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Memoirs

by Michele McLaughlin

Memoirs is a collection of twelve solo piano stories that I released as singles over the last 18 months.
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1. Thankful
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2. Pure Joy
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3. Dark Moon
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4. Triumph
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5. Little Love
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6. My Life with You
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7. Beneath the Surface
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8. Alone
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9. Winter
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10. Northern Lights
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11. Peace
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12. Dismissed
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Album Notes
Memoirs is a collection of twelve solo piano stories that I released as singles over the last 18 months. Each single release has a song story and most have an official release video to go along with the song.

1. Thankful: This song is about giving thanks for all the blessings I've had and how wonderful my life has been.

2. Pure Joy: This song is about how happy and joyous my life has been over the last year after my boyfriend moved in and we started living together. It's a song about pure joy and sharing love with another person.

3. Dark Moon: This song is about how, when the moon is low on the horizon, and it is dark and mysterious, yet beautiful and alluring, it is a magical moment to behold.

4. Triumph: This song is about not giving up on your dreams no matter how out of reach or unattainable they seem.

5. Little Love: A little beautiful being of love and light came into my life recently and she brings such joy to my heart. Whenever I play this song, I think of her. This is my sweet song for my "Little Love".

6. My Life With You: Being in love, and having someone to share your life with, is one of the best things in the world. This is a love song dedicated to the happy place I am in my life right now, and to my love and our life together.

7. Beneath The Surface: I love snorkeling and exploring underwater worlds. Sea life is fascinating and mystifying. Sea turtles, jellyfish, eels, octopus, urchins, coral, fish... it's all so magical to explore and watch life beneath the surface.

8. Alone: Loneliness can be soul crushing. When you just want to have a companion... someone to share life with... but you're alone and have no-one. This song is what that lonliness feels like.

9. Winter: The cold, icy landscape during winter portrays a feeling of isolation and loneliness, yet it is stunning and captivating in its raw beauty. It leaves us with a feeling of exquisite sadness while we wait in anticipation of the coming spring.

10. Northern Lights: The Aurora Borealis starts as a flicker in the night sky, and then grows into a spectacular and mystifying light show, before it finishes as a flicker of light disappearing into the darkness.

11. Peace: This song is about unity, togetherness, love, acceptance, tolerance, and all the wonderful things that we as humans can express when we open our hearts to one another.

12. Dismissed: A lonely street performer is searching for an adoring audience. She wanders, lost in despair, from town to town, searing for an audience who will love her.

All songs composed, produced and performed by Michele McLaughlin
Piano & Recording (All Songs except Dismissed): Michele's Home Studio in Salt Lake City, UT on her Fazioli F278 9' Concert Grand
Piano & Recording (Dismissed): Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ on a Shigeru SK7
Mastering & Engineering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ
Album Design: Matt Strieby at New Leaf Design
Copyright ©2019 All Rights Reserved (ASCAP)
www.michelemclaughlin.com

