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Art on the Piano

by Holly Jones

Holly's latest release is a gorgeous collection of solo piano compositions utilizing romanticism and classical contemporary themes. Each piece is intended to draw the listener into another aspect of coming into the present, through the five senses.
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1. A Blackberry Sky
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2. Butterfly
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3. In the Quiet
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4. Art on the Piano
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5. Stillness of Brilliance
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6. Cry for Happy
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7. Jellies
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8. The Room
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9. Repose
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10. Walk with the Trees
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11. Light on the Water
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Art On The Piano” is a collection of eleven pieces of art, if you will, in which the “brushstrokes” are played out on the keys of the piano. Each piece is meant to draw the listener into another aspect of coming into the present, through the five senses.

“A Blackberry Sky” reflects what I call “after the sunset”, in which the sky is streaked with deep purples and indigos, as rich as a ripe blackberry...and when one takes that in, can go on seemingly forever...

“Butterfly” describes the elegant, exquisitely beautiful grace of the butterfly, as it effortlessly glides and lights silently, yet so majestically...

“In the Quiet” speaks of the deep, reverent peace we can attain only when we let the debris of our mind go...indeed, the answers to our questions can be found in the quiet...

“Jellies”, which is short for”jellybeans” was a lot of fun to compose. It speaks of the “challenge“ one meets when posed with the decision of which jellybean to choose amongst a bowl of all the different colors and shapes and flavors... this song is best enjoyed with a handful of “jellies“ :)

“The Room” is that place in each of us that, when healed, yields our greatest potential in our life purpose. The melody intentionally has dissonances, reflecting the imperfections and “gray areas” of our life’s journey. There is relief near the end, portrayed in sequencing elements, when clarity and peace are once again revealed.

“Repose” is about “rest”, specifically mental rest...the complete surrender to the present moment, to access the much-needed restoration of the emotional system, to attain the peace we seek and require for our health and well-being.

“Walk with the Trees” reflects the ancient, lovely groundedness we can easily access when walking barefoot amidst a grove of trees; the deep peace and healing the trees can provide us.

Enjoy, and may the music continue to lighten your days...

~holly jones

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Dick Metcalf

Artful keyboard magic Holly Jones – Art on the Piano
Artful keyboard magic Holly Jones – ART ON THE PIANO: This is my first listen to Holly’s artful keyboard magic, but I can tell you right now that it certainly won’t be my last… I found the following video (from an earlier album) that shows her creating LIVE with the Prague Metropolitan Orchestra…

…pure and simply lovely, isn’t it? To view more of Holly’s moving works, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to her YouTube video channel – I did, right away.

Since the album doesn’t go live until October 18th, 2019, you will need to trust my ears (I’ll come back as soon as I’m notified it’s gone live, and add the samples in)… one of the most striking compositions on the release is the simply titled “Butterfly”… as Holly states in the liner notes – “”I wish for my music to reach the truth in each person listening… to help them take pause in the busyness of life and to bring them peace and clarity“… the fanciful flights she takes with her brush (i.e., her keyboard) on this 5:00 composition will make you feel the flitting wings she is portraying… I believe this song will be getting some MAJOR airplay!

The title track, “Art on the Piano”, will mesmerize you; if you listen to it (at least for your first sitting) with your headphones on, you’ll realize you are in the presence of a true piano master.

Holly doesn’t “dazzle” you with rills and trills, but is able to use the “silent spots” to let you fill in your own scenery, especially on pieces like the wonderfully calming “Stillness of Brilliance”… I (truly) believe that this song will be nominated for (and WIN) awards!

Of the eleven sensual pieces Holly sonically “paints” for us, I found “Repose” to be an immediate personal favorite… her “pacing” is pure perfection, and she always keeps the listener in mind… (I would love to see a LIVE video of this piece on her YouTube channel – hint! hint!).

I give Holly a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this splendid sonic and visual piano adventure. Get more information on Holly’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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Steve Sheppard

