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Fire in the Rainstorm

by Kori Linae Carothers

Fire in the Rainstorm is a collection of solo piano soundscapes telling stories from Kori's personal life. Do you feel the burn?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"This album is an expression in the purest of musical forms – the piano. This album is all about my
personal struggles and about my friend’s struggles as well. May it lift you up, and inspire you." - Kori Linae Carothers

Track listing and liner notes:
1. A Day Like No Other 4:10
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
People come and people go in our lives. “And she stood for all to see.”

2. NuNu’s Sunrise 2:45
Kori Linae Carothers © 2009
To Cari in loving memory. May your next Sunrise be free of heartache.

3. Meadow 3:48
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
To Will Ackerman: whose support and guidance of my music has
made me a better musician. This was inspired from working in
the meadow with Will. He was cutting down a Birch tree. It was
one of those moments in life where time slowed down, and it was
one of those “ah, ha": moments.

4. Tidal Rift 4:22
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
To my husband Don with love and appreciation of your constant
love and respect. This song is inspired by, the beauty, pain, and
the forgiveness in a relationship.

5. Fire in the Rainstorm 2:56
Kori Linae Carothers © 2011
To Tori and Mel with love. This was written with Tori in mind. Her life has been filled with Fire and Rain. My hopes that with all the adversity she has encountered, she will find love, beauty acceptance and above all, the ability to be free.

6. Time Passages 4:10
© Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
To my children. I love you with all of my heart. This song is inspired by the constant growth children go through, and how quickly time passes. If you have children or take care of them, and make every day count and tell them that you love them.

7. The Day 4:27
Kori Linae Carothers © 2004
To those that lost their lives on that fateful 911 day and those that gave
their lives to save others. This was written long ago, and on my first
album “The Road Less Traveled” as an electronic piece and turned it
into what you are hearing now. Tom Eaton mentioned it was 10 years
ago that this album was released

8. Winter’s End 2:32
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
I wrote this at Imaginary Road Studios during the Echoes Holiday
radio program. It was in October of 2010, and I really love fall, however
winter can come and just freeze things to a stand still. When I returned
this time to IRS, I felt the name had to be changed because winter was
at its end and I saw just how joyous everyone was in the area.

9. Liberty 4:02
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
This song was inspired by the shedding of so much past pain, disappointments
and setting myself free from all the negativity from these past experiences.
“There is always hope . . .”

10. The Kindly Beast 3:16
Kori Linae Carothers © 2013
This song is for my puppy Marvin. We adopted a crazy Shiba Inu mix dog a
few years ago. He has become my pal. He follows me everywhere. He loves me
and I love him! When I play the piano, he would get in the way of my hands,
hence this song was born. See if you can guess what part in the song when he
is a troublemaker.

11. Whispers of the Heart 3:18
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
To Kathleen Ackerman: with my thanks and love. This song I wrote at my
friend’s house in Minnesota, we talked about so many things that we both
have gone through. This song is a testament that close friends and family
really do help when we are going through trials.

12. When the Trees Fell 3:51
Kori Linae Carothers © 2010
To Susan and Will. This song was inspired by the demise of “The beloved five
sisters”, a giant tree with five trunks growing from one root system.
A terrible storm came and took them down.

Thanks and Credits:
This album is dedicated to my daughter Claire. My thanks to my husband, Don, my children: Jane, Ty and
Samuel. I also want to thank Will Ackerman for believing in my musical abilities, I will never forget. Thanks
to Tom Eaton, whom I connected with and am thankful for his endless endeavor to make this album to sound
fabulous! To: Susan, thank you for being my voice. Thanks to: Tracey Cravens, you’ve been with me from the
beginning, and you came with me full circle at Imaginary Road. All my love!
Thank you for those that made this album possible from PledgeMusic.com! Thank you Arianna for all of your
help! Thank you for those of you that donated your time, your talents, with us. Pat Sylvester, Barbara Ehlo
Holbert, and Ember Lambert. Thank you also to Hearing Health Foundation!
Special thanks to Concert Grand Producers: Claire Carothers, Kathleen Ackerman, Thomas and Becky Foth,
Mary Jo Lisa and to Mihir and Tejal Munsif.
All songs written by: Kori Linae Carothers
Produced by: Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Kori Linae Carothers
Engineered by: Tom Eaton
Executive Producer: Claire M. Carothers
Mixed and Mastered by: Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios, Vermont
Visit Will Ackerman online: williamackerman.com
Visit Tom Eaton online: thomaseaton.com
Photo front cover photo: Sarah Char • sarahchar.com
Inside photo: Jason Wallis Photography • wallisphoto.com
Graphic Design: Debra Silverman • dlsgraphics.net
A Beautiful Mind art: Agsandrew/dreamstime.com
Contact Kori: kcarothers@mac.com • web: koritunes.com
For additional info. on the songs, quotes and photos, please visit: koritunes.com

