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Dark Night of the Soul

by Philip Wesley

Original solo piano music filled with sweet melancholy and beautiful angst. This CD was named as one of the 'Top 20' albums of 2008 by the publication 'Mainly Piano' This is Philip Wesley's best selling album to date! A masterpiece from start to finish.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tears of the East
5:48 $0.99
2. Racing Against the Sunset
4:52 $0.99
3. The Approaching Night
6:39 $0.99
4. Darkness Falls
4:41 $0.99
5. Dark Night of the Soul
7:10 $0.99
6. Soul's Lament
5:45 $0.99
7. Far and Away
9:11 $0.99
8. Lamentations of the Heart
4:08 $0.99
9. Light and Shadow
5:46 $0.99
10. Into the Light
6:27 $0.99
11. New Day
3:45 $0.99
12. Two Souls
6:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
“For me, playing the piano is the most gratifying form of self expression. Where words fail there is music.”

The road to the piano for Philip Wesley has not been a straight path. You could say the piano actually found Philip Wesley. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Philip Wesley grew up in a middle class household heavily involved in sports both soccer and football. An avid fan of music during his youth, Philip surprisingly did not begin playing music until the age of 16 when he received his first guitar as a Christmas present. Enraptured by rock music, Philip dove headlong into independent study. He taught himself to read and write guitar tablature, then poured over guitar books, learned songs note for note, and perfected blistering guitar solos.

When Philip entered college a few years later, he decided to major in Music Therapy. During his studies of music and music theory, he was serendipitously introduced to the solo piano music of David Lanz and was instantly mesmerized by it. At the tender age of 20, Philip began his long relationship with the piano. Once again, Philip poured over music books, this time… the piano. “People hear that I didn’t start playing the piano until age 20 and they are almost always amazed. I tell people that it’s not too late to learn something new. When you have the drive, the passion, the dedication and the curiosity to learn something, new doors will open for you.”

Upon graduation from college, Philip worked as a board certified psychiatric music therapist for nearly 10 years. During that time he began writing his own soulful piano music, developing his musical voice, and subsequently releasing his albums. To date he has released 5 albums of solo piano music including…

'Hope Endures'

‘Dark Night of the Soul’

‘Comfort & Joy’

‘In a Lifetime’

‘Finding Solace’

“The piano continues to challenge and inspire me; I can play my whole life and still not master this magnificent beast. I’m not a virtuoso pianist by any stretch of the imagination, just an artist that takes great satisfaction in having a positive impact on people’s emotions.”

Philip Wesley’s music has been featured in radio, TV, and print, and has been nominated by various publications including ‘Wind and Wire’, ‘Solo Piano Publications’, and ‘Mainly Piano’ as some of ‘the best of’ solo piano albums.



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Kathy Parsons

Philip\'s Best Album Yet!
“Dark Night of the Soul” is Philip Wesley’s fourth solo piano CD and his first in three years. As the title suggests, quite a bit of the music is dark and turbulent, but it is never without hope or a sense of moving forward. Some of the pieces are quite energetic while others are calm and reflective. I have reviewed Wesley’s previous albums, and think this is his best CD to date. It is a very solid, very expressive album, beautifully engineered by Michael Dulin at his PSI Recording Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. David Lanz has always had a strong influence on Wesley’s music, and I recognize short phrases from Lanz’s music mixed into Wesley’s pieces, but perhaps since I play and teach so much of Lanz’s sheet music, it’s only me who hears this.

“Tears of the East” begins the CD. The opening bars are a rumble from the low end of the piano followed by a Middle-Eastern-style introduction. The piece itself conveys longing and melancholy - an eloquent beginning. “Racing Against the Sunset” has a powerful energy and a feeling of urgency. I really like this one and think it would be fun to play! “The Approaching Night” is delicate and sparkling, like watching the stars emerge in the darkening sky - also a beauty. The title track is kind of a soliloquy - very lonely, deeply emotional, and honest - and is one of Wesley’s best pieces to date. “Lamentations Of the Heart” first appeared on Wesley’s 2002 “Finding Solace,” and is one of his most popular pieces - with good reason. I enjoy playing and teaching this piece, too! “Light and Shadow” is another favorite. It has a swirling energy that dances around in the upper registers of the piano, yet it is very calming and soulful. Perhaps the high dancing notes represent the light and the lower, more subtle passages are the shadow - very effective. The graceful and flowing “Into the Light” carries a sense of unburdening and breaking through after a difficult period of life. “New Day” is full of hope and anticipation for a fresh start - lovely! “Two Souls” concludes the CD with a wistful, dreamy piece that is more ambient than the others. Reflective and warm, it’s a bittersweet and satisfying finish.

