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Epiphany

by JanElaine

Captivating piano instrumental with emotionally charged, beautifully soaring original melodies, intriguing rhythms and exceptional orchestration. The power of JanElaine continues.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Sunny Daze
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2. Suddenly
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3. Breezes of Gratitude
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4. Birds Know
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5. If I Could See Beyond the Clouds
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6. You Can't Hold What's Already Gone
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7. Epiphany
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8. New Mercies
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9. The Secret Lives of Butterflies
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10. Live Like a River
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11. It's Gonna Be OK
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Read the liner notes! Once you know the setting for the compositions in JanElaine's latest release, Epiphany, you will realize what an amazing gift JanElaine has for capturing the essence of life events and transforming them into melody. The entire cd is a masterpiece, with the piano painting on the canvas of listeners' hearts. Every song is poetry without words. With the release of Epiphany, JanElaine has proven herself as a formidable contender in instrumental music. This cd has the same beauty as her first release, Threads in the Tapestry, but shows a marked evolution both spiritually and technically. Don't miss the journey into Epiphany!

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RJ Lannan - New Age Reporter

The Air That Sparkles
I have to admit that popping Jan Elaine\'s new piano CD Epiphany into the player was for me stepping back in time. Her music and compositions reminded me of all the new piano musicians that surfaced around the 1980\'s from John Ambercrombie to Yanni. It was quite a welcomed surprise. Those people have talent. We will talk more about it later. Jan\'s album of contemporary piano pieces has mostly a modern slant, but the edges are frilled with a bit of New Age and jazz.

I woke up this morning to a red neon sun rising over Black Mountain and remembered Jan\'s song Sunny Days. She writes about a shimmering in the air, intangible, but apparent. That is how I greet the day every day, like a new thing to be experienced. Her music encouraged me to live life and appreciate the little things. Believe me, they add up to something big.

Suddenly is a waltz of a different color. Majestic and sweet, it the song of discovery. It is music made by the smile across the room, the unexpected letter from an old friend, or the chance meeting after so many brushes with the unknown. It is the good kind of the unexpected.

Breezes of Gratitude has John Tesh feel. Many of Jan\'s compositions have a familiarity to them. The song is a realization and a thank you. There are so many things in our lives that we forget to be thankful for and this is a little reminder.

Birds Know is an interesting story from Jan. When clear skies were present and the birds refused to sing, Jan knew that there was something up. A frightening storm quickly followed. The music says to observe and make the right choices. How many times did mom say to follow your heart? It is good advice from mom and from nature. Listen carefully and you can hear the birds cooing in the background.

The Secret Lives of Butterflies is a jazzy surprise. You would think that a song like this would be light and fluttery, but actually it takes strong flight, gets up there in the clouds, and does the happy dance. The music is cheerful, bright and somewhat elusive.

The title tune Epiphany is a song that has special meaning to me. Certain music triggers a sense of surprise and a kind of breakthrough for me and that has happened more than once this year. Jan offers the same idea in her music. For her an epiphany has a feeling of excitement and wonder, whether it is in your spirit or your mind. I know the feeling.

Jan Elaine\'s music is if anything comfortable. There are countless touches of warmth, love and awe fluttering around the notes. She sets the mood for anything from a sunny afternoon to a snow filled twilight and all the time your spirit feels lighter. That is music for you.



Rating: Good
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John Russell

Epiphany
An incredible collection of music by a consummate pianist and composer! “Suddenly” is one of the most moving pieces I’ve heard and it justifies the purchase of this CD. Each track, however, is ear-candy and I can hardly get enough of it. Why haven’t we heard of this person???
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Kathy Parsons

Life Lessons Set to Music!
“Epiphany” is the second release from pianist/composer JanElaine, following her 2005 debut, “Threads In the Tapestry.” The eleven original tracks are a celebration of life, nature, and the human spirit. Backed by acoustic and electronic instruments, the music is sometimes buoyant and effervescent and sometimes more calm and reflective. The well-written and philosophical liner notes explain the origins of all of the songs, adding insight into the artist’s perspective and life experience. Sometimes compared to the late (and wonderful) Laurie Z., JanElaine has a similar approach to her music, wanting to share with, soothe, and uplift her listeners, giving freely from the depths of her soul. Another similarity to Laurie Z. would be JanElaine’s dynamic yet poetic sound - there’s no fluff or filler here!

“Epiphany” begins with “Sunny Daze,” a piece about the sun breaking through morning clouds and haze, making the air sparkle. Joyful and contented, it’s a great way to start. “Suddenly” is about how life-changing events can often occur in a matter of seconds, offering hope and reassurance that things will turn around even when we are at our lowest. “Breezes of Gratitude” is a favorite. Piano, guitar, and light percussion create a mood of gentle grace and serenity. “You Can’t Hold What’s Already Gone” goes a few shades darker and more introspective, reminding us that if we don’t let go of what needs to be in the past, we often miss the good things happening in the present. Passionate, often yearning, and deeply personal, this is also a favorite. “The Secret Lives of Butterflies” is a fascinating concept piece. JanElaine says in the liner notes that she has a theory about butterflies that they are not the quiet, graceful creatures we think they are - that when we turn our backs, they have a party going on with dances and conga lines! One theme of the piece is gentle and graceful - the butterflies we see - but then the tempo picks up and the percussion and flutes go wild in a kind of musical “Whoo-hoo!” The two themes alternate with the butterflies daring us to catch them being crazy. “Live Like a River” is a beautiful musical illustration of the idea of living “like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” Constantly moving, a river is unaffected by sudden twists and turns and the many obstacles in its path - a powerful lesson we should all heed.

“Epiphany” is a beautiful CD that conveys many powerful life lessons, emotions, and experiences we can all relate to. Recommended!
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