Paul Meadors | Surviving the Storm

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Surviving the Storm

by Paul Meadors

Solo piano beautifully and richly orchestrated that evokes emotions of comfort, peace, and hope.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Surviving the Storm
3:35 album only
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2. The Proposal
3:16 album only
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3. Reflection
3:08 album only
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4. First Rain
3:29 album only
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5. Transcendence
4:49 album only
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6. Cascading Dreams
3:18 album only
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7. A Hope Rewarded
5:21 album only
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8. Script of Life
2:49 album only
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9. Invocation
2:35 album only
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10. Breeze
3:43 album only
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11. Daybreak
3:44 album only
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12. Afterlife
3:59 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Surviving the Storm is in essence about the music. Each song serves an emotion-filled purpose. The crashing waves of an ocean storm, peace and calm after a storm, confusion, reflection, dreams, and hope are conveyed through the music on this album. Everyone has gone through difficult times in life. Everyone has their own story to tell. Surviving the Storm is a listening experience that evokes a wide range of these emotions – emotions that everyone can identify with. The album starts off with a thunder crash and ends with a soft chord progression from a song titled Afterlife.

My musical career started with the trumpet in sixth grade. This began my love for instrumental music. Then I discovered the piano in high school, which eventually turned into a passion for movie soundtracks. I can remember listening to John Williams' music for Star Wars and being awed by his ability to drive home the emotions of twin suns setting or a climactic battle scene. For over the past 10 years I've turned from simply sitting down at the piano and improvising to structuring and shaping my own ideas and themes. Surviving the Storm is a compilation of these ideas and themes. Two of the songs on this album, A Hope Rewarded and Breeze are completely improvised while the other titles have pieces of improvisation mixed in with themes that I created. I wrote the piece The Proposal in 1999 for my future wife Lori and performed it right before I proposed to her. It worked.

To this day I've never received any formal lessons or training. Basically, I learned to improvise on the piano by listening. While in high school a kid transferred in who could improvise at the piano and produce this stunningly beautiful music. I would sit amazed, listen, and then try to emulate the beautiful music he created as best I could. Twenty-six years later this high school transfer student, Kevin Memley, recorded and orchestrated my music. He is a true musical genius in every sense of the word and has shaped my music better than I could have ever imagined.

Music has the unique ability to turn suffering into comfort, worry into peace, and doubt into hope. My desire is for every person to have a positive experience listening to Surviving the Storm and I'm grateful we get to share this musical journey together.

Paul Meadors is an elementary school teacher, coach, and athletic director, living in Fresno, CA. He has three young daughters named Georgie, Alex, and Ruthie and is husband to Lori. He picked up playing the piano in high school and with no formal piano training learned to improvise. He played varsity basketball and baseball in high school and his senior year his basketball team was one point away from playing in the California state championship game in 1989. He also played the trumpet and received an instrumental and vocal music scholarship to Fresno Pacific College where he graduated in 1994.

An avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia, movie soundtracks, and vintage pinball and arcade games, he is also the author of the humor book, LETTERS TO EBAY, which was published by Warner Books in 2007 under the pseudonym Art Farkas.

One of his dreams has been realized as he is a regular guest on the local ESPN radio affiliate talking mostly about fantasy baseball and football. His passion for music, however, is a staple of his life and he is excited to share it with the world with the release of his piano album Surviving the Storm.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Surviving the Storm" is the debut recording by Paul Meadors, an elementary school teacher and the author of Letters to eBay (under the pseudonym Art Farkas, “America’s Top Cyber-Prankster”) as well as a composer/pianist. Once he discovered the magic of the piano in high school, Meadors became a self-taught musician. The album is comprised of twelve tracks, all of which are original compositions; two are improvisations and the others have passages that are improvised. Longtime friend Kevin Memley orchestrated most of the pieces and recorded the album. Meadors states in the liner notes: “Surviving the Storm is in essence about the music. Each song serves an emotion-filled purpose.” A big fan of soundtrack music, Meadors’ sound is often big and cinematic, expressing emotions that everyone has experienced and can identify with.

"Surviving the Storm" begins with a thunder clap and the title song, a passionate and dramatic piece that conveys a mix of emotions, most of which are rather turbulent and unsettled. “The Proposal” was composed in 1999 for Meadors’ future wife and was performed right before he proposed to her. Softer and more lyrical, the instrumentation on this one is mostly piano and strings - and apparently it was successful! “First Rain” is a favorite. Piano, flutes, strings, and other orchestral instruments create images of rain from a gentle drizzle to a downpour, and express feelings of refreshment and renewal. I also really like “Transcendence,” which features more solo piano. Some passages are orchestrated and are a bit more energetic than the solos - a fascinating piece from beginning to end! “A Hope Rewarded” is the first of the improvisations. It begins as a piano solo, adding a cello later in the piece and creating a graceful, dreamy duet - another favorite. “Breeze” is the other improvisation and is more orchestrated than “A Hope Rewarded.” “Daybreak” is the peaceful and colorful soundtrack to a beautiful sunrise. Flutes, strings, and harp join the piano in suggesting images in warm, glowing shades of pink, orange, and yellow. “Afterlife” brings this promising debut to a close with a soft chord progression played on piano and harp. Check it out!
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