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Steve Sheppard

A truly delicious album
Michele describes her latest release Memoirs as a collection of 12 solo piano pieces that she had released as singles over an 18 month period, each track has its own individual story and this is therefore the musical voyage we are to undertake right now.
We begin with the up-tempo and radiant offering Thankful, this one bounces along and its vibrant nature and ebullient energies literally flow all around us as we listen, this has to be the perfect track to begin the release with.
One of my early favourites is the delightfully pretty Pure Joy; here we have a track with a masterful melody and one that at times reminds me of Elton John in content and composition. The fluent nature of this track and the exciting intensity it created for me was a thrill to listen to; I do so adore the major minor combination.
Dark Moon is a horse of a different colour entirely, short form in structure, but never the less so beautifully graphic in its content and energy, this is also a deeply moving and emotional composition, one can really feel a state of deep reflection burning to be set free from this offering.
As we move forever onward we come across a piece called Triumph. This one has all the hall marks of an anthem and has that film score arrangement about its construction. This is a delightful opus to listen to and one also has to add that the performance here is simply sparkling with every note played.
On Little Love we are gifted one of the most attractive compositions from the release, McLaughlin plays with such a charming level of tenderness on this track that you won’t fail to be wooed by its beauty. This track has a smoothness of tempo that is so crafted and cleverly performed it is a pleasure to listen to.
As I move to the piece My Life With You, it’s easy for me to glance to my left and watch my lovely wife just sitting there, her radiance fills my heart with such joy. For me this piece says all that and more, it’s a musical expression of appreciation and the gratitude of being able to share a life with someone you love so deeply, one has to also add that McLaughlin has created it with such a gentle hand on the keys, this piece is literally bursting with love.
The next offering is incredibly interesting to jump into and called Beneath The Surface. This is played with an incredible awareness of creation and McLaughlin’s skill set brings us something quite mystical, it is as if we are literally swimming in a crystal clear sea and discovering all manner of new and wondrous things, this is one of those pieces you could listen to many times over and hear something special each time you do so.
For any of us that have suffered that terrible feeling of being Alone, then this track will resonate somewhere within you, this is a deeply moving piece and brought back memories to me of those times when I was so low and down it was almost impossible to look up and see the sky. The performance on this composition is some of the best work I have ever heard the artist play; her performance is full of memory, sadness and aloneness, this is clearly played with her heart firmly on her sleeve.
Winter is a strange season, it is the face of death and its dour seasonal cloak of grey seems to shroud the landscape for an eternity, but there is always the hope of spring! Here McLaughlin paints with her piano a track that is quite moody and dark, one that illustrates this tough season perfectly. The arrangement and performance style once again borders on being film score standard, the creational talents of the pianist here is exceptional and masterfully creative.
I so wish I could one day see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is an enigma unto itself, starting and ending as a flicker of colourful lights, this show in the skies is beautifully played on one of the most dramatic pieces off the album. McLaughlin is in full flow here and brings us one her finest performance’s, one that made me think that perhaps this may indeed be a fan favourite one day, it would be an amazing piece to see played live.
Our penultimate offering is surely something the entire planet has to embrace, just drop the fear and hate and give yourself fully to Peace. Once more the artist has manifested a composition that is anthem like in its construction; it raises the energy, uplifts the soul, and musically gives us something we all need in our search, hope!
Our last musical gift from the artist is called Dismissed, for me I found this a fascinating offering and one that had a slight European feel to it. One could easily listen to this piece and imagine the streets of say Paris, and gaze at the lonely people, who wander from town to town in search of work and find nothing but rejection and of course that leads to despair. This is a dramatic performance from Michele McLaughlin, and one that highlights her outstanding talents as a pianist with aplomb.
Personally I rate Memoirs as McLaughlin’s best work to date, Life was a delicious album, but I think that this even tops that. The release is packed with innovative musical compositions that illustrate what an abundant 18 month period it has indeed been for the pianist, she has now added, with a certain sensitivity of performance, an ability to enthral the listener with many moods and that wonderfully multi-talented approach can be heard within the confines of this new album and it is simply magical. This is truly an album you are really going to want to add to your ever growing musical collections, whether you are fans of the solo piano genre or just lovers of really good music.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Memoirs" is a collection of twelve solo piano singles that pianist/composer Michele McLaughlin released over a period of eighteen months and compiled for this album, her nineteenth. With this release, McLaughlin once again proves why she is one of the most popular and successful pianists recording and performing today. "Memoirs" is a celebration of life, love and the many things that make being human such a rich and varied experience. Each piece tells a different story that is explained in the liner notes and most songs have videos that go with them as well. Opening her heart at the piano has become a way of life for Michele, and the world is a better place for it. I have reviewed most of her albums over the years and have proofed and edited all of her sheet music, so it has been fascinating to see how her artistry, as well as her popularity, has grown and evolved over the years from making a cassette tape of her music for close friends and family to more than a billion spins on Pandora Radio. Very impressive!

"Memoirs" begins with “Thankful,” a piece about being grateful for the good things in life. Light and joyful, it’s a happy opener! “Pure Joy” reflects on finding love and sharing life with someone very special. The easy flow and steady rhythm are calm and reassuring. “Dark Moon” is one of my favorites and is about the magical quality of the moon when it is low on the horizon. Dark, hypnotic and somewhat mysterious, it’s a beauty! “Little Love” overflows with the sweetness and tenderness that come only with strong feelings for someone or something. “My Life With You” is a more mature kind of love song that expresses deep, heartfelt emotions as well as the inner peace that comes with finding true love. “Beneath the Surface” is a passionate and mysterious piece about snorkeling and exploring the worlds that exist underwater. If I had to choose just one favorite on this album, this would be it. “Winter” is very cool - literally! Slow, open and almost mournful, it expresses the feelings of loneliness and isolation that a long, harsh winter can magnify. I also really like the dark and haunting “Northern Lights” - especially the powerful and energetic second half. “Dismissed” tells the story of a lonely street performer who wanders from town to town looking for an audience who will love her. Very dramatic and intense, it begins as a minor-key waltz and builds to impassioned anger and frustration and then returns to the calmer waltz. The themes then alternate from sad to angry, ending the piece (and the album) with the waltz.

