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Longing For Home (Songs From War)

by Peter Jennison

Longing For Home (Songs From War) is a first-hand account of war by a soldier. Written by Army Captain and MEDEVAC pilot Peter Jennison during a year-long deployment to the war in Iraq, Longing For Home is a "visual" experience that transports the listener through music directly to the battlefield, allowing them to intimately experience the power of war and its effect on soldiers and their families. Longing For Home was produced by Grammy Award Winning Artist William Ackerman and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Corin Nelsen and features performances by Will Ackerman (Windham Hill), the Late T-Bone Wolk (Hall and Oates), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny Group) and others. A portion of the proceeds from every album sold will be given to charities that support veterans and their families.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. War
5:49 $1.29
2. High Mountain Dreams (For My Hero, My Mother)
5:17 $1.29
3. Solitary Peace (For Will Ackerman)
3:45 $1.29
4. Time Passage
4:10 $1.29
5. Hold Me in Your Heart (For My Son)
3:51 $1.29
6. Desert Storms
4:38 $1.29
7. The One (Love Song Across the Horizon)
4:47 $1.29
8. The Promise (I Will Return to You)
4:59 $1.29
9. Longing for Home
3:59 $1.29
10. Anthem (When We All Come Home)
2:37 $1.29
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Album Notes
Album excerpt and commentary by Artist Peter Jennison:
"I wrote Longing for Home during a year-long deployment with the Army for the war in Iraq. Each song tells a story through a soldier’s eyes—and I hope they will become “pictures” for your ears. Pictures that reveal the incredible and unselfish love that soldiers have for their families, and their homelands—as they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for both. Pictures that reveal soldiers are not only warriors, but also poets, and romantics, and artists. Pictures that tell of a time of no more war—when we all come home. So, as you listen, close your eyes, and “see” in your heart what until now you could only imagine—from the fear of a soldier running across the battlefield, the seemingly endless march of time away from home, the brief rise and fall of a desert rainstorm, the promise to return made to a loved-one—to the exhilaration of homecoming with the last few steps of a son into a mother’s arms. These are the pictures of soldiers everywhere . It is my honor to share them with you here. I hope that you will listen and “see”, always--Peter Jennison"



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Peter Jennison in Longing For Home
During times of war most sovereign nations remain dependent on men and women serving in the military for defense and protection of their country. While protecting the freedoms and individual rights of private citizens, returning soldiers acquire imbedded memories that last a lifetime and clearly the grandest memory of them all is during the homecoming when reunited with their families. Peter Jennison is a U.S. Army Captain and MEDEVAC helicopter pilot returning from active duty during the war in Iraq with revealing memories he witnessed from a firsthand perspective. An American living at home in Florida now, his latest CD composed during the time period he served in Iraq is meant to evoke imagery of the conflict as a more peaceful musical experience for every listener, along with providing renewing therapy for soldiers and families upon their return home from service. Longing For Home ( Songs From War ) is a New Age Contemporary Instrumental release Peter Jennison composed for piano with renown musicians supplying refined instrumentals in most of the 10 songs. This album also has the notation of being a Will Ackerman production and with Corin Nelsen providing the mixing and mastering, their Grammy Award winning expertise can be perceived as a winning strategy by the quality work they produce. In another strategic move, Peter Jennison enlisted highly recognized artists on his album including Jeff Haynes on percussion, Eugene Friesen on cello and Steve Schuch on violin. In addition, Will Ackerman performs on guitar in one song and vocalist Noah Wilding gives soft vocals on two songs. This album also holds the honor of being some of the last performances given by the late Tom “ T-Bone “ Wolk, a highly regarded multi instrumentalist remembered in part by his outstanding talents. War is a song with lighter phases in the beginning that build with increasing drama as piano, violin and percussion recreate a battlefield image during a dramatic illustration projected within the arrangement. Nicely shown by a precise context, increasing tempo and percussion rhythms project distant artillery rounds, where chest moving recoil and ejecting shell casings seem all too real. Peter Jennison composed his album with much regard to stories from the heart and mind. This is apparent in his compositions where most songs portraying a tranquil atmosphere with a strong sense of drama and emotion can be easily felt and is consistent, during his solo piano expressions and in songs with instrumental refrains. Performing on a Steinway B, the emotional feel of 4 Solo Piano songs; Hold Me in Your Heart, The Promise, Anthem & Longing For Home ( Title Song ) are classic and uplifting yet each one holds a certain melancholy as if telling of the days spent apart from family and the additional weight of uncertainty this carries. The piano and instrumentals of violin during Time Passage convey this more poignant feeling where piano, cello and bass in High Mountain Dreams has a relaxing atmosphere. The bass guitar and piano duet band together as one in moving song Desert Storms, then a piano melody combined with guitar, violin and tenor vocals in The One breaks into a resolute wave of harmony, in music finely empowered to portray the sentiment most of us will never experience firsthand. Longing For Home ( Songs From War ) is indeed told from a U.S. soldier’s perspective, made more real since this story is voluntarily given by someone who has honorably faced and met the challenges war can bring. And while recounting American men and women risking all in service to their country, reverent tribute is given to those lives we honor in memorandum of, also celebrating the virtues of every U.S. soldier as a regular citizen and a beloved family member. Note : A portion of the proceeds from every album sold will be given to charities that support veterans and their families.

