Ryan Stewart | One Journey

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One Journey

by Ryan Stewart

Original piano and orchestral compositions that set the mood for any relaxing and peaceful setting.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When We Met
5:12 $0.99
2. Here and Now
3:29 $0.99
3. Brighter
4:22 $0.99
4. Under the Willow
4:14 $0.99
5. Innocence
3:11 $0.99
6. Old Friend
3:27 $0.99
7. The Portrait
4:52 $0.99
8. Happy People
3:51 $0.99
9. One Step Closer
4:07 $0.99
10. Windows of Time
4:22 $0.99
11. Winding Road
3:46 $0.99
12. Our Story
3:50 $0.99
13. Coming Home
3:59 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ryan Stewart proudly presents his third album. We all have one life, one dream, one chance, one world, one regret, one heart, one (insert your own word here). YOUR individual experiences sum up your ONE JOURNEY in THIS life. This album represents some of my more poignant life experiences found within my on-going journey.

Make the best of YOUR JOURNEY.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I’m a little bit late to the party that is Ryan Stewart’s music and his most recent release, "One Journey", but as they say, “better late than never!” What a feast for the ears, soul and heart Stewart’s third album is! Some of the thirteen tracks are solo piano and some are more orchestrated and/or embellished with strings and angelic choral voices. All have strong melodies that are on the quiet, understated side, but this is no ear candy - there is plenty of substance! This music is a wonderful backdrop for things like working, reading and dining, but is even more satisfying with full concentration on the music. Stewart is credited with piano, keyboards, recorder, and percussion as well as composition, production, arranging and co-engineering. Monte Belknap appears as principal violin, Nicole Pinnell as principal cello, and Ryan’s daughter, Aysia provides the principal voice. Performed on a Yamaha C7 grand piano, the piano sound is full, rich, and elegant. Stewart describes the album this way: “We all have one life, one dream, one chance, one world, one regret, one heart, one (insert your own word). YOUR individual experiences sum up your One Journey in THIS life. This album represents some of my more poignant life experiences found within my on-going journey.”

"One Journey" begins with “When We Met,” a light yet passionate and nostalgic look back to a very special moment. A graceful piano solo, it will immediately draw you in and make you wonder if the rest of the album is this good - it is! “Here and Now” casts a gentle but very magical spell. Beginning as a piano solo, it evolves into a piece backed by voices and orchestration as well as “live” violin (not digital). This piece clearly demonstrates Stewart’s affinity for film soundtracks. “Brighter” is enchanting and very visual. The flowing piano intertwines with atmospheric sounds as well as voices and orchestration that are haunting and ethereal. “Innocence” is a piano solo with some added reverb that gives it a mysterious feeling - very effective! Although there isn’t a weak track on the whole album, “The Portrait” is a favorite - perhaps because of the piano/cello combination, which I love, but also because it has such an emotional richness that is classical yet contemporary. I also love “Windows of Time,” a haunting piano solo with a beautiful flowing quality and a poignant melody that is simple but deeply heartfelt. “Our Story” would be perfect behind the closing credits of an emotional movie. Mostly piano, the light orchestration behind it makes it even more compelling - gorgeous! “Coming Home” brings the album to a close with an sense of anticipation and excitement. There isn’t any piano in this one, but it’s very beautiful and cinematic.

What a great album this is! Even though it was released in 2014, I expect it to be on my list of Favorites for the year. Very highly recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Pianist/composer Ryan Stewart’s “One Journey” is his third release, and follows his critically acclaimed debut album “Equanimity,” which was included on the Top 30 Albums for the Decade by MainlyPiano.com, and the sequel to that, “The Dreaming Hour,” that was in the Top 15 Albums of 2010, also on MainlyPiano.com. Based on his past success, as well as having heard this new album, I’m sure “One Journey” is going to be equally well received. The recording encompasses 13 original compositions ranging from piano solos to “fully painted orchestral works.”

On the opening track entitled “When We Met,” rolling arpeggios with the left hand lay down a flowery path for Ryan’s light-hearted melody to follow. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way as the solo piano piece slips momentarily into a minor mode, and then back out again. A lovely Celtic-tinged piece called “Under the Willow” features the voice of Ryan’s 13-year-old daughter, Aysia. Her airy wordless vocals are exquisite and lend an Enya-like vibe to the piece. On “The Portrait,” soulful violin passages leave their sonic brush marks on the canvas of Ryan’s sensitive piano work in this classically influenced composition. On the next to the last track entitled “Our Story,” the orchestration is understated, yet tasteful in it’s support of Ryan’s lovely piano melody. As the album draws to a close with the appropriately titled “Coming Home,” there is an interesting surprise waiting for us. This track is all orchestration and no piano. Lush strings and heavenly female vocal choir make for a grand finale on this musical journey.

While it’s easy to get lost in Ryan’s beautifully evocative piano melodies, the album also reveals his talents as an arranger and composer. He has a discerning ear for how and when to add accompaniment. And his compositions reflect a wide range of emotional expression that is born of real life experience.
To read a full-length feature article about this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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