Steven Cravis | Lavender Dreams

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Lavender Dreams

by Steven Cravis

Enya - like, ambient, highly textured (multi-tracked), rhythmic blends of healing jazz fusion and mantra-like hypnotic musical patterns - CD by Steven Cravis - MP3s album download available here
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Land of Make Believe
2:08 $0.99
2. Jade's Dream
3:43 $0.99
3. The Hundredth Monkey
3:11 $0.99
4. Sonic Pyramids
4:25 $0.99
5. Shantawa
3:39 $0.99
6. Tribal Secrets
4:26 $0.99
7. Shaman
2:20 $0.99
8. The Somerset Miracle
3:36 $0.99
9. Mystical Myst
6:04 $0.99
10. Hypnoprism
12:36 $0.99
11. In My Dreams I Fly With You
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
note from the artist -
"My wish is that this cd - lavender dreams - will highly assist listeners to relax, meditate and sleep better. enjoy your personal experience! Special thanks to Hoyt Dooley of Open Door Productions for the fantastic mastering job."
-Steven Cravis

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1. land of make believe - a light childlike, magical melody and chord piano, almost traditionally classical, yet very minimalistic, with a touch of ambient angelic symphony here and there.

2. jade's dream - a jazz fusion, spiro gyra-like multi-track funky groove and melody with a killer jan hammer-like synthesizer solo towards the last 4th of the track.

3. the hundredth monkey - solo piano - an almost latin rhythm with a surprising flow of chordal and melodic changes all the way from beginning to end, with a snappy, yet flowing improvised solo in the middle.

4. sonic pyramids - the combination of triad chords (3 notes at a time, in third intervals apart from eachother) with 3/4 time made me think of pyramid structures and the powerful drums during those chords are why i called this 'sonic pyramids'. this has a kitaro type of sound to the melody and feel.

5. shantawa - a gentle and mysterious flute melody over harp chordal plucking and lush strings. i don't know where the name came from, but something told me it should have this name. if you know what 'shantawa' means, please let me know by sending an email through this web site!

6. tribal secrets - pat metheny-like guitar patterns with a steady conga beat, this song to me is about community spirit, sharing love and joy and respect for one another... some have told me of personal spiritual experiences they have had while listening to this piece.

7. shaman - a transitional piece on this album, this is where the album gets more hypnotic and trance like, and soothing, as the night goes on. i actually designed this cd to become more and more hypnotic and healing as it progresses through the tracks, with the intention to assist in dream time and meditation.

8. the somerset miracle - this is dedicated to the 9 quecreek, pa miners, they're families and rescuers. i was very moved by that story as it unfolded in the news. it has piano accompanied by orchestral and choir like sounds.

9. mystical myst - a loop from this track was licensed for use on in the game perilous voyage, animated by the artist ferry halim. i highly recommend you try the all the free online games at! this has harp, light percussion, piano and deep, rich orchestral accompaniment. it's very simple, yet profound at the same time, and repeats a soothing main melody line, like a musical mantra.

10. hypnoprism - a very hypnotic, mellow groove that repeats with subtle variances, designed for enhanced contemplation, relaxation, meditation, dreams, and more.

11. in my dreams i fly with you - a dreamlike floating piano piece that echoes and integrates with your consciousness.

Mp3s available here on the MP3 ALBUM download link above.



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Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The lovely color and aromatic fragrance of lavender can enhance and brighten any space it is placed in. And so it is with the music of Steven Cravis on his “Lavender Dreams” album. Interestingly, although some of Steven’s songs have an upbeat groove to them, I find them to be both stimulating and relaxing at the same time, with an overall “feel-good” vibe – much like the effect that the scent of lavender produces. While this particular album is not his latest release, it is one definitely worth re-visiting and shining the spotlight on again.

