Phillip Mills | Silently

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by Phillip Mills

Romantic piano solos which touch the heart and create a different story for each listener. A strong influence of Jim Brickman ensures the music is soothing and an easy listen.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Sunrise
3:11 $0.99
2. Treasured Times
2:50 $0.99
3. Walk Away
2:51 $0.99
4. Here With Me
3:06 $0.99
5. Forgotten
3:10 $0.99
6. Early Spring
4:35 $0.99
7. Dream
3:56 $0.99
8. New Love
3:36 $0.99
9. Olympian
2:52 $0.99
10. Just To Be With You
4:25 $0.99
11. Farewell
2:26 $0.99
12. Without You
4:10 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Silently" is my first album and I certainly hope not my last! It is a compilation of 11 original piano solos that truly came from my heart. Nearly each song has a story that I will share with you very soon! The last track is a song with vocals called "Without You." Nearly every song has its own unique story that I'd like to share. Some songs are stories, while others are just thoughts in my head put into music. I will share some stories below.


01 - Morning Sunrise
"Morning Sunrise" -- well, this was my attempt to try and impress the amazing Jim Brickman. I stared at my piano for about 30 minutes and thought about a melody, rhythm, and speed that I would be best to show Jim. This was my first serious songwriting attempt on piano. When I finally finished writing it, I couldn't think of a name for the life of me. I showed my sergeant here at the Academy and she loved it, so she sent it to her sister Heidi to listen to. Heidi said it reminded her of a sunrise at the beginning of the day. It just "fit" so what better title than, "Morning Sunrise."

02 - Treasured Times
This song is special for the fact that it was written for the sweetest little baby girl, Maddie. We cadets here at the Air Force Academy have families that sponsor us and kind of take us in so we can get away from here every once in a while. My sponsor family had little baby Maddie and asked me to play piano at her baptism. I happily obliged and decided that I would try and write a song for her. This is what came out in about 20 minutes just thinking about the cute little munchkin.

03 - Walk Away
"Walk Away" was honestly just the result of me dragging myself to a piano store and playing a Yamaha C7 (my dream piano). I sat down and played a couple notes and then the song wrote itself in about 10 minutes. The title came from me listening to it. The melody seemed to show me a picture of someone walking away from something.

04 - Here With Me
Here was my first attempt at writing a solo piano Christmas song! Boy was I in for a treat when I ventured on this endeavor. I couldn't find an effective way to make the piano sound "Christmasy" without bells and pure jolliness :). Then I thought and wrote about a Christmas story - it's Christmas morning and the kids first wake up. They soon realize that it's Christmas and run down the stairs to see what Santa has left for them. When they see the Christmas tree floor filled with presents, that's the climax of the song. So, this was my attempt at portraying that. (Note to self - writing solo piano Christmas songs is challenging)

05 - Forgotten
This one has a but of a sad story/theme. I had been with my ex-girlfriend for a little over a year and things weren't going the greatest. I thought about it for days and finally decided that together wasn't the best status for us. I was visiting another friend at her college (Lamont School of Music in Denver - plenty of pianos just sitting around to be played) and she wanted to know how I wrote a song. I explained the chord progression was what I usually started off with and out popped this progression. The next day, thinking again about me and my ex-girlfriend, the melody came out while plucking around the chord progression. I named it "Forgotten" because even though I cared for her a lot, I had to forget about her to be able to move on.

10 - Just To Be With You
Ever looked into someone's eyes and got that twisting, amazing rush feeling? That's what I wrote this song about. I looked into a friend's eyes and was instantly mesmorized and just had to put it into "words" or music in this case. I tried my best to capture every instance of the feeling I got just from the brief look into her eyes. One day she'll know it was written for her, but for remains a mystery!

12 - Without You
So there I was just playing a little piano to relax, when my friend Chris walked in the room. I thought that he was coming in to listen but then he said, "Hey Phil, let's write a song." Completely thought that he was kidding, so I kind of blew it off. I then realized that he was serious so he told me the story of a situation that he's going through with his girlfriend and how he feels about her. The he gave me the first line, "Everywhere I looked I see." About 30 minutes later, "Without You" was finished and I recorded it that night so that he could show it to her.



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I really enjoy this CD! Phillip Mills is very talented and if you get a chance to listen to his music I think you would agree! I had the opportunity to listen to Phillip's music while attending a Jim Brickman concert and I enjoyed both musician's performances equally. That says a lot for me because I am a huge Brickman fan. I hope you give this new artist a listen--you won't be disappointed! It is a great CD to just chill out to~enjoy!!!


Silently, Phillip Mills
Excellent selection of piano solos. "Without You" is an fantastic vocal, in which I wish Phillip would add additional vocals on his next album...
The words, "Without You" have such a powerful meaning that if anyone buys one song, this is the one to buy.