Laura McMillan | Storybook Love

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Storybook Love

by Laura McMillan

Each track on this album is meant to spotlight one of the many moments of love -- dreaming about it, looking for it, finding it and living happily ever after.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. The Way It Goes
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2. For Our Children
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3. Playground Memories
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4. Hard to Say Goodbye
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5. Enchanted
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6. Porch Swing
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7. Transitions
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8. Promise of Spring
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9. What Might Have Been
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10. The Chase
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11. Lavender Roses
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12. Happy Ending
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13. Getting There
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14. Storybook Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Laura McMillan believes in love, happiness and fairytale-like happy endings, so she named her third album of solo piano music Storybook Love. “It’s a dream we all have, male and female. For those who have love, count your blessings and savor each moment. For everyone else, keep hoping, keep looking, keep the dream alive. Whether you are in love right now or in the middle of the search, I hope this music can serve as a backdrop of joy and excitement.”

In addition, when McMillan’s previous album, Linger Longer, was released, it felt to her like a fairytale come true. The album went Top 5 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 airplay chart. She received album reviews, airplay and notoriety around the world. She was named “Artist of the Year” and the CD was named “Album of the Year” in the annual awards competition voted on by radio listeners and held by One World Music, the top radio channel of new age music based in the United Kingdom. Her music became so popular on the channel that they offered the pianist her own radio show, “Simply Piano,” where she plays piano music by herself and others.

“It’s just another example that dreams can come true,” McMillan says. “It led me to thinking about the dream we all have of finding true love and living happily ever after. So I had the concept of Storybook Love from the beginning and wrote all the compositions based on that theme.”

The title tune from the album, “Storybook Love,” is accompanied by a theatrical video that can be viewed at her website (LauraMcMillanPiano.com) or youtube/lauramcmillanpiano. The video, directed by Chris Clephane and produced by Mark W. Costa, was shot on location in Seattle, Washington. It features McMillan playing a Steinway Hamburg nine-foot concert grand piano at Hotel 1000 and appearing at a variety of prominent landmarks in the city including Pike Place Market, King Street Station, Kerry Park, Pioneer Square and the Fountain Steps.

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Helena Dee

PIANIST LAURA MCMILLAN EXPLORES MANY FACETS OF LOVE ON NEW ALBUM
Musician and composer Laura McMillan chose the theme of Storybook Love for her third solo piano album which is fitting because the sound of a grand piano is the perfect vehicle for transmitting feelings of love. On instrumental tunes such as “Enchanted,” “The Chase,” “Storybook Love” and “Happy Ending,” McMillan expertly captures the many moods of love -- the passion, excitement, joy, dreaminess and breath-catching emotionalism. It does not matter if you are at the stage of fantasizing about a storybook type of love, actively seeking a love partner, head-over-heels in love at the moment, or settled into a long-term loving relationship, this music serves as the perfect backdrop for our lives. For to love another person is one of humankind’s greatest attributes, and since earliest times artists of all types have reflected that emotion in art. McMillan continues that tradition with a highly-worthy addition to the world of music. An excellent, classically-trained pianist, McMillan writes strong, interesting melodies, sometimes with several sections within a single piece. She has an attractive style of playing, strong with both hands, and utilizing attention-getting variations including time-changes and counter-melodies. This music is highly-recommended for anyone who enjoys solo piano, new age music, modern classical, beautiful instrumentals or love-filled emotion-laden compositions.
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Laura McMillan's third solo piano music release features fourteen original compositions based on notions of blissful, fairy tale amour.

Once again, McMillan demonstrates her flair for penning dynamic, wide-ranging tunes that are balanced by tasteful restraint. And her keyboard skills are as graceful and virtuosic as ever.

The music itself is serene and tranquil and perfect for unwinding no matter your mood.

This CD will be right at home in the collections of piano music lovers.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Storybook Love" is Laura McMillan’s third solo piano release following "Without Words" (2009) and"Linger Longer" (2012). One World Music named "Linger Longer" “Album of the Year” by and McMillan was awarded “Artist of the Year” for 2012. Describing the origins of her new album, McMillan says, “It’s a dream we all have, male and female.... Whether you are in love right now or in the middle of the search, I hope this music can serve as a backdrop of joy and excitement.”

A prominent piano teacher in the Portland, Oregon area, McMillan has been playing classical music all of her life and has been especially influenced by the music of Chopin. In her original compositions, she blends traditional classical piano elements and a strong appreciation for Broadway music with new age and neo-classical motifs to create her own sound. Sometimes cool and soothing and other times more fiery and energetic, McMillan’s albums provide a variety of moods and styles bound together by a common theme. “Each track on the album Storybook Love is meant to spotlight one of the many moments of love -- dreaming about it, looking for it, finding it and living happily ever after.”

"Storybook Love" begins with “The Way It Goes,” a piece comprised of several themes that alternate between sweetly dreamy and a high-energy happy dance. “To Our Children” is very soft and gentle and seems to be a tribute to the innocence of childhood itself. “Playground Memories” is light and playful, building to a much bigger, more dynamic theme, and then alternating themes. The graceful “Hard To Say Goodbye” is a poignant ballad that expresses the pain of having to let go - a favorite. “Porch Swing” has the lazy pace of a summer evening spent enjoying the magic of just being together. Very slow and expressive, I really like this one, too. “Transitions” is all about changes and the music reflects on the ups and downs of relationships by varying rhythms, moods, and dynamics - an especially effective piece. “What Might Have Been” conveys the hurt and disappointment of a relationship that falls apart. “Lavender Roses” is as soft and delicate as the title implies - very graceful. The album ends with the title track - my favorite of the fourteen. Expressing the deepest and most powerful kind of love, the simple but poignant melody touches and warms the heart.

Need a romantic lift? "Storybook Love" could be exactly what you’re looking for! Recommended!
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