Be fulfilled and soothed by this charming music
There are few albums in this world that when I listen to the first few opening bars I exclaim one word, one expression “wow”. Holly Jones and Art on the Piano is that album, and in my opinion it is the best work of solo piano I have heard for literally ages.
The journey starts with one of the best opening gambits for eons entitled A Blackberry Sky. The style whilst new age in arrangement, has another element that is almost mainstream, and the mixture of the two bring forth one of the most emotionally connected tracks I have listened to for a long while. There are several structures here from major to minor and back that are perfectly built into the composition and done so well, it reminded me of Elton John’s wistful and emotive performances of the 70’s.
Solo piano is a genre that is literally jam packed with performers, but if this album is anything to go by then Holly Jones is going to be right up there with them. Next up to prove that point is the delicate and almost classical Butterfly. If you ever wanted to hear the artistic endeavours of creating a build and progression in a composition on the piano, then this track is a fine example of that skill, textured, tempered and one that literally glides you all over the dance floor.
There is a slight sense of longing in this next piece entitled In the Quiet. Jones seems to have an amazing ability to create mood and a full range of emotions with every brushstroke of her piano. I found myself almost wanting to invent lyrics and sing to this offering, it had that quite addictive hook to it that made it completely undeniable.
We seem now to be moving deeper into the darker realms of the album now as we come across the title track Art on the Piano. The musical narrative and constructed melody is once again strong in this one, it is easy just to float along this gallery of music with the composer and enjoy the ride. I also enjoyed what I perceived to be an almost European motif within this offering as well, that added a little extra flavour to the overall nature of the composition. This piece is the longest on the album at just short of six minutes, and I for one am very thankful of that, this is magical in every sense of the word.
At the half way marker we come across a charming offering called Stillness of Brilliance. There is a beautiful lightness of touch and colour within this performance that makes this composition so lovely to listen to. Jones also adds a layer of hope into the weave to once more manifest something truly fluent and passionate, in an arrangement that is guaranteed to lift the spirits in the same way that one feels when they have managed to climb that amazingly tall hill on a glistening summers day.
Slowly now we make our way down the hillside of our latest musical endeavour, and to aid us on our way we have a track called Cry For Happy, which lifts our energies and carries our musical soul homeward. A really warm composition can be found here, and its cleverness comes from its uncomplicated nature, the structure and narrative here is simple to enjoy, and thus something accessible is born to all, a wonderful moment at the centre of the album indeed.
I must admit I’m glad I found this on my desk this morning, it has brightened my day and improved my mood, and that continues with the shortest piece off the album called Jellies, yes I did say Jellies. At less than three minutes we have a track that seems to float along on the haze of a summer’s day, but underneath there is once again that little classical motif that makes this yet another fascinating offering from the album for us all to enjoy.
The footfalls of our journey have now taken us into somewhere filled with musical cobwebs, memories of a past so much longed for, where one wears sadness on his shoulders like a worn out over coat, such was the track The Room for me. A deep and dark offering perfectly played, one could through the performance, see the white dust sheets of the past hover on furniture that has seen many eons and memories fly past in the twinkling of an eye, and the dropping of a few tears, over many, many years, this was a marvellous performance packed with emotion and stylish playing, this was with ease one of my favourite pieces off the album.
Repose, time to relax and gaze back over our shoulders at our musical journey thus far, Jones here gives us a moment to revel in what we have heard so far, and to a track that has a range of depth and awareness about its own construction as well. There was a sublime sense of peacefulness about this performance I adored, one that allowed an ambient sense of tranquillity to take over control of my mind.
The penultimate offering off the release is a track called Walk with the Trees. There was something almost transcendent about this offering that I loved. Jones performance and her ability to create such wonderful musical structures brought forth for me a sensitive yet magnificent offering to enjoy. The minor aspect to this composition was divine and seemingly awe inspiring at times.
So to round off this quite breath taking album we have an almost camp fire song to finish with a flourish so to speak, in the track Light on The Water, but don’t take this track too lightly, it contains yet another stylish performance that concludes one of, if not the best, solo piano albums I have heard for many years.
Art on the Piano has to be rated by all that delight in really good music as one of the best new releases of the year in any genre, Holly Jones is obviously an artist in more than one sense of the word. Each track on the album is crafted with care and attention to detail, but also each composition is its own art form, its own portrait of a moment in time now, never to be forgotten. I urge you all to allow this album to come into your lives; you will be fulfilled and soothed by its utterly charming musical narratives. I have been searching for a solo piano album like Art on the Piano for years, and proudly at last that search is concluded, as it now resides within my own music library and the good news is, it can in yours too, this my friends is one really not to miss out on.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Art On The Piano" is the fourth album from pianist/composer Holly Jones, but it is the first of her recordings that I’ve heard. I have to say that I’m blown away by the beauty and sensitivity of all eleven original piano solos on this album. Recorded on a 7’4” Bosendorfer 225 grand piano, the piano sound is gorgeous - warm, clear and silky-smooth. Also a physical therapist, Jones understands the healing power of music and enjoys creating pieces that are “good for the neurology.” I really like and appreciate her quote: “I wish for my music to reach the truth in each person listening...to help them take pause in the busyness of life and to bring them peace and clarity. I envision that it is most likely played as background music...it provides a setting of peace...but when one listens closer, it can 'take them away'...and always to the best place.”

Born in Kentucky, Holly Jones started studying the violin at the age of three, the piano at eight, and began creating music on the piano by the time she was nine. Her piano training includes many years of private study, as well as private piano and composition studies at Indiana University. She released her first album, Traveler, in 2003, her second, Storyteller, in 2016 and an orchestrated version of Storyteller with the Prague Metropolitan Orchestra in 2017.

