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Home Again

by Loren Evarts

A collection of piano instrumental pieces produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. Pair with a nice Shiraz. (But, please, not while driving!)
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. A Day on the Concord River
4:15 album only
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2. Dugong Dance
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3. Far and Away
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4. Ktaadn
4:12 album only
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5. Sunset Island
4:30 album only
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6. Evensong
5:06 album only
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7. Home Again
3:35 album only
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8. Outermost House
4:50 album only
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9. Wedding at Sunrise
3:14 album only
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10. Baker Lake
3:05 album only
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11. Nine Mile Bridge
2:52 album only
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12. The Good Life
5:35 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Loren Evarts latest recording, HOME AGAIN, is a joy from the first note. Loren is an accomplished pianist, but it’s the remarkable stylistic range of his compositions and the emotional content of each of the pieces which make the new collection so immediately accessible and rewarding. It is a real challenge for Loren to have bettered his debut recording, WATER AND LIGHT, but he’s done so.”

Will Ackerman (Grammy-winning producer and guitarist)

Liner Notes:

A Day on the Concord River- My “shortened” tribute to the 1849 book ‘A Week of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers’ by Henrt Thoreau..

Dugong Dance- While I have never actually seen these “sea cows” of the Indian and western Pacific Ocean in person, I have encountered their cousin, the manatee. Do Dugongs dance? Well, why shouldn’t they.

Far and Away- This piece bookends nicely with ‘Home Again.’

Ktaadn- A spelling variation of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The one time I tried to hike it I was turned back by a snowstorm near the summit. Hope to try again someday.

Sunset Island- A re-recorded tune from my 1985 album ‘Water Music.’ This came from ‘St. John River Suite.’

Evensong- I have always been inspired by choral evensong when I have visited numerous medieval cathedrals in England. An often-transcendent experience.

Home Again- I had originally named this piece ‘Pooh Sticks’, but feared a potential Disney lawsuit. Caution won out in this case. (If you don’t know what Pooh Sticks is, please ask a parent.)

Outermost House- One of my favorite books is ‘Outermost House’ (1928) by Henry Beston. It chronicles his year living alone on the dunes of Cape Cod. I also recommend ‘Northern Farm’ by him. (His wife, Elizabeth Coatsworth, was a wonderful author as well.)

Wedding at Sunrise- This could be very early, depending on what month it is.

Baker Lake- Another re-recorded tune taken from ‘St. John River Suite.’

Nine Mile Bridge- One final re-recorded piece taken from ‘St. John River Suite.’ The title is from a 1945 book written by Helen Hamlin about living on the St. John River in Maine.

The Good Life- Helen and Scott Nearing wrote ‘Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World’ in 1954, about their life in Vermont. A classic worth reading. (The Good Life is also the title of a 1970’s BBC TV show that I loved. It became The Good Neighbors when it was shown in the US.)


Produced by Will Ackerman with Tom Eaton.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton.
Recorded during the Autumn of 2017 at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham Co. VT.
Cover art is a handmade paper piece entitled “Columbia Farm” by Stephen Gatter.
Photograph by Harold Shapiro.
Logo by Diane Lewis.
The piano used on this recording is a Steinway B.

All songs composed by Loren Evarts (BMI).

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Dyan Garris

Outstanding Contemporary Solo Piano
“Home Again” by Loren Evarts
Album Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD.com

Loren Evarts is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. His most recent release, ‘Home Again,” is a collection of contemporary solo piano compositions produced by Will Ackerman and engineered by Tom Eaton.

Loren holds a Master’s degree in music education, taught for several public and private schools, and is now an instructor for five colleges.

“Home Again” is twelve tracks, four which were previously recorded by Loren, plus eight new compositions. The piano used for this recording is a Steinway B. The album is mellow, smooth, and soul-soothing all through.

Loren opens the album with “A Day on the Concord River,” which nicely sets the tone for all that comes next. Here we can almost feel the light breeze on our face and see the sunlight filtering softly through the trees as we gently canoe along on this peaceful journey. “Dugong Dance,” track 2, is graceful and enchanting. The dugong is an herbivorous marine mammal related to the manatee and the dolphin. Legend has it that the dugong was an inspiration for mermaids. This song perfectly captures those feelings.

“Far and Away,” track 3, is a personal favorite. Dreamy and delicious. “Ktaadn,” a spelling variation of Mount Katahdin in Maine, is track 4. Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in the state of Maine and has inspired various artistic works. This one is lush and luxuriant, and one I found myself listening to several times.

“Sunset Island,” track 5, is truly gorgeous. Peaceful and resplendent, this brings up images of a charming place untouched and unchanged by time. The elegant and reverent, “Evensong,” (evening prayers), was stirred by Loren’s many visits to medieval cathedrals in England.

