David Nevue | Winding Down

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Winding Down

by David Nevue

In a world where time grows short and each day seems to bring a new crisis, this is solo piano music for the soul who yearns for Hope... music to comfort in trying and difficult times.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. The Acceleration of Time
3:43 album only
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2. Foreshadows
5:20 album only
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3. Clockwork
5:32 album only
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4. Winding Down
4:24 album only
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5. Beneath the Surface
4:39 album only
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6. Toward the Inevitable
7:43 album only
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7. Signs in the Heavens
5:23 album only
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8. Under a Cloud
2:45 album only
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9. The Long Regret
3:46 album only
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10. Through a Glass Darkly
3:48 album only
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11. The Four Winds
4:07 album only
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12. New Mercies
4:14 album only
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13. Behold, A Mystery
4:01 album only
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14. Our Hope Is Here
4:52 album only
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15. A Thousand Years and After
3:08 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After taking a much-needed break from touring, David composed the music on "Winding Down" in just six weeks. Every song is designed with purpose, not only to be melodically pleasing, but also to be melodically surprising. While the overall tone of "Winding Down" is dark, the music is thoughtful and prayerful. It's what soulful yearning sounds like... music to comfort you in difficult, trying times. The return of Hope grows closer with each passing day.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
David Nevue is considered one of the premier solo pianists in the genres of contemporary instrumental and new age music. In fact, a number of the accomplished pianists I have written about look up to him as one of the best. This is the third album by David that I have had the pleasure to write about. While just about all the songs on the album are solo pieces, the sole exception is track 3, “Clockwork.” As David says of this song: “Four hands required!” The track was written, arranged, and performed by David and Neil Patton. It’s a passionate piece that reflects a diverse emotional spectrum. The album’s title track, “Winding Down,” lives up to its name with a gently rolling melody that is a nice contrast to the previous song. I particularly appreciated David’s use of space on a piece called “Toward The Inevitable.” At almost 8 minutes in length, it is the longest of the 15 tracks on the album, and takes its time in unfolding, punctuated by pregnant pauses that build anticipation for what will come next.

“Through A Glass Darkly,” paints a more somber portrait in sound that taken in context of David’s body of work on this album, reveals another facet of his extensive range as a composer. However, a change in the weather is felt on the following song, “The Four Winds,” with David’s left hand arpeggios and waltzing right hand melodies in ¾ time. A most warm and tender ambience is evoked in the next to the last track, entitled “Our Hope Is Here.” Its soft comforting cadence enfolds the listener like angel’s wings. And last, but certainly not least, is a lovely composition called “A Thousand Years And After” that provides an absolutely perfect ending to David’s musical vision.

I appreciate David’s sentiments in creating this album and his belief that despite all the craziness happening in the world right now, we must not give up hope, and that hope will prevail over fear. "Winding Down" is a complete body of work from a master musician and deserves to be heard in its entirety rather than as single tracks. The thoughtful and informative liner notes and artwork complete the package and add to the experience of the album. With his latest release, "Winding Down", David Nevue has certainly reinforced his position as one of the preeminent solo pianists in the genre.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Bill Binkelman - Zone Music Reporter

Nevue's best and an important solo piano album
This is not only David Nevue's best recording, but also one of the best solo piano releases you will likely hear in this decade. It ranks among my favorites of all time in the genre. It is intimate, powerful, evocative, subtly dramatic, and also dark and honest. Seldom does an artist reveal his or her innermost person to his fans as Nevue does here. This is an album to delve into time after time and it will reveal itself more and more. A powerful musical statement.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Winding Down," David Nevue’s fifteenth solo piano release, is one of his most powerful and personal albums to date. While on an extended break from touring and performing, Nevue found that without the pressures of being on the road and baring his soul at each performance, the creative juices started flowing freely and he composed most of the album’s fifteen tracks over a six-week period. Nevue explains that the album was “inspired” by his growing sense of the shortness of time, with major world events accelerating from crisis to crisis so quickly that we just can’t keep up. “It’s as if our physical realm is caught in a whirlpool, winding down with increasing velocity toward the ‘end of the age’.” He goes on to say “My awareness of this, and of what I know is yet to come, has created a yearning in me. The music on this album is a reflection of that yearning.” Although much of the music is very somber and dark, Nevue’s primary message is of hope and of looking forward to Jesus’ return.

