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I hope you enjoy your visit to my site – reading, listening, and watching … and come back often.

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Use the menu tabs above to access posts and pages in the Music, Photos, Travel, WritingRecipes, or Blog sections. There is an About section with additional information about this blog and me, helpful tips about using the Menu, Sidebar, and Phone, as well as a Contact form.

Music

There is a lot of music available on my site to listen with Spotify and watch related videos on YouTube.

Check out my personal playlists.

  • My Playlists (10) – favorite piano, guitar, folk, pop, and country music
  • My Reel Tapes (14) – playlists from the 60’s and 70’s based on personal tape recordings from FM radio
  • Discovery Mix (8) – background music for reading, writing, or focus work

Some alternate Music Players may be used instead of “Spotify” to select highlighted artists or albums.  Additional information is also available about using Spotify.

Photos

The Photo Gallery highlights some of my photos, including a lovely panoramic full Morning Rainbow. My 10 most popular photo posts are listed in Favorite Photos. A Photo 101 Calendar displays all 21 photo blog posts during the Photography 101: A Photo a Day workshop in Nov 2014, organized in calendar format with day of week, date, and theme/title. There’s a Photo Summary that lists all photos in reverse date order.

Travel

Travel posts feature photos from an 8-day Viking Rhine Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as an extended 2-week Germany Trip with visits to Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Romantic Road (Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Rothenberg ob der Tauber), Leipzig, and Berlin.

Writing

Writing posts includes my Poetry assignments in the Writing 201: Poetry course in Feb 2015. Best Stories features a few articles with stories, short quotes, and thoughts about my grandchildren, children, and parents.

Feedback

I would like to know what you like and what I can do to improve your experience. Comments and likes are encouraged on posts and pages, and general feedback about the web site and suggestions for improvement can be provided on the Contact form.

Personal Playlists

Check out my personal playlists.

  • My Playlists (10) – favorite piano, guitar, folk, pop, and country music
  • My Reel Tapes (14) – playlists from the 60’s and 70’s based on personal tape recordings from FM radio
  • Discovery Mix (8) – background music for reading, writing, or focus work

I recently created the Discovery Mix page with all my Discovery Mix playlists. I will be creating more so I thought it would be helpful to provide an index to them in one place. I added a Discovery Mix link to the PLAYLISTS section in the sidebar, which was shifted to the top. Also I added a Music > Playlists menu option and updated the Music section on the Welcome page so it’s always easy to find.

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Listen to indie folk music by Handsome & Gretyl and Lullen on their new album A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack).

This music was created for a short documentary film about grief & loss. Lullen is one of the side projects for Handsome (Brett), which he describes this way:

Lullen is a soft breath of soothing, seaborne melodies designed to mimic the calming, clearing effects of the sound of the ocean. Created with deep, warm felt piano and awash with deep reverberations, Lullen moves listeners to center, focus, and dream.

New Album

A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack)  (2018) – 11 songs, 35 min

 

Recent Single

Make You Mine  (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 22 sec

 

See my music post on Handsome & Gretyl for more albums, videos, and links. It will be updated with the new album.

Photo credit: A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack) @ Amazon (album cover).

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Listen to solo piano music by Doug Hammer with his new album Celtique.

There is a great review by Kathy Parsons at mainlypiano.com. He describes the album this way:

Celtique tells the story of a fisherman: a day in his life from daybreak to twilight. It also tells his whole story. All the songs have double meanings, like Through the Mist and Journey Home. The album begins and ends the same way, like an unbroken, sacred circle. Inspired by my wife’s homeland, Brittany, the Celtic part of France. Contains 15 new original piano compositions. Peek through the fog, smell the sea, hear the distant waves and discover the ancient landscape that holds so many stories that can never be told…

New Album

Enjoy his new album.

Celtique (2018) – 15 songs, 1 hr 3 min

 

Video

These trailers describe the background of this album.

Celtique (Daybreak) – Official Trailer – 3 min 38 sec

 

Celtique Q & A – 8 min 5 sec

 

Listen to more of his music at my Doug Hammer post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist have been included there as well.

Photo credit: Celtique @ Amazon (album cover)

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his latest (9th) album Kaleidoscope.

New Album

Enjoy these 15 tracks of gentle, whimsical piano vignettes perfect for unwinding after a busy week, focusing at work or study, or just relaxing.

Kaleidoscope (2018) – 15 songs, 42 min

 

Recent Single

Here is a new single that’s not on any album released so far.

Sea of Stars (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 58 min

This is very different than his previous solo piano work. It’s a bold cinematic ambient / post-rock track featuring live strings, piano, guitars and yes… drums.

 

Recent Albums

Here are several additional albums released over the past 3 years… all fantastic!

Passage (2018) – 12 songs, 40 min

This is a new modern classical / ambient album featuring some felt-muted piano and lush cello and violin; it was released earlier this year, and is quite different from previous solo piano releases.

 

Starlight (2017) – 14 songs, 58 min

 

Wonder (2016) – 15 songs, 51 min

 

Shine (2015) – 12 songs, 43 min

 

Playlists

Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 37 songs, 2 hr 31 min

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.

 

Peaceful Piano (Playlist) – 165 songs, 8 hr 6 min

Relax and indulge with some profoundly beautiful piano pieces in this playlist created by Spotify and selected as the Artist’s Pick by Michael (it has almost 5 million followers!).

 

Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Kaleidoscope @ Amazon (album cover)

Michele McLaughlin: Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist)

Michele McLaughlin: Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist)

Listen to this Peaceful Solo Piano playlist created by Michele McLaughlin. It offers great background music for your day.

Playlists

Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist) by Michele McLaughlin – 395 songs, 24 hr 15 min

Some of the best music from today’s top solo piano composers.

 

Michele McLaughlin (Playlist) by Doug Warren – 51 songs, 2 hr 59 min

Also, here is my playlist of her songs, if you want to enjoy more of her music.

 

Listen to more of her music at my Michele McLaughlin post for more albums, videos, and links. This new playlist will be  included there as well.

Photo credit: Michele McLaughlin (Spotify Playlist)

Louis Landon: Healing Hearts 4

Louis Landon: Healing Hearts 4

Listen to solo piano music by Louis Landon on his new album Healing Hearts 4.

New Album

Enjoy his latest album.

Healing Hearts 4 (2018) – 12 songs, 58 min

 

Healing Hearts

These were the earlier releases in this series.

Healing Hearts 3 (2016) – 13 songs, 1 hr 3 min

 

Healing Hearts 2 (2015) – 14 songs, 1 hr 6 min

 

Healing Hearts (2014) – 13 songs, 1 hr 2 min

 

Playlists

Louis Landon created this playlist from his fellow solo piano artists, choosing their most popular songs on Spotify.

Solo Piano Greatest Hits (Playlist) – 74 songs, 5 hr 40 min

 

This is my playlist of his songs.

Louis Landon (Playlist) – 70 songs, 5 hr 18 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Louis Landon post for more of his albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Healing Hearts 4 @ Amazon (album cover)

Tim Glemser: Immersion

Tim Glemser: Immersion

Listen to solo piano music by Tim Glemser on his new (5th) album Immersion. Read the nice review by Kathy Parsons on mainlypIano.com.

New Album

Enjoy the new album.

Immersion (2018) – 13 songs, 58 min

 

Playlist

This is my playlist of songs from his earlier albums.

Tim Glemser (Playlist) – 22 songs, 1 hr 38 min

 

Listen to more of his music at my Tim Glemser post for more of his albums, videos, and links. This new album and updated playlist has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Immersion @ Amazon (album cover)