David Wells | Songs of Hope

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Songs of Hope

by David Wells

David's music is a unique blend of contemporary and new age piano music that will revive your spirit. Some of his songs are relaxed, others are energetic but all have a strong sense of melody.
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1. Selah
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2. Summer's End
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3. Falling Leaves
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4. Winter's Chill
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5. Nocturne
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6. Blessings
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7. Hands of Time
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8. Time Away
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9. Hymn of Peace and Joy
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10. Traveling Light
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Piano music that revives your spirit.
There are many things in life that wear us down. From the small annoyances in your day to the major storms that rock your world, your spirit can take a beating. David's unique music will bring calm to your life and, God-willing, a sense of peace.

Selah - sets a reflective, meditative mood.
Summer's End, Falling Leaves, and Winter's Chill - inspired by the seasons.
Nocturne - explores the various of moods of nighttime.
Blessings - a simple, prayer-like tune.
Hands of Time - looks back on one's life. reflecting with joy on precious memories.
Time Away - written after a much-needed break from routine.
Hymn of Peace and Joy - a journey from tranquility to exuberance and back.
Traveling Light - a simple melody that moves in unexpected directions.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Songs of Hope" is the debut solo piano release from David Wells. Consisting of ten original compositions that are intended to bring relief from stressful situations and to help revive the spirit, the music varies from very slow and graceful to upbeat and effervescent. Wells, a New Jersey native, started piano lessons at the age of eight and continued his musical studies through high school and college, earning a Master’s degree in Arranging and Composition from the University of Miami. He spent twenty-five years as the music director in churches in New Jersey, Florida, Washington and Illinois, playing the piano, leading singing, conducting choirs, and arranging music. Influences include George Winston, Jim Brickman, Dave Grusin, Dave Sanborn, and Dave Coz in addition to Wells’ many years of playing and arranging music for church services. The album was recorded on a 7’ Yamaha grand piano in Galesburg, IL, where Wells performs in church every Sunday as well as occasionally holding special concerts that feature his music.

"Songs of Hope" begins with “Selah,” a beautifully-flowing and very expressive piece with a soulful melody - a great start! “Summer’s End” seems a bit sad to see the carefree days of summertime gradually fading away - a favorite! “Falling Leaves” starts out with feelings of quiet reflection, gradually building to a passionate middle section and then returning to the opening theme. “Winter’s Chill” is another favorite, reminding me just a bit of some of David Lanz’s more energetic music. This one sounds like a lot of fun to play with fingers dancing all over the piano keyboard (any plans for sheet music?)! “Blessings” is a beautiful solo piano anthem that is bright, encouraging, and very hopeful. “Hands of Time” is a fascinating spin on the theme that is played in many clocks - especially old grandfather clocks. It begins calmly with a bittersweet beginning theme. The second theme starts with a fanfare and then becomes jubilant and energetic. The last theme is more reflective and poignant. What a great piece based on such a simple theme! “Hymn of Peace and Joy” is an exceptional three-part composition that begins with a fervent and heartfelt prayer for peace. The second part picks up the tempo for a spirited expression of deep joy. The closing section incorporates a bit of each theme and intertwines them. I love this one! “Traveling Light” brings the album to a close with a touch of wistful poignance - a lovely ending to an excellent album!

David Wells is off to a great start with "Songs of Hope"! Recommended!
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Michelle Moore

Beautiful!!!
I have loved piano music since I was a little girl. My grandmother had a player piano, and I would pump my legs on those pedals for hours to hear those keys play. In college my roommate introduced me to George Winston and I listened to that when I studied. But we are so blessed now to have such beautiful music inspired by our Heavenly Father. David you have been blessed with such talent in your musical gift. Thank you for sharing!
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
David Wells is a lifelong pianist and composer who has served as music director in various churches for over twenty-five years. Recorded on a seven-foot Yamaha Grand Piano, Songs of Hope is Wells’ debut album, featuring ten original solo piano compositions intended to lift the spirit and nurture the heart. Inspired early on by Windham Hill Records pianist George Winston, Wells’ own music is noticeably graced by Winston’s influence, as well as that of Jim Brickman, while likewise incorporating his personal jazz background into many of his arrangements.