“Dark Night of the Soul” is a great choice if you are looking for powerful but reflective solo piano music. Recommended!


El Mejor Álbum de Philip hasta la fecha!. Fascinante!.
Dark Night of the Soul es el cuarto álbum de Philip Wesley, el álbum más personal en cuanto a composiciones se refiere. En sus álbumes anteriores se apreciaba una fuerte influencia de David Lanz, pero en este último, Philip ya ha encontrado su sonido. Dark Night of the Soul está compuesto por doce originales solos de piano, un álbum oscuro, triste, pero colmado de belleza. Al igual que los álbumes anteriores, Philip sigue apostando por melodías que quedan grabadas en el subconsciente.
"Tears of the East" abre el álbum con tono aterrador, un sonido oriental da paso a una melodía rápida, donde la mano derecha baila por encima del teclado y la izquierda contesta en los silencios. Sin dejar el tono oriental, Philip rasguea acordes en la zona alta del piano, mientras marca fuerte las notas en la parte baja. Una pieza mágica!.
"Racing Against the Sunset" comienza con fuerza y rapidez; una pieza que aporta coraje al oyente. Como si de una última oportunidad se tratase y hubiese que correr para llegar a algún lugar. Desesperada corre la mano derecha por el teclado mientras la izquierda cambia de acorde velozmente. Bello toque de emoción!.
"The Approaching Night". Con una melodía marcando un tempo lento y misterioso, Philip nos muestra su visión de la llegada de la noche. Con un ritmo suave, su mano derecha dibuja una profunda armonía y su izquierda acompaña alternando notas bajas.

"Darkness Falls" es una pieza enérgica, angustiada y temerosa. Un repique continuado de notas con la mano izquierda abre camino a una melodía frenética. Philip nos dibuja un paisaje tenebroso, un miedo a lo desconocido.
"Dark Night of the Soul" es el título que da nombre al álbum, un track de más de siete minutos (no es la más extensa del álbum) llena de sentimiento; invita a la reflexión y quizás sea una de las melodías más optimistas del álbum; un toque a danza romántica. En su cenit la canción no es muy rápida, pero aporta una fuerte energía positiva. Bellísima!.
"Soul's Lament" nos introduce en la pena, la tristeza. Philip refleja el estado del alma en una noche solitaria. Una canción triste llena de preguntas sin respuestas. Un tema enérgico donde ambas manos fluyen rápidas por el teclado.
"Far and Away" es el track más extenso del álbum, con más de nueve minutos. Una pieza melancólica y misteriosa; una melodía introspectiva que invita a la reflexión. Philip dibuja de alguna manera un lejano horizonte lleno de misterios, donde las notas más altas reproducen la triste canción.
"Lamentations of the Heart" se presentó en su primer álbum "Finding Solace", es quizás el tema más conocido de Philip. David Lanz es su mayor influencia, y esto se puede apreciar perfectamente en este tema. Comienza con una progresión desde la zona más baja del teclado y continua con un arpegio de notas mientras la mano derecha reproduce una pegadiza melodía.
"Light and Shadow" es quizás el tema más dulce de este trabajo, lleno de paz, "Luz y Sombra" dibuja una sonrisa y es perfecto para reflexionar. La mano derecha reproduce una apacible canción y va alternando con una melodía un tanto oscura. Placentera pieza!.
"Into the Light" es una pieza optimista y amable, llena de emoción. La mano izquierda reproduce el ir y venir con progresiones continuas de acordes y a su vez la mano derecha reproduce una canción sencilla y apacible. Hermosa sinfonía!.
"New Day" es una llamada a la paz, a la esperanza. Una pieza que invita a vivir optimista cada día. El lado más optimista de Dark Night of the Soul está reflejado en esta pieza, tranquila y dulce; es el track más corto de este trabajo donde un ir y venir de acordes acompañan a la fantástica canción. Sublime.
"Two Souls". Después de tres piezas de tono alegre y dulce. Philip nos ofrece un tema que invita a soñar, melancólico. Un tema perfecto para concluir este maravilloso álbum. El track finaliza con un guiño al bienestar. Maravillosa!.

Dark Night of the Soul es el último trabajo de Philip Wesley, un excelente álbum que se distingue de sus álbumes anteriores por ser el trabajo que da una identidad propia a su música, Philip ha encontrado su propio estilo y es fascinante!.


Alejandro Clavijo