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Posted on Sunday, October 07, 2007 @ 23:08:43 UTC
Artist: Beverly Ritz
CD: By Rowdy Creek
Home: Smith River, California
Style: Jazz Piano Instrumental
Quote: "Beverly Ritz is a music instructor at the College of the Redwoods, and after hearing her latest CD, By Rowdy Creek, I’d take lessons from her even though I’ve been playing piano for over 30 years."
By Denise Squier
Beverly Ritz is a music instructor at the College of the Redwoods, and after hearing her latest CD, By Rowdy Creek, I’d take lessons from her even though I’ve been playing piano for over 30 years.
Ritz’s take on her own music is that she “takes the listener on a journey through the wiles of wildlife nestled next to the Pacific” and “to create tranquility, to help people find peace," and I must concur with Ritz. While listening to this project, thoughts of nature filled my head—different thoughts with each different song.
The title song is one of the loveliest original piano compositions I have heard in a long time. If you close your eyes, you can picture a bubbly creek flowing by ... but not really a “rowdy” creek, more of a relaxing creek.
“Under the Redwood Trees” made me remember a time when I would take the time to lie down under a tree and watch the leaves flowing in the breeze. This is a peaceful memory which made me want to escape this computer and take a break.
“In a Hurricane” is probably the most complex song on the CD. Ritz attempts to emulate a hurricane from the piano—and actually succeeds. She begins quiet, like the calm before a storm; then, she builds to show hidden, destructive energy of a hurricane, but ends with a peaceful calming, after the storm subsides.
“Dreams Danced (in the Sky)” is light and airy, well, actually dreamy. As I listened, I was reminded of a jewelry box I had when I was a child. It placed music and had a ballerina that spinned in front of a mirror. This song places nice dreams in the mind of the listener -- dreams of childhood.
The final track on the CD, “The River and the Sea," paints a lovely seascape. One can imagine the seagulls flying and hear the waves.
I have grown up as a major fan of the pianists that were featured on Nirada compilation CDs, and any one of the songs off Beverly Ritz’s CD could have easily been selected on these nationally distributed projects. I am honored to have visited Rowdy Creek.
Artist Website: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/beverlyritz2
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