Compositionally, Nevue intentionally included musical surprises in each piece. He also arranged the playing order so that each subsequent piece goes up in key, never down, challenging him to compose in keys he doesn’t often create with. Additionally, “While the overall tone of the album is dark, the music is thoughtful and prayerful. It's what soulful yearning sounds like... music to comfort you in difficult, trying times. This is solo piano music to inspire hope in a crazy, out of control world. The return of Hope grows closer with each passing day.” The album was recorded at Piano Haven Studio on a Shigeru Kawai concert grand, engineered and mastered by Joe Bongiorno.

"Winding Down" begins with “The Acceleration Of Time,” a piece that grows in intensity as it evolves and is one of my favorites. I’ve always been drawn to Nevue’s more intense music and this piece is no exception. Can’t wait for the sheet music! “Foreshadows” is very distinctively Nevue and also very intense, dark and mysterious. “Clockwork” was born as an improvised duet in concert with pianist/composer Neil Patton and stands as one of my favorite Nevue pieces ever. Patton appears on this recording, too. Bravo, you guys! The title track is somewhat less turbulent, but powerful emotions are expressed with a beautifully flowing energy. In “Toward the Inevitable,” Nevue uses the damper pedal to create feelings of vast space and dread (my interpretation). “Under a Cloud” goes even darker and more desolate. With “The Four Winds,” the mood starts to lighten a bit and turns to almost joyful in “New Mercies.” “Our Hope Is Here” becomes peaceful and ethereal, reflecting on passages from the hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus.” “A Thousand Years And After” brings the album to a gentle close without a trace of fear, chaos, or despair.

David Nevue always shares so much of his heart and soul in his music, but I think he did so more than ever in "Winding Down." It’s truly an amazing album and I can’t imagine anyone being unmoved by the power and passion of the music. The cover artwork by Matt Streiby is also incredible. Very highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
David Nevue is back with another powerful album called Winding Down, an album that moves and shifts with such great subtlety in time.
The Acceleration of Time is the mood filled opening composition, that has a steady purposeful nature showing a defined onward movement through the composition.
Foreshadows is a fascinating track and as I listened to this, I watched the shadows outside my window and this composition seemed the perfect soundtrack for the event.
The next piece came about after an improvisational moment with pianist Neil Patton, this brings us a superb and quite powerful piece of music, and is called quite aptly Clockwork.
Winding Down, I adore the space created in this track, the room for imagery and imagination, a deliberate slowness allowing for a transformation.
Beneath the Surface seems to change and alter, but the melody flows on like a wide open river, lost and meandering, but still flowing in and out of time, this is sublime.
Toward the Inevitable is quite ambient at times, but still there’s a flowing melody that is a little more reserved, but from that reservation, comes a certain resignation from which comes freedom.
Sign in the Heavens has an unexpected eastern feel to it, the slow and careful attention paid to this arrangement also give it a wide open feeling, this is quite amazing.
Under a Cloud hovers with an intent to just be and makes one feel through the music, the almost stasis like ambience of a time, where time may not actually exist, a perfect track for an ambient empty vista.
The Long Regret is a deeply emotional arrangement with a mournful melody that flows right from the heart and almost a musical pouring out of tears upon the keys of life.
Through a Glass Darkly has a sense of movement that almost has us travelling through the musician’s moment of reflection with him. Full of passion that lingers the musical sense of sadness; a stunning performance.
The Four Winds, this has the energy and essence of autumn. The artist is drawing us a picture musically of his narrative and it is down to our imaginations to make that musical moment as real as we wish it to be.
New Mercies has a certain lightness to it that will lift the spirits, with an energy of hope, the melody is full flowing and confident and at times one can feel a new level of power within this quite clever arrangement.
There is something very different and almost outer worldly about this composition; it is called Behold, A Mystery. The narrative here is compelling, but there is something very addictive about this track that will have you listening many times over to pick out all the little nuances.
Our Hope is Here has a beautiful feeling of radiance about it that seems to shine in every corner of darkness and at times crosses a few musical genres to bring us a quite delightful.
David’s parting gift to us is called, A Thousand Years and After. This is the perfect melodic ending track, one that gives a sense of fulfilment and positivity in its construction, and a sense of completion.
Winding Down is a complex, cleverly performed set of compositions that will have you totally enthralled in its narrative, at times deeply moving and at others filled with light and hope, so why not add this to your musical catalogue and allow your senses to enjoy it’s wonder as well.
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