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Seashells in My Pocket

by Pam Asberry

Like shells plucked from the seashore and tucked into one's pocket as souvenirs from a magical day at the beach, these pieces evoke memories of beautiful islands and coastal cities around the world.
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1. Cozumel Blue Waters
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2. Wishing Stones
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3. Island Cathedral
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4. Sleepy Tide
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5. Moonlight over Moorea
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6. Dunn's River Falls
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7. Palm Trees Sway
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8. Mysterious Caverns
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9. Cadillac Mountain Sunset
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10. The Mermaid's Tears
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11. Monterey Morning
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12. Ocean Stars
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13. Sailing Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cozumel Blue Waters
A musical picture of the mesmerizing blue waters of Cozumel, Mexico, which reflect a myriad of colors from light blue to turquoise to navy blue and every shade in between.

Wishing Stones
Based on the Aruba tradition of building stacks of small stones on the beach and making a wish on each stone.

Island Cathedral
A hymn-like piece inspired by the beautiful Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba.

Sleepy Tide
A lullaby of ocean sounds.

Moonlight over Moorea
Gazing at the reflection of the moon in the waters off the island of Moorea,
French Polynesia.

Dunn’s River Falls
Tells the story of the terrifying climb up the famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the thrill experienced upon finally reaching the top.

Palm Trees Sway
The tinkling sound the palm leaves make as they flutter in a gentle ocean breeze.

Mysterious Caverns
Inspired by the mystical Hato Caverns, Curacao, where there are 1500-year old petroglyphs left behind by the Amerindian Arawaks and eerily lit stalactites and stalagmites.

Cadillac Mountain Sunset
Watching the sun set from the coast of Maine in Acadia National Park.

The Mermaid’s Tears
Inspired by the legend of the mermaid who tamed the seas to save the life of a sailor and was banished by Neptune to the ocean depths.

Monterey Morning
Reminiscences of a lovely summer morning spent in Monterey, California.

Ocean Stars
A sound painting of the sun shining brightly on the ocean surface, creating glittering stars in the daytime.

Sailing Home
A reflection on a journey coming to an end, mixed with the anticipation of a return to the comforts of home.

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Candice Michelle

Alluring solo piano inspired by the sea!
Pam Asberry is a composer and solo pianist who knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in music. Classically trained from the age of seven, Asberry eventually led a church choir from organ and completed a master’s degree in music. On her debut album, Seashells In My Pocket, Asberry reflects upon the many beautiful islands and coastal cities she has visited by relaying the memories of her experiences through 13 alluring solo piano instrumentals. Contemporary and modern yet imbued with a definite classical touch throughout, the compositions are overall gently uplifting and major-key with occasional minor-key injections along the way.

Each composition is given a picturesque name inspired by a coastal landscape or seafaring moment captured in time, with some of them seemingly drawing upon fantasy and folkloric themes via evocative titles like “Mysterious Caverns” and “The Mermaid’s Tears”.

Cozumel is a Caribbean island off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Channel for which the opening piece, “Cozumel Blue Waters”, is named. Beginning in a lightly brisk manner, the piece immediately imparts a calm yet sunny mood that perfectly lends itself as the first stop on this coastal getaway.

Moorea is a stunning island in the Pacific located just northwest of Tahiti and one of my favorite pieces on the album, “Moonlight Over Moorea”, aptly conveys the kind of romantic mystique that one could easily imagine an evening spent there might entail. Next, we travel all the way to the Atlantic Caribbean with “Dunn’s River Falls”, another favorite piece of mine that’s named for an enchanting waterfall located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Seemingly carried along by a steady and powerful undercurrent, the melody appropriately cascades up-and-down the registers in a manner expressively illustrative of the waters that flow upon the fall’s naturally terraced rock formations.

The second-to-last piece, “Ocean Stars”, feels elegantly nocturnal with a notably neoclassical bent. Flowing delicately in the upper registers, the piece deftly mimics the twinkling of stars, as one might imagine themselves standing by the sea while gazing upon the night sky. The final piece, “Sailing Home”, boasts a softly sweet and simple melody that perfectly signals the conclusion of a fascinating journey, with the return to the comforts and familiarity of home soon drawing near.

