We don't allow more than two tracks from any one artist on these playlists but I'm thinking of making an exception for the Neil Cowley Trio 'cos well, they're just bloody great! I remember falling in love with this track last week and it sounds even better on the 6th or 7th listen - and the video's pretty rad too.
I always had a vision for this playlist where the music would take you out from the terror of turbulence and drop you into the cool ethereal place that exists above the clouds - this is the kind of music they play up there!
The whole idea of this playlist was to find piano tracks that enveloped you in ethereal melodies and wrapped you up warm in cloud like comfort - Raplapla is a stunning example of what we were looking for.
Propellers. I don't know why, but it's all I can think about with this piece. Like an old biplane - or even a world war II fighter, like a spitfire or a hurricane.
This track could have been written two hundred years ago and yet - it sounds wonderfully modern and unique.
It's the tone of the piano that grabs me here - big and dark and and faintly foreboding - kinda like the steel tube you're sitting in.
I love this - it feels like the start of a new day - full of hope - full of build - full of light and love and support and just - damn - it's everything you want in a beautifully uplifting piece of music.
Yann Tiersen is one of my favorite pianist / composers - what he did with the score of Amelie was amazing - one instrument - a myriad of emotions - sheer genius.
As an artist you never know what tracks are going to resonate with the public - of sure, you can be part of a Nashville songwriting team and construct a track for an audience but even, you've no real idea whether it'll "fly" or not.
So you want a cascading piano to paint every bit of sadness in your soul? Yet you also want it to have an element of hope?
I love it when you think you know a track only to have your expectations exceeded as the composer take you in a completely unexpected direction.
A collaboration between two people, two pianists which produces an effortlessly light, floaty, safe space.