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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings +

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information. These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page. There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful. The January, Read More
  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events +

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs. I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot. Many Read More
  • Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers +

    Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians. The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form. Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film. She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. Read More
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Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers

Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians.

The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form.

Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film.

She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. Her ears are as wide open as anyone I can ever imagine!

I could go on and on about everything that made me feel so connected to Rachel as a fellow human being, a soul-sister in the art and science of music making. But my intention in posting this on my blog is to spread the word about this jewel in the light of the eye of creation - Rachel Flowers.

You need to hear her play her heart out with world-class chops on a wide variety of instruments (especially piano, flute and guitar), and listen to her compositions. As a fellow composer, I am most impressed by her powerful compositions. You're going to be hearing a lot about her!

But perhaps most refreshing is the undeniable fact that Rachel experiences no boundaries between every so-called stylistic genre. She plays everything from Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto to Bach to Keith Emerson to Jazz and Fusion, from Rush to Frank Zappa, to the American Song Book, ad infinitum.

How rare to find a story about a true human being, who has not been tainted by the world or the quest for fame and fortune, but to simply listen and play music; exploring everything musical with reckless abandon - moving forward at Godspeed.


Here are a bunch of links to the film, and to Rachel Flowers' own music Internet sites:

Watch the streaming video on Amazon Prime Video:

https://www.amazon.com/Hearing-Believing-Rachel-Flowers/dp/B073162RQP


A YouTube Channel dedicated to clips, reviews and screenings of the film:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl3JT_GvnNzijrZGf9dfqfw/videos


Rachel Flowers music YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/12stringbabe


Rachel Flowers Bandcamp music albums for digital download:

https://shop.rachelflowersmusic.com/music


Rachel Flowers Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/RachelFlowersMusic


Rachel Flowers Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/RFlowersMusic


Interview with the film's director and Rachel Flowers on the making of the documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYpDRSS23o

 



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