= Music from the Heart for the Heart
Do you remember the last time you listened to music
so beautiful it gave you shivers? Do you remember being
amazed at the kindness and beauty in the human soul? This
album brings both of those elements into play as you
I was not only struck by the sheer beauty of the
soothing piano compositions, I was filled with such
appreciation for the amazing abilities God gives artists
so they can generously give beauty to the world.
“Music is…?” was the subject heading of an e-mail
sent out by Kathy Parsons in the first week of September,
2001. She sent the e-mail to a group of pianists and
composers and asked them to fill in the blank. At the time
she was writing an article for her newsletter “Pianotes.”
This newsletter is about how music is experienced, created
Then September 11th unfolded before Kathy’s eyes.
“It was about mid-week, after watching yet another
tragic story, that I cried and wondered what I could do to
help. Suddenly I remembered Kathy Parson’s e-mail –
“Music is…?” ~Eric Chapelle
Writing music was what he loved to do most and he knew
others would want to also help in some way. Eric suggested
a long list of composers to Kathy. Together they created a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to help launch the idea.
After receiving music from various keyboard composers,
they had to select musical tracks that would fit together
in a unified ensemble. Seventeen tracks were chosen for
this CD. This contemporary piano music compilation was
then released on September 11, 2002.
1. Wherever You Go – Robin Spielberg
A delicate, exquisite expression of hope amidst sorrow.
2. Walls That Move – Spencer Brewer
Seems to speak of a place beyond this life. As if the
walls move away and open to release all feelings of pain
and you feel peace.
3. Journey – Janie Campbell
Begins with a wilderness feel, perhaps a thunderstorm. The
deep soothing vibrations in this piece balance sadness
with joy. Janie Campbell is known for her music which
enables individuals to connect with their emotions and
4. I’ll Carry You Through – John Boswell
An evocative duet between Boswell and Tillman. The cello
and keyboard help to transport the listener into a deep
sense of peace and security. This piece borders on
worship. Very healing.
5. First Embrace – Evan Gould
Upbeat and hopeful with elements that seem to embrace you
in warmth. Within the tragedy, this brings to mind all the
miracles and love shown.
6. Grace – Michael Hoppe
A meditative piece which encourages tranquility. Perhaps
like the slow trickle of melting snow.
7. Silent Prayer – Ira Stein
This was composed after the 9/11 incident and reflects
deep sorrow and loss. It has an element of “becoming
aware” of the deep pain hate can cause. At times the
piece waits for your thoughts and then at times seems to
make definite statements.
8. Ivory – Ray Lynch
Feels like an awakening on a new day. Realizing that in
deep sorrow there is a time to feel as if you are dying
and then you can follow a path to rebirth.
9. Shooting Stars on Trillium Trails – Zola Van
Passionate piece that says there is still kindness and
beauty in the world.
10. Shadow to Light – Eric Chapelle
The minor and major keys reflect sadness and hope.
11. Turning – Suzanne Ciani
Mysterious and emotive melody.
12. Silence Once Served – Dan Chadburn
Heartfelt piece which encourages introspection.
13. The Heart’s Reach – Craig Casey
This piece was written for the men and women who offered
their aid and protection. Thankfulness and peace are
present in the soaring melodic lines.
14. Porch Swing Summer Night – Jeff Bjorck
(Pure Piano Panoramas and Pure Piano Portraits are equally
beautiful (see review) and this piece is from the Pure
Piano Panoramas CD.)
After you hear this piece, you will want all his
albums. They are intensely beautiful and very relaxing!
This piece speaks of coming home to family and friends and
has a smooth sway like the calm sway of a porch swing on a
summer night. Jeff made me aware of the HeartAid album and
is also involved in other very significant humanitarian
efforts in his daily life. He is a board member for Life
Water an organization that equips, trains, and
empowers local villagers to drill and maintain their own
clean safe water wells. Bad water is the leading cause of
death in the world and this organization has found a way
to save lives by helping to filter out water-born
15. The Dance Left Behind – Ken Pederson
A blending of classics with the contemporary. Bright,
notes that are sophisticated and elegant.
16. Lullaby – Karen Fitzgerald
A sweet lullaby which moves the listener through a cycle
of renewal. Inspired by the beauty of nature. If you love
rain, you will also want “Heart of the Rain.”
17. When the Sun Goes Down – Julie Rivers
A jazz duet signaling the conclusion of this musical
journey. Contemplative keyboard melodies dance around the
calming saxophone improvisations. Seems to speak of a new
day and renewal.
The proceeds from The HeartAid Project CD will be
donated to charities benefiting 9/11 and their families.
Each artist has decided to donate all the royalties from
this album to The HeartAid Project and its healing
Music speaks to us in a way words can’t. Music can
heal the heart. Out of a great tragedy comes intense
beauty. What a wonderful way to express love and care.
Music for the Heart.
~The Rebecca Review