John William Burrows | Music From the Heart

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Music From the Heart

by John William Burrows

This Pianist/Composer's music is well formed and well developed, and fully utilizes the piano as a musical instrument. And watch out -- You may find yourself whistling his beautiful melodies, as well. And his artistry -- Aah, a real pianist.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Judy
7:42 $1.29
2. Cockroach
9:06 $1.29
3. Nancy
5:24 $1.29
4. 1885 Golden Gate Special
7:24 $1.29
5. Titoune
4:19 $1.29
6. Billie
3:34 $1.29
7. Tar Baby
6:37 $1.29
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Album Notes best described as songs for the piano. The songs are defined as Tone Poems for the piano, where the shift to melodic emphasis more readily focuses on bringing out feelings and emotions.

'Music From the Heart' was recorded in 1979 at Wilshire United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California, with the assistance of recording engineer Les Remsen.


Born 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, American composer John William Burrows writes for solo piano.

Music and sports were and are of equal importance in his life. While he had the ability and interest to spend long hours at the piano as a youngster, he was equally drawn to stick ball and roller hockey on the streets of Brooklyn. His musical talent, thanks to the encouragement of his mother, also a pianist, led to his being a student organist at the age of ten at St. Ephrem's Grammar School. At the age of fourteen, his love of ice hockey in the PAL program took him to competition out of state. His Irish Catholic parents had hopes of his joining the priesthood and sent him to Cathedral High School, where he continued his musical studies. After graduation he took time off, applying his typing skills to a job. Within that year, he joined the army and was sent to Ulm, Germany, where he served as a Chaplain's Assistant. After serving in the army, he was accepted at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam. While in college, he continued playing ice hockey on the weekends, along with long hours of practice at the piano. With graduation came the Senior Recital Award and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.

After ten years of teaching music to children from elementary age through high school, he began his second career of playing piano in resorts, skiing, traveling and composing pieces at the piano. He also continues to give recitals of his works.

Mr. Burrows is a member of ASCAP


The portraits of "Judy", "Nancy", and "Billie" are reflective and sentimental, and several other pieces on this album share their sweetly nostalgic moods, while the upbeat "Cockroach" and "Tar Baby" seem designed primarily to demonstrate Burrows' flashy playing and wide-ranging influences.

Review by Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide


Thank you, CD Baby, for including 'Music From the Heart' as an Editor's Pick!



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David W.

music to relax to, or while driving.
I kept the cd in the car to listen while driving, also great while relaxing and reading a book.

Glenn Hardy

A true original...
This music is unique. It cannot really be compared to anyone elses. I actually think this music was ahead of its time, in that there is a tasteful and judicious mixing of so-called "genres." Today, we continue to pigeonhole people in genres in order to market their music. The association with Ferrante and Teicher, suggested in the "Recommended if you like" box above, is absurd. The Liberace association is also amiss, (though Liberace was a tremendous talent.) As others have said, Burrows' music is very melodic, and, I believe, by his own admission, rather sentimental at times. But what intense playing! Great and unforgettable melodies.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Burrows back in about 1980 when I was working as a salesman in a San Francisco piano store on Van Ness Avenue. One evening this guy walked in and asked if he could play a piano. I ushered him into the room with the best Mason & Hamlin grand in it and showed him the bench. For the next hour he played almost nonstop, treating me to much of the music on this album. I was stunned! We shared stories about our piano backgrounds, as I am also a classical pianist by training and attended conservatory before leaving halfway through. I bought a tape of this album from him, and I am delighted to have just downloaded a nice clean version from CD Baby. He was very encouraging about my compositions, and I consider it a real privilege to have met him. This unusual and dynamic artist deserves greater recognition! I'm only sorry I didn't reconnect with him before he died.


A Founding Father
Epic Original Piano Greatness. Good Job!! We want more.


Great music to relax to.
I really like this music. It is great to relax to. It puts you in a great place emotionally.