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CD REVIEW by Bill Binkelman|
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.
"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).
CD REVIEW by Kathy Parson MainlyPiano.com
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 selections have a cool,
ambient feel while others are more melodic and structured.
“Winter Mornings” is a wonderful CD for relaxing or cozying up to a winter fire. Very enjoyable!
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BEHIND THE 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 inside.
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. . .
Enjoy this Peaceful Winter CD ~
with Love & Joy
Lyrics ~ Notes & Pictures for Winter Mornings
The Beauty of the Earth
I truly believe we are all connected to each other
throughout the world, through the universal energy & love.
When I wrote the lyrics "and we are the children of the universe,
together we all will survive",
those words just bubbled
out of my heart with pure joy!
The beauty of the earth surrounds me.
I'm so lucky to be alive.
For God is a man, and the earth is his lady.
together they are beautiful and alive.
And we are their children of the universe.
Together, we all will survive
So please don't take advantage
of their marriage.
For they will surely die.
This song was inspired from looking at the sky in the morning from the studio window. It was so relaxing.
The music just went along with the slow moving clouds.
Is from looking at the dripping of the icicles melting off the house.
This song really tells it like it was the winter in the Northeast.
I relaxed back in the soft quite morning of winter at the lake.
Being that it snowed, and snowed and snowed some more,
I was captured by
looking at how the snowflakes would dance in the wind.
Children and Snowmen |
Now, having all this snow around the next event naturally occurred. children and snowmen
were popping up everywhere outside. I even built a snowman myself. I brought some snow in
for the cats to play with, but they purr...fer just to look at it out the window.
Lyrics - Children & Snowmen
Walking along here in the snow
Winter has stayed far too long.
Wishing again for winter to end.
For Spring to sing her love song.
Children and snowmen are out in the snow.
They don't mind the cold.
Kitties and doggies look out their window.
Wondering what is all this snow!
No one's in town walking around.
Everyone's safe in their home.
The town's café is empty today.
No one wants even hot cocoa!
Grandma and Grandpa left months ago
for the warm coast of Mexico.
Walking back home,
The wind howls and blows,
I need to get out of this cold!
Gulf of Florida
This song is very truthful and humorous to me
at the same time. Even though this winter was so beautiful,
I am guilty of being a snow bird and
going on vacation in Florida every Winter
to get out of the cold weather in New York!
Lyrics for Gulf of Florida
I'm going to the Gulf of Florida
to get out from the snow
I know if I stay north here
I'll surely die of the cold.
So I'm going to the Gulf of Florida
to play out in the sun
I don't think I'll come back here
until winter here is done!
Down in sunny Florida Life is slow
Here in New York City the wind blows,
and I can't hold on
Down in sunny Florida they say the life is fine
Here in Manhattan It's so cold I'll lose my mind!
So, I'm going to the Gulf of Florida
leave my frozen bones behind
It's time to leave north here
until the Springtime
Yeah I'm going to the Gulf of Florida
to hang out in the sun
I don't think I'll come back here
'till the Robin’s birds have sung!
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Winter Solstice Music
A Celebration of Celtic Winter Solstice in Music, Poetry and song. Join Irish native
Áine Minogue accompanied by world class Celtic musicians on a spellbinding
journey through ancient Celtic mid-Winter Traditions, customs and lore
Paul Winter - Winter Solstice
Bring Home the Sun: Paul Winter's 34th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.
John Huling - Winter Solstice music
Winter Solstice - Southwest Meditations - Native American Flute - Over 60 minutes of musical stories for
healing the heart, mind and spirit are on this CD. Kyaamuya (ki-ya-moo-ya) or Winter is a time of reverence and respect for the spirit
This Time, This space|
Spiritual Music – Winter Solstice: Our Winter Solstice features renewing relationships through feasting, music and traditional storytelling
Beyond winter music
Listen and watch videos of Winter Music themes for the winter solstice
Michele McLaughlin - Winter Music Solstice
Listen to Michele wintery album that is wonderful for the winter season.
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