Reviews:

Kori Linae Carothers
Fire in the Rain Storm
IRoknNod Records
Sonic Alchemy

I would listen to Kori Linae Carother’s album just on the title alone…Fire In The Rainstorm. It is delightfully ambiguous. It is intriguing. It is impossible…or is it? I have listened to all of Kori’s music and frankly, I thought her last album was her best, but she has proved me wrong. The degree of depth and maturity on this recording is remarkable. On Fire In The Rainstorm, Kori shares with us twelve wonderful tales, first account sightings and memorable impressions using contemporary solo piano. This is her everyday life set to music, and the music is profound. The album is dedicated to her daughter and as many know, having a child can bring to your life not only joy, but also perspective.

A Day Like No Other, musically, is the witness to a little miracle. It is the rain in the garden, just paid all my bills, didn’t forget my mom’s birthday this year kind of day. It is the day you mark on the calendar of your heart and remember it forever.
The melancholic melody of Time Passages is like looking into an old photo album. Some of the memories have curly edges and the cellophane tape has lost most of its power, while others maintain their vibrant colors and sharp images in our minds.
There is nothing ambiguous in the title tune Fire In The Rainstorm. It is a thoughtful song, and to my ear, a song of gratitude. Our lives are full of contradictions, strife, and heartache. Once in awhile though, something happens or someone in your life gives you the nod or the smile or the hug just when you least expect it. It does not exactly call for a celebration, but under your breath, you say thank God.
I really like winter music and I really like Winter’s End. Kori gives the tune a warm, bright intro as if to signify the advent of spring. On the tallest mountains, the sun’s heat glows steady. The icy crust, what was once a heavy winter’s snow, transforms into life giving waters soon to nourish the green hiding just below the surface. The cycle begins again.
Liberty is an upbeat tune with a definite cadence. It may be the sound of self-determination or celebrating the opening of a door long barred and forbidden. It could be the turning of a corner to get a new viewpoint or perhaps a major change in your life. In any case, this complex tune is one I will remember for the fluid, engaging melody.
The Kindly Beast is a story for Marvin, Kori’s puppy. Some creatures hide under the bed or in the closet. Some peek through the window when the wind blows or some hide in your shadow. But not this one. This one plays in the sunshine, feeds the goldfish, and closes the bathroom door. He is a gentle guardian of a vivid imagination.
When the Tree Fell, the final cut on Fire In The Rainstorm is a moody piece. Its somewhat somber tones denote not exactly sadness, but surprise and wonder. As lightning glared in the sky, the harsh wind had its way and the tree, with a mighty crack tumbled to the ground. The next day we climbed along its trunk and said goodbye, but then, that is when we saw the metal box…
You can replay these songs over and over as I did and discover fresh nuances with every turn. There is subtlety and craftsmanship in these tales. There is also a mother’s heart embedded deeply in every note. Fire In The Rainstorm is Kori Linae Carothers tour de force, catering to those who love great piano music, and who always sleep with one eye open, and waiting to hear those tiny footsteps in the hallway.
RJ Lannan Rating: Very Good+