"Memoirs" does a great job of showcasing Michele McLaughlin’s musical storytelling and her varied composing styles. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard New Age Charts, so check it out and see what the excitement is all about!
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Dyan Garris

Memoirs by Michele McLaughlin | Album Review
Memoirs by Michele McLaughlin | Album Review by Dyan Garris

To be in love is a good place to be. To be in love with life is a good place to be. To be able to paint amazingly vivid musical soundscapes from a blank canvas no matter where you are is a true gift. To pour that love out onto the world is a blessing for us all.

Michele McLaughlin, one of the most successful recording artists in the New Age solo piano genre, with over one billion streams on Pandora, has released her nineteenth album, “Memoirs.” And like her other albums, it is, indeed, a blessing to us all.

“Memoirs” is a collection of twelve original piano compositions (“stories”), that she released as singles over the last eighteen months. As well, most of the songs have their own official video. A celebration and reflection upon the beauty of life in all its ups and downs, each single release tells a story. Each is like an insightful vignette of the different places and spaces we find ourselves in while traveling on our journey.

In true Michele McLaughlin style, the music on the album is captivating, emotionally evocative, peaceful, and relaxing. Opening the album is “Thankful,” which is a joyful, upbeat, well-composed song about being grateful and giving thanks for all the bountiful good in life. “Pure Joy” follows as a celebration of happiness and sharing love with another person. Just beautiful.

Magical and mysterious, “Dark Moon” paints a picture of the beauty of the light of the softly glowing moon low on the horizon. I really like “Triumph,” a song about not giving up on your dreams. It’s like a sweet, flowing lullaby with a heartfelt, hopeful quality. The enchanting “Little Love” is a super joyful, melodic tune. Speaking to the joy of having a beautiful being of love and light come into your life, this is as sweet as sweet can be. Authentic and fresh, there is nothing saccharine about it.

A standout on this album, and my favorite, is the tender, elegant, graceful love song, “My Life With You.” A loving dedication to the happy place Michele is in right now in her life, this is masterfully composed and played. And whether you’re in love or not, you will be sure to feel your heart opening when you listen to this song. It gave me chills.

“Beneath The Surface” is a little darker passionate piece about all the sea life and activity that goes on underneath the surface of our world in our oceans. With skillful use of upper and lower piano registers, Michele perfectly conveys the magic and movement of that mysterious world that lies beneath.

The emotionally stirring, “Alone,” is a song about being lonely. With a quiet ambiance, it’s not necessarily melancholy. It’s poignant. And I like the way this is composed/played with spaces in between. Impeccable pacing and totally from the heart.

There is beauty in everything, even a cold, icy winter landscape. The slow, deep, “Winter,” reminds us that no matter how things look in the moment we can always look forward to the spring.

Another standout on “Memoirs,” is the spectacular “Northern Lights.” Through Michele’s piano mastery, we are transported right there to gaze in wonder at the phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. This, as well as this song, begins as a small flicker, then grows into an extraordinary light show, before returning to a flicker and disappearing into the night sky.

“Peace,” also found on Michele’s album, “Christmas – Plain & Simple III,” conveys utter calm and serenity to the spirit. Again, here we have Michele’s perfect pacing and confident, yet velvety touch, and we are reminded that with genuine loving kindness toward one another and open hearts we can achieve unity and peace. This is hope and serenity in a world seemingly gone mad.

The album closes out with the very interesting “Dismissed.” The heavy use of the deep lower register conveys the despair of a lonely street performer yearning for an audience who appreciates her. Passionate and moving, I think it’s artistically brilliant. Be sure to watch the video too.

Michele’s gift of “musical storytelling” is par excellence. Inspiring, moving, and simply lovely, “Memoirs” is another crowning accomplishment for Michele McLaughlin, destined to be a huge success.
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