Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit

Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit

by George Winston
     
 

Days after the Twin Towers fell, George Winston channeled his grief into this half-hour musical offering, a tender "remembrance" of what and who has been lost. Winston offers a clear musical space to ponder deep issues or to comfort the grief stricken. Whether on solo piano, slack key Hawaiian guitar, or homely harmonica, Winston playsSee more details below

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Days after the Twin Towers fell, George Winston channeled his grief into this half-hour musical offering, a tender "remembrance" of what and who has been lost. Winston offers a clear musical space to ponder deep issues or to comfort the grief stricken. Whether on solo piano, slack key Hawaiian guitar, or homely harmonica, Winston plays with a clear, austere style, reminiscent of his popular first albums. A steady stream of tears flows from the keys on his comforting "Lament." His original guitar composition, "Where Are You Now," seems to keep vigil for life in heaven's lonely skies, the spare high notes flaring like pulsar stars, while the bass notes embrace with warming rays. "Remembrance" is nobly elegant, flowing stately yet with hesitating, thoughtful introspection. If one could only turn back the clock, it seems to say. Winston returns to the guitar for "Where the Sun Rises First," a slack key composition by guitarists Moses Kahumoku and George Kahumoku Jr. that comforts with a lilting cadence and bittersweet harmonies. The "Farewell" medley, played on harmonica, touches patriotic themes. This lonely instrument, so plainly American, plays a traditional air from Scotland, with drones of harmonica bagpipes. The tune bravely steps out into a livelier dance, followed by "America, My Country 'Tis of Thee," and a mournful, at-attention "Taps." Winston ends with "Daughters and Sons" for slack key guitar, a collection of Hawaiian lullabies composed for newborn children. All artist royalties from this lovely tribute will be donated to benefit the survivors and families of 9/11.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The new age pianist's massive popularity, combined with the proceeds going to the September 11th disaster relief fund, should ensure strong sales for this unique six-song sampler showcasing all of his musical talents in just under a half-hour. Those who love the quiet graces of his ivory tickling will gravitate to the melancholy "Lament" and somewhat more hopeful "Remembrance," but the real surprises here come from his slack key and harmonica work. He runs Windham Hill's Dancing Cat imprint, producing numerous top slack key guitar players. Winston shines on the sparse, high-toned "Where the Sun Rises First," which was written by genre masters Moses Kahumoku and George Kahumoku, Jr.. He also concludes the set with the sweet strains of "Daughters and Sons," also a slack key classic. His harmonica solo medley of "Farewell," "Kindness Emerging," "America, My Country Tis of Thee," and "Taps" features a dual-toned, lingering note approach which approximates Scottish bagpipes -- a perfect patriotic elegy to the victims.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Rca Victor
UPC:
0019341162421
catalogNumber:
11624

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Tracks

  1. Lament
  2. Where Are You Now?
  3. Remembrance
  4. Where the Sun Rises First (Kumakahi)
  5. Farewell -- Kindness Emerging -- America, My Country 'Tis of Thee -- Taps
  6. Daughters and Sons

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