Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lake Song


Hello my friends,

I am very happy to say that we have completed the work on the new CD "Lake Song" and it is available from my website, iTunes, CDBaby and soon Amazon. It has been a year in the making, from composing the songs, polishing them for recording, recording, mastering, graphic design and production. A lot goes into getting the music into a format that people can enjoy! I think it is some of my best work, and I am happy with how it turned out. It is available here: www.gregmaroney.com.

Summer is in full swing, and I have been busy with the vegetable garden, helping my wife Linda with her flower gardens, and taking on projects that have been lurking in the background for some time. Over the last few months I have been slowly redoing our dog yard fence (containing about 1/2 an acre), sinking new 4x4 posts, getting them straight and strong in the dirt, and restringing the fencing. Thanks goodness for gloves. We also had several trees die over last winter, so there is some tractor and chainsaw work to be done. I am not sure what it was about the last winter’s weather, but it was really hard on a lot of our trees. Fortunately, the tractor makes short work of removing the stumps, though it still takes time to dig up stumps and return dirt to the hole. This has been a great year for berries, we have harvested tons of strawberries and the raspberries are just about ready for picking. It is so delicious eating them right from the vine.

In other music news, a quest I have been on for many years has finally been completed. I have found and purchased a new piano, my perfect piano, that will inspire more music. I will not say what it is until it is cozy in my living room, but it should be a very inspirational instrument. I will have to learn new microphone techniques for recording it, but it will be a lot of fun discovering its speaking voice and how to bring out the inner beauty of the instrument. Stay tuned.......

As for upcoming concerts, I am one of the nominees for the 2015 Enlightened Piano Radio, and will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, October 24th. Tickets will go on sale in July, so stay tuned. This will be a fantastic concert, and lots of fun for me as a performer. My CD Coming Home is up for Best Album of the Year. Wish me luck! Michael Dulin and I will perform a house concert the next day, Sunday October 25th at 2 pm at our home in York, Pennsylvania. If you are interested in attending, email me for reservations and directions.

Now is the time I ask for your help. Audience participation, if you will. I know that I have many supporters. I have heard wonderful things said about my music and the many ways it has effected lives and for that I am grateful. What I ask now is that you take a moment to make these public. Please go to Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, or wherever you hear/play/ purchase my music and leave a review. If you have more than one CD, feel free to review them all! Some of these reviews may be used on my website as my wife updates it.

That is most of the news for now, thank you for your support of my music!

Greg Maroney
www.gregmaroney.com

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hearts and Hands

Hello my music friends!

First, I would like to thank each of you for your continued support.  It means the world to me and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for me to continue producing music without it.  Each of you has contributed in some way to the creation of my music, so I hope you find it rewarding to know that you have participated in this endeavor. Thank you.

Here in south central Pennsylvania, it is still cold but the days are getting longer and the sun is brighter.  Sadly, that has not translated into warmer temperatures. My wife and I are both getting spring fever. However anxious I am to get outside, there's still 4 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature is only 24 degrees.  I realize that is a paltry amount of snow compared to many areas, but it still makes it difficult to till and prepare the garden for tomato, squash and other vegetable plants. My wife just said today that she thinks she is composed of plant material, more light equals more energy. 

I have several music projects in the works, as always.  I am working with a piano teacher in Virginia on a long overdue project. Anne is taking some of my sheet music and reworking them into more accessible scores.  So far we have Breathe, The Reluctant Ballerina and Sanctuary Medley completed.  She is really doing a nice job, and I think they sound great.  The “Simplified Pieces Trio” is available as this month’s special on my website now.

I am preparing for (read lots of practicing), and getting excited about, the upcoming tour with Michael Dulin in the Pacific Northwest in April. We have named it the "Hearts and Hands" tour.  Below is a list of dates and places. The website for tickets and information is available here, or check out the concert page on my website.

Tour dates: 
4/9 - Gig Harbor, WA (w/ guest artist Rhonda Mackert) 
4/10 - Daniels Hall, Seattle, WA 
4/11 - Deer Park, WA (w/ guest artist Lynn Yew Evers) 
4/12 - Spokane, WA: Colbert Presbyterian Church, 
4/15 - Portland, OR: Classic Pianos 
4/16 - Eugene, OR: Emerald Community Fellowship (w/ guest artist Neil Patton) 
4/18 - Florence, OR

And finally, I would like to solicit your help!  Enlightened Piano Radio is hosting their annual awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall this year on October 23, 2015.
If you could please take a minute and vote for my album "Coming Home" under the category "Best Solo Piano Album" or "Album of the Year", that would be great. To do that, send an email to cathyroakes@hotmail.com with "EPR Nominations" in the subject line. Then simply leave your nomination in the message area.  I know that is a lot to do, but it would be pretty cool to play at Carnegie Hall!  

Well, that about wraps up all the news for now, thanks again for your continued support.

Greg Maroney


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winter is here and thoughts turn to . . . moss & stone?

Hello my Friends,
 
It has been a while since I last sat at the computer and wrote my thoughts down.  Not for lack of activity, but really because the musical projects I have been working on were not complete enough to start talking about.  I have had many "irons in the fire" so to speak, but now I am ready to start talking about them.  (Plus, winter is here and it is too cold and icy to be distracted by the outside for very long at one time!).
 
The first great thing to happen is I have a new digital keyboard, a Kawai MP11.  It is gorgeous, plays just like a grand piano and produces some fantastic instrumental sounds. Digital sampling of the piano sound has come a long way over the last few years.  In the past I have been a "purest", thinking that an acoustic grand was the only instrument to record on, and I still think that is correct for a solo piano CD.  But the digital piano sound has evolved over the past few years into a very rich, deep and "real" sound.  Often, you cannot tell the difference between digital and real instruments with some of the brass and string sounds, and the piano is becoming very close to the real thing. Consequently I have been making some videos using music recorded on the digital keyboard with original photographs or video.  Since my wife sometimes has trouble falling asleep, I decided to start with soothing music and photos.  I also took a video of a nearby beautiful waterfall.  The video is almost one hour long, and is great for relaxing while reading a book, or falling asleep to (no musical background on this video as of now). The video is on my YouTube Channel, please take a look and subscribe to the channel or "like" the video if you are so inclined.  The see the videos, click here.

I have also been busy transcribing some of the older songs into sheet music (I know, I am always working on sheet music).  I have almost completed the CD "Harmony Grove", I have just one song left. There are quite a few new transcriptions from my other CDs.  We have compiled the 10 most popular songs into one file, so you can get your favorite sheetmusic all together in one pdf file for a reduced price.  This Favorites compilation book is the special for this month, and available here.  
 
My colleague and piano teacher Anne Collins has been working with me to produce a few “easy” arrangements of some of my more popular songs.  Breathe is almost complete, and I think it sounds great but is much easier to play then the original arrangement.  I look forward to a whole book of easy arrangements.
 
The new solo piano CD is coming along nicely.  I have most of the songs composed (and yes, I will record it on my Yamaha concert grand).  I really like how the songs have turned out and think they show a steady progression in my musical growth.  All that practice should amount to something!  I don't have a title for it yet, but some of the songs are named, and a few are already recorded.  I just need to finish composing the last few songs, tune the piano and I should be set to record them soon.  
 
Well, that is most of the music news to date; I hope you stay warm during the coming winter months. Take heart in the fact that the shortest day is already behind us, so nothing but increased sunlight from here on out!
 
Take care,
 
Greg Maroney