Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
Pianist Jim Brickman would like you to picture a world that is prettier, more contented, and more emotionally in-tune than the world you probably see through your windshield each day. It may be just wishful thinking, but B... more »
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Pianist Jim Brickman would like you to picture a world that is prettier, more contented, and more emotionally in-tune than the world you probably see through your windshield each day. It may be just wishful thinking, but Brickman's music indulges in the dream anyway, and those inclined to share in the momentary journey will find it is a lovely, often romantic ride. The Cleveland-born pianist understands his strengths and sticks close to the white keys in this very inviting 13-track collection. Brickman specializes in crafting pop-influenced melodies that, to his credit, aim for the heartstrings through intelligence and subdued elegance rather than schmaltz. The album's most circulated cut is its lone vocal selection, the soft-pop hit "Valentine," sung by Martina McBride, but all 12 instrumentals are individual jewels of understated beauty. "Secret Love," for example, opens with sparkling, hopeful passages, followed by the hesitancy and uncertainty of a muted cello, resolved by a flood of expressive flourishes that beautifully convey pent-up romantic release. Even his reworking of "Frère Jacques" suggests a thoughtfulness that can make listeners rethink the tune themselves. A great choice for clear-eyed romantics. --Terry Wood
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"I don't remember how I came upon this CD, but I can't imagine life without it. The music is wonderful and soothing without feeling like you just came out of an elevator music coma.I really enjoy the vocal, "Valentine" on track 11, with Martina McBride. She puts the same passion into the vocals as Jim Brickman puts into playing the piano on all of the tracks. One thing that I really like about this CD is the smooth transition from one song to the other. The transition is so effortless that sometimes it is hard to remember each specific instrumental. But, it really does not matter because the music is so relaxing that by the end of the CD I just wanted to hear more of his music.This music would be great for that special romantic evening or mood music if you were giving or receiving a massage.Jim Brickman scores with Picture This."
A True Romantic's Must Have!
Rob Darrah | 09/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I meant Jim Brickman in person; and he is a genuine people person. He writes his own music! His music is full of life; and his passion for it! I recomend all his albums to anyones collection. He also puts on a wonderful concert. For anyone who loves panio you must listen to Jim Brickman! The soul of his music will lighten a heavy heart; and warm the inner sanctums of your soul. It is music that will carry you to a different place and time. It can also enhance any romantic evening that you want to share with a loved one! Candle light and Jim Brickman's music are as one senual experiance that you will want again and again! True listening for the best enjoyment..."
Songs of Solemnity/Tranquility/Inspiration
James F. Williams | San Francisco | 09/27/2001
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"This CD is one of my 3 favorites in my CD collection. The other two being Destiny and Simple Things by Jim Brickman as well. When my day at work gets crazy ......I always return to this music to relax and calm myself. It is the best piano music to sit by the fire, to drink a glass of wine to, to be in the bathtub, to fall asleep to.....It's a CD that I've shared with and bought for many friends....Most have gone on to buy more of his CDs. If you haven't seen his concerts....they are also wonderful.....Go with a romantic interests too....."