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WINTER MORNINGS : Relaxation - Spa - Ambient - Chillout Music

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Behind the Music:
WINTER MORNINGS by Shirley Cason
My Peaceful World Music

The reason why this CD was titled "Winter Mornings" is because the inspiration for every song came to me only during those winter mornings hours while I was looking at all the snow from my recording studio window. The beauty of winter outside, made the music just flow out of me.

Every Saturday and Sunday mornings I would get up at 5:30 a.m. and go into the recording studio to work on new material for the Winter CD. I have found that the early morning is the best time for me to record music because my "thinking" consciousness is not awake. I just record what the "creative universe" of Winter, wants me to! Recording the "Winter Mornings" was truly an artistic experience for me in that I left myself at the studio door entrance & just let the music take over inside . . .

I hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as I had recording it. . .

with Love & Peace, Shirley ~:~

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Winter Solstice : Winter Mornings - CD REVIEW : MainlyPiano.com - by Kathy Parsons - Amazon Top 500 Reviewer ~:~ All of the music for Winter Mornings came to Shirley Cason during the early hours of winter days, hence the title. Played on various keyboards, several of the have a cool, ambient feel while others are more melodic and structured. Beauty of the Earth opens the CD with a gentle song about God and Earth s marriage, and all of us being the children of their universe. Winter Skies is a bit more orchestrated, depicting an icy coolness and the stillness of early morning. Ambient and floating, this is a very effective piece. Icicle Melt comes from the dripping sounds of icicles melting off the house. Electronic and elegant, this piece is much more ambient than melodic, and has a very shimmering beauty. 10 Degrees is my favorite track. Darkly beautiful, it is like the light dancing and sparkling off of early morning snow. There is also a sense of mystery and of a vastness that works really well. Snow Dance is almost a musical Christmas card. Gentle bell-like sounds create the feeling of snowflakes swirling and of morning light bouncing off of the surface of the snow. Very serene and peaceful with a gentle rhythm for the dance. Children and Snowmen is a bit lighter although it is far from bright and carefree. The piece becomes more orchestrated as it develops, and would be lovely as the soundtrack to a scene of winter activities. The CD closes with Gulf of Florida, a musical admission of needing to flee the snow for a week each year to warm up. It s a very charming way to end this chilly and evocative collection. Winter Mornings is a wonderful CD for relaxing or cozying up to a winter fire. Very enjoyable! Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com --MainlyPiano.com - by Kathy Parsons - Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

Winter Solstice : Winter Mornings - CD REVIEW : Bill Binkelman - ZoneMusicReporter.com ~:~ What a great recording this is! So few artists record music that attempts to evoke the moods of winter (except for holiday carols). However, keyboard player Shirley Cason has done just that - composed an entire album of serene, peaceful, evocative electronic keyboard and piano instrumentals, tinted with a superb combination of somberness and gentility. As a result, these eight musical soundscapes properly reflect winter's emotional resonance on the land and on people. Being from Minnesota, the land where winter lasts from November through March, I know what I'm talkin' about, Willis! Winter Mornings is full of lovely music. Throughout the album, Cason shows her ability to mix her assorted keyboards and synths (strings, bells, textures, piano) in songs that are accessible yet (at times) free-flowing enough to be quasi-ambient. This is especially true on the eight-minute Winter Skies, which mixes softly swelling strings, twinkling bell tones, gentle plucked guitar, and subtle background spacy synthesizer textures. For comparison's sake, imagine a blend of Jon Mark's melancholy beauty with Kevin Kendle's wonderful melodic sensibility. I hold Messrs Mark and Kendle in the highest regard so this comparison is rare praise indeed. And, while Cason is not quite at their level, she is getting close with this recording. Besides the beautiful Winter Skies,there are also the shiny bright bell tones, hushed synth chorales and gentle electronica rhythms of Icicle Melt, the somber and darker 10 Degrees (sounding a little like Tim Story, with repeating piano refrains and shadowy synthesizer shadings, and then moving slowly into a warmer romantic sound, a la Ciani or Yanni at their best). In addition, there is the plaintive minimal piano and synth title track and the light-as-a-feather bells and chimes of Snow Dance (Cason plays this one smart by opening with the chimes and bells played arrhythmically, thereby creating a musical illusion of randomly falling snowflakes). This last piece also features well-executed flute samples and slowly building momentum over a bed of what sounds like sampled kalimba (African thumb piano). The opening track, Beauty of the Earth," features delicate synth strings and gently strummed/picked guitar (sampled) while "Children and Snowmen,yet another peaceful mixture of assorted keyboards, once again reminded me of Kevin Kendle, but this time with a dash of playfulness and innocence added to the other elements. Finally, for a touch of whimsy and humor, the artist closes with Gulf of Florida, a short piano and minimal synth number which features parts of the refrain from the traditional folk song Oh Susanna, leaving the listener with the notion that, while winter has its charms and its beauty, one does need a little warmth and sunshine too (again, as a Minnesotan, I heartily agree!). When I reviewed A Summer Dream (2002) a few years ago, I knew Shirley Cason was talented, but I admit to being surprised at how fully realized a musical statement Winter Mornings is. While there are no tracks that will remind you of blizzards, these beautiful, somewhat minimal, relatively subdued songs are evocative of that season which is normally ignored by artists. Fans of warm melodic electronic keyboard music (mostly without overt rhythms, though) will almost certainly enjoy this CD, and if you miss the days of classic new age music (lots of bell tones and twinkling chimes), then you're in for a big treat as Cason has plenty of them throughout the album. Highly recommended, especially for romantics (like me). Bill Binkelman --ZoneMusicReporter.com - by Bill Binkelman

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Product details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: March 20, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceful World Music
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008XYKB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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