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RELAX - Relaxing Piano Music

THE INSIDE STORY from Shirley ~:~

I am so grateful to everyone that has been following my music throughout the years and so happy to have a New Release!

 

I wanted to record relaxing piano music with peaceful instrumental music in the background  that would help me stay RELAX during these Covid times we are all going through. My older sister moved in with me last year for medical reasons. She has a classical ear for music and because of that she was a big help listening to all the tracks, remixes, etc. while I was recording this piano album. It definitely made the journey of recording this album very enjoyable!

I personally love falling asleep to this album on Alexa at night. Barely ever make it to the end of the album! Zzzzzz  :)

 

Stay safe everyone with love & peace,

Shirley ~:~

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RELAX album
Better Times Will Come

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BETTER TIMES WILL COME - Words & music by Janis Ian

RELAX Album's Liner Notes : Janis Ian wanted to give something to the world during this Covid-19 pandemic. Janis wrote this song then reached out to her musician friends to record their own version. This is my piano version of Janis Ian's beautiful song ~:~ Better Times Will Come...  Please donate to Janis's PEARL's FOUNDATION

 

KATHY PARSON - MAINLY PIANO
Album review : RELAX

I started reviewing Shirley Cason’s music back in 1999 when she released her first album, Forever in Bloom, and reviewed several more of her albums after that. I hadn’t heard from Shirley in quite a few years, so it was a happy surprise to hear that she had a new album out. The album is Relax, a collection of six original and three cover instrumentals that showcase the music that Cason turns to to help her stay relaxed during these stressful and trying times. Most of the nine tracks are piano-based with added keyboard instrumentation. With a focus on soothing and calming the mind and soul, the music isn’t showy or virtuosic, but it obviously comes from a loving heart that truly wants to ease some of the difficulties of our time with beautiful music. In addition to the music, Shirley has made several videos that give the lyrics as well as photos that tell a more complete story of the music. (All of the tracks on the album are instrumentals, but Shirley often writes lyrics for people to read while they are listening to the music, as she did here.)

Relax begins with the title track, a gently soothing bit of piano tranquility that wraps the listener in warmth and grace. “Missing You” is much more melancholy, feeling the loss of someone dear. The piano carries the heartfelt melody with accompanying strings in the background. Singer/songwriter Janis Ian wanted to give something to the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. She wrote “Better Times Will Come” and then reached out to her musician friends to record their own versions. Cason recorded a piano-based arrangement with some delicate keyboard accompaniment and presents it on the album - a favorite! “Czardas” is a piece Shirley has enjoyed playing for most of her life. Composed in 1904 by Vittorio Monti, Cason’s poignant and reflective arrangement is for piano and strings. The melody and lyrics for “You and I” came to Shirley in a dream of someone close who had recently passed away. A tender love song, reading the lyrics while listening to this beautiful song gives it even more meaning - also a favorite. “Try To Remember” is a dreamy and nostalgic arrangement of the song from The Fantastics, a 1960 musical with words and music by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. In the liner notes, Shirley tells us that during the month of March 2020, while being in lockdown for COVID-19, she kept hearing this song in her heart. Delicate and hopeful, “Someday” looks ahead to the time when the pandemic will be behind us. “Drifting” was inspired by what Cason refers to as “COVID fatigue” when time just melted from one day into the next - haunting! “Stay the Coarse” brings out the “Vangelis” side of Cason and her keyboards with layers of sound and a variety of instrumentation, and brings the album to a quiet yet vibrant close.

It’s so good to hear from Shirley Cason again and to know that she is still creating her peaceful music! Relax is available from ShirleyCason.com, Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, and streaming sites such as Spotify.

August 18, 2020

Kathy Parson

 
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RELAX
relaxing piano music
Album Liner Notes & Lyrics

1. RELAX 

Album Liner Notes:

This simple melody is a beautiful way to open up and start the journey with you for this album. 

2. MISSING YOU

Lyrics: 

I miss you in the morning

and in the afternoon

I miss you in the evening

when my day is through.

I miss you during Christmas

and on New Year's eve

My heart just keeps hoping 

you'll come back to me

Missing you...

missing you...

missing you...

I'm missing you...

