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Lantern in the Window

by Suzanne Grosvenor

Suzanne Grosvenor's critically acclaimed, first piano album 'for creating your own inner movies' is re-released. These crystal clear piano solos, evocative and poetic, are a blend of classical structure and lyrical melody with jazz and rock inflections.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Lantern in the Window
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2. Dusk
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3. Waltz for Anna
2:52 $0.99
4. Sunday Afternoon
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5. Daydream
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6. The First Day of Autumn
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7. The Master On Video
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8. He Loves Her
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9. Bear in Waiting
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10. Black 'n' White Boogie
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11. Tea Party
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12. In Good Time
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13. Lantern (Reprise)
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Album Notes
Suzanne Grosvenor's critically acclaimed, classic piano album was first released in 1984.

'Exquisitely passionate and compassionate piano works, brim full of melody,' Lantern is melodic piano music with jazz, rock and folk flavorings. These piano solos 'can easily become the background music for Life.'

'Lantern in the Window is a sparkling collection of piano wizardry.'

'Lantern is full of warm, reflective sounds that echo softly in the minds and hearts of its listeners. These songs, some somber and even sad, others joyful and lilting, allow us to create our own movies as we listen.'

Digital download includes Bonus Track #10 of 'Black 'n' White Boogie' from the original album, not on the upcoming CD re-release.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Lantern in the Window" is the debut album by pianist/composer Suzanne Grosvenor. Originally released in 1984 on vinyl and cassette, the album was re-released in 2012 in digital format. The thirteen original piano solos are diverse and clearly demonstrate Grosvenor’s versatility as a composer as well as a performer. From jazz to ballads to classically-styled compositions, she is an exceptionally accomplished pianist well-versed in many genres of music. I think it’s worth stating that even though this album was released more than 35 years ago, the music is fresh and timeless. I’m really looking forward to more music by this artist!

Suzanne Grosvenor started her classical training at a young age and was performing her own music in recitals at the age of eight. At ten and twice in her teens, she was a guest soloist with youth orchestras and, at seventeen, was a winner in the Phoenix Young Musicians Concerto Competition. She also played cello, violin, clarinet and percussion with a number of youth orchestras. Awarded a scholarship, she attended Arizona State University as a music major. Her early career found her touring with a band and playing as a session musician, again in many styles of music that included blues, jazz, rock, pop and jug band. She also began improvising on a regular basis, which grew into a practice of stimulating healing responses in people for whom she plays, both privately and in concerts. Grosvenor has been exploring the effects of music on health and the psyche for 35 years, and her work is endorsed by counselors, psychotherapists and health practitioners.

"Lantern in the Window" begins with the title track, a beautiful and bittersweet piece that could be “about” many things. The lantern could be a signal or message that isn’t what was hoped for, or it could be about the people inside or any number of symbols. The main thing is that it lets us know right away that we’re in for a musical treat! “Dusk” is somewhat more relaxed and has two distinct themes. The first is on the ambient side - very free and calming - and the second is much more melodic, returning to the first theme near the end. I really like this one! “Waltz for Anna” is an elegant minor-key waltz in a classical style. The middle section changes to a major key and returns to the minor for the reprise of the first theme. “Daydream” is a favorite. It begins very lightly and freely, becoming more reflective, and then darker and more intense. I interpret this to illustrate how when you let your mind wander, it can and will go to many different places. I love all of the seamless changes in this piece and the various emotions they express. “The Master On Video” is very minimalist yet expressive in an open, free style. “He Loves Her” is something of a jazz/pop ballad with a strong melody and an abundance of emotion. Another favorite, “Bear in Waiting,” is light and playful and possibly refers to a sweet teddy bear. “Black ’n’ White Boogie” was a surprise, but I’m really impressed! Big and bold with a rhythm that just won’t quit, it’s both showy and catchy - a show-stopper, I’m sure! “In Good Time” is a slow, dark, jazz piece that is both beautiful and emotionally rich. The album closes with “Lantern (Reprise),” a slightly different version of the title track.

"Lantern in the Window" is a great introduction to a fine pianist/composer whose music goes in many different directions.