Beheld as a magical realm throughout much of humanity, the sea has long been a muse for many artists, likewise having bestowed Pam Asberry with a reservoir of creative inspiration in this most lovely collection of musically-rendered mementos!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Seashells In My Pocket" is the debut album by longtime Georgia piano teacher Pam Asberry. Classically-trained from the age of seven, Asberry always knew she wanted to be a piano teacher and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Like so many of us who had similar training, improvisation and composition were not encouraged, and despite her passionate love for music and the piano, Asberry didn’t feel that she was destined to become a composer. Her quotation explains that feeling so well: “The truth was it felt safer to play someone else’s music than to risk failure trying to create my own. Still, sometimes I wondered, ‘What if?’” Earlier this year, a simple melody came to Asberry when she was out walking one morning, and that melody became her first original piano solo, “Monterey Morning.” By the end of June, she had completed fifteen piano solos, thirteen of which appear on this album. Obviously, the proverbial flood gates have been opened!

The thirteen pieces on the album were inspired by some of the islands and coastal cities Asberry has visited. The music is not overly complex, but Asberry has created heartfelt vignettes that describe special times and experiences “like shells plucked from the seashore and tucked into my pocket as souvenirs from a magical day at the beach.” The music is melodic and graceful, and most of it is played at a relaxed and leisurely tempo. It’s an album that easily lends itself to quiet times of reflection or whenever you feel like slowing down the frantic pace of everyday life.

"Seashells In My Pocket" begins with “Cozumel Blue Waters” with its graceful ebb and flow describing the ocean at its calmest and most serene. “Wishing Stones” is light and wistful and was inspired by a tradition in Aruba where stacks of small stones are built on the beach and a wish is made on each stone. While listening to the album, I kept thinking that one of the pieces sounded like a hymn. It turns out that the piece is called “Island Cathedral” and was inspired by the Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba! “Sleepy Tide” is incredibly peaceful and hypnotic - almost magical. “Dunns River Falls” is much more dramatic with a tempo that really moves and some powerful deep bass accents - a favorite. “The Mermaid’s Tears” is a ballad (without words) that was inspired by the legend of the mermaid who tamed the seas to save the life of a sailor and was banished by Neptune to the ocean depths. A very effective piece of musical storytelling, this one is also a favorite. I really like “Ocean Stars,” “a sound painting of the sun shining brightly on the ocean surface, creating glittering stars in the daytime” (quoted from the liner notes). It begins at the upper end of the piano with a lively, dancing rhythm that beautifully imitates sparkles on the water. I love the ending with a simple phrase from “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” “Sailing Home” brings our journey to a close with the mixed feelings that always come as we return to our “normal” lives after an expedition, grand or humble.

Pam Asberry is off to a great start with this new phase of her musical career! Recommended!
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Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

Peaceful Solo Piano
“Seashells in My Pocket” by Pam Asberry
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

The debut solo piano album from Pam Asberry, “Seashells in My Pocket,” is graceful, elegant, and expressive. Each song is its own special treasure in itself and the entire album has an overall easy and enjoyable flow.

Pam owns her own music school in Georgia and has been teaching piano, piano pedagogy, (the study of teaching piano playing skills to individual students), and clarinet, as well as music theory for many years. Pam received her Bachelor of Music Degree and the Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Education Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is an Enlightened Piano Radio and Whisperings Solo Piano artist whose music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon, and is heard worldwide.

Inspired perhaps by her own sojourns to various beaches and coastlines, “Seashells in My Pocket,” is almost one full hour of peaceful and relaxing listening enjoyment – a musical travelogue of sorts – which begins with the lovely “Cozumel Blue Waters.” Through this endearing musical landscape we are effortlessly drawn right into the ambiance of these clear, warm, azure waters as surely as if we were physically present there.

Don’t forget to pick up a seashell while you’re in this musical “vacation space,” because you will want to hang onto it and treasure it just as much as you will appreciate the rest of the songs on this album.

Each song is unpretentiously composed, pleasant, and soothing to the soul. Here we can effectively take a break from our own daily stresses and immerse ourselves instead in this perfectly delightful recording.

