A Time for Peace is a Christmas-themed album of contemporary piano composed specially for the festive season! OUT NOW on Yellow Rose Records.
It features a collection of original piano tunes written and performed by 15 artists from all around the world (full track listing below).
The album has a calm and peaceful vibe providing a perfect backdrop for the upcoming holiday season and time to be spent with loved ones.
A Moment of Wintry Wonder
My contribution to A Time For Peace is a new composition called A Moment of Wintry Wonder. Here’s the background story:
I wanted to write something that “sounded” wintry, and I also wanted to have some references to traditional Christmas or seasonal songs. I’ve always been a fan of Joni Mitchell, and her album Blue was a bit influence on me for its open and personal storytelling. The track River famously opens with the piano playing a very sad sounding Jingle Bells.
I decided to start and end my new piece with a similar reference to Jingle Bells, but when I made the recording I changed the rhythm. I hadn’t intended to do this – but it sounded right, so I left it like that!
I also remembered the lyrics for the Christmas song, All Through The Night (which I had recorded as a Christmas release in 2018). It begins: “Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee” – which seemed very appropriate for the theme of this compilation album: A Time For Peace. On my 2018 recording I imitated church bells at the beginning of the piece, and I had a repeating “Ding Dong” theme throughout. And in A Moment of Wintry Wonder I’ve added a similar pattern in the main body of the piece.
I like the chord structure of many carols – and had a lot of fun writing felt piano arrangements for 12 traditional Christmas in my 2020 album. I wanted to keep the feel of those chord structures in a brand new composition. Listening to the carols that I’d recorded for Deep and Crisp and Even I chose a chord sequence that had elements from several of the traditional works, I particularly like In the Bleak Midwinter – and you may be able to hear hints of that in A Moment of Wintry Wonder.
And then the title: It’s called A Moment of Wintry Wonder because of the times in my life when wintry scenes or events have evoked a feeling of excitement and joy. Fresh snow on tree branches. Children making snow people. And Christmas decorations and lights. The YouTube video uses photographs of the Christmas lights in London – mainly Regent Street, but also Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.
Tracklisting (links to artist and track on Spotify):
- Alstad – The Sparkle In Their Eyes
- Sigvard – Christmas Solice
- Andrea Sertori – The Children’s Tree
- Stephen Weber – Peaceful Christmas
- Melany Thompson – This Time
- Oscar Pascasio – Christmas, A Special Night
- Angel Ruediger – Stillness
- Glenn Natale – Contentment
- Antonija Pacek – Life Is…
- Eric D. Lawrence – Home
- Matt Tondut – Snow Globes
- Rikard Mathisson – I vinternattens ljus
- Mark W. Griffiths – Snow Drifting
- Andrei Poliakov – One Little Miracle
- Roger Evernden – A Moment of Wintry Wonder