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Common Places

by Starr Parodi

An Innovative new Solo Piano recording of engaging, imaginative and dynamic improvisations that range from neoclassical to americana and gospel inspired compositions.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Common Places
5:15 $0.99
2. For What It's Worth
4:36 $0.99
3. Albinoni's Adagio (In Sol Minor)
6:03 $0.99
4. Kenya (Solo Piano)
9:33 $0.99
5. We Are Here
4:10 $0.99
6. Follow Me
4:42 $0.99
7. James Bond Theme
5:37 $0.99
8. Forgiveness
2:43 $0.99
9. Let It Be
2:50 $0.99
10. Covenant
5:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
COMMON PLACES is chosen as CD Of The Year

Whisperings:Solo Piano Radio, one of the world's most popular internet radio stations has selected COMMON PLACES as its first ever “CD of the Year”!

"This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year." - Chris Douridas, Grammy nominated host of KCRW's "New Ground"

“Parodi’s pianistic sense and delivery go way beyond creative. Words that come to mind while listening to Common Places include imaginative, courageous, dynamic, passionate, gutsy, pensive, restrained, and euphoric. I’m thoroughly entranced by the whole experience.”- Mark Vail, Keyboard Magazine

“A stunning new album.” – MI6: The Home of James Bond 007

“Unexpectedly refreshing…interesting original melodies and energized
interpretations.” – Jeff Berkwits, Illinois Entertainer

“Her performance and interpretations are innovative and yet classic and this is definitely a CD I will be playing for years to come.” – Gemma Dempsey, KCRW Music

“Parodi’s improvisation is lovely.” – John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

“Common Places is anything but common and listeners who take the time to pay attention will not be disappointed.”- Sari N. Kent, The Celebrity Café

“Powerful, romantic, visual, engaging, imaginative and dynamic -- it is an album in touch with the soul of the piano and upon listening will touch you in yours. Essential!” - Mike Sargent, WBAI Niteshiftz

“Starr Parodi’s style is both innovative and unique. You can really feel the emotion in her playing. She’s a class act.” – Mark Gordon, KXLU Center Stage

“Her enthusiasm for her music is apparent, and the music is energetic and original.” – April Adams, KSFR Soundtrax

“Fantastic!” – Alice O’Neill, Hollywood Behind the Scenes


Inspired by a deep relationship with her 1928 Steinway grand piano that once adorned the legendary MGM sound stage in its most glorious era, Starr Parodi's new CD "Common Places" echos with neo-classical, americana, gospel and cinematic themes all played as "stream of conciousness" improvisations.

Composer/pianist Starr Parodi is probably best known and recognizable as the talented funky multi-keyboardist that appeared nightly on the groundbreaking late night hit "The Arsenio Hall Show". She is also well known in the television and film industries for her music scoring abilities as one half of the Parodi/Fair partnership. She recently scored the 2006 critically acclaimed film "Conversations With Other Women" (Helena Bonham Carter/Aaron Eckhart), High Roller:The Stu Ungar Story (Michael Imperioli), and the hit Lifetime Show "The Division". Her music has also been included in film trailers for many of Hollywood's biggest films including The Last Samurai, X-Men 3, The Last Holiday, War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible, Failure to Launch, Everyone's Hero, Akeelah & The Bee, A Good Year, Flight 93, etc...

Continuing her multi faceted musical journey, Starr has returned to her touchstone and first love - the piano, for an intimate solo recording of spontaneous and uncommon improvisations on themes. Included in the collection of 10 songs, Starr has recorded a completely new version of the classic James Bond Theme. This piece especially ties into Starr's musical history because along with her production partner Jeff Fair, she arranged/produced and performed one of the most popular James Bond themes ever, heard in the trailers for Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies & Die Another Day and featured on the Capitol CD, "The Best Of Bond ... James Bond", recently garnering her a gold record.

The CD grew out of a spontaneous recording of the title song "Common Places". "I had just finished recording another project and happened to have the mic's up and ready to go on the steinway. I was doing some chordal improvisations while watching the poetic movement of the sycamore trees in the canyon outside my studio window. As the santa ana winds kicked up I felt a well of inspirational emotion inside and just started to play. Over the next few months the other 9 songs on my CD followed in this spirit and fashion." "Sometimes I sat down with every intention of playing one idea I had in mind and ended up playing something completely different and opposite of my original intent"

All the sounds on this CD were originally created on the piano. "After recording the basic improvisations, Jeff Fair & I started experimenting with creating a new sonic palate using only the piano but effecting it with various filters and other devices. Sometimes the effect was ambient, sometimes percussive & many times subliminal. I loved adding these textures to the improvisations because they broadened the musical voice of the piano and added additional emotion and interest to the performances."

While listening to "Common Places" it's easy to understand why Starr has accompanied such a stellar array of artists including Al Green, Mavis Staples, Celine Dion, BB King, Seal, Jimmy Cliff, Phil Keaggy, George Howard, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Phil Collins, Marilyn McCoo among many others. She also was asked to play keyboards at the Kennedy Center for the inauguration of President Clinton, and performed as an artist at Keyboard Magazines' 20th Anniversary concert in which 20 of the world’s top keyboardists were invited to play.

"I recorded this music purely out of joy, purely out of sorrow, purely out of a longing and a searching, a peacefulness and restlessness. These are the common places we all share."