“Wishing Stones” on track 2 is light and melodic. Following “Island Cathedral,” with its somewhat hymn-like structure, is the very relaxing “Sleepy Tide” on track 4, which has a comforting lullaby quality that evokes feelings we might have if we were falling asleep to the sounds of a very gentle ocean outside of our window.

Completely tranquil and delightfully transportive, the very beautiful “Moonlight Over Moorea” (Moorea is a French Polynesian island near Tahiti), takes us right there. We can almost see ourselves standing on a pristine beach allowing ourselves to be bathed in the softly glowing moonlight.

“Dunn's River Falls” is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This flowing and dramatic composition of the same name, perfectly captures the very essence of these multi-tiered, cascading waters. “Palm Trees Sway,” “Mysterious Caverns,” and “Cadillac Mountain Sunset” are other treasures to be discovered, each evoking that “on holiday” feel.

“The Mermaid’s Tears” and “Monterey Morning,” tracks 10 and 11 respectively, are two personal favorites on the album. And in my opinion, “Monterey Morning” is the best piece on the album. It’s passionate and playful with a perfect ebb and flow.

Another favorite is “Ocean Stars” on track 12, which is a little faster paced and whimsical in feel. It’s sparkly and twinkly, perhaps like tiny seashells or starfish washing up to the shore tucked away somewhere inside the pocket of a a gently rolling wave, then waiting to be revealed in the glittering sunlight when the ocean recedes in its timeless dance.

The romantic, nostalgic feeling “Sailing Home” gently ends our “travels.” But only temporarily. An enchanting escape with a warm and comforting atmosphere, this is one album to return to over and over again. Nicely done.
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Steve Sheppard

