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Inspirations

by Mark Freshwater

This artist's keyboard driven eighth album offers an eclectic collection of songs for contemplation, relaxation or background music.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Winter Solstice
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2. 9ths Improvisation
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3. Solar Eclipse
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4. Meditations in a Minor
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5. Samara's Song
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6. Scarborough Fair
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7. Where Dreams Are Born
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8. Bobby's Berceuse (Cradle Song)
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9. Amnesiac
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10. Christmastime
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11. Latin Bolero
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12. The Dilemma (Song for June)
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13. Melancholy Mood
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14. Voices in the Sky
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The songs on this album cover a two and one half year time span in their development. A wide variety of "Inspirations" led me to the titling of this project.....ranging from rare events like a total eclipse of the sun to the birth of a grandchild to conflicted mental state of an aging parent to a holiday inspired Christmas song. The album includes 2 tunes that are not original: A rapid paced harpsichord sounding keyboard version of "Scarborough Fair" (English Folk Ballad) and my cover version of Douglas Trowbridge's "Where Dreams are Born." The closing song "Voices in the Sky" (aka "Voix dans le Ciel") offers an upward release and spiritual mood.

Note: This album of 14 songs also has an accompanying songbook (transcriptions of 7 of the albums 14 songs) for solo piano. See the Mark Freshwater website for further details.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Inspirations" is the eighth album by pianist/composer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Freshwater. The fourteen tracks on the album are piano-driven, but most have additional keyboard orchestration ranging from strings to wordless vocalizations (no lyrics). The album is intended for contemplation, relaxation or background music, so while there is a lot of variety, it’s all pretty laid-back and smooth. The pieces were composed and arranged over a 2 1/2 year period and range from a couple of lullabies to a keyboard arrangement of the traditional English folk song, “Scarborough Fair.” I have reviewed seven of Freshwater’s eight albums and while his albums are always quite different from each other, it is always obvious that the music comes from his heart.

"Inspirations begins with “Winter Solstice,” a piano and organ duet that celebrates the shortest day of the year. The piano part is very r"elaxed and repetitive, so the organ adds an interesting edge to the piece. “9ths Improvisation” is reflective and dreamy with a light touch of melancholy. It is mostly piano, but there are also passages of string accompaniment throughout. “Solar Eclipse” was inspired by the August 2017 event we all experienced to varying degrees. A bit livelier than the first two tracks, it suggests the beauty and majesty of the eclipse as well as the quickening pulse of being part of such an amazing event. “Meditations in A Minor” is a haunting piano solo (mostly) and one of my favorites. There are some strings and the sound of flowing water near the end, but this one is mostly piano. “Samara’s Song” overflows with grace and tenderness and is also mostly piano. Freshwater said he chose a guitar-sounding keyboard to give “Scarborough Fair” a more “folkish” sound. I thought it was a harpsichord since it has a crisp, plucked sound, but that doesn’t matter! The arrangement also includes some light hand percussion that harkens back to the music of The Renaissance times. I really like the easy, peaceful sound of “Where Dreams Are Born” (composed by Douglas Trowbridge). It includes piano, strings, guitar, bass, and various wind instruments (mostly flute). “Amnesiac” is the darkest and most intense piece on the album. This one is also mostly piano, with string washes and a light flute accompaniment. Soulful emotion pours out of every note - powerful stuff without a lot of flash. “Christmastime” celebrates many people’s favorite holiday with warmth and thoughtful reflection. “Latin Bolero” is another favorite. Vibrant and rhythmic yet darkly mysterious, I keep going back to this one! I really like “Melancholy Mood,” too, with its smooth jazz rhythm behind the piano. There is additional light orchestration (mostly strings) but the piano stays front and center. The album ends with “Voices in the Sky,” a dramatic yet ethereal piece with choral voices, strings, piano, bass guitar and other instrumentation - a great piece that could close a dramatic film as well as a really good album!

I think "Inspirations" is Mark Freshwater’s strongest album to date!
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