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by Denise Young

Evocative and lyrical piano compositions by Denise Ann Young paired with percussive textures in an eclectic mix of cello, violin, clarinet, English horn, and vocals (Autumn Colors). Featuring several amazingly talented musicians.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Time Alone
3:59 $0.97
2. Falling Leaves
2:50 $0.97
3. Green Mountain Meadows
5:29 $0.97
4. Something You Dream Of
5:48 $0.97
5. Livia's Song
4:40 $0.97
6. You Were Always There
2:47 $0.97
7. I'll Smile
3:44 $0.97
8. Love Will Light Your Way
2:32 $0.97
9. Why
5:36 $0.97
10. West River
3:22 $0.97
11. Autumn Colors
9:21 $0.97
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Album Notes
***** REVIEWS *****

#2 The Zone Music Reporter for two months!

Nominated for Best Instrumental Piano Album (2007)!

Real Notes from Listeners..

God bless you, Denise. My head and my heart are swelling at your kindness.
Yes, I knew your roots from your website and surely doubt you recall sending
me a signed CD wishing me "happy healing" after a surgery. That was personal. That was special. While bedridden for many weeks, your CD, "Time Alone" played day after day kept me out of harm's way and did heal me. You simply can't know how much I'm willing to do to encourage my granddaughter to move forward and express her love with music like you.

Hi! Love your music and was excited to buy the sheet music for my daughter.

Thank you so much for your kind gift. I just loved Green Mountain Meadows when I heard it. I am a big fan of Will Ackerman and Windham Hill. They got me through some rough times.

What a special joy to meet and talk with you! I think you have an amazing gift, and must be a blessing to many.

I heard your song "Time Alone" on satellite radio and loved it! Is sheet music available for that piece and/or for any of your other work?

I was just listening to you and your music on the radio. Your arrangements touch my heart. I play the piano as well. But only "for myself" and mostly as "therapy" when I'm feeling down. (very much of a novice, but enjoy trying) Is it possible for me to purchase sheet music for any of your arrangements?

Hi, Denise. No need to trouble yourself with a reply. I just wanted to encourage you in what you're doing, to let you know your music matters to me, that it brings me peace.

I would like to see this beautiful music live. Please email me with dates and times.

Love green mountain meadows, hoping to see you play sometime. I'm in california, bay
area. Thanks!

Hello, I was listening on a tv channel one of your song Falling Leaves and I really liked it.

I purchased your sheet music package a couple of years ago and have thoroughly enjoy playing your songs. I have played them as service music for the Unitarian congregation I play for and folks remark at home calming and evocative your songs are.

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I enjoy your music. I recently purchased "Something
You Dream Of," and am touched by the softness I find in your music, especially the last track on this album, "Autumn Colors."

In my life, I find listening to music like this very soothing. It takes me to places in my mind where I can
just relax and let go. It brings to mind feelings of love and serenity, and gives me a place to go and be
by myself if need be. I have many CD's with music like this, and your CD is the newest in my collection.
I really enjoy your music and look forward to adding more of your music to my collection. Keep taking us to those places where only one's mind can go...

The Zone Music Reporter Review Snippets:

Review by RJ Lannan, The Zone Music Reporter
"The Taj Mahal awaits you."

…Denise Young is one of the new pianists that create their music with pensive thoughts, rainbow filled skies and verdant fields of beauty and translate them into music. Her new release Something You Dream of… is aptly named and a word of caution, this music can produce prodigious daydreams. This is my favorite kind of album, contemporary music with light ensemble. Just two or three pieces performing serene melodies.

As a child, Denise once carved her name on a piano to hopefully prevent it from being taken away. Yes, it is shocking! She still has the piano. It is obvious that music is her life and her every breath is filled with passion for the significant meaning that every note holds. This is one of the best contemporary albums I have heard this year. Young’s liner notes say she has played at almost every venue with the exception of the Taj Mahal. Denise, Shah Jahan awaits your pleasure."

Review by Bill Binkelman, The Zone Music Reporter

…I’ve sung the praises of producer Will Ackerman so much in the last year that to do so again would be redundant and even appear sycophantic on my part. However, the man does indeed seem to have a sixth sense when selecting talent to produce. Denise Young’s Something You Dream Of… stands out in the flood of current piano releases, partly on the strength of her playing and compositions alone, but also through the care and quality exhibited by Ackerman and the assembled guest artists. Praise is due all around, obviously. While the entire album is enjoyable, “Autumn Colors” is one of those ultra-special tracks that, all by itself, makes the CD an easy “highly recommend” on my part.

“SHADES OF CLASSICS” CKUW Radio, Winnipeg, Canada

Review by John Iverson, Producer/Host

“True to It's Title”

…It is hard to pick a favourite from this album, as they are all beautiful pieces in their own right. Of particular note is the poignant piano and violin duet “Falling Leaves” with Steve Schuch, the passionate piano and cello duo “You Were Always There” with Eugene Friesen, the inspiring solo piano piece “Livia’s Song”, and the memorable “Autumn Colors”, with a beautiful haunting vocalise sung by Noah Wilding.

For lovers of heartfelt music and beautiful piano melodies, this album is a must. I highly recommend this album.”