From OneWorldMusicRadio
There is nothing quite so calming than a walk along the beach, the energy of the ocean and vistas so grand and all empowering, lift the soul and bring tranquillity to the questioning mind, and now we have a soundtrack to take with us on our perambulations of the coast line, through the stunningly beautiful Seashells in my Pocket by Pam Asberry.
Our opening piece is entitled Cozumel Blue Waters and one can see with ease why this piece is so panoramic, the gentle rippling sounds create musical rock pools of peace for us to dip our toes in, and the soft nature of the performance of this offering, creates a great wealth of sparkling colours for us all to enjoy.
There are certain stones that one can find on the sands that are mystical, magical, and filled full of wishes to take a chance on. This is one very delightful composition that glistens with possibilities. Asberry’s performance here on Wishing Stones, is very pleasurable to go along with, and the slight hint of mystery added into the construction of this piece is equally as charming.
The start of Island Cathedral was so grand and proud and immediately manifested a graceful narrative of an aged tale to be told. The tempo for this offering was sumptuous and so well performed, but also layered with a truly respectful motif that seemed with ease to create an Island Cathedral so striking, that one could imagine many visits have been paid to its hallowed halls.
Sleepy Tide was one of my favourites; here in the Mediterranean our tides are slight and almost imperceivable, but to those of us who understand the sea and its purposeful movement, we can sense that this piece of music would be the absolutely perfect soundtrack for our sunset tides here in Cyprus, slow, gentle and performed like the ocean is literally pulling a soft blanket of water, up and over the warming sands of the day.
On Moonlight Over Moorea, we have a track that is played purely from the heart. To witness such a beauty of nature and galactic bliss combined is truly moving, and Asberry has created a fluent offering that draws us a wonderful silvery moon filled vista that we can all marvel at. The performance here on this piece was nothing more than cinematic, and I adored every second of it.
I saw the name and was suddenly drawn into the fast paced narrative of a place that I spent a few wonderful weeks in. Dunn’s River Falls is a stunning location in Jamaica that has some incredible natural waterfalls, and on this piece Asberry has depicted it to perfection with her up beat and extremely fun composition.
From the craziness of the roads there hides a little secret beach, just away from the maddening crowds and the tourist packed areas, this location can be known to us now as the place where Palm Trees Sway. This is another favourite of mine, and has a really eased back feel to the offering that is totally undeniably brilliant, I also found a tinge of emotion within this track that added an extra layer of texture to the arrangement.
Around the corner of the coast from the Palm Trees, a spot of intrigue and mystery can be found, as we find ourselves gazing at the Mysterious Caverns. We have sea caves here in Cyprus and the dripping notes from the piano perfectly depict the very nature of a location like this. The artist on this piece is once more showing she is not just a musician, but a sculptor of notes and keys, one that paints for us amazing landscapes, allowing us to roam within, and such a piece is Mysterious Caverns.
The next composition is one of those pieces that could be described as warming and called Cadillac Mountain Sunset. To watch the sun hover and descend behind the mountains is a sight that is almost impossible to describe to one who has never witnessed the event, clearly the artist has, and from her musical offering Asberry was clearly moved by the occasion too.
A blissfully sparkling composition can be found on The Mermaids Tears, one performed so well, that perhaps we could even see the artist performing on the sands, with a multitude of sparkling crystals at her feet. This is a complex offering that needs to be listened to carefully, as Asberry has created various segments in this track that wend and spin a fascinating tale; in my view, one of the cleverest pieces of the release.
Let’s us now envision a Monterey Morning, and we can do that with this delightfully colourful arrangement. The energy in this offering is light and radiant, it manifests a moment in time to draw back the curtains, and witness something so glorious and awe-inspiring. There is a real lightness of spirit in this composition that is so amiable.
Twinkling above me right now as I gaze from my window is a star filled sky, at the bottom of the drive is the ocean, put the two together and we have Pam Asberry’s penultimate track Ocean Stars. Here we have an offering that seems to grow and expand with each and every note played, there is a certain vastness about the performance on this piece that is so thrilling.
We have now reached the final location on our voyage with Pam Asberry and this musical gift is entitled, and quite aptly for the last piece, Sailing Home. This is a truly intelligent opus of beauty, one perfectly placed on the album that reflects and rounds off our sojourn with the musician. What a lovely way to leave such an enchanting journey.
Seashells In My Pocket by Pam Asberry is a release that will take the listener across the globe within musical moments of genius, moments that can only be created by one who is truly artistically and emotionally connected. Asberry has a rare talent, one that can create such attractive vistas that will entrance your imagination and capture your hearts all along the way. This is one amazing travel journal of an album, and one that I hope like me, you will pay a visit to many times over.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
There is nothing quite so calming than a walk along the beach, the energy of the ocean and vistas so grand and all empowering, lift the soul and bring tranquillity to the questioning mind, and now we have a soundtrack to take with us on our perambulations of the coast line, through the stunningly beautiful Seashells in my Pocket by Pam Asberry.
Our opening piece is entitled Cozumel Blue Waters and one can see with ease why this piece is so panoramic, the gentle rippling sounds create musical rock pools of peace for us to dip our toes in, and the soft nature of the performance of this offering, creates a great wealth of sparkling colours for us all to enjoy.
There are certain stones that one can find on the sands that are mystical, magical, and filled full of wishes to take a chance on. This is one very delightful composition that glistens with possibilities. Asberry’s performance here on Wishing Stones, is very pleasurable to go along with, and the slight hint of mystery added into the construction of this piece is equally as charming.
The start of Island Cathedral was so grand and proud and immediately manifested a graceful narrative of an aged tale to be told. The tempo for this offering was sumptuous and so well performed, but also layered with a truly respectful motif that seemed with ease to create an Island Cathedral so striking, that one could imagine many visits have been paid to its hallowed halls.
Sleepy Tide was one of my favourites; here in the Mediterranean our tides are slight and almost imperceivable, but to those of us who understand the sea and its purposeful movement, we can sense that this piece of music would be the absolutely perfect soundtrack for our sunset tides here in Cyprus, slow, gentle and performed like the ocean is literally pulling a soft blanket of water, up and over the warming sands of the day.
On Moonlight Over Moorea, we have a track that is played purely from the heart. To witness such a beauty of nature and galactic bliss combined is truly moving, and Asberry has created a fluent offering that draws us a wonderful silvery moon filled vista that we can all marvel at. The performance here on this piece was nothing more than cinematic, and I adored every second of it.
I saw the name and was suddenly drawn into the fast paced narrative of a place that I spent a few wonderful weeks in. Dunn’s River Falls is a stunning location in Jamaica that has some incredible natural waterfalls, and on this piece Asberry has depicted it to perfection with her up beat and extremely fun composition.
From the craziness of the roads there hides a little secret beach, just away from the maddening crowds and the tourist packed areas, this location can be known to us now as the place where Palm Trees Sway. This is another favourite of mine, and has a really eased back feel to the offering that is totally undeniably brilliant, I also found a tinge of emotion within this track that added an extra layer of texture to the arrangement.
Around the corner of the coast from the Palm Trees, a spot of intrigue and mystery can be found, as we find ourselves gazing at the Mysterious Caverns. We have sea caves here in Cyprus and the dripping notes from the piano perfectly depict the very nature of a location like this. The artist on this piece is once more showing she is not just a musician, but a sculptor of notes and keys, one that paints for us amazing landscapes, allowing us to roam within, and such a piece is Mysterious Caverns.
The next composition is one of those pieces that could be described as warming and called Cadillac Mountain Sunset. To watch the sun hover and descend behind the mountains is a sight that is almost impossible to describe to one who has never witnessed the event, clearly the artist has, and from her musical offering Asberry was clearly moved by the occasion too.
A blissfully sparkling composition can be found on The Mermaids Tears, one performed so well, that perhaps we could even see the artist performing on the sands, with a multitude of sparkling crystals at her feet. This is a complex offering that needs to be listened to carefully, as Asberry has created various segments in this track that wend and spin a fascinating tale; in my view, one of the cleverest pieces of the release.
Let’s us now envision a Monterey Morning, and we can do that with this delightfully colourful arrangement. The energy in this offering is light and radiant, it manifests a moment in time to draw back the curtains, and witness something so glorious and awe-inspiring. There is a real lightness of spirit in this composition that is so amiable.
Twinkling above me right now as I gaze from my window is a star filled sky, at the bottom of the drive is the ocean, put the two together and we have Pam Asberry’s penultimate track Ocean Stars. Here we have an offering that seems to grow and expand with each and every note played, there is a certain vastness about the performance on this piece that is so thrilling.
We have now reached the final location on our voyage with Pam Asberry and this musical gift is entitled, and quite aptly for the last piece, Sailing Home. This is a truly intelligent opus of beauty, one perfectly placed on the album that reflects and rounds off our sojourn with the musician. What a lovely way to leave such an enchanting journey.
Seashells In My Pocket by Pam Asberry is a release that will take the listener across the globe within musical moments of genius, moments that can only be created by one who is truly artistically and emotionally connected. Asberry has a rare talent, one that can create such attractive vistas that will entrance your imagination and capture your hearts all along the way. This is one amazing travel journal of an album, and one that I hope like me, you will pay a visit to many times over.
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Judson Hurd