I miss you on vacations

and us looking at the stars

I pray that you are happy

where ever you are

I miss you at each Sunrise

and seeing your smiling face

I wish that I could hold you

and feel your embrace

I'm missing you

missing you

I'm missing you

Yes it's true

I'm missing you

been missing you

missing you  xoxoxo

"call me soon"

xoxoxo

I love you !

3. BETTER TIMES WILL COME

Music & Lyrics by Janis Ian

Album Liner Notes:

Janis Ian wanted to give something to the world during this Covid-19 pandemic. Janis wrote this song then reached out to her musician friends to record their own version. This is my piano version of Janis Ian's beautiful song ~:~

Lyrics:

Better times, better times will come.

Better times, better times will come.

When this world learns to live as one,

oh, better times will come

 

When we greet each dawn without fear knowing loved ones soon will be near When the winds of war

cannot blow any more

Oh, better times will come

 

Better times, better times will come.

Better times, better times will come.

When this world learns to live as one,

oh, better times will come

 

Though we live each day as our last

we know someday soon it will pass

We will dance, we will sing

in that never-ending spring

 

Oh, better times will come

Better times, better times will come.

Better times, better times will come.

When this world learns to live as one,

oh, better times will come

 

Words & music by Janis Ian, © 2020 Janis Ian (BMI) Licensed for use via Harry Fox

4. CZARDAS

Written by Vittorio Monti

 

Album Liner Notes :

I've loved playing this song on the piano all my life. Stay safe with much love & peace, Shirley ~:~

Pubic Domain

5. YOU AND I

Album Liner Notes:

The melody & lyrics came to me when I was just waking up. I was having a dream about someone very closed to me that has recently passed away. I turned on my phone recorder & this song just came out.

 

I hope the video brings your heart peace and comfort... love & peace, Shirley ~:~

Lyrics:

You & I…

Will be together, forever.

I’m up in the sky.

It’s where I will be…

 

And every day.

When you wake up with the sun. Know I’ll be there…

for every one!

 

And when you see a rainbow

in the sky, know I’m smiling...

And when you see a bright star

in the night, It is me shining… shining for you !

 

Cause you & I…

Will be together, forever.

I’m up in the sky.

It’s where I belong…

And days will go by.

But I’ll leave you never!

Just feel in your heart.

It’s where I will be…

 

And if you ever get lonely

just think of me.

I’ll be standing right there

by your side… Smiling…

for you…

 

You & I …

You & I …

Forever ...

Now

 

6. TRY TO REMEMBER

Music & Lyrics by Tom Jones 

and Harvey Schmidt

Album Liner Notes:

During the month of March 2020 of being in lock down for Covid 19 in the North East USA, I kept hearing this song in my heart.

 

My soul was replaying, in my mind,  all the days when I could go to New York City and the YMCA to swim, or get on a plane to travel to see my friends.  ...   

 

oh sigh...

 

until then my friends & family

 

My heart, mind and soul WILL REMEBER ! 

 

This virus WILL past !

love & peace

Shirley ~:~

7. SOMEDAY

Album Liner Notes:

I was in the studio trying to make another song work and I heard my creative angels saying.... "put that song aside for now and record this song instead."

This song was recorded, written in one take.

What this song means to me is....  SOMEDAY this pandemic will be over.   From our lips to the universe and God's ears.

 

stay safe...   love & peace, Shirley ~:~

 

 

8. DRIFTING

 

Album Liner Notes: 

The inspiration for this recording came from what I call,  COVID fatigue

 

While being the studio recording, some days then weeks during this pandemic just melted into the next and the next.  Needed to remind myself what I was getting use to as a way of living WILL not be Forever.

 

As you can see as this album moved on in this new world... it came out in my recordings.

 

I truly still believe what Robert Frost once said,   "if the artist does not laugh or cry during their creation,.. it will not make anyone else either!"

I truly have kept that artist belief since recording A SUMMER DREAM for my sister that past and got wonderful letters from people around the world for being so honest in my recordings.   

9. STAY THE COARSE

Album Liner Notes:

I love this recording !  It's the Vangelis side of in me with my keyboards :)

This song was a challenge to make sure the soundtrack was held back a litle so if you were listening to this album in a headset and starting to fall asleep.... the music would be interesting to your brain and heart... but to let you continue on your peaceful relaxing journey in the music.

A Note From Shirley:

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