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Life Sometimes

by Sarah Dukes

Original piano solos bursting with stirring energy and resonating melodies.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Stargaze
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2. Violet Beams
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3. Rainbows and Crystals
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4. As the Wind Blows
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5. Just Because
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6. Life Sometimes
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7. Black Rose
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8. Closer
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9. An Angel Returns
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10. Falling Up
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11. The Road Up Ahead
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12. Dancing in the Dark
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13. Moving Forward
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14. One (feat. Yaron Gershovsky)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Life Sometimes is Dukes’ long awaited second solo piano album, a collection of 14 new soul stirring compositions, performed brilliantly by world renowned pianist and composer, Yaron Gershovsky. Picking up where Dukes’ debut album Finding Forever left off, it travels onward from a place of raw emotion to a more immediate journey of experiences that is life, sometimes.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
With the release of her sophomore album, “Life Sometimes,” pianist/composer Sarah Dukes is beginning to find her place in the music world. While Sarah is a talented and experienced pianist, her primary role on this album is as a composer. As she evolved her craft, the compositions she was writing began to exceed even her own technical mastery. According to Sarah: “I wanted to find a pianist who was able to play my songs exactly as I hear in my head-with the same emotion and interpretation. Yaron Gershovsky is the musical director of world famous pop vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, and is an unbelievable musician and pianist.” Yaron performed the songs for this album as well as for her debut album, “Finding Forever.”

Right from the beginning of the opening track, I found Sarah’s music to be moving and heartfelt. As she describes, “I have learned that it is not necessarily perfection that others want, but rather genuineness and sincerity. I love how there are no words to limit the interpretations of the songs. Each listener is free to draw whatever messages he or she feels lay within the songs.” I was particularly drawn to track 2 to for its title, “Violet Beams.” For me, this track evoked a yin yang mixture of melancholy as well as a sense of overcoming, from someone who has experienced something deep and life changing. Following this on a lighter note is a sparkly tune called “Rainbows and Crystals,” which reflects another facet of Sarah’s musical spectrum.


Another song whose title intrigued me to hear how it was interpreted musically was “An Angel Returns.” In my mind’s eye, this composition evoked a vision of a heavenly being descending out of the clouds on a golden staircase. I listened to it a number of times in a row and with its soulful chord changes it was one of my favorites on the album. There are threads of spirituality and social consciousness woven through the tapestry of Sarah’s music, such as in the album’s closing track entitled “One,” which was inspired by a tragic event that brought people together. This song gave me chills the first time I heard it as it communicated the profound emotional depth of the experience it flows from.

Beyond all the beautiful music heard on this album, I had a deep appreciation for the spiritual awareness behind it. “Life Sometimes” is a gorgeous album that serves to further Sarah Dukes’ growing reputation as a composer of thoughtful and evocative music. It’s hard for me to imagine having someone else perform such personal compositions and capture the nuances and feelings that went into the creation of them. However, Sarah seems to be more than pleased with the outstanding job Yaron Gershovsky has done in this regard. Together, he and Sarah make a wonderful creative team, and I’ll look forward to more in the future.


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Life Sometimes" is the second full-length album by pianist/composer Sarah Dukes. Her first collection of original piano solos, "Finding Forever," is made up of pieces Dukes composed before graduating from high school, so this new album shows the growth and maturity of a composer who has experienced several more years of life on the planet. The fourteen original piano solos on Life Sometimes were arranged and performed by Yaron Gershovsy, also a pianist/composer as well as the musical director of The Manhattan Transfer. Overall, the music is melodic, graceful, and very expressive. Straightforward and relatively uncomplicated, it communicates from one heart to another without a lot of flash, but with a ton of sincerity.

"Life Sometimes" begins with “Stargaze,” a gently-flowing piece that conveys dreamy, hypnotic feelings of contentment. “Violet Beams” is warm and peaceful like a morning walk in spring. “Rainbows and Crystals” spins a story of magical wonderment - perhaps a fairy tale told to a young child. One of my favorites, “As the Wind Blows” is in constant motion - sometimes fast and lively, sometimes slower and more calm. “Just Because” is a buoyant expression of joy that seems to float on air. The title track is another favorite. Reflective with a sense of moving forward (I know that’s kind of a conflict, but it works in this piece!), I like the main theme as well as the changing rhythms. Expressive and poignant, “An Angel Returns” tells a gentle, heartfelt story without the use of words. “The Road Up Ahead” feels a bit anxious, perhaps expressing fear of the unknown. It isn’t pessimistic - just a bit uncertain. The piece becomes somewhat more turbulent and agitated as it develops, but then calms and returns to the original theme. My favorite piece on the album is “Dancing In the Dark.” Passionate and expressive, the rolling left hand broken chords propel the expressive, colorful melody forward - love it! “One” is the original solo version of this piece, which was also orchestrated and released as a single. It was composed in honor of Leiby Kletzky, a young boy who was kidnapped and murdered on his way home from day camp. Dukes was inspired to compose “One” after seeing thousands of people mobilize to help the family search for their beloved son. It’s a touching and affecting closing to the album.

