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The Emotive Leaf

by Nathan Speir

The Emotive Leaf is a two-disc album with rich melodic ambient chamber music in this beautiful moving soundtrack of disc one, and disc two reinterprets mainly the same compositions on solo piano, which offers a complementary experience to disc one.
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1. The Emotive Leaf
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2. Mindfulness of Your Pain
3:56 $0.99
3. Ambition
3:37 $0.99
4. A Little Fear
5:16 $0.99
5. Tears That Heal
4:02 $0.99
6. Accepting the Medicine
4:07 $0.99
7. A Dear Friend
4:34 $0.99
8. Telescopic
4:24 $0.99
9. Where No Words Can Reach
4:42 $0.99
10. Dreaming as It Should Be
3:53 $0.99
11. The Emotive Leaf (Solo Piano)
4:42 $0.99
12. Mindfulness of Your Pain (Solo Piano)
4:02 $0.99
13. Ambition (Solo Piano)
3:29 $0.99
14. A Little Fear (Solo Piano)
5:15 $0.99
15. Tears That Heal (Solo Piano)
4:03 $0.99
16. Accepting the Medicine (Solo Piano)
4:09 $0.99
17. A Dear Friend (Solo Piano)
4:37 $0.99
18. The Bicycle
6:15 $0.99
19. Telescopic (Solo Piano)
4:29 $0.99
20. Where No Words Can Reach (Solo Piano)
3:29 $0.99
21. Dreaming as It Should Be (Solo Piano)
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The Emotive Leaf" is a rich experience that connects broad emotive themes with a universally 'personal' journey. From 2013 to the present date Nathan Speir has written, performed, recorded, and produced a double disc album that has become "The Emotive Leaf." It is his sixth album self-produced as an independent artist.

As a pianist and composer putting on the 'producer cap', Nathan Speir used the best resources for piano he could afford, and then he painted several other textures around it. Having no desire to hide the beauty of solo piano, as most of his music has been piano based, Nathan Speir was compelled to relay a host of impressions from recent inner journeys that needed to be expressed this way. The result on disc one was an emotionally moving, piano based, ambient chamber soundtrack.

Describing in his own words Nathan Speir says "Producing this album was like getting in my only and best car (my home studio) and driving it to a new and unknown destination, setting up camp and bringing back photos and memories of those recent experiences. Kind of an emotive novel summed up on a leaflet ....'The Emotive Leaf'. All these new instrumental textures were included to relay those impressions from the recent journey...internal. I found a place there that was on the edge of timelessness....impressions of the maze of time casting a shadow on eternity, it was where no words can reach.

I know that I was able to capture the essence of this music because I had to wipe the tears off after performing each piece during the recording. I believe that deep inside our heart is a well of experiences and emotions, and they are precious. In my inner journeys these past seasons, I put some of those archetypes on a musical leaflet. I imagined that part of us is like a leaf on a tree that processes food and, at the same time, plays the role of a catharsis for the oraginsm. What I am describing is 'The Emotive Leaf'...our noetic heart."

In disc one, Nathan Speir painted synths, classical guitar, native american flute, and several fine digitally sampled instruments around the piano. Its a noticeably evolutionary step in Nathan Speir's sonic palette. In other respects, this first half of the album is a comparative milestone of overall production from his first release in 2006, "Between Earth & Sky".

However, Nathan Speir didn't stop there. He felt obligated to included a second disc that was entirely solo piano for his fans of solo piano and for the sheer enjoyment and simplicity that these compositions had to offer in this medium. Disc two offers a wonderfully toned grand piano sound. Comparative to a George Winston solo piano album, you could say that Nathan's solo piano tone is a little 'darker' in timber and overtones, but it is effectively pure solo piano nonetheless. "The Bicycle" is the only unique composition that the second disc features apart from disc one. More importantly, the re-interpretation of the tracks from disc-one's ambient chamber into solo piano is a very complementary experience to this album in its entirety.



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Kathy Parsons

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"The Emotive Leaf" is pianist/composer Nathan Speir’s sixth album to date. The 2-disc set features piano-based ambient chamber music on the first disc and a solo piano re-interpretation of the same pieces plus one on the second. Often very dark and somber, this album takes listeners on an emotional journey that each will interpret somewhat differently. Speir explains: “I look at this album as an emotive novel put to music and summed up on a leaflet, thus the name The Emotive Leaf.” Relating to the experiences that inspired the music: “Even though the essence of those experiences are untouchable, I know that I was able to capture the energies of those experiences into the music because I had to wipe the tears off after performing each piece during the recording.” Deeply personal yet universally understood via the language of music, Speir has created a poignant reminder that even though we have very different life experiences, we all share a similar emotional journey through life.

Disc 1 begins with the title track and features piano and strings (especially cello), drawing the listener in with beauty and grace. “Mindfulness of Your Pain” goes deeper and darker with piano, native flute, and cello creating a hypnotic, atmospheric sound painting. “Ambition” is a haunting and powerful mystery. I really like this version of “A Little Fear,” which begins with a more orchestral sound that gradually becomes a guitar and piano duet with other instrumental effects added here and there. Somewhat lighter than most of the other music, it offers rays of hope. “Tears That Heal” begins in a very dark place, gradually becoming somewhat lighter as healing takes place. Mostly a piano piece, strings and ambient sounds add sonic color to the music. I also really like “Accepting the Medicine.” Very dark and somewhat more dramatic in places, it promises that things will get better (my interpretation). “Telescopic” is the liveliest of the ten pieces, swirling and dancing all over the piano keyboard with background strings trying to keep it grounded. “Dreaming As It Should Be” ends the disc with sunshine breaking through the clouds, offering a fresh start. Piano, strings, guitar, and light percussion end this disc with warmth and renewed optimism.

Although the second disc is a re-interpretation of the same songs, the tone is somewhat different, being solo piano. Quite a bit of it seems more peaceful, but it also seems more vulnerable and stark. I love the way the deep bass of the piano sings in “Ambition,” making a deeply personal statement. “Tears That Heal” beautifully expresses a very raw emotional experience that gradually lightens. I really like the piano version of “Accepting the Medicine,” too, and the raw, personal quality it has - very in-the-moment. “The Bicycle” is a lively piano solo that keeps moving throughout. “Where No Words Can Reach” is perhaps the darkest of the pieces, and I think this is especially true of the solo version - a nightmare set to music. The solo version of “Dreaming As It Should Be” also brings a return to hope and sunshine, ending the disc with warmth and gentleness. Check it out!