Just Nathaniel – “Tabula Rasa”
-The relaxing piano work here is really remarkable. From first listen, there’s an evident and intentional phrasing to each line. It feels like you’re listening to a speech or perhaps a sermon that expresses deep, fundamental facts about life. The full, chorded sections of the piece come across as bolder, more invigorating. But more than anything, I feel like the developing melody invites introspection. This is beautiful.
Jesse Brown – “It was just a bad dream”
-If you’ve been covering my neoclassical coverage for any length of time, you know that I admire Jesse Brown’s writing quite a lot. There’s something deeply soulful about these lines. When I heard this latest piece from Brown, I was yet again impressed with the expressive sentiments. Having a few young children of my own, I have had some moments to comfort in the wake of bad dreams. I think that’s probably the reference here, but even if it’s not, it’s where my heart and soul went immediately. It’s a piano-based expression of intimacy and connection. I love it.