Kori L Carothers ditched her electronic keyboards (which she wielded so well on previous releases such as Trilium and The Road Less Traveled) and sat down at her piano sans all other accompaniment to record Fire in the Rainstorm, an album that shines a whole new light on her composing and performing talents. Recorded at Imaginary Roads under the watchful gaze of Will Ackerman, Fire in the Rainstorm is filled with warm piano melodies - somber and melancholic, gently romantic, wistful and reflective, or dramatic and emotionally powerful - always played with rare sensitivity and obvious depth of sincerity and true conviction. Carothers was supposedly concerned about how these unadorned piano instrumentals would be received by fans of her earlier works, but unless those folks don't appreciate great music, wonderful playing, and a tapestry of evocations spread across twelve tracks, I have to believe they will be thoroughly delighted with this album. Fire in the Rainstorm showcases Carothers' artisan's technique and her poet's soul equally and is bound to swell the ranks of her fans considerably.

Bill Binkelman
Zone Music Reporter

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Bill Binkelman-Zone Music Reporter

Kori Linae Carothers goes solo piano with fantastic results
Kori Linae Carothers journeyed once more to the woods of Vermont and Imaginary Road Studios where she recorded her previous album, Trillium. However this time around, Carothers decided to leave her electronic keyboards at home. Under the watchful gaze and artistic guidance of the production team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, Carothers took the plunge and relied on piano, and piano alone, to convey her musical message on Fire in the Rainstorm. Apparently, her muse thought it was a great idea because the album is a revelation for this gifted musician and composer. By stripping away her assorted keyboards and baring her soul through the piano's ivories, her music has reached a new level of immediacy and intimacy. Carothers has always had an amount of dynamism in her music, and there is plenty of that here as well at times. However, on Fire in the Rainstorm she displays an uncommon level of shading and nuance that could only be achieved by "going back to basics" and letting a piano be her only voice. It's certainly her most self-assured recording to date.

Of course, the album sounds terrific. Tom Eaton saw to that (as he usually does). However, a superb job of engineering can also reveal an artist's shortcomings much more clearly than a less-than-admirable job. No such problem with Fire in the Rainstorm, as the clarity of every note and chord reveals Carothers' immense talent and complete control over the keys, as well as her mastery of nuance and subtlety. I was surprised time and time again at how she combined a level of total composure and self-assuredness with deep emotion and human warmth. After reading the liner notes, I probably shouldn't have been surprised at the latter. Carothers dedicated the album to her daughter Claire who has served overseas, and I'm sure that wellspring of emotion, once tapped into, served forth with plenty of inspiration for these twelve tracks.

There is a signature sound throughout Fire in the Rainstorm, even though the individual tracks contain plenty of variety. The opening "A Day Like No Other" features a melody which flows with a feeling of restrained power while "Nunu's Sunrise" bubbles lightly over with a gentle optimism. "Meadow" features a delicate repeating refrain underneath a sunny-day lead melody and seems to convey a sense of fun-filled movement, like a musical sensation of skipping or running through the titular reference. In stark contrast, "Tidal Rift" has an edge of dramatic tension although the bridge mellows out nicely before returning to the main melody. The title track is surprisingly more subtle than I would have expected at the outset but builds to a powerful passage, subsides, and then escalates to an even greater sense of urgency and passion.

The remaining seven tracks explore various nooks and crannies of the artist's memories (Carothers describes the album as a "collection of personal stories told by solo piano soundscapes"). Whether slightly sad or somber, cheerful and triumphant, or passionate and powerful, in each case you can "feel" the emotion that the artist is injecting into each note and chord. Kori Linae Carothers took a chance with this recording and from my perspective she has succeeded in uncovering an entirely new facet of her musical personality, one that invites the listener into the artist's life in a personal and intimate way. Fire in the Rainstorm is one fire that you will not be in a hurry to put out.
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Serge Kozlovsky

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This album is a book of exciting stories which draw your attention from the first chords and you will want to listen to this beautiful music deeper and further. Kori’s piano compositions are very diverse, but all of them are heartfelt and filled with pure and natural emotions.

