Music for the moment
Two different CDs will serve listeners well at different times
The title, “Piano Chill: Songs of Faith”, sums up a recent release by Christopher Phillips from the Green Hill Instrumental Collection.
Produced by Jack Jezzro and Greg Howard and released from Burton Avenue Music, this 15track album is a beautiful collection of piano renditions of favourite hymns.
The CD includes such familiar titles as “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Amazing Grace”, “Fairest Lord Jesus”, “Be Thou My Vision” and “There is Fountain,” just to name a few. The collection features enduring songs of the church communicated by solo piano, played in a gentle, reflective style.
Phillips is well-known both for his “chill” piano arrangements and as a piano instructor, both in person and online. He also has a number of other albums in the Piano Chill series, including songs by the Gaithers, the Eagles and songs of Christmas.
While I wouldn’t choose “Piano Chill: Songs of Faith” as the album to best keep me awake on a long road trip, I would absolutely select it to play while relaxing at home, having some quiet time or visiting with friends.
An album I might select to help with a road trip would be a new release from Cedarmont Kids, “Little David Presents Travel Tunes: 67 Singalong Songs for Travel.” While my days of entertaining toddlers in the car have passed, I know several families who would absolutely be able to use this 3-CD collection.
“Travel Tunes” includes a CD of Toddler Tunes like “Wheels on the Bus”, “Eensy, Weensy Spider”, “Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?”, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and numerous others. The Toddler Action Songs CD includes “Twinkle, Twinkle”, “The Ants Go Marching” and “I’m Gonna Sing” and many more. The only hitch for a Canadian audience is that the third CD in this lovely collection is Songs of America. On that disc, however, the only songs that are completely dedicated to our neighbours to the south are “Yankee Doodle”, “The StarSpangled Banner”, “America the Beautiful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “America.”
Considering there are 67 songs in the collection, that’s not too bad.
The songs on “Travel Tunes” are all sung by children, using very simple, singable arrangements. As well, each song appears twice on each CD, once with singing and once in splittrack format to allow for singing in a group. The CDs also contain bonus lyric sheets and activity pages, ideal for young children. All in all, I would consider that “LIttle David Presents Travel Tunes” is an ideal collection for young families on the go.
Tracey Evison, a musician and educator on P.E.I., writes this column for The Guardian every second Saturday. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com.