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Coming Home

by Peter Jennison

Written by a Soldier while at War, Coming Home is the ultimate musical tribute to our Military and their Families. It is the sequel to Peter Jennison's critically acclaimed album "Longing for Home (Songs from War)"
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1. Remember Me (feat. Heather Rankin, Eugene Friesen, Charlie Bisharat & Jeff Haynes)
6:56 $1.09
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2. Waiting (feat. Jill Haley & Eugene Friesen)
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3. The Journey to You (feat. Jill Haley)
4:30 $1.09
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4. Taps (Written in Stone) [feat. Jeff Oster, Charlie Bisharat, Eugene Friesen & Jeff Haynes]
5:01 $1.09
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5. Farewell My Friend (feat. Eugene Friesen)
4:33 $1.09
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6. Reflection (feat. William Ackerman, Eugene Friesen & Jill Haley)
4:37 $1.09
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7. The Moment (feat. Jill Haley & Eugene Friesen)
5:27 $1.09
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8. New Day (feat. Jeff Haynes, Eugene Friesen & William Ackerman)
4:04 $1.09
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9. Coming Home (feat. Rory Sullivan, Noah Wilding, Thomas Eaton & Jeff Haynes)
4:07 $1.09
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Coming Home is the sequel to my 2010 debut album "Longing for Home (Songs from War)" (I-tunes, Amazon). Like "Longing for Home", I wrote "Coming Home" while I was deployed, to give the listener a first-hand look, through my music, into the lives of Soldiers. "Coming Home" celebrates the joyous reunions of Soldiers with their families but also pays tribute to those Soldiers who return wounded, or who make the ultimate sacrifice for Humanity and return in flag-draped coffins. I hope that when you listen, you will close your eyes and "see" through my music into the epically heroic lives of these incredibly brave men and women--Peter Jennison

"Peter Jennison's music is 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. Recounting American men and women risking all in service to their country, reverent tribute is given to those lives we honor in memorandum of, while celebrating the virtues of every U.S. soldier as a private citizen and beloved family member who has served their country."--John P. Olsen, New Age Music World

"Pianist Peter Jennison has not only recorded a beautiful and stunning debut but has also shared a deep part of his soul that has faced the brutal effects of war on the soldier and their families in hopes that others will be soothed by his therapeutic music. Peter will begun to write his follow up album next year that will be unfortunately driven by his third deployment to the parched deserts of Iraq. We will wish him traveling mercies and protection as this very heartfelt musician and soldier continues to bear arms and his soul for his country both at and away from war respectively."--Michael Debbage, MainlyPiano.com

"Many who know me are aware that my first instrument is the keyboard, and that makes it extremely tough for piano players here, because my ear is always a bit more critical when listening for the first time to an artist I've not reviewed before. I can tell you that Peter's wonderful compositions passed every one of my tests within only the first few bars. One of the reasons, perhaps, is because (like me), he served time in Iraq (as a MEDEVAC pilot, meaning that he saw some truly horrible things), and all 10 songs paint images that will make you feel the impact that any war creates in any soul. Just listen to the beautiful "Solitary Peace" for the inspiration that shines through Peter's fingers... the highest emotional impact for this reviewer, though, was the simply titled, but extremely poignant "War"... having ridden with many chopper pilots streaming heavy rock or metal through the headsets, it is clear from this stunning musical experience that Peter was hearing different things while flying on missions of mercy. This wonderful CD gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me."--Dick Metcalf, Zzaj Productions

"There are emotions that most of us only think to understand. ' Longing for Home - Songs from SWar' shows us more, much more than the typical feelings that move man, as love, sadness, joy... Peter Jennison has lived these feelings more intensely and on one larger scale that any one of us, a raw experience in war has led to this captain of the United States to create one of the most deep, exciting and amazing this year's debut. A job that will move the listener. ' Longing for Home - Songs from War' is an album very highly recommended that I give the highest score."--Alejandro Clavijo, lostfrontier.org

"Longing for Home is a strong debut recording from an important new pianist, but more than that, it also is an intensely personal work that still manages to be wholly accessible for casual piano and ensemble music fans. Peter Jennison poured his heart and soul into this album and, as they say about successful big budget movies "It's all up there on the screen" or, in this case, in the virtual grooves. Hopefully, we will hear more from this artist who wears his warm, human heart on his talented musical sleeve."--Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I’ve had the opportunity and the honor to write about many albums that have been created in support of heartfelt humanitarian causes, and the latest release by Peter Jennison is certainly one of them. Entitled “Coming Home,” the album, in his words: “celebrates the wonderful homecomings between Soldiers and their Families that we see depicted on national television.” The music, which is a sequel to his debut recording “Longing for Home (Songs from War)” is quite evocative, to say the least, being written from Peter’s experience as a soldier deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This album, like his previous one, was recorded at the iconic Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Co-producing with Peter were Windham Hill Records founder and GRAMMY winning producer Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton. Adding instrumental accompaniment were a number of world-class musicians who frequently lend their talents to Imaginary Road projects. Accompanists include violinist Charlie Bisharat who has played with Yanni and John Tesh, former Paul Winter Consort cellist Eugene Friesen, and percussionist Jeff Haynes of the Pat Metheney Group.

