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Behind the Music
Morning coffee and listening
to Winter Mornings is perfect.
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! Shirley ~:~
Kathy Parson : Mainly Piano.com
"Winter Mornings is a wonderful CD for relaxing or cozying up to a winter fire. Very enjoyable! read more
BILL BINKELMAN : Wind & Wire
"What a great recording this is! So few artists record music that attempts to evoke the moods of Winter,
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. 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
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Album Notes & Lyrics
1. 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 "& 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.
2. Winter Skies
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.
3. Icicle Melt
This song was inspired by looking at the icicles melting off the house.
4. 10 Degrees
This song really tells what the
weather was like the winter
I recorded this album in the Northeast.
5. Winter Morning
I relaxed back in the soft quite
morning of winter at the lake.
6. Snow Dance
Being that it snowed, and snowed
and snowed some more, I was captured
by looking at how the snowflakes
would dance in the wind !
7. 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 to just look out the window.
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!
8. 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 : 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 that 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!