Exact naturalness is a very important feature of the album “Fire in the Rainstorm”. Kori intends to bring the listeners into her innermost feelings and deepest emotional experiences. Her music flows like an unrestrained mountain stream. It is always unexpected and wild. And this music is captivating because it is born from the depths of the artist’s heart.

Kori Linae Carothers is a perfect pianist. Her compositions are filled with divine harmonies and elegant passages. It is refined food for true musical gourmets. The album “Fire in the Rainstorm” is a piece of art of the highest quality and it is very inspiring. I can only add here that it is not surprising because this release was produced by famous Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Kori Linae Carothers and mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studious.

All of Kori’s compositions are brilliantly composed and masterfully performed, and the listeners can easily to empathize with her expressive music. You have just to open your heart and feel all the beauty of the endless inner world of the artist. The piano music of Kori Linae Carothers will heal your soul and release it from accumulated severe experiences.

There is much love in the music of Kori Linae Carothers. The album “Fire in the Rainstorm” is a voice of a dear and close friend's heart, which was waiting for you…
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Fire in the Rainstorm" is Kori Linae Carothers’ second project with Will Ackerman producing, and her first solo piano album. It is her fourth album to date and contains twelve original pieces. With one of the more dramatic album covers of the year, the music is both eloquent and beautiful, fueled by grace and passionate emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed Kori’s first recording with Ackerman, "Trillium," but it is amazing the depth and honesty that is often revealed when an artist goes it alone with just the piano. Such is the case here. It is interesting to note from her bio, that Kori is deaf in one ear and was told as a child that she would never be a musician. She continued her music studies through high school and college, proving the naysayers to be completely wrong. In a way, she has come full circle and is now donating a percentage of the sales from "Fire in the Rainstorm" to Hearing Health Foundation.

The album opens with “A Day Like No Other,” a dreamy and slightly melancholy piece that also expresses determination and hope - a lovely way to begin. Flowing and lyrical, it grabbed my attention right away! “Nunu’s Sunrise” was composed as a loving tribute with warmth and strong emotions. It’s really interesting how the piece starts to slow near the end and then just fades out, unresolved - kind of like life does sometimes. “Meadow” is a favorite with its relaxed, carefree mood and easy grace. “Tidal Rift” is a beautiful, heartfelt piece inspired by the ups and downs in relationships - another favorite. The title track is a passionate piece written for a friend whose life has been full of turbulence. The piece begins calmly, gradually building in intensity and drama - very powerful! “The Day” is a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Originally recorded as an electronic piece on Kori’s first album, "The Road Less Traveled," it’s a poignant and tender piano solo - another favorite. “The Kindly Beast” is especially touching, knowing that Marvin, Kori’s beloved dog, died recently. He followed her everywhere and liked to get in the way of her hands when she was playing the piano (I’ve had the same problem with my cats!). Marvin’s playful antics will live forever in this song. “Whispers of the Heart” is a stirring tribute to friends and family who stand by through life’s trials and joys. Buoyant yet deeply emotional, it’s a beauty! “When the Trees Fell” mourns the loss of a giant tree with five trunks that was taken down by a huge storm. Grief and loss flow throughout this gorgeous piece, ending the album with a sigh and a tear.

Kori Linae Carothers has really come into her own with "Fire in the Rainstorm." I hope it brings her the fans and recognition she so deserves! Very highly recommended!
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Kristine

A beautiful journey!
Kori has created a beautiful pallet of music that expresses her true passion for her craft. Her music takes the listener on a magical journey. Would highly recommend this cd as well as her other creations. Well done Kori!
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R J Lannan