Strolling Minstrel

PRESS REVIEWS: Exquisitely passionate and compassionate
"An exceptionally fine piano LP. Suzanne’s style is lyrical and poetic with lots of warmth. Alternately reflective, vibrant and passionate with life. Many of the pieces have a nostalgic atmosphere as if recalling good times long ago...crafted into little gems...The effect is that of looking through an old family photo album -- smiling, remembering, perhaps wiping away a tear, laughing and being thankful for every moment. A ten."
- Sally Idassway, Sound Choice Magazine, USA

"An album that deserves wide recognition. Human, exquisitely passionate and compassionate piano works, brim full of melody."
- Fortnightly College Radio Report, Rhode Island

"The best LP I've heard in a long time. A good helping of classical with a pinch of jazz and a dash of new age. Crystal clear piano solos that can easily become the background music for Life. Exquisite. Perfect for relaxation, meditation, reflection. Recommended."
- Kathy Rudy, Ladyslipper Music, North Carolina

“Soothing...Pensive...Lighthearted...Offbeat...Haunting. Soothing music a person can enjoy while in a pensive mood in the late evening, or recovering from a tension filled day."
- Cleve Twitchell, Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon

Sophisticated. Evocative. Unworldly, pristine rhythms and harmonies. Well-crafted, expressive melodies... A dash of Far Eastern musical philosophy...an Afro-American influence. Grosvenor’s touch, rhythmic and emotional sense definitely convey the classicist she is. Comparisons of her sound to George Winston are inevitable...but Grosvenor’s composing spectrum is wider... The result is often an air reminiscent of....an ECM record of Swedish composers. Comparisons to Roger Kellaway or Claude Bolling might be the most telling. Interesting harmonies and rhythmic twists... Moving from wonder to tenderness to joy and back.
- Mike Heffley, What’s Happening, Oregon

“An evolving composer, her work merits wide attention. A classically trained pianist, she has incorporated a variety of music traditions.”
- Transnational Perspectives, Geneva, Switzerland

“[Grosvenor] is a master of original composition. ‘Lantern in the Window’ is a sparkling collection of piano wizardry. . . a subtle combination of whimsical yet suggestive music. It induces a state of mind, an emotional response in the listener...a certain sparkle...a being alive feeling in the music. A gentle, tender certainty, an effect which tends to serenade the listener.”
- Lucy Day, Eugene Magazine

"A fine collection. Grosvenor’s approach is to caress sounds and moods from the instrument. Her classical training is much in evidence (with) a number of other influences. Even when she whips into a boogie woogie, Grosvenor imparts an air of delicacy and subtle flavoring. A triumphant result."
- Kurt Olsen, Arts & Entertainment Magazine, Portland

"I only wish I had listened to this one sooner. Among current piano recordings, ‘Lantern in the Window’ stands out as really having something to say melodically."
- Joseph Rowe, KOAP Radio, Portland, Oregon

Lantern in the Window is full of warm, reflective sounds that echo softly in the minds and hearts of its listeners. These songs, some somber and even sad, others joyful and lilting, allow us to create our own movies as we listen. The amazing journey of the thought or feeling that is transmuted from the mind and heart of the player through the hands to the keys, then through the vibrating strings to us is a most miraculous and wondering thing. All music, if sincerely felt and offered, can be a great medium of inspiration and even healing.
-Bebop Jake, Connections, Pacific Northwest Magazine

"Met with overwhelming response. The most requested album on the New Acoustic Music Program."
- Radio Host, Forrest Faubion

"Plainspoken. . . full of humor.”
- Stephen Davis, New Age Journal , USA

"Very progressive....borderline modern classical music. Complex rhythms and diverse chord changes."
- Arizona Daily Wildcat

A blend of classical structure and lyrical melody, close and friendly, with an occasional punch of rock 'n' roll or the feline sensuality of jazz. Susan’s music, to be sure. She shapes silence with a caress, letting single notes define the space while caring as much for the parts with no sound as for the parts that are heard. Yet, her songs never get bogged down in the seriousness of being art. They are meant to be for us, the regular folks...A practical album to be used all the time. Plug it into the car stereo to calm the anxiety of going home in rush-hour traffic. Play it at home late at night, when the world is quiet, and the mind is open to more intuitive things.
- Chuck Graham, Tucson Citizen

“Creates a perfect mood. It’s on our hotlist."
- Roger Smith, KMHD Radio, Portland

"The lyrical melodies and pristine sound quality of this recording will enhance any activity for piano music lovers. The composition and sound quality excel."
-The Torch, Eugene, Oregon

"A true composer. . .This music is going to hold up for a long time."
- Radio Host, Doug Daniels

"Beautiful. I love it!"
- Radio Host, Tom Newman

In the midst of what most would call a successful musical career, Suzanne came to understand a feeling she'd had since childhood...In trying to tap into that inner source of musical expression, she began engaging in meditation and 'spending hours just playing'. Her time paid off. “Lantern in the Window” is an evocative record.
- Oregon Daily Emerald

Teddy Bear Records has as its aim an insight of the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung:
“What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of the personal life and speak from the spirit and the heart of the artist to the spirit and heart of mankind. In this way the work of the artist comes to meet the spiritual need of the society in which he lives.” The work of Suzanne Grosvenor meets this standard.
-Transnational Perspectives
Geneve, Switzerland

"Nicely produced."
- OP Independent Music Magazine, Washington