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Robin Spielberg: On the Edge of a Dream

Robin Spielberg: On the Edge of a Dream

Listen to solo piano music by Robin Spielberg on her new (18th) album On the Edge of a Dream. There’s a great review of the new album by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com. Also check out her memoir Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland available from Amazon.


Listen to her new album.

On the Edge of a Dream (2018) – 14 songs, 57 min



This is my playlist of her songs.

Robin Spielberg (Playlist) – 25 songs, 1 hr 37 min


Piano Music for Reading/Studying (Playlist) – 191 songs, 13 hr 41 min

Let Robin Spielberg and her piano friends aid you with your focus, concentration and creativity on this playlist that she personally created.


PIANO WOMEN! (Playlist) – 123 songs, 8 hr 19 min

Here’s a playlist of beautiful piano solos performed and/or composed by the women who created them. Created by pianist/composer Robin Spielberg… over 5 hours of music to accompany your day.



Album Preview by Robin Spielberg – 1 min 42 sec


The Healing Power of Music (TED Talk) by Robin Spielberg – 21 min 30 sec


Listen to more of her music at my Robin Spielberg post with more of her albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlists will be included there as well.

Photo credit: On the Edge of a Dream @ Amazon (album cover)

Anne Trenning: Beautiful Song

Anne Trenning: Beautiful Song

Listen to instrumental piano music by Anne Trenning and Friends on the new (4th) album Beautiful Song.

It features a collection of original music by composer and pianist Anne Trenning, with curated cover selections from a multi-genre spectrum. She is joined by James Todd (cello), Bill Leslie(Celtic flute), John Magnie (accordion), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Ciro Hurtado (guitar), Jane Brendle (violin), David Meyer (cello), Josh Daniel (guitar), Mark Schimick (mandolin), Brandon Bush (accordion), Fred Hiscock (tenor saxophone), Jennifer Dior (flute), and Rick Dior (percussion).

Beautiful Song by Anne Trenning and Friends is a musical box of chocolates in that each piece is different from the others. Instrumentation and genre vary from piece to piece, but the title really does say it all and could easily be ‘Beautiful Songs.’ This is my favorite of Anne Trenning’s albums so far!” — Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com


Enjoy her new album.

Beautiful Song (2018) – 11 songs, 38 min



Watch this video of a song from the album, featuring Josh Daniel (guitar) & Mark Schimick (mandolin).

It’s a Great Day to be Alive (Darrell Scott)  – 3 min 36 sec



Here is my playlist of her songs.

Anne Trenning (Playlist) – 28 songs, 1 hr 45 min


Listen to more of her music at my Anne Trenning post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Beautiful Song @ Amazon (album cover)

Wayne Gratz: An Eagle’s Zen

Wayne Gratz: An Eagle’s Zen

Listen to solo piano music by Wayne Gratz on his new album An Eagle’s Zen.


Enjoy his new album.

An Eagle’s Zen (2018) – 14 songs, 56 min



Here is my playlist of his songs.

Wayne Gratz (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 52 min


Listen to more of his music at my Wayne Gratz post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: An Eagle’s Zen @ Amazon (album cover)

Brian Crain: Piano and Night

Brian Crain: Piano and Night

Listen to solo piano music by Brian Crain on his new album Piano and Night.


Enjoy his new album.

Piano and Night (2018) – 11 songs, 41 min



Here is my playlist of his songs.

Brian Crain (Playlist) – 83 songs, 5 hr 27 min


Listen to more of his music at my Brian Crain post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Piano and Night @ Amazon (album cover)

SXSW 2018: Music Bloggers Guide

There is now a Music Preview Guide available for the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018 is an interactive exploration prepared by independent music bloggers that highlights more than 100 of their favorite bands from over 2000 bands that are here March 12-18.

     The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

The menu in the upper left corner offers an interactive index which features sortable columns by artist, genre, and author.

There is an Artist Index which lists clickable artist names alphabetically with the corresponding page number, followed by a page for each artist with artist information, sample track, and related artists.


Read the write-ups by contributors about the next generation of talent while listening to their music.

The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018 (Playlist) – 111 songs, 6 h 43 min


The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Mix

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Mix

Listen to 100 songs handpicked by NPR Music from the best new artists performing at the SXSW 2018 Music Festival here in Austin on March 12-18. These are available via a Spotify playlist as well as the NPR One mobile app, and you can also download all these totally free MP3 songs as a single zip file. Enjoy the music!


This article by Stephen Thompson of NPR Music includes the complete playlist with artist links and the ability to play each song, if you want to just browse through the list. However, I think you will prefer listening to the Spotify playlist or streaming apps.

Read the article: The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Preview Mix


If you want to listen to NPR Music’s artists to watch at SXSW 2018, select this playlist on Spotify.

The Austin 100 (Playlist) by NPR Music – 97 songs, 6 hr 4 min


Initially you might want to listen to the playlist sequentially, and save songs you like in a personal custom playlist. Or you can choose to use Shuffle Play if you want a random play sequence, or you can choose to play your own selections. It’s easy to skip those songs you don’t like, as well as pause and resume any time you like.

Especially in shuffle mode, you might want to view the Play Queue to see the Current Song and upcoming Next Songs. While listening it’s easy to click the plus for specific songs to Save to Your Music, or select Add to Playlist, and then you can just play your favorites whenever you want. On Spotify you can also choose to Download the entire playlist or specific songs if you want to listen on a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet.

Download all songs

Also there is a download available with all 100 MP3 songs as a single zip file (over 6 hours of music), which will only be available this month until March 31, 2018. If you like, you can choose to import any or all of these MP3 files into iTunes and then make a custom personal playlist.

Download The Austin 100 (2018) Zip file – 101 MP3 songs (892 MB).

Mobile streaming app

You can stream the songs via the mobile NPR One app from the Deep Dive section under the Explore tab. There are options to mark songs as interesting, to share, or listen later, as well as pause, play, and skip. The app is available from Apple iTunes, Google Play, Windows, or Amazon.