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If you’re looking for a unique perspective of life on the battlefield, look no further than the new CD release, Longing for Home: Songs from War, by Peter Jennison. Written by the Army captain and MEDEVAC pilot during his tour of duty in Iraq, the album provides an unusual and moving look into the mind of a young man serving his country far from home, fighting every second to stay alive and yearning to return to his loved ones.

People may not feel the exact same things listening to the album that Jennison did writing it, nor can they, but the tracks do convey some sense of what it must be like to live and work and fight and hope in that situation. The opening tune, “War,” alternates between moments of tranquility and moments of urgency. “Desert Storms” suggests the brief moments of cool relief from the oppressive heat of the arid climate. The album’s closer, “Anthem (When We All Come Home),” is exactly that, a stirring anthem in anticipation of final, ultimate peace.

The album also features beautiful musical tributes to those people whom Jennison was determined to return to: his mother (“High Mountain Dreams”), his son (“Hold Me in Your Heart”), and his wife (“The One [Love Song Across the Horizon]”). On a non-familial note, the quiet reverie of “Solitary Peace” was inspired by one of Jennison’s musical influences, guitarist and Windham Hill Records/Private Music founder Will Ackerman, who produced the album.

Speaking of production, Jennison is backed by an impressive lineup of musicians, including the late bassist T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates, Saturday Night Live), percussionist Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny Group), and Ackerman, among others. This ensemble creates beautiful arrangements that add wonderful nuances to Jennison’s graceful melodies.

Although the central instrument here is Jennison’s piano, the focus is the music, which is broadly appealing and thus should be accessible to most tastes. People who buy the album will not only be supporting a worthy artist and good music, but a good cause as well, as portions of the proceeds will go to support veterans and their families.


Hay emociones que la mayoría de nosotros sólo creemos entender.
Longing For Home es el increíble debut del compositor y pianista Peter Jennison. Un CD compuesto por diez intensas composiciones que muestran el sinfín de sensaciones que recorren el cuerpo de un soldado en plena guerra, un punto de vista muy personal que el pianista consigue trasmitir al oyente introduciéndolo en un entorno hostil, apostando por melodías desgarradoras, nostálgicas y poderosas. En su debut, Jennison ha querido contar con la inestimable colaboración de los ganadores del premio Grammy, Will Ackerman y Corin Nelsen para la producción y la masterización, además de grandes instrumentistas colaboradores como son: T-Bone Wolk, Eugene Friesen, Jeff Haynes, Steve Schuch y Noah Wilding; un cartel de lujo para un debut que deja sin palabras.