Track 7, title track, “Home Again,” has a light, whimsical feel, and was almost named “Poohsticks” which is game from a Winnie the Pooh book The House at Pooh Corner.

“Outermost House,” track 8, is full and splendid. I really love this one. “The Outermost House” was a small beach cottage refuge sitting high atop a dune on Cape Cod and belonging to writer Henry Beston, who spent a year there chronicling life on the beach. One can actually feel that “beachy” perspective through Loren’s excellent composition.

“Baker Lake” and “Nine Mile Bridge,” although a bit more somber, are equally as likeable as the rest of the album. “Wedding at Sunrise” is perfectly evocative of a joyful day – any joyful day; a celebration of life. “The Good Life,” gentle, ultra-melodic, and contemplative, winds up the album very nicely. This composition prompts us, perhaps, to give some thought to what ultimately makes life “good.”

Comforting, yet not so “comfortable” as to be boring or insipid. Sophisticated and unique, yet completely unpretentious. Glamorous, yet elegantly classic and classy, “Home Again” by Loren Evarts, is an album you will want to come home to again and again. Beautiful and recommended.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Home Again" is the follow-up to Loren Evarts’ 2015 album, "Water and Light." Like the earlier recording, "Home Again" features new arrangements of (four) older pieces and (eight) new compositions. Unlike "Water and Light," "Home Again" is all solo piano (yea!!!). Produced by Will Ackerman with Tom Eaton at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont and engineered, mixed and mastered by Eaton, the overall tone of the album is warm and gently uplifting. A highly-trained and well-seasoned musician who has worn many musical hats, Evarts’ music is very melodic and easily-accessible and yet is just complex enough to reveal new things with each listen. Often inspired by being near bodies of water and/or books he’s read, Evarts’ music tells colorful stories without the use of words, leaving it to each listener to provide a plot and characters.

"Home Again" begins with “A Day on the Concord River,” a shortened tribute to a book by Henry David Thoreau. Peaceful and dappled with musical sunshine, the gently-rocking rhythm has a very pleasant hypnotic quality sure to calm the spirit. “Dugong Dance” refers to the “sea cows” of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans that are “cousins” to the manatees. The slow, fluid movement suggests the grace of these bulky marine creatures as they graze on sea grasses in shallow coastal waters. “Sunset Island” was first released on Evarts’ 1985 album, "Water Music." Part of “St. John River Suite,” I love the warmth and stillness as well as the graceful ebb and flow of the rhythm of this beautiful piece. The title track expresses a lighthearted mood and feelings of contentment - sure to bring a smile! “Outermost House” refers to one of Evarts’ favorite books. Written by Henry Beston in the 1920’s, the book chronicles his year of living alone on the dunes of Cape Cod. Although the piece starts out very quietly and calmly, it becomes a bit darker and somewhat more intense in passages - my favorite track on the album. “Wedding at Sunrise” is joyful and celebratory. “Baker Lake” is also from Evarts’ “St. John River Suite” and beautifully describes the serenity of being near a body of water. It also describes the movement of the water and light sparkling and dancing on its surface. “Nine Mile Bridge” is also part of the Suite and is very soothing and evocative. The album closes with “The Good Life,” a piece that embraces simplicity and honesty while exuding warmth and calm.

If you appreciate fine solo piano music that is expressed without a lot of flash or bravado, "Home Again" is a must! Very highly recommended!
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Pam Asberry

Poignant and emotive!
Loren Evarts is a music industry veteran. A composer and an arranger, he has performed professionally in the northeastern United States in a myriad of situations for over forty years. He has studied with such noted composers and pianists as Anthony Davis, Neil Slater and David Barnett, has a master’s degree in music education, and has been a teacher himself for many years.

In “Home Again,” Evarts revisits several previously recorded pieces as well as eight new ones with music that commemorates significant places he has seen and books he has read. This album was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records) at his Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont and was engineered by Tom Eaten.

This collection begins with “A Day on the Concord River.” Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, the ebb and flow of the right hand melody over the ostinato left hand is reminiscent of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie.” Next comes “Dugong Dance,” a graceful and elegant two-step over rich and resonant chords and a beautifully descriptive sound painting of these cousins of the manatees. “Far and Away” is quiet and contemplative, melodic thoughts flitting rapidly over a solemn bass. “Ktaadn” relates Evarts’ attempt to hike Mount Katahdin in the state of Maine. Although his efforts were unfortunately thwarted by a snowstorm, the music aptly describes his perseverance and his eventual resignation.

“Sunset Island,” re-recorded from the 1985 album “Water Music,” captures the fading rays of the sun with melodic snippets descending over ostinato left hand patterns and chords. “Evensong” pays homage to the choral evensong experienced at medieval cathedrals in England. The title track, “Home Again,” is a personal favorite. Whimsical and exuberant, it was almost named “Pooh Sticks,” as it was inspired by simple game first mentioned in A. A. Milne’s “A House at Pooh Corner,” in which two players standing on a bridge over a body of running water sticks on the upstream side; the winner is the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side. “Outermost House” was inspired by the book of the same title by Henry Beston, which chronicles his year living alone on the dunes of Cape Cod. With its haunting melody and meditative spirit this piece, like Beston’s book, offers an introspective rumination.