Fire in the Rainstorm
Kori Linae Carothers
Fire in the Rain Storm
IRoku Nod Records
Sonic Alchemy
I would listen to Kori Linae Carother’s album just on the title alone…Fire In The Rainstorm. It is delightfully ambiguous. It is intriguing. It is impossible…or is it? I have listened to all of Kori’s music and frankly, I thought her last album was her best, but she has proved me wrong. The degree of depth and maturity on this recording is remarkable. On Fire In The Rainstorm, Kori shares with us twelve wonderful tales, first account sightings and memorable impressions using contemporary solo piano. This is her everyday life set to music, and the music is profound. The album is dedicated to her daughter and as many know, having a child can bring to your life not only joy, but also perspective.
A Day Like No Other, musically, is the witness to a little miracle. It is the rain in the garden, just paid all my bills, didn’t forget my mom’s birthday this year kind of day. It is the day you mark on the calendar of your heart and remember it forever.
The melancholic melody of Time Passages is like looking into an old photo album. Some of the memories have curly edges and the cellophane tape has lost most of its power, while others maintain their vibrant colors and sharp images in our minds.
There is nothing ambiguous in the title tune Fire In The Rainstorm. It is a thoughtful song, and to my ear, a song of gratitude. Our lives are full of contradictions, strife, and heartache. Once in awhile though, something happens or someone in your life gives you the nod or the smile or the hug just when you least expect it. It does not exactly call for a celebration, but under your breath, you say thank God.
I really like winter music and I really like Winter’s End. Kori gives the tune a warm, bright intro as if to signify the advent of spring. On the tallest mountains, the sun’s heat glows steady. The icy crust, what was once a heavy winter’s snow, transforms into life giving waters soon to nourish the green hiding just below the surface. The cycle begins again.
Liberty is an upbeat tune with a definite cadence. It may be the sound of self-determination or celebrating the opening of a door long barred and forbidden. It could be the turning of a corner to get a new viewpoint or perhaps a major change in your life. In any case, this complex tune is one I will remember for the fluid, engaging melody.
The Kindly Beast is a story for Claire, Kori’s daughter. Some creatures hide under the bed or in the closet. Some peek through the window when the wind blows or some hide in your shadow. But not this one. This one plays in the sunshine, feeds the goldfish, and closes the bathroom door. He is a gentle guardian of a vivid imagination.
When the Tree Fell, the final cut on Fire In The Rainstorm is a moody piece. Its somewhat somber tones denote not exactly sadness, but surprise and wonder. As lightning glared in the sky, the harsh wind had its way and the tree, with a mighty crack tumbled to the ground. The next day we climbed along its trunk and said goodbye, but then, that is when we saw the metal box…
You can replay these songs over and over as I did and discover fresh nuances with every turn. There is subtlety and craftsmanship in these tales. There is also a mother’s heart embedded deeply in every note. Fire In The Rainstorm is Kori Linae Carothers tour de force, catering to those who love great piano music, and who always sleep with one eye open, and waiting to hear those tiny footsteps in the hallway.
Rating: Very Good+
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
So, what is the sound and soul of this intriguingly titled album? I’ll start our by saying that the sound quality is as exquisite as you could expect being produced by GRAMMY wining producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman and engineer Tom Eaton along with pianist/ composer Kori Linae Carothers. The highly modified Steinway piano at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios is legendary and has provided the instrumental voice of numerous outstanding pianists over the years. The opening track, “A Day Like No Other,” touched me emotionally right from the start with its dreamy and slightly wistful melody. I appreciated the sense of dynamics in Kori’s playing – knowing when to lean into it and when to lay back, as well as finding the balance between notes and space. This blend of technique and feeling, for me, is one of the hallmarks of a great musician.

I was curious as to what the title track would sound like given its enigmatic name. It turns out to be quite descriptive as the notes in the opening movement fall from her fingers like the first drops of rain in a summer shower. As the composition evolves, the flames are fanned about two thirds of the way through. However, again, the sense of dynamics I spoke of earlier is evident, and just as a fire needs oxygen to exist, there is breath within the blaze as she pulls back momentarily to provide some air and a release from the buildup. The maturity and level of expression in Kori’s playing are impressive.

The ability to communicate stories and emotions in her music is a gift that she is eager to share with the world. Kori Carothers is truly an inspiration, both as a recording artist/ performer as well as in the example she has set in her life becoming a professional musician in spite of being deaf in one ear. She encourages others not let anything deter one from following their dreams and pursuing their passion in life. “Fire In The Rainstorm” is an eloquent artistic statement from a highly regarded pianist/composer whose music resonates with heart and soul.

To read a full length feature article about this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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