From Enlightened Piano
Seashells In My Pocket
Pam Asberry
Reviewed by Judson Hurd, Enlightened Piano Radio

It was a great pleasure to get the chance to review the new album “Seashells In My Pocket” by the new pianist/composer Pam Asberry. I had the pleasure of meeting the artist on the Enlightened Piano Radio Awards cruise in 2016. Pam is a wonderful piano teacher based in Atlanta and I am so happy she has composed a new album.
The album begins with “Cozumel Blue Waters” which is a delicate piece that transported me to a scene at a serene beach. The song is peaceful and in a major key that brings calm emotions. The artists writes simple but strong melodies that really create beautiful scenes that you can bring up in your imagination.
The next great piece I enjoyed was “Ocean Stars” . It is in a minor key with a melody with notes based on a pentatonic scale. It goes to a different theme that keeps the listener engaged and interested. I could definitely see this song being used in a Film or TV show! I love the voicings that she uses to create a different theme in the second part of the song. The piece changes different keys and this really shows mature composing skills. This is my favorite song on the album.
Another piece that really interested me was “Mysterious Caverns”. I love the way the chords and notes fall into each other. They really complement the sonic palette that Pam brings in describing the caverns and the ‘mystery’ behind them through her harmonic progressions. Well done!
This album was a really wonderful debut from Pam Asberry. It was a real pleasure to get something that is really an exciting start to an upcoming artist. I am really looking forward to the next album!

Judson Hurd
Pianist/Composer
www.JudsonHurd.com
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