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From MainlyPiano “Dragonfly” is the long-awaited follow-up to Timothy Crane’s 2004 debut, “The Other Life I Dream.” Like the first album, “Dragonfly” is a collection of piano-based instrumentals that are backed with orchestration. All but one of the eleven tracks were composed by Crane. There are classical influences in some of the pieces and some have a graceful cinematic sweep; all are beautifully realized and each is crafted to stand on its own rather than being part of an overall theme. Most of the music is very peaceful, but there are some effective mood shifts that make the album a great one to listen to with full attention rather than placing it in the background.”Dragonfly” begins with the joyful “Two X Two,” a piece that creates an uplifting mood with piano and orchestra (mostly strings). “Play” has a more electronic backing to the piano and, along with guitar and strings, evokes swirling sensations of carefree freedom – nice! “Star Cross Moon” opens with a mysterious theme that gradually evolves into a graceful flow that couldn’t be more soothing – a favorite! The delightful laughter of a baby leads into “A Child’s Goodnight” as a music box is being wound up and plays a gentle and very tender lullaby. “Salish Sunset” paints a gorgeous picture of a breath-taking sunset and conveys the inner peace witnessing such a sunset brings. “Theme for Rachel Scott” is another beauty. Slow and graceful with just a touch of melancholy, it really sings to the heart. “Vasilissa the Beautiful” begins with a lovely, flowing theme that alternates between major and minor keys for the first half of the piece. Then a big, energetic theme enters with full force and enthusiasm. The title comes from a Russian fairy tale that begins with sadness and strife for a young girl and ends with a magical skull burning the sources of cruelty to ashes. This is definitely a stand-out piece! The title track closes the set elegantly and peacefully.”Dragonfly” was worth the wait! Recommended!
Many of you may think that Timothy Crane is a brand new name to the music scene and may even think that this is his debut album when in actual fact it is his sophomore effort. A long awaited follow up to his strong debut The Other Life I Dream, Timothy Crane continues to present his impressive compositions anchored in memorable piano driven melodies gently washed in light restrained orchestration.Dragonfly consists of eleven original compositions that are for the most part short and concise with the exception of the lengthier and compelling “Theme For Rachel Scott”. Crane has the unique ability to combined memorable melodies by seamlessly integrating underlying elements of Classical music with all the basic fundamental themes that made mainstream New Age music so very popular. This integration is best exemplified by the breathtaking “Salish Sunset”.Then there is the more challenging “Vasilissa The Beautiful” that has two very different faces. The first movement concentrates on a soft melancholy string arrangement with Crane’s piano leading the way. At about the two minute mark the more aggressive second movement arrives, with the percussion and electric guitar leading the way that drives the song home. Much more in the style of an early Yanni composition, “Vasilissa The Beautiful” almost sounds out of place and removed from the remainder of the album but it is perhaps a place that Timothy may want to further explore.Crane admits that Dragonfly was created on a shoestring budget and while the arrangements are nothing short of brilliant the production does lack a certain sense of clarity. This is the only complaint of this beautiful and memorable album that contains absolutely no filler. Much like the wings of a dragonfly, Crane’s music is emotionally transparent as the artist wears them on his sleeve. Fans of Crane will not be disappointed with this long overdue follow up. Those of you not familiar with the name book a flight now and get on board as Dragonfly represents one of 2010′s more memorable recordings.
Today’s computer enhanced technology is amazing, and when skillful composing is combined with live performers and instrumentals, the resulting musical outcome can become a creation of natural beauty.Timothy Crane is an artist title using a creative touch with the music technology of today by composing piano music and then intregrating key instrumentals along with orchestra effects that become full structured works of music he and his close friends enjoy creating.Dragonfly is the second release where Timothy plays a leading role as pianist and co-producer of his second album, along with Jason Rowsell who also played bass and mixing. Friends Rick Henly performs on guitar and percussion effects, while Ryan Day engineered and mixed the album. Having one last credit I don’t want to miss, Jason Rowsell’s young daughter has a cameo role by quietly laughing on cue during the beginning of song, A Child’s Goodnight.Dragonfly is where I discovered more natural forms of instrumentation become closely acquainted with an animated entity in 11 song classics. A few carry the rhythmic tones that might remind some of a highly recognized female artist at first glance, but I soon discovered every song is composed with a unique singular structuring in each melody belonging in a New Age, Piano, Contemporary Instrumental, Cinematic theme. The Other Life I Dream is the first album I enjoyed equally from Tim and this talented group.Dragonfly indeed takes flight with first song 2×2. In a graceful piano based dance of the keys, a real beauty of a melody greatly captures your attention by the upper tempo modern rhythms. Well placed staccato notes from strings carry this steady motion while wonderful orchestration carries the appropriate rhythms that lead to a natural form of musical attraction.Sylvan Grove holds much of the same beauty by piano leading in an upbeat theme while horns and strings inscribe a smooth blend into another most positive melody. Higher octave piano notes in Star Cross Moon are the first gentle indications of a nice correlation in melodic shades, and when numerous major to minor key changes make a full emotional presence felt during refrains, the result is gratifying.A Child’s Goodnight is a playful theme that soon matures in a full chord and heartfelt movement, while Salish Sunset in again, a more moderate tempo, along with light recollections in piano phrasing, join with oboe to impart warmer tones of orchestration to enhance the open atmosphere of splendor. Theft in Eb Major has more of a classical thought in composition with major and minor chords extending vibrant hues while building momentum as the song progresses. The woodwinds warm breezy notes blend with background choral vocals to instill a more celestial feel with this song.Theme of Rachel Scott is another focal point where medium range keystrokes give way to lower chords feel of depth and richness, blending nicely with orchestration to become one exciting entity. Vasilissa the Beautiful entertains a most peaceful beginning only to be suddenly interrupted by an enthralling performance from piano, choir, and deep thunderous percussion, quickly taking flight as if suddenly startled from a comfortable resting place.Title song Dragonfly is an impassioned piano solo signaling the finale of this lightly animated album, in a conclusion where I felt every colorful detail was closely examined while producing this incorporated album, becoming the perfect choice for many people desiring popular music creations having a natural attraction.
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