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Hands Lifted High

by Mark Stephen Warren

Solo piano, improvisational piano, background music, worship music, mood music, and new age
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Morning Quiet Time
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2. Something In The Wind
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3. Sara's Smile
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4. Anna Lee's Dance
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5. Winds of Dartmoor
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6. Sky Full of Clouds
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7. Variation on He Is Lord
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8. Kenyan Rain
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9. Hands Lifted High
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10. Song For Jessica
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11. The Woman I Call Wife
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A beautiful work of piano music.

MSW has many years in the indie recording industry as an artist, writer and producer. Known more for his instrumental versatility and quarky rhythms and melodies, "Hands Lifted High" is a focused effort at creating a solid soundscape of meditative piano improvisations.

He has returned to his first love with this release. The sincerity to the instrument and the solo piano form are obvious. No efforts at conjuring up pop rhythms or trendy sounds, this is a work of straightforward piano work that is ageless in appeal. Those of us keeping our George Winston CDs alive will add this work to the collection.

"The idea was to create the sound of a piano player in the corner of your living room," MSW said, "playing for the morning quiet time or for a evening with friends."

A little history ....

"Hands" comes as a surprise to those who remember Warren's 1984 comedy "DWI - Driving While Inspired" which received airplay in the south. Written as a dare to write a "redneck rap tune," the over-the-top comedy became a hit quickly. On the same release, "Let the Angels Sing" received airplay as well.

More recently, the song "All Over the World" from the 2001 project "I've Seen God Move" received airplay in the south. From this five song tape, the piano instrumental "Wedding Prelude" was quickly found to be a favorite. This was the impetus for the "Hands" project.

"Doing what I do best," he says, "for those who define what life really is."

The adoption of his daughter from China in 2002 led to Warren's resolution to complete the project. The family dedications the nieces, Mark's wife Marlene, friends and the project dedication to one of his childhood piano teachers reveal the heart that's behind the "Hands."

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Brad Irons

What an awesome gift
Mark, What an awesome gift you have! Man!
Im going to send everyone I can your way. I am enjoying your music and will purchase a copy from CD Baby soon! Blessings!
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A friend

So gifted
MSW is SUCH a gifted pianist! THis is a great CD! Perfect for unwinding on the way home from work! Very, very good !
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Bill Livingston

Relaxing and Uplifting
Mark's CD is a set of improvisational piano pieces, which means that there's no music sheet - he just sits down and plays. And the music he give us is great. It's just the thing to unwind with after a long and stressful day at the office. I particularly recommend "Morning Quiet Time" and "Anna Lee's Song".
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Homie

Sounds great!
Sounds great! Should be on the radio!!!
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Buddy in DC

Wow !!
What beautiful music !!! From a a beautiful spirit !!! Truly refreshing.
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A friend

Beautiful !!
This is so beautiful !! Perfect for quiet times !!
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Paul Landkamer - Suite101.com

nice ........
Hands Lifted High is a "solo improvisational piano" CD. It's soft, and though I wouldn't operate heavy equipment to it, it's certainly not boring. I like a personal touch in music to help me treat the artist like a real person and not an aloof pop-star. Mark Stephen Warren came across as very real. I read the printed material and found out about a trip to China, an adoption, two nieces, another trip to Kenya and new family met there, and then his own immediate family. While listening and reading, I almost get choked up a bit when I couple the beautiful piano music to a song-title, "The Woman I Call Wife". Though an instrumental, the lyrics for the chorus were printed inside the CD case. "Me and the Mrs. Publishing" also helps serve to make this music real and personal. (by the way, it's the present, now.)
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Caroline Herron

wonderul meditative music
After a long day of work or with the kids
listening to this CD helps life become calmer.
Such soothing music.
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Tom and Diana Hase

great stuff !!
Mark, Diana and I listened to the cd today. It is great stuff. I cant wait to load it onto my laptop and listen to it at work when things are getting hairy!
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Paul Landkamer

very real ....
Hands Lifted High is a "solo improvisational piano" CD. It's soft, and though I wouldn't operate heavy equipment to it, it's certainly not boring. I like a personal touch in music to help me treat the artist like a real person and not an aloof pop-star. Mark Stephen Warren came across as very real. I read the printed material and found out about a trip to China, an adoption, two nieces, another trip to Kenya and new family met there, and then his own immediate family. While listening and reading, I almost get choked up a bit when I couple the beautiful piano music to a song-title, "The Woman I Call Wife". Though an instrumental, the lyrics for the chorus were printed inside the CD case. "Me and the Mrs. Publishing" also helps serve to make this music real and personal.
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