Mike McCarthy | Gently Sleeps: A Calming Piano Tribute to the Beatles

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Gently Sleeps: A Calming Piano Tribute to the Beatles

by Mike McCarthy

A piano floating in a subtle and soothing bed of sound takes the beautiful melodies of the Beatles and slows them down, sometimes way down for some rather relaxing renditions from the world's most revered band.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Thank You Girl
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2. There's a Place
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3. I'll Get You
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4. Every Little Thing
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5. P.S. I Love You
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6. If I Needed Someone
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7. She Said She Said
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8. The Night Before
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9. We Can Work It Out
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10. The Word
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11. Mother Nature's Son
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12. Blackbird
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13. Goodnight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All songs written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
"If I Needed Someone" by George Harrison

Performed by Mike McCarthy (BMI)
Hear & There Music, Phoenixville PA

Mastered by Joe Bongiorno, Piano Haven Studios, Sedona AZ

Mike McCarthy is a pianist/composer with a particular fondness for the Beatles, a band whose timeless sound still feels powerful on this 50th anniversary of their U.S. arrival.

For an album titled "Gently Sleeps: A Calming Piano Tribute to the Beatles," you might expect covers of only the mellow songs, or maybe a collection of their most famous hits. Instead we have a wide range of gems: B sides, deeper tracks and a few chart toppers as well.

With a soothing style, Mike stays true to the original melodies while showcasing a different depth and more minimalistic attitude. The serene sound captured in "Gently Sleeps" is sure to please lovers of tranquil piano music and Beatlemaniacs alike.

This is Mike’s second release, a follow up to his debut of original compositions, "This Piano" - a record that portrays a versatile player, bridging the gaps between solid technical skills and distinctive compositional instincts. The album was released in the fall of 2012 delighting reviewers and continuing to receive worldwide airplay. "Recommended if you are looking for something a little different," says Kathy Parsons from MainlyPiano.com

When not performing, composing or recording, Mike enjoys a full roster of piano students and also runs Hear & There Music, a travelling music school and record label for Mike’s releases, of which he has many planned.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Gently Sleeps: A Calming Tribute To The Beatles" is the second release from pianist/composer/arranger Mike McCarthy, following his 2012 debut, This Piano. It’s hard to believe that The Beatles made their US arrival fifty years ago this month, and who would have thought that the music that caused so many girls to swoon and scream would continue to be so popular this far into the future and beyond? McCarthy’s collection of thirteen solo piano arrangements includes “B” sides, tracks that are more meaningful, and a few chart toppers. I have to admit that there are several songs that I don’t recognize or remember, making this a truly interesting and engaging bit of musical history as well as a beautiful album to listen to. McCarthy took several of the songs and slowed them down to showcase a different depth and a more minimalistic attitude. Recording with an electronic piano allowed him to add reverb and atmospheric sounds to some of the songs to give them a more “open,” floating feeling.

"Gently Sleeps" begins with “Thank You Girl,” which was originally recorded in 1963 as the B side of “From Me To You.” McCarthy’s arrangement is dreamy and ethereal - much slower than the original. “I’ll Get You” is a tender yet very passionate love song with a simple melody and sparse accompaniment - a very effect arrangement and performance. “P.S. I Love You” is one of the better-known songs and McCarthy plays it with the same depth of emotion that melted our hearts back then - definitely a favorite! I also really like his version of “If I Needed Someone,” the only song written by George Harrison that was sung during any of The Beatles’ tours. Slow, haunting, and kind of sad, it’s a great arrangement. “The Night Before” is another favorite. Spare, dark, and emotional, the reverb on this song is especially effective. McCarthy uses atmospheric keyboard sounds to good effect behind the plaintive and heartfelt melody of “We Can Work It Out,” my favorite of the thirteen tracks. “Blackbird” is a true classic and covered by many artists, but McCarthy still makes it his own with ethereal sounds behind the piano’s strong melody and soulful expression. “Goodnight” is the last track on The Beatles 1968 "The White Album," and John Lennon composed the song for his son, Julian. It’s a beautiful closing to Gently Sleeps, and ends the album with a peaceful sigh.

If you’re looking for some calming music to unwind with (and who isn’t?), "Gently Sleeps" could be just the ticket. Relax and enjoy!
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