The opening track, entitled “Land of Make Believe,” mainly features piano, with occasional subtle accents of ambient angelic choir. A word I would use to describe this piece is “fanciful,” as it flows through various movements and melodies like an enchanted musical storybook. The next track, “Jade’s Dream,” tells a whole different story however. With elements of jazz-fusion and new age, this ensemble piece moves to a funky toe-tapping groove. Steven played all the orchestration on keyboards and samplers, including the soaring Jan Hammer-like synth solo towards the end. Following a mercurial Latin-tinged solo piano composition, is the more esoteric “Sonic Pyramids,” that would appeal to listeners who enjoy the music of artists like Kitaro and David Arkenstone. On “Tribal Secrets,” the sounds of conga’s and fretless bass propel this jazzy tune. The dreamy “Mystical Myst,” features gentle harp, piano, strings, light percussion, and flute, brought to mind the music of English recording artist Medwyn Goodall.

For me, discovering this album was like finding hidden treasure. In addition to enjoying every track, the deeper I got into the recording the more impressed I was with Steven’s keyboard skills as well as his gift for composition, arranging, and orchestration. For someone who is primarily a pianist, he as a wonderful flair for utilizing the sounds of a wide range of other instruments played on synthesizers or samplers. They are perfectly integrated into his songs and I appreciated his intuitiveness about when to bring them in and out in a composition. However, for fans of solo piano, Steven has an upcoming album that is scheduled for release in late 2015 or early 2016.

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Don Shetterly

Music that is simple, pure, honest and uplifting.
A music all unto its own in the style of Steven Cravis. Simple, pure, honest and uplifting. The sounds of this music takes you above the business of the day into a place where dreams can come true!


Going in an excellent direction!
This is the first Steven Cravis album to include some non-solo piano New-Age type music and he really pulls it off! I love the new piano solos, but I also like the multi-instrumented songs. It's not as if he's just "trying" to branch out into modern New Age. He really pulls it off, and as can be expected, pulls at your emotions on those songs as well. I highly recommend it.

Mead Notkin

Lavender Dreams: A Digital Masterpiece
Steven Cravis’s new album Lavender Dreams is a digital masterpiece that delivers the profound satisfactions of a perfectly realized work of art.
On previous albums Cravis has given us poignant melodies within a context of sensuous acoustic piano playing that at times verges on the sentimental. In Lavender Dreams the sensuality we have come to expect from the Amazing Piano Magician has a new depth and marks the arrival of a mature composer who has thoroughly mastered his medium.
That medium is the emerging genre of computer-based electronic music that in the past has been diminished by the mechanical quality of the sound, a shortcoming entirely absent in Cravis. In his new album every instrument sounds as if it were played by hand, so that while the origin of every sound is his keyboard, the music is marked by a craftsmanship as consummate as it is spontaneous. Like Todd Rundgren, Cravis performs every note on his recordings and is equally at home on an animal skin drum as he is on a Mediterranean mandolin, albeit a digital one.
Lavender Dreams is a landmark album. It is what fusion tried to be but wasn’t – a journey into the musical unconscious. Fusion’s failure is partially attributable to a commercial mandate to overwhelm its audience with a pseudo-mountain of sound. Cravis unpretentiously takes up the tools of electronica’s loudest experiment and uses them to paint shimmering thought-dreams like a musical Miro.
Steven Cravis has found his mature voice. This, his latest album, is a tour de force of technical virtuosity and musical inventiveness that pushes the envelope of what can be achieved on an electronic keyboard. It is a cornucopia of compelling voices and rhythmic invention that ebbs and flows in the imagination with the subtlety of a tidal basin.
In addition to being a technical innovator, Steven Cravis is a serious composer. In Lavender Dreams he has fused New Age and Electronic music in a way that transcends both genres and points the way to the unlimited possibilities of digital music.

Piano Music Fan

Absolutely Beautiful Music By Steven Cravis
Steven Cravis's Lavender Dreams takes me to a place of deep peace and bliss. I am moved by the spiritual magic of this album and I highly recommend it to everyone!