"Life Sometimes" is an impressive second effort from Sarah Dukes! Recommended!
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Shoshana M

Heartfelt and Beautiful Compositions by Sarah Dukes
"Life Sometimes" is a beautiful full length CD composed by Sarah Dukes. Sarah’s compositions reflect light and darkness, they are dreamlike and serious and they are sometimes whimsical and sometimes heartfelt, like Life, sometimes. I especially liked “Stargaze”, “Rainbows and Crystals”, Just Because” Life Sometimes and Black Rose” with “Dancing in the Dark” being my most favorite.
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Steve Sheppard

from One World Music Radio
Composer Sarah Dukes has a special talent of being able to create music and usher forth compositions from the most beautiful part of her creative soul. On her last release I listened to the talents of pianist Yaron Gershovsky, and he is here once more on her latest release called Life Sometimes.
Solo piano is a genre that is brimmed to the top with artists of many styles, but Dukes does have that quality in her creations to become beautifully memorable, just like the opening to the release, called Stargaze. A steady flowing melody and a charming sense of rhythm all add up to a perfect opening piece.
With a smoothness of touch, we travel to a musical dimension called Violet Beams, there is a slight increase in intensity here, but that is perfectly balanced by the gentle pulling back of the arrangement and then forward once more, almost like watching a musical tide come in and out, too and fro.
There was something very endearing about the light and fantasy filled Rainbows and Crystals, this is a song that’s classic new age piano at its best and a very easy listen.
The next track As the Wind Blows has a real element of autumn days in it, through the music, one could easily witness the end of summer and the dark as rushing windy days of the fall approach; this was one of my favourites.
Just Because is up next, this is a composition that seems to have a slightly deeper tone to it, but the narrative is strong, as if a story is being told through the wonderful tones of the track.
Now it’s time for that very special moment, the title track, Life Sometimes. This is a clever piece, one that seems to set out a stall that contains all the collections and moments of life’s rich pattern, good or bad. The performance has a perfect level of calmness and a slight boost in intent when needed; this is a very classy offering indeed.
At the half way point, you are about to listen to one of the most beautiful solo piano tracks you may have heard for some time dear listener and reader, it’s called Black Rose. The composition has such a depth of colour and movement, the rich tones, create a beautiful landscape of flowers to look upon and of course centre stage is the Black Rose.
Closer has a motif that gives you a feeling of a hesitant sense of needing to be closer to someone or something, but the performance and composition are extremely emotive and deeply heartfelt.
When you get to the next piece dear reader, you will find such a level of sensitivity in the arrangement that is so very touching, it’s called An Angel Returns; the performance is gentle and caring and the sweet melody is the closest you could imagine getting to unconditional love through music.
Falling Up is one of those pieces that you will find yourself easily addicted to, it has a real sense and energy about it that is almost ambient and then it turns to its more passionate side, this is indeed a very cleverly composed piece, that has so many facets, you will wish to return to it many times over.
The next offering is the longest track off the album at well over four minutes and called The Road Up Ahead. There is a real narrative of the journey here, one that is constant and never ends and at each corner another segment changes everything, this is beautiful in its complexities and brilliantly performed by Gershovsky.
This one is charming; it’s called Dancing in the Dark. There are so many romantic things you can do, but try dancing in the dark to this piece, it flows smoothly and has all the right musical nuances to make that dance most enjoyable indeed. There is a real mixture here of Debussy meets David Lanz and I love it.
We now find ourselves dear reader at the last but one performance for us to enjoy, this penultimate composition is called Moving Forward. The arrangement does indeed have a defined sense of onward movement, but it also has a happy energy about it, that is combined so well with its determined motif.
Sadly we now find solace in the last song of the album called quite simply, One. Well we are all one, so perhaps this is a composition for us all to enjoy. However there is a level of seriousness in the piece that gives it an added power and intensity, but arranged superbly to allow us to leave the album with a real sense of being uplifted.
Life Sometimes will be adored by fans of both classical and the solo piano genre, Yaron Gershovsky has indeed a masterful talent, one that makes you sit up and listen. Life Sometimes, from creator Sarah Dukes, is one of those albums that when you press play, time becomes irrelevant, it’s a release that is so well constructed, created and performed, you will feel musically fulfilled on its conclusion.
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