Will Ackerman wrote...
"Denise Young has the heart of a romantic, but her music is not lost in unnecessary ornamentation. Livia’s Song, for instance, is a deeply emotional composition which never relies on flourish or bombast to make it’s point or to reach us on a very powerful level. There is an element of innocence to Denise and her music which enables the listener to go to a musical and emotional place that is not commonly found these days: the world is poorer for it, but we are the richer for her sincere and heartfelt composition and graceful performance."

COVER PHOTO: A SACRED TREE "BLISS" (Where many people pray on a mountain top in Nepal) By Michael Ash, Elements of the Sacred



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John Iverson, CKUW, Winnepeg Canada

True to It's Title
The year 2007 is shaping up to be an incredible one for guitarist and producer Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studio. The founder of Windham Hill Records has turned his focus on producing, and its quite apparent that he has the Midas touch when it comes to helping artists create beautiful heartfelt albums. This album is one of four that has come out of his studio this year that I have heard, and Will’s ability to draw the best out of the soloists he works with is quite remarkable.

Denise Young is an extremely talented and passionate pianist and composer, and her playing is elegant, warm and straight from the heart. There is a distant familiarity to her touching melodies, and yet they are all uniquely shaped from her own creative spirit. And her playing serves as a source of inspiration for the small group of talented artists who join her on this album, including Jill Haley on English horn, Steve Schuch on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, and Will Ackerman on guitar.

It is hard to pick a favourite from this album, as they are all beautiful pieces in their own right. Of particular note is the poignant piano and violin duet “Falling Leaves” with Steve Schuch, the passionate piano and cello duo “You Were Always There” with Eugene Friesen, the inspiring solo piano piece “Livia’s Song”, and the memorable “Autumn Colors”, with a beautiful haunting vocalise sung by Noah Wilding.

For lovers of heartfelt music and beautiful piano melodies, this album is a must. I highly recommend this album.
Rating: Excellent

Herman Collins

Something You Dream of
I just heard your piece "Something You Dream of".It is about one of the very best songs i have ever heard,to be honest with you.You have a long sought after talent to be sure.I have not heard any of your other work that i can be sure of,but i will now.Very good,Very good.

Kathy Parsons

Wow!!! again
“Something You Dream Of...” is pianist Denise Young’s second CD. Produced by Will Ackerman and recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios, Young composed seven new pieces for this project and reworked four from her previous release, “Time Alone.” The older pieces were rerecorded on a Steinway grand (rather than keyboards) and parts were composed for additional musicians. “Something You Dream Of...” has a lot of the same personnel as recent recordings by Karen Marie Garrett and Dana Cunningham, so if you like the sound of those albums, you’ll love this one, too. Eugene Friesen’s haunting cello, Jill Haley’s English horn, Steve Schuch’s violin, and Noah Wilding’s ethereal vocals enchant, but seem a bit too similar to the other two recent productions from Ackerman, inviting comparison. That said, this is a gorgeous album, and I love the music. Calming and uplifting, Young seeks to bring joy with her music. A music therapist and instructor as well as a pianist and songwriter, her playing is graceful and her music heartfelt. With Ackerman’s production skills and Corin Nelsen’s recording genius, the sound quality is warm and pristine. Only one track is solo piano from beginning to end, but this is definitely a piano album with brilliant accompanying artists.

The CD opens with “Time Alone,” a lovely flowing piece that is a piano solo for most of the first half and then becomes a haunting and introspective duet for piano and English horn. “Falling Leaves” also begins as a piano solo that evokes images of colorful leaves dancing in the wind. Steve Schuch’s violin enhances the swirling feeling of freedom. “Green Mountain Meadows” paints a picture of gentle contentment with wildflowers and long grasses swaying in the breeze. Ackerman’s guitar and T Bone Wolk’s bass add a folk song flavor. The title track is exceptional. Inspired by “The Benny Goodman Story” and Goodman’s passion for his music, it features David Weiss on clarinet. The emotions expressed really grab and hold you - a great piece! “Livia’s Song” is the only piano solo, and is a beautiful, graceful waltz. “You Were Always There” is my favorite. I love piano and cello, and Eugene Friesen is a master. This haunting piece could melt rocks and makes me say “wow!” every time I hear it. I also really like “Love Will Light Your Way,” a more upbeat and optimistic composition for piano, percussion, and bass. “West River” is a duet for piano and guitar that carries feelings of longing and of open space. “Autumn Colors” is the closing track. At almost 9 1/ 2 minutes, it takes its time to develop and evolve. Noah Wilding’s incredible voice accompanies the piano with floating, wordless vocals. The piano is Satie-like in its evocative simplicity, soothing the mind and creating dreamy images.

“Something You Dream Of...” is a wonderful listening experience and should put Denise Young high on the charts. Recommended!

Scott Adams

Something You Dream Of"
If I had higher praise, I wouldn't know how to say it. I believe this artist is amazingly talented, and this CD exemplifies this. I recently had an opportunity to hear Denise in a small venue, and found her just as sweet in person as she appears to be through her music. In talking with her, it is apparent that she has talents that have just been tapped. There is much more to come, and I am waiting with great anticipation for her next album. My deepest gratitude to Will Ackerman for having produced for this wonderful lady under the Windham Hill label; he obviously has good taste and good sense! And to Denise, you've got a fan in this Southern California firefighter...it was a sincere pleasure meeting you.