The album gets off to a dramatic and deeply moving start on the opening track entitled “Remember Me,” as a melancholy drone is punctuated by short bursts of muffled drums sounding like volleys of artillery fire in the distance. The song features lyrics sung by Canadian vocalist Heather Rankin that are written from the point of view of a soldier being laid to rest “in the cold cold ground,” and asking only to be remembered for his sacrifice to Humanity. Peter chose Heather to sing the song as an acknowledgement that not only men give their lives in war.
The next track, “Waiting,” is a wistful piano ballad that features violinist Charlie Bisharat along with long-time Will Ackerman collaborator Jill Haley on English horn. The image portrayed here is “the soulful longing of a Soldier’s family as they endure the long months apart from their beloved.” I would advise listeners to have a box of tissues handy while hearing this deeply moving piece.

As I listened to track 6, “Reflection,” I couldn’t help but be moved by the threads of tenderness that are woven through the tapestry of Peter’s composing and piano performance. To be honest, I was taken by surprise with what an emotionally evocative experience “Coming Home” was for me. It’s profound compositions and haunting melodies touched me far more deeply than I had expected. I particularly appreciated Peter’s piano work, which is as elegant as it is understated - never crowding the composition or being overly ornate. I enjoyed his Zen-like ability to convey powerful feelings with grace and spaciousness. The music is rich in visual imagery, and is further enhanced by reading the liner notes while listening.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Coming Home" is the sequel to Peter Jennison’s 2010 debut, "Longing For Home," and is the last installment in the series "Songs From War." The nine tracks were composed and/or arranged by Jennison while he was deployed with the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2012 and were created to allow the listener to experience the serious impact of war through evocative music. It celebrates the homecomings of soldiers and their families and pays tribute to soldiers who come home wounded as well as those who make the ultimate sacrifice. In addition to giving listeners a poignant and vivid musical experience, much of the album was designed to provide soothing therapy to returning veterans and their families.

Peter Jennison began his musical career as a young boy by learning to play a lime green piano “rescued” by his parents from the dump in their small New Hampshire town. As he grew up, the piano became the friend who was always there and provided therapy by way of hours of expression and release. Jennison has been a soldier all of his adult life, most of it as an aviator, and spent almost three years deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The CD includes liner notes written by Jennison that explain his thoughts about each piece. The album was produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, and Jennison and was recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Roads Studios. A very impressive list of supporting musicians includes Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, Ackerman on guitar, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Jeff Haynes on percussion, and vocals by Heather Rankin, Noah Wilding, and Rory Sullivan.

"Coming Home" begins with “Remember Me,” which was adapted from the poem “Sgt. Mackenzie” by Joseph Kilna. Heather Rankin provides heartbreaking vocals which also serve as a poignant reminder of the many women who have died at war. Piano, violin, cello, and percussion make this piece stirring and unforgettable. “Waiting” was composed so that the listener could experience the profound longing of a soldier’s family as they await his or her return; piano, English horn and violin go straight to the heart. “The Journey To You” begins as an elegant piano solo and evolves into a soulful duet with English horn. “Farewell My Friend” is a piano and cello duet that passionately expresses the loss of a friend in battle - an amazing piece! “The Moment” is also a favorite and depicts the joyous reunion of a soldier and family while paying homage to those who never return. Jennison, Haley and Friesen express these thoughts and emotions from the depths of their souls. “New Day” is about fresh starts and new beginnings. Hopeful and optimistic, it is also a celebration of the human spirit. The title track brings this excellent album to a close by expressing the ultimate joy of every soldier at homecoming. Vocals by Rory Sullivan and Noah Wilding are both earthy and ethereal while Jeff Haynes’ percussion keeps the song buoyant and upbeat.

Coming Home is not always an easy listen - it carries an emotional wallop that should touch every human heart in a very profound way. Thank you, Major Jennison, for your service to our country and to all of your fellow soldiers! Very highly recommended!
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