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A Gift From Janie

by Janie Horton

Piano music of pure unadulterated spaciousness, this is a relaxed, introspective, and emotional release.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Gift
4:15 $0.99
2. Journey
5:55 $0.99
3. Questions
3:40 $0.99
4. Redwood Speak
5:42 $0.99
5. Alone Within
4:15 $0.99
6. Water Dance
6:49 $0.99
7. Healing Hands
6:51 $0.99
8. Breathe
4:48 $0.99
9. Innocence
3:27 $0.99
10. Acceptance
7:45 $0.99
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Janie Horton is a pianist and a composer who has been recognized both domestically and internationally with the successful releases of her recorded music CDs. She is known for composing touching music from her heart, and many people have shared her music across the world for therapeutic purposes.

Wind & Wire Review

Janie Horton - "a gift from janie" (Metaxy)

a gift from janie, (lowercase is intentional) from pianist Janie Horton, is a masterpiece of evocative and somber tone poems. This is one of those recordings that grabbed me from the first listen and never let me go. I listened to it four times in three days, which for me is extraordinary. Surely this CD heralds the arrival of a bright new star on the musical horizon.

Janie's composition and playing style may remind some listeners of George Winston or William Watson, in that she eschews traditional approaches to structure, yet does so without letting the music wander aimlessly. The emotional impact of her playing is strong and can be quite melancholic at times. In this regard, she most closely resembles Tim Story, except where Tim is considered a minimalist and miniaturist, Janie is more of an impressionist, i.e. she does not tend to use the method of subtle variations on themes (as Story does). I base my comparisons to Story on the overall feel to the music, i.e. threads of regret and longing that wind their way through these songs like smoke wafting up to the sky. Regardless whether you share my opinion on the two artists' similarities, a gift from janie is a powerful recording.

While most of the album is solo piano (and, with Howard Johnston at the mixing board, it's no wonder it sounds so good!), Janie is joined by a few artists on some songs: Daniel Kobialka (violin) Rick Ruskin (guitar) and Joan Jeanrenaud (cello). In addition, Janie is also credited with something called "textures" but if there are any synths on this album, I didn't hear them. Restraint is well-exercised in the discrete use of the other instruments. The cello on "journey" (all song titles appear in lower case letters) adds just the right amount of sadness to the song. In addition to the other instruments, there is the tasteful inclusion of some environmental sounds (mostly birdsong) on some pieces, starting off with the opening cut, "the gift." Janie's piano-playing elicited an introspective reaction that immediately had me sitting and reflecting on my life. Yes, I'm not kidding you. This is the kind of album that will do that to the open-minded listener.

From a composition standpoint, Janie occasionally plays in a semi-minimalist vein. Her notes sometimes hang in the air, fading away, and then new notes are struck just as the old ones have become memory. This approach is very prominent in songs like "questions" and "redwood speak" (the latter of which also uses some tasteful environmental sounds again). Of course, with titles like "alone within," "healing hands," and "acceptance," Janie's theme is quite lucid. There are some excellent liner notes written by Janie as well. ....... To my way of thinking the mostly somber yet always beautiful music on this album is at least partly inspired by the cycle of life and death and the effect that the loss of loved ones has on our souls. In the case of Janie Horton, while it sounds from this CD as if she has been through tremendous grief, that same pain has yielded a remarkable recording. This is one of the most heartfelt recordings in my collection and it gets my highest recommendation.

Bill Binkleman

What is Janie’s background?
Janie was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she resided from 1957 – 1985. She, then, resided and worked in Naples, Florida in the healthcare industry, all while continuing to perform with local bands there from 1985 – 1997. In 1997, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she still lives. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma in 1979, and her Master of Business Administration Degree from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1994. She began the studies of dance and piano as a very young girl, performing in the local Civic Ballet, and winning many piano performance awards. Upon graduation from college, she taught piano and performed keyboards and vocals with a local band that received national acclaim by winning a national competition in 1983, resulting in a U.S.A. tour covering more than 40,000 miles. Her work in healthcare in Florida built her awareness of the pressures and pains caregivers and family members often endure. While in Florida, she returned to school to receive her business graduate degree. She is also the mother of a wonderful son who is in college in San Francisco. She and her husband were married in Chile, and she is now, also, the stepmom of two beautiful little girls. Janie has remained active in the San Jose, CA community by serving as President of Steinway Society the Bay Area for a two-year term of 2006-2008.

What does METAXY mean?
METAXY is the name of Janie's publishing company taken from the Greek language meaning "realm of (the) soul", and it exemplifies the type of connection Janie is attempting to create with people through her gift of piano music. Janie's music CDs are available for anyone in need of comfort and soothing. It is her desire to have her 'gifts' utilized for this main purpose...to comfort people in pain and stress. Janie has voluntarily performed for the Relay for Life events sponsored by the American Cancer Society around the Bay Area and for Hospice events. And she has worked closely with the Centre for Living with Dying in Santa Clara, CA by playing her music at their events as well. Janie has performed in venues on both coasts of the United States, receiving comments from audience members expressing that her music is relaxing, healing, and how it awakens one's own introspection. Janie has also performed as a solo pianist for in-home concerts in such countries as Chile and New Zealand. She has also performed in Shanghai, China with internationally acclaimed violinist, Daniel Kobialka, both having been received warmly and affectionately. Her music continues to be played and reviewed on radio stations and in stores in countries such as Romania, Hungary, Australia, Taiwan, and China.

What are some of Janie’s accomplishments?

Janie was the recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day Award – Distinguished Volunteer – for her work as President of Steinway Society the Bay Area. This was part of National Philanthropy Day, and the award winners were featured in the November 2007 issue of San Jose Magazine.

Janie was elected and served as President of “Steinway Society the Bay Area” for a two-year term (2006-2007 Season and 2007-2008 Season). This is a non-profit organization based in San Jose, California that presents a solo piano concert series featuring concert pianists from around the world. And, this organization provides music scholarship awards and music educational programs to the community at large as well.

She recorded her first original piano music CD entitled, “a gift from janie”, that rose to #13 on the New Age Voice album chart in 2001. It has been played on radio stations around the world and was also produced and distributed in China and Taiwan. She recorded her second original piano music CD entitled, “Heavenly Whispers” in 2003, and both CDs are utilized by Hospice grief counselors, church groups, Reiki classes, massage therapists, acupuncture therapists, hypnotherapists, and individuals. Both CDs are also listed with BMI. Her website was established and is currently maintained (www.janiehorton.com) and her trademarks have been legally registered for the name (METAXY) and for her logo for music business purposes.

Janie was the keyboardist and vocalist for the John Arnold Band, the 1982 National Winner of the Wrangler Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee. Janie performed and toured professionally with this band, based in Norman, Oklahoma from 1979-1983, and after winning the Wrangler Country Showdown, the band toured over 40,000 miles across the USA opening shows for Ricky Skaggs, Exile, and performed in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas. The John Arnold Band also won a $50,000 cash prize, a grand piano, a one-year booking contract with Top Billing, and a one-year recording contract with Compleat Records – all out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Janie has more than twenty-seven (27) years experience in piano instruction, music arranging, studio recording of original piano compositions (that have been distributed both domestically and internationally), performing across the USA in an award-winning band, performing domestically and internationally as a solo artist, and designing and performing her own choreographed stage production of her original music reflecting the grief process.



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