“Wedding at Sunrise,” another favorite, joyfully captures the celebration, hopes and dreams of a couple on their wedding day. “Baker Lake,” re-recorded tune from “St. John River Suite,” with its flowing melody flowing over a rippling left hand, moves just like the body of water it describes. “Nine Mile Bridge” is the final re-recorded piece, also from “St. John River Suite,” and borrows its title from the 1948 book written by Helen Hamlin about living on the St. John River in Maine. “The Good Life,” based on the 1954 book by Helen and Scott Nearing about their homesteading life in Vermont, is nostalgic and contemplative and brings the album to a satisfying conclusion.

With its diversity of style and poignant and emotive musical content, this album will be a welcome addition to any solo piano music lover’s library. Recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Loren Evarts is back after his success with his last offering Water and Light back in 2015, now some three years later, I am honoured to have the opportunity to once again review Loren’s work, so join me as I take you on another voyage through the genre of solo piano.
Evart’s doesn’t waste anytime setting the scene and this homely little number called A Day on the Concord River is absolutely redolent of the subject matter. This warm and welcoming opus is as delightful as the amazing art work on the cover of the album, we could easily be right there on the banks of the river with this charming piece.
I sat for hours the other day listening to this album and just gazing at the cover, it is so redolent of the contents within and if we listen to Dugong Dance, you will see what I mean. Now the only Dugong I know of is the mammal and if this is the case, the artist has created its soundtrack, if not, this is a smooth and deeply relaxing piece that has such a sweet melody that it’s going to leave you in total bliss anyway.
On Far and Away we have a totally different sound, this energetic little composition creates a mood of distance and movement and also has a sense of longing, mixed with a reflective disposition built nicely into the weave of the piece.
Ktaadn is up next, this slice of solo piano genius seems to take us on a journey of its own, perhaps through a woodland or forest, somewhere where one can feel at peace; when I gaze at the mountain range behind my home the music fits perfectly, and within its refrains I can feel now the power and glory of this vast vista of this outstanding composition.
I adored the quiet reverie of Sunset Island; I sometimes call our home that, as nearly every night is the perfect sunset and perhaps tonight I will play this tune as the sun goes down again. This is one of the most colourful pieces off the release, one that will leave a smile of contentment on the faces of all who listen to it.
As we move towards the middle of the album, we arrive at the doorway of a soothing piece redolent of the subject matter of its title, Evensong. As the sunset begins to wain and night clouds drift across the horizon, we listen to the perfect tones of this composition, to allow the energy of this moment to fill our senses.
We now find ourselves at the musical shelf entitled “the title track” and of course that just has to be Home Again. Time to gaze once more at the front cover of the album and you will be right there. Once again Evarts pulls off such a warm and friendly performance on piano as we arrive at our very own musical sanctuaries of sorts.
There is a slight reflective motif on this next piece called Outermost House, perhaps we are on the very borderlands of the village, and from here on in a wide range of free land can be seen falling before us. The performance here is sublime at creating a narrative of suspense and memory.
The happy refrains of Wedding at Sunrise is now upon us, it is as if we have safely navigated the night and our reward is the wedding, of course this could be a wedding of a different type, perhaps even the re-joining of the past and future, but none-the-less Evarts has created something quite breathtakingly beautiful here, with a really moving sense of rhythm as well.
Anything to do with lakes, rivers and storms always grabs my attention; I have a love for nature than can never be equalled. Here Evarts creates a portrait of Baker Lake and in just over three minutes manifests something so descriptive and artistic, that one truly feels like they are sitting by the lake itself, the piano at times also sounds like the windblown ripples across the water.
Nine Mile Bridge is our penultimate offering on this journey, it is filled with a narrative of deep and meaningful memories, while the piano flows like the river under the bridge, there is also a defined and distinct sense of deep thought here, it is as if one is trawling over old times whilst gazing over the bridge, there is also a moving and powerful energy about the construction of this track that needs to be carefully listened to as well.
So we arrive at the last doorway of the album we now fondly know as Home Again. Evarts finishes with the perfect ending track, through the music, one can see shards of sunlight move across the room and the light creates dappled shadows of memories as the piece plays out. The Good Life for me seems to sum up the whole album, and a sense of gratitude can be found solidly within the frame of the arrangement.
Home Again by Loren Evarts is another classic album in the solo piano genre; this release is the holder of many memories and reflections, and Evarts the master builder of those magical musical moments. This has to be one of the most contemplative albums I have listened to for a long while and one that I would recommend in a heartbeat.
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