"Art On The Piano" begins with “A Blackberry Sky,” an uncomplicated but incredibly expressive piece that paints a picture of a warm tranquility and absolute contentment. “Butterfly” has a very light, gentle melody on the right hand supported by quietly rolling broken chords on the left. Graceful and unhurried, it’s an incredibly relaxing piece! “In the Quiet” captures the feeling of sitting alone in a peaceful setting and simply “being” for a while. The title track is somewhat more dramatic yet remains very open and reflective - a favorite. I assume that “Jellies” refers to jellyfish, some of the most hypnotic creatures to watch as their undulating bodies gracefully move in water. This music really describes the freedom and beauty of that movement. “The Room” is a little different and is another favorite. The gently rolling chords remind me a bit of “Moonlight Sonata,” while a couple of short phrases that are somewhat discordant pique the curiosity: “hmm - what was that?” Interesting! As the title suggests, “Repose” is languid and very relaxed. “Walk With The Trees” feels very introspective while expressing deep and poignant emotions. Slow, open-hearted and very honest, I love its gentle beauty - another favorite! “Light On The Water” has a rhythmic pattern similar to “I Saw Three Ships,” and then goes on to paint an aural picture of light dancing on the surface of water - a wonderful close to an excellent album!

" Art On The Piano" is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year!
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BT Fasmer

A well-balanced and delicate collection of timeless pieces
In Holly Jones’ music is a quiet elegance that seems contradictory to the world we live in. To be heard these days, you have to be LOUD. Everywhere we go there are noises and a constant battle for our attention. The magic in Jones’ music is that it makes us listen. Her new album is called “Art on the Piano.” It is a collection of 11 gentle pieces, focusing on precious moments and beautiful tableaus. It is art with a purpose.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky Holly began studying violin at age three, piano at eight, and creating compositions on the piano by nine. Her training includes many years of private study, as well as private piano and composition study at Indiana University. Holly’s solo piano debut album, “Traveler” was released in 2003. As a physical therapist, Holly has an inherent understanding of the healing power of music. Her second album, “Storyteller”, was released in 2016, followed by the orchestrated version of “Storyteller” in 2017.

A Blackberry Sky
The album opener is called “A Blackberry Sky.” You’ll notice right away Jones’ soft playing. It is not that she uses little force on the keys, but the whole expression is refreshingly quiet and light. It makes the listener relax, breathe, and think. There’s a hint of melancholy here that instantly connects with the soul. The melody is gorgeous. In short; “A Blackberry Sky” is a fantastic start to the album!

“Butterfly” is up next. If you close your eyes, you can see the colorful butterfly before your inner eye. The song has the elegance of Debussy or Ravel. I like how the rhythm seems to follow the movements of a butterfly; suddenly still, then flying, before landing gracefully on the next flower. It is a peaceful image.

In the Quiet
Then it is time for some silent reflection; “In the Quiet” starts carefully. There’s a touch of sadness that quickly changes into positive, bright notes. I love the song’s warm and loving atmosphere. There’s a universal truth here; it is in the quiet you’ll find the answers to life’s big questions.

The title track is a fascinating piece. There’s something deeply poetic about the melody; It seems to stop, then it continues, brighter and more alive. It truly is an artwork coming to life on the piano. It is also fine art in a nutshell, how it keeps evolving and unraveling new insights. Take it from me; It is a song you will need to listen to more than once to fully decode.

Stillness of Brilliance
One of the most delicate pieces on “Art on the Piano” is “Stillness of Brilliance.” It is a hopeful song, fresh and uncomplicated as a spring morning. The 5 minutes and 36 seconds seem to fly away. What a brilliant song, perfect!

“Cry for Happy” is a beautiful contrast to “Stillness of Brilliance.” The sorrowful and slow melody instantly sets a different mood. It is not without hope, though. Inside the sadness is a hidden source of joy, something that’s waiting for the right moment. Happiness will, eventually, break free, and tears will be replaced by laughter.

Jellies
The short “Jellies” is a positive and warm piece, focusing on good memories. Moving on, “The Room” is a song balancing on the edge of melancholy. I love how Jones communicates many different feelings at once. This room is not just a space, but a symbol of times gone by and everything that happened here. Words cannot express these feelings. The piano, on the other hand, tells the story as it really was.

The two last songs, “Repose” and “Light on the Water”, leave you feeling happy and refreshed long after the album is done playing. Notice the wonderful flow in “Repose”. There are so many different twists and turns, before fading into the joyous “Light on the Water.”

In conclusion: When music makes you listen, that’s a sure sign of quality. Holly Jones’ “Art on the Piano” is that kind of music. In order to appreciate it, you have to block out the noises of everyday life. Suddenly you’ll find yourself in a world of music that’s both relaxing and inspiring. “Art on the Piano” is a well-balanced and delicate collection of timeless pieces, proving that real art doesn’t need grand effects or loudness. There is a lot of hope in that statement.
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