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Customer Reviews

From MainlyPiano

KathyPiano7,

"Coming Home" is the twelfth album from pianist/composer Greg Maroney, one of my all-time favorite artists. Maroney released his first album, "Songs of the Water Rose," in 1997, and although that is a great album, his artistry has grown and matured over the years. Equally comfortable composing a tender love song or a turbulent piece about a wild and dramatic storm, Maroney’s albums are truly a glimpse into his life, world and heart. A trauma nurse as well as the owner of a small farm in rural Pennsylvania with his beloved wife, Linda, Maroney has a wide variety of inspirations to draw from and expresses them vividly and beautifully. "Coming Home" is a collection of fifteen piano solos, all of which are original except Maroney’s gorgeous arrangement of “Shenandoah.” As usual, there is a colorful variety of moods, from sweetly romantic to sadly reflective to playful and energetic. "Coming Home" is very likely to be on my list of Favorites for the year!

"Coming Home" begins with “Gentle Dawn,” a classically-styled piece that is as soft and dreamy as daybreak - welcoming and optimistic. “The Heart is Enough” overflows with feelings of contentment and peace. The freedom and spontaneity of the music suggests that this one might be improvised - beautiful! “After the Storm” is one of my favorites. Graceful, dramatic, and darkly powerful, I can’t wait for the sheet music for this one! The title track is a gentle ballad that expresses anticipation as well as a deep happiness. “Dreams” is another favorite with its day-dream blissfulness and passionate flow. Maroney uses his impressive playing chops to full effect on this one! Love it!!! “Spinning” playfully dances around the piano keyboard, fast and fun! I also love the deeply emotional and expressive “When It’s Gone.” Sometimes quiet and reflective and sometimes stronger and more complex, it says so much. “Honeysuckle” returns to simplicity and an appreciation for the small things in life. “Linda’s Smile” is a tender love song that will touch even the most jaded heart - another favorite. “The Cat and the Cricket” is in a similar style to Maroney’s earlier “Dancing Dogs” and “The Chicken Chase” - high energy and fun, and again thoroughly enjoying one of life’s simpler moments. The wistful melody of “Shenandoah” has made it one of my favorite American folk songs for most of my life, and Maroney’s heartfelt arrangement is one of the best I’ve ever heard. A beautiful ending to a fantastic album!

Longtime fans of Greg Maroney’s music will love "Coming Home"! If you are new to his music, this is a great place to start. I give "Coming Home" my highest recommendation.

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

MDiamond,

There is something about the elegant simplicity and spaciousness in much of pianist Greg Maroney’s music that is perhaps a reflection of the earthy rural lifestyle he leads in south central Pennsylvania. Much of Greg’s inspiration comes from the beauty of this region with it’s rolling farmland, with endless fields of corn and wheat that ripple in the winds, and summer thunderstorms. Also, according to Greg’s bio: “His songs are derived from his life experiences as well as the emotional and spiritual journey we all take as human beings.”

I appreciated Greg’s sense of dynamics on a piece entitled “The Heart Is Enough,” which opens with a slow-rolling bluesy gospel feel and builds to a couple high points and eventually settling back down into the space it started from. At the crescendo, it feels like a heart so full of love that it is about to burst. Although there are no lyrics, Greg’s instrumental music has a powerful storytelling quality to it that is descriptive purely in its moods, melodies, and ability to convey emotional content musically. Along these lines, Greg refers to a track entitled “Returning” as a “tone poem,” which is a characterization that perfectly fits a good deal of his music.

One of the most moving songs on the album, for me, was “When Its Gone.” There is something about its wistful air that reaches in and touches a deep soul place that we have all been to, while I also felt a ray of hopefulness in Greg’s haunting melody. Another favorite of mine was “A Different Sky.” With its more ornate phrasing and technically difficult passages, this one reveals a slightly different facet of Greg’s playing and composing skills.

"Coming Home" by Greg Maroney is perfectly titled in that evokes a warm cozy feeling like relaxing by fireplace with a steaming cup of cocoa after a long winter day. While it is evident throughout the album that Greg has well-developed technical skills as a pianist and composer, he sometimes finds his expression in simple uncluttered phrasing and motifs. Yet when a song evolves and blossoms into something more complex and challenging musically, it provides a contrast and a reminder that this is an artist with extensive abilities and range. I must emphasize again Greg’s sensitivity to dynamics and feel, which, to me are some of his strongest attributes. His knowing of when to let the music breathe and when to build it up animates his artistry and provides an evocative listening experience.

About Greg Maroney

Contemporary instrumentalist Greg Maroney's solo piano compositions evoke wistful stories and images of the rural American countryside, in particular central Pennsylvania, where he resides with his wife and many animals. Maroney began studying both classical and jazz piano at age five and later, in the early '70s, studied classical Indian music as well. The pianist performs throughout the Pennsylvania area -- at local restaraunts, radio stations, weddings, private parties, even the governor's mansion -- and has also released a series of albums -- Songs of the Water Rose (1997), Copper Hat (2001), Sentinel (2002) -- all of which feature original compositions. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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