; Let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. - Hosea 6:3

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. - John 3:8

Grace, peace and mercy to you. May you ever be in His light.

- David Nevue, December 2018.

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