El comienzo del CD es sobrecogedor. "War" crea un escenario bélico a golpe de piano, chelo, violín, percusión, bajo y voces. Un composición alentadora y aterradora a la vez, donde un soldado corre entre un fuego cruzado y haciendo frente al miedo mientras su coraje le procura el suficiente aliento para continuar. La fuerza que transmite este tema es sorprendente, uno de mis favoritos!.

Compuesta para su madre e inspirada en un sueño, "High Mountain Dreams (For My Hero, My Mother)" es un ejemplo de amor y cálida ternura. Una quebradiza pasión con acordes de piano es acompañada por el chelo e imperceptibles toques del bajo. Un baile de dulces notas crean una profunda belleza!.

Unas de las principales influencias de Peter Jennison es el propio Will Ackerman. "Solitary Peace (For Will Ackerman)" es una pieza dedicada al guitarrista e inspirada en uno de sus álbumes, "Sound of Wind Driven Rain". Esta composición es de una admirable delicadeza, donde chelo y piano mantienen un diálogo fascinante.

Curioso comienzo para "Time Passage", un sonido semejante al del famoso Big Ben de Londres abre el tema. Con variaciones de esta conocida melodía, Jennison va dando vida a una pieza realmente emocionante, donde cabe destacar la fuerza que aporta el violín de Schuch y la percusión de Haynes. Una pieza que aunque su comienzo es emotivo, se torna optimista.

"Hold Me in Your Heart (For My Son)" es la primera composición para solista de Jennison, una tierna canción de cuna dedicada a su hijo mientras se encontraba a miles de kilómetros de él. Un tema íntimo, conmovedor, que respira paz y una tenue nostalgia. Qué preciosidad!.

"Desert Storms" es la melancolía de no sentir la leve brisa del aire fresco o la caricia de pequeñas gotas de lluvia en el rostro, debido al encontrarse el artista bajo el abrasador sol del desierto durante meses. Esta lenta y apasionada pieza, de tierna belleza, está inspirada en esos ansiados momentos que nunca llegaron.

Otra de mis preferidas es "The One (Love Song Across the Horizon)", un tema romántico y emocionante nacido desde lo más hondo del alma. Su melodía son notas más poderosas que las propias palabras, de una belleza que logra emocionar al oyente. Una de las composiciones destacables del CD. Es increíble!.

"The Promise (I Will Return to You)" es el segundo solo de piano de Jennison. En este tema la pasión y la tristeza se unen para escribir un mensaje inolvidable, la promesa de un pronto regreso. Penetrantes acordes consiguen transmitir el agudo dolor y la rabia que surgen en el adiós.

La pieza que da título al álbum, "Longing for Home", es optimista y realmente hermosa. Llena de jubilo, esta muestra una emoción única, la certeza de que el fin del terror y el regreso al hogar están cerca. Una música que consigue levantar el ánimo con una fuerza heroica. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"Anthem (When We All Come Home)" es un himno, un himno increíble para aquellos que regresan al hogar y aún así. De nuevo, Peter nos vuelve a sorprender, esta vez con una pieza que lleva consigo un mensaje directo, breve e intenso para el soldado: "Ya estás en casa, lo has conseguido!". Sin palabras...

Hay emociones que la mayoría de nosotros sólo creemos entender. Longing For Home nos muestra más, mucho más que las típicas sensaciones que mueven al hombre, como el amor, la tristeza, la alegría... Peter Jennison ha vivido estas sensaciones con más intensidad y en una escala mayor que cualquiera de nosotros, una cruda experiencia en plena guerra ha llevado a este Capitán de los Estados Unidos crear uno de los debut más profundos, emocionantes e increíbles de este año. Un trabajo que dejará mudo al oyente. Longing For Home es un álbum MUY Altamente Recomendable al que doy la mayor puntuación.