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Shay Austin

"Common Places" is very UNcommon!
"Common Places" is very UNcommon!
What a relief and joy to listen to work uncomplicated by over-the-top doodads, super effects, and gimmicks. This music and musican is decorated with straight-forward honesty, power, talent, and HEART quietly enhanced by producer Jeff Fair...the best recipe for any artist's work! All I can tell you is that I begin listening with my mind in the typical daily buzzing mode most of us share, but by the last track I am so much more centered while feeling empowered by the infectious, confident, strength of the playing combined with such sensitivity. Ms. Parodi comunicates. And her message is so worth listening to...over and over again.

Tony Forkush

I happened by accident (is there ever an accident?) to have the Soundscapes channel on my digital cable and "common places" began. I was instantly moved beyond words. I have yet to hear the entire CD but will be getting it immediately. In the past few months I have heard three musicical statements that have touched my soul deeply: Mycael Danna's soundtrack to the film "Water", Maneesh De Moor's CD "Sadhanna" and the incredibly haunting piano piece "Pure Essence", and as of tonight Starr Parodi's "Common Places". The emotion in Starr's playing reminds me of the depth of my late mother Barbara's piano playing. Memories of those I have loved and lost pour into me and I am touched by that longing (en Espanol "Anello")that reminds us of our eternality.
What beauty! Thank you.
Tony Forkush
Om Sai Ram, Shanti Shanti Shanti OM.

David Andersen

A genre-breaker: trance-pop with jazz and a lot of other stuff; smart, emotional
I'm the piano tuner/technician that maintains the instrument on the CD, and I'm usually a straight, pure classicist when it comes to piano tone: don't mess around with it, don't tweak it, voice it properly, leave it alone. If the piano doesn't sound good acoustically, it won't sound good.
But I KNOW this piano sounds great, so I listened to this CD as I was driving home from the Parodi/Fair studio a little while ago, and I thought, "these guys, Starr and Jeff, have done something really new: they've used the studio as an emotional AND subtle technical partner to the piano, and created a piano-based voice that is exciting, moving and original."
Great sounds, great feeling. Get relaxed, put on the headphones, and let these artists speak to you. Bravo.

Kim Nederland

This may be the "Chill out" CD of the year!
Heard this CD last night on KXLU and I was taken too another zone, total chill out and completely beautiful!

M. Hamilton

From the first notes, this CD distances itself from the crowd. Gorgeously recorded, it yields one surprise after another. Where the usual solo piano effort is too often an excuse for overkill - be it virtuosic excess or mawkish emotion -, Parodi's latest creation distinguishes itself by its restraint and thoughtfulness. Her original compositions can be haunting; "Common Places", a standout, will stay with you long after you listen. Interpretations of other writers' tunes are so fresh that it might take you a minute to recognize them. The "James Bond" theme in particular benefits from an ingenious and delightful take; the Beatles' "Let It Be" is re-harmonized in a way that utterly changes its character. A warm mix of passion, intelligence and gentleness shines throughout. The recording, by Jeff Fair, is flawless and transparent.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Starr Parodi’s solo piano debut, "Common Places," is not a new recording - it was released in 2006 - but Starr and I met recently and I was anxious to hear and review her music. A Steinway Artist, Parodi got her first big break as the pianist/keyboardist for The Arsenio Hall Show band, “The Posse.” She has also composed a very impressive body of music for television and film (often with her husband and musical partner, Jeff Fair). "Common Places" was awarded the 2007 Album of the Year by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio. All of the pieces on the album are improvisations, although five of the ten tracks were originally composed by other artists. A fascinating combination of classical, pop, rock, movie themes, and jazz creates a distinctive and original musical sound that can only come with life and musical experience. After the songs were recorded, Parodi and Fair experimented with a new sonic palette. They continued to use only the piano, but affected it with various filters and other devices. Sometimes the results were ambient, sometimes percussive and often subliminal, adding another layer of emotion to the performances. Parodi recorded the music on her 1928 grand piano that once graced the MGM sound stage and was used in classic films that include The Wizard of Oz. The piano sound is rich, deep, and often very powerful.

"Common Places" begins with the title track, a piece with classical influences, a touch of mystery, and interesting effects that come from the piano itself - an intriguing opener! “For What It’s Worth” is a powerful solo piano interpretation of the 1967 Buffalo Springfield hit and an unexpected treat. The piano-based effects and layering give this rock classic an edge that perfectly suits the song. “Albinoni’s Adagio” is an interpretation of the classical piece reconstructed from fragments found in Dresden archives in 1945. Parts of this six-minute track are very simple in styling, while others become much bigger and more passionate. “Kenya” is a beautiful slow jazz ballad that often shows Parodi’s funkier side - a 9 1/2 minute exploration that I really like. “Follow Me” begins with a fast and slightly frenetic intro that dances all over the piano keyboard. After about a minute, the piece becomes more melodic and even hymnlike, telling its story in a way that is both purposeful and dramatic. “James Bond” is a new interpretation of the version of the theme that earned Parodi a Gold Record. Dark and mysterious, she gives this very well-known movie theme a fresh makeover. “Forgiveness” is another favorite with its interesting chord voicings and soulful nature. I love the closing track, Tony Sena’s “Covenant.” Heartfelt and passionately expressive, it’s a beautiful ending to a very impressive album! Recommended!

Mark Rindom Moore

Mark Moore Productions
This album stands out as the best solo piano album in this decade, and in new age piano music in general. All aspects of this album are way above the average, and Starr Parodi and her music make a huge difference to contemporary music.