“Selah” opens the album with a warmly flowing arrangement that smoothly rolls along like a scenic hillside in the sunshine. Producing a dimensionally radiant sound quality, it’s easy to envision the composer playing in a chapel as the music resonates throughout the hall. Three seasonal-themed pieces follow next, beginning with “Summer’s End”, a brightly optimistic number that mostly hovers in the higher registers. “Falling Leaves” slips into a more introspective mode, beginning softly at the top and trickling down into the mid-range with bolder exertion. My favorite composition on the album is “Winter’s Chill”, which particularly bears a resemblance to the mood and style of George Winston. Wells lends a steadily focused undercurrent with his left hand, as his right hand moves rapidly in a spinning motion, seemingly recalling that of watching someone hurrying down a winding staircase from above. I can only imagine what a treat it would be to witness this piece played live with its impressive display of intricate finger-work and evocative wintery atmosphere, which effectively conjures imagery of riding through a snowstorm. “Nocturne” is a notably intriguing composition full of expressive twists and turns. Despite its title, I’m more inclined to envision a sunny winter day while listening, especially amid the piece’s dynamically optimistic middle portion that’s decoratively bookended by a touching, heart-warming melody. “Traveling Light” effectively wraps up the album’s title and message with a tender yet spirited arrangement that imparts a sense of hope and optimism.

Soulfully elevating yet down-to-earth, the compositions on Songs of Hope generally remain in a happy place while simultaneously creating a space for inner reflection. Even amid the album’s more contemplative moments, Wells’ arrangements are inherently optimistic, open and personal, as well as immaculately arranged with an impeccable sound quality!
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Diane Adelsperger

Inspirational
I had the opportunity to hear the live concert featuring Songs of Hope. The music was inspirational and uplifting. I bought the CD and listened to it on my way home. There are so many beautiful elements that make this album unique. The piano is played masterfully. After listening to the music, I feel full of hope!
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Kimberly Sutor

Enchanting and Peaceful
David's music is a complication of original music that evokes the hope we have in Jesus and this beautiful world He created.
David is a master pianist, and talented composer. His music will give you hours of enjoyment.
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J. Smith

Calm, yet interesting
I have known David for 15 years and I am so proud and pleased that he finally produced an album. David is a passionate musician and creative artist. I can picture him playing as I listen to the music. All original music, each song has a calming effect while remaining interesting. I love listening in the car, at home, at work - anywhere!
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Bob Moberg

Keyboard Artistry & Outstanding Composition
David Wells new album of original piano music "Songs of Hope" is just that and more. I have listened to piano music all my life while working, driving, doing art work etc. It's almost always pleasant background sound. Every once in a while, the music makes me stop and listen. That is what Wells' music does over and over in this album. I'll be otherwise occupied and suddenly David's music calls me to listen. Once I start listening, I am hooked from start to finish. Both the keyboard artistry and the beauty of composition embrace and envelope the listener. This a must have album for anyone who loves creative, intelligent, artistic, BEAUTIFUL music. Can't wait to see what else David has for his waiting fans.
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Sayra Hill

Joyful Spirit
David's CD is my favorite CD right now. I listened to it on the way for some medical tests, it was soothing. I listened to it on the way home, after positive results, I found it uplifting. He is like that child opening his favorite gift on Christmas morning, so glad he shares his gift with us. My favorite is Winter's chill.
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Diane Simons

Kindergarten Teacher Music Heaven
Love, Love, Love this music for morning piano music. It is soothing, smooth and cheerful. It keeps the children on an even note, calms them down. I love the music, and it relaxes me, and my attitude is joyful. The album is perfect for an uplifting attitude for teaching. Thanks, David.
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