IMAGINARY PICNIC - Another wonderful 2009 CD release of solo piano and strings by composer, pianist and founder of CALM RADIO, Eric Harry.
2 Lifespan of a Raindrop
3 Canoe Sonata
4 Chasing Fireflies
5 Imaginary Picnic
6 Prairie Whistle
7 The Innocence of Kite Flying
8 Watching Bluebirds Fly
9 Wing Poetry
10 Speak To Me
Read the review by Kathy Parsons - Mainly Piano.com
Imaginary Picnic begins with “Lifespan of a Raindrop.” The piano stays mostly in the upper and middle registers of the piano, playing a simple melody over a flowing accompaniment. The strings on this one are played as background washes that help to create the wistful mood. “Watching Bluebirds Fly” conveys the sense of freedom one experiences watching birds’ effortless flight in a vast open sky as well as the bittersweet question of “why oh why can’t I?” The title song is a tranquil daydream that becomes more dramatic in the middle with the strings swelling to new heights and then returning to tenderness. “Canoe Sonata” is a favorite. It begins with a slow, easy piano solo that’s as effortless as a canoe gliding on a pond. Strings (mostly cello) deepen the tonal colors as the piano continues to gracefully float - what a beautiful piece!
“Chasing Fireflies” is a magical duet for piano and cello. The sensual flow of the cello is the perfect complement to the bright, percussive piano - lovely! Sweeping strings give “Wing Poetry” a cinematic quality that suggests green vistas and rolling hills. “Pendulum” and “Prairie Whistle” tug at the heartstrings with their graceful, bittersweet melodies and gentle musical thoughts. “Introspective Dream” looks inward, conveying peace of mind and calm. “Scent of Rain” is another favorite. Somewhat darker and more ambient than most of the rest of the album, you can almost smell the distinctive aroma of a coming storm and feel the changes in the wind. Bravo once again to Eric Harry - what an artist!
Imaginary Picnic is available from CalmRadio.com, Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. Recommended! - Kathy Parsons - MainlyPiano.com - 10/27/09
Available in CD and Downloadable formats