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Hushabye

by Rick Sparks

Peaceful angelic lullabies for relaxing, meditating & dreaming.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. My Soul to Keep
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2. Love Can Make You Happy
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3. Dreams of Peace
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4. Little Flower
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5. No Greater Love
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6. When the Stars Come Out
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7. Jesus Loves Me
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8. Cloud Pillow
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9. And She Dreams
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10. Angel Song
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11. We Are Loved
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hushabye (2019) is Rick Sparks' new album of peaceful instrumental lullabies, perfect for relaxing, meditating and dreaming. The collection of 9 originals & 2 covers is full of lovely strings, piano, flute & angelic voices weaving a tapestry of beautiful melodies and peaceful harmonies. Gently wind down your day with Hushabye.

Rick Sparks is an ASCAP pianist and composer whose quiet-music albums are currently heard on broadcast & digital outlets worldwide, including SiriusXM's Spa & Escape channels, Sleep Radio, Spotify, iTunes, One World Music Radio (Europe's largest online radio outlet), Live365's The Cove, and many NPR and public radio stations in the U.S.

PRAISE FOR RICK SPARKS' MUSIC:
"Dreamy & refreshing, an absolute delight." -Blue Wolf Reviews, Australia
"A great way to unwind with piano-based music that overflows with hope, faith, and peace. Highly recommended! -Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
"A treasure for relaxation, meditation, or inspiration - highly recommended." -James Cox, Midwest Book Review
"Sensual, warm and uplifting music for the soul. Recommended!" -Evelyn Rysdyk, Spirit Passages
"Angelic choral work and beautiful synthesizer patches - as transcendent as early Moody Blues." -Mark S.Tucker, Veritas Vampirus
"Clean and sure piano augmented to great effect by synthesized strings and vocals, always in tasteful balance to his star-turn piano playing." -Mark Maxwell Abushady, Creations Magazine NYC
"Gorgeous graphics, flawless production, virtuoso performance." -Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Hushabye" is the sixth album from pianist/composer/keyboardist Rick Sparks. Widely-known for his peaceful, melodic music that often layers strings and ethereal voices over the piano, Sparks created this album specifically to help listeners with relaxation, meditation and sleep. He explains: “I wanted to record an album of soothing music that both adults and children could relax with. I wanted the songs on this album to feel like a favorite soft pillow.” In this case, I have to assume that referring to this album as “a real snooze” would actually be very positive - and it is intended to be! Subtitled “Sail away to dreamland,” this gorgeous album contains nine new original tracks and two covers: Sparks’ instrumental arrangement of the 1969 pop hit, “Love Can Make You Happy” and the classic children’s hymn “Jesus Loves Me.” I really wish this album had been around when I was having problems sleeping a few years ago, but I know what I’m getting for several friends for Christmas! I really can’t imagine a more pleasant way to induce sleep or for easing away the stresses of a hectic day.

"Hushabye" begins with a short prelude called “My Soul To Keep,” which was inspired by the prayer so many of us recited as children. Performed a cappella by angelic choir voices, it’s a beautiful start! “Love Can Make You Happy” was originally recorded by the group Mercy, and Sparks’ blissful arrangement is a bit slower and features, piano, strings and wordless vocals. The title for “Dreams of Peace” could refer to dreaming of peace or peaceful dreams, and it really doesn’t matter which way you interpret it - just sit back and enjoy the soothing massage for the mind and soul. The gentle and very delicate “Little Flower” is piano, strings and wordless vocals and has a somewhat Asian feel. Very open and uncluttered, the simple melody is hypnotic. “No Greater Love” refers to Jesus’ teaching and shimmers with a peaceful, magical glow - I love this one! “When the Stars Come Out” adds flute to the mix of voices, piano and strings and casts a rapturous spell. “Jesus Loves Me” is the first hymn many of us learned as kids and the warm reassurance of eternal love flows from each note. More ambient than most of the rest of the album, “Cloud Pillow” floats effortlessly on a gentle breeze of sound. “And She Dreams” is also quite ambient (and VERY peaceful!), but the “angel voices” make it a bit more melodic while expressing innocence and tranquility. Inspired by the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Angel Song” returns to the a cappella choir’s vocalizations (no lyrics). “We Are Loved” closes the album with “a great sentiment that I hope fills both our dreams and our waking hours” (quoting Rick Sparks). If you haven’t melted into a happy puddle yet, just hit the “replay” button and drift off to a very happy Dreamland!

Rick Sparks has created another wonderful album with "Hushabye"!
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Steve Sheppard

A beautiful calming album for all ages
Rick Sparks has sealed an everlasting legacy as a musician who can soothe and calm his listeners with the first few bars of any song he has recorded, his crafted approach is a gift that many just hope to find, and it is this genius we discover on this his latest release called Hushabye.
At many times in our lives, we will require places of peace, moments of solitude and sanctuaries of the soul, this album can create all three, simply put meditative relaxing music has never been in such safe hands.
This is a beautiful moving album, filled full of tones that touch with ease the hem of the neo classical genre, and moments of magic like the tracks Love Can Make You Happy and Dreams of Peace, are but two fine examples of this soothing narrative of calm.
The softness and tender performance that Sparks gives is a delight to listen to on its own, especially on one of my favourite tracks entitled When The Stars Came Out, the angelic harmonies and flute just add a further layer of tranquillity to the proceedings. Then we can then simply float on offerings like the soft and serene tones of And She Dreams, and be completely lulled to a faraway land with the composition We Are Loved, the track that ends this stunning album.
Hushabye is an album that children will adore falling asleep to, it is a release that anyone of any age at all, would love to just have playing around them, for it is from these very peaceful arrangements that each of us will find those moments of calming grace and perhaps even a sojourn into a world of restful slumber.
Hushabye is another loving creation manifested by Rick Sparks, it is the musical equivalent of having a loved one put an arm around you and tell you everything is going to be alright, an absolute meditative must for all serious music lovers.
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Helena

RICK SPARKS RETURNS WITH ALBUM OF PIANO, STRINGS AND ANGELIC CHOIRS
New age music fans have come to love the soft, dreamy music of Rick Sparks and his trademark sound featuring piano, string sections and soft angelic choirs doing wordless vocalizations. It is like jumping into a feather bed with a cumulus cloud as a pillow. Now Sparks is back with a new album of gentle lullabies, absolutely perfect new age music, titled HUSHABYE. This is extremely peaceful, relaxing music. The compositions (nine originals and two covers) can be used to calm children or help them go to sleep, make adults unwind after a long and stressful day, or serve as sounds to assist with meditation, prayer or contemplation. This is simply beautiful music that will make anyone’s day better.
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