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Rick Sparks | What Child Is This

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What Child Is This

by Rick Sparks

Rick's lovely neoclassical recording of the beloved Christmas carol, "What Child Is This'" (Greensleeves).
Genre: Holiday: Easy Listening
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I love the traditional music of Christmas, so full of joy, hope & peace as the world celebrates the birth of the Christ child. This favorite Christmas hymn evokes serenity and a beautiful sense of mystery - it is an advance release from my 2020 Christmas album, coming next fall.

I love composing & recording piano-based music to “replenish your spirit.” Quiet, melodic songs full of hope, faith & peace are what my music is all about. I'm grateful to our friends at SiriusXM for airing music on their Spa & Escape channels from my 6 quiet-piano albums since 2014.

You can also hear my music on National Public Radio in the U.S., Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Alexa and dozens of other streaming outlets, including One World Music Radio in Europe, Sleep Radio in New Zealand, Peaceful Radio in the Netherlands and Ràdio Despí in Barcelona, Spain. My songs also air just about every hour on “The Cove,” my quiet-music station on Live365.com.

Please visit my artist website (RickSparksMusic.net) & check out my music news page with updates on my recordings, including chart reports & album reviews. You’ll also find my piano sheet music collection of some of my best songs, professionally transcribed note-for-note as I recorded them.

My main inspiration comes from my faith in Jesus Christ. He is the master musician, the creator of all things bright & beautiful, and the source of peace which fills my life & music through His mercy & grace.

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Steve Sheppard

A truly angelic and memorable arrangement!
No one will be surprised to hear that Rick Sparks has created a truly ethereal and smooth version of What Child Is This for the holiday season; Sparks is on a roll and has had a phenomenal year with his releases.
On this arrangement he has managed to not only manifest something so very listenable, he has now created a virtual soundtrack of a well-known piece that is hauntingly beautiful with every note played.
His keyboards have that gentleness behind their intent that has truly laid a path of love and kindness and of comfort and peace through its vibes. Sparks should be pleased with this final musical instalment of 2019; he can leave the year fully in the knowledge that he has created something quite outstanding to leave it with, a truly angelic and memorable arrangement indeed.
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Kathy Parsons

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“What Child Is This” is a beautiful single release from pianist/composer/keyboardist Rick Sparks. This track will be included in Sparks’ upcoming Christmas album slated to be released in the fall of 2020. Sparks’ description really says it all: “I love the traditional music of Christmas, so full of joy, hope & peace as the world celebrates the birth of the Christ child. I'm happy to release the single, ‘What Child Is This,’ one of my very favorite Christmas hymns. It evokes serenity and a beautiful sense of mystery that, for me, is an integral part of the season.”

The instrumentation for “What Child Is This” includes strings, wordless vocals, and vibraphone/bells. The tempo is slower than most arrangements, allowing the simple but haunting melody to surround the listener with warmth and a bit of magic. Sparks often refers to his recordings as “quiet music,” and this arrangement evokes a sense of stillness as well as feelings of hope and promise.
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