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by Judson Hurd

Peaceful and relaxing piano music.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Mountain
4:31 $0.99
2. Thankful
4:11 $0.99
3. Near
3:54 $0.99
4. Moon
3:45 $0.99
5. One of These Days
2:50 $0.99
6. Another Day, A New Song
2:28 $0.99
7. Will I Hold You Again?
2:52 $0.99
8. Happy Song
2:40 $0.99
9. Music Box in Paris
3:02 $0.99
10. Moon in the Field
4:02 $0.99
11. Shufflin'
3:23 $0.99
12. Song for Sarah
3:40 $0.99
13. My Mother's Voice
2:38 $0.99
14. Untitled
2:36 $0.99
15. Joy
3:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is dedicated to my strong and beautiful wife. I composed the album over a span of seven years, encompassing my experiences with personal growth, life, and the most important is love. Love is the universal language and the thing that binds us all together. It comes in many forms and has given me much of my inspiration over the years. Love is beautiful and can be a difficult feeling to describe. I hope that my music does it justice and that anyone who listens will feel what I felt when composing each song. I dedicate this to my wife because she has stood by my side, encouraging me to keep writing. Hopefully I am able to express what words cannot describe as I continue on my journey.

Musically yours,

Judson Hurd

Judson Hurd grew up in the beautiful country of Paraguay, at an early age he was deeply influenced and mesmerized by this simple way of living. At the age four he stumbled across his mother's childhood piano. His first 'teacher' was an old instrumental piano cassette a missionary couple left after leaving the country. The expressive, folk, piano vibrations of Philip Aaberg (Judson's childhood idol) and the simple, romantic Latin culture had a creative impact on his music.

After years of being self taught and improvising smooth, cool grooves over Bach inventions his family moved to Ciudad Del Este where he began his formal studies at the Franz Schubert Conservatory. At the age of 12 Judson Hurd rose to be one of the prominent youth pianists of Paraguay. He went on to study music theory and composition at Young Harris College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music.

Judson now resides in Wilmington, North Carolina where he is still moving audiences through his music. He writes music for radio and TV, recorded countless session work, and has performed alongside Five For Fighting, Gavin Degraw, Fighting Instinct, Todd Agnew, pianist David Nevue, and many others.



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My journey through 'Thankful'
I spent most of yesterday doing things that I don't particularly care to do. Cleaning the garage and doing household chores. My usual way to get through it is to put on some music with an up tempo beat (Jet's been the music of choice lately) and power on through. Well, yesterday I decided to try something completely different and I'm really glad I did.

I put on Judson Hurd's album 'Thankful' and it was a new experience for me. My body was working but my mind was a thousand miles away. After yesterday's experience I've come to the conclusion that that's the beauty of GOOD instrumental music.... your mind is coaxed into filling in the blanks that are oftentimes, in lyric based music, too quickly filled in for you.

I will say, while the title 'Thankful' works, I think a more appropriate title for the record would have been 'Journeys.' From the first few notes on I was enthralled and transported. The opening track is a statement. It says 'get ready.' Judson's use of muted piano strings along with the repetitive march feel made me think of running, not from something bad, but towards something wonderful and that's exactly where I went. The journey continued through 14(!) more tracks that ranged from nostalgic longing to wistfulness to joyfulness and to melancholy, all told through memorable melodies and masterful playing. This feels more like two records since there is so much here. Nothing was held back. All 15 tracks pull their weight and add to the overall experience.

There is evidence of a deep emotional thinker behind this music and that light shines brightly throughout. I am on my 5th play through now and the songs are staying with me long after each of those journeys ended. This is not elevator music, this is music for music lovers, so savor it and give it the attention it deserves.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Thankful" is Judson Hurd’s third album of piano solos, and this time they are all original compositions. The fifteen tracks were composed over a period of seven years and are dedicated to Hurd’s wife, Jenna. With a common theme of love and its many forms, the music ranges from softly romantic to bold and powerful. Formerly one of the prominent youth pianists of Paraguay, Hurd was trained at the Franz Schubert Conservatory in Ciudad Del Este and then studied music theory and composition at Young Harris College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music. A performer and teacher, Hurd also writes music for film, radio, and television. He incorporates a wide range of influences into his music, including that of his childhood idol, pianist/composer extraordinaire Philip Aaberg.

"Thankful" begins with “Black Mountain,” a rhythmic piece that makes use of repeated notes and percussive effects to create bold images and explosive energy. The title track is much more subdued - sweetly flowing and melodic. I really like “Near,” a delicate daydream of a piece that seems to speak the truth as it searches for something. I also really like “Another Day, A New Song,” with its bittersweet melody and rolling left hand. The deep bass accents here and there add a lot of power and dimension. “Will I Hold You Again?” conveys deep emotional ties and possible loss - very touching. “Happy Song” swings the mood back up with a lighthearted spirit that dances all over the piano keyboard. “Moon In the Field” is also very upbeat and lively. The infectious left hand rhythm sets a playful tone that the melody swirls and skips around. Love it! “Shufflin’” has a casual, easy-going attitude that’s somehow very comforting and reassuring. “Song For Sarah” is graceful and delicate, conveying a sweet innocence and beauty. “Untitled” leaves the subject matter completely up to the listener, but the grace of the lovely melody and the emotions Hurd expresses make this a highlight of the album. There is no mistaking what Hurd is trying to say with “Joy,” the last track. Big, bright, and exuberant it’s a happy dance and big bear hug rolled into one!

If Judson Hurd is new to you, "Thankful" is a great intro to his music! Fans will love it! Check it out!