Three New Singles

These three singles were released in December, 2020 and are from the Provocative Piano album. The album release date is January 29, 2021.

“Prayer for America” was released on December 4, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Provocative Piano.

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Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in September, 2020. 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

I’ve been feeling like I’m watching the fall of Rome in real time here in the United States. This country, that I live in and that I love, is coming apart politically, socially and environmentally. This song is a prayer for us to find our way out of the present situation and create a beautiful democracy that works for all people so that we can live healthy, happy lives. 

“Same Old Story” was released on December 18, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Provocative Piano

Listen here 

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in September, 2020. 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

There’s a sadness to this piece. Some things never change. The same theme keeps returning. There are places in the music where it seems like something different might happen, but then it goes back to the same old story. Things do change over time, but consciously seeing what needs to change in oneself requires awareness and effort. It is definitely worthwhile to make the effort to change and grow. 

“You Should Know” was released on January 1, 2021. It is a single from the upcoming album, Provocative Piano

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Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in September, 2020. 

This track is about positive values and higher emotions. It is about striving to do your best and live a life of honesty and integrity. It’s about doing what you say you are going to do and having your word be your bond. It’s about taking a good look at oneself and making efforts to work on the issues that prevent one from living a joyous, productive and creative life. 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon.

All music published by Landon Creative, Inc. BMI.

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist.

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

All cover art by Louis Landon

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Louis Landon Interview by Kathy Parsons

Many thanks to Louis Landon for taking the time for this interview! For more info about Louis and his music, be sure to visit his website and his Artist Page here on MainlyPiano.com.

Pianist/composer Louis Landon has the distinction of being the first artist to perform a house concert here in Florence, OR. That was in October 2008 and he has played here almost every year since then. I have reviewed most of his 31 solo piano albums since his 2005 release, unwind, and he has been one of my favorite artists for a very long time. We did our first interview in 2008 and another one in 2013 (both are still active and available at the links), so it’s definitely time for an update since much has changed. Enjoy!

KP: Louis! I can’t believe it’s been 7 1/2 years since our last interview (7/2013)!

LL: Hard to believe. Happy to do another interview. Thanks for having me back. 

KP: You’re so welcome! We couldn’t have a concert here in 2020, so this is a good way to catch up! How are things in Sedona, AZ? 

LL: Sedona is beautiful. Our lives here are amazing. Unfortunately, at this time, Arizona has the highest per capita Covid cases in the world. We take it seriously. I canceled all tours and have turned down any live performances locally. We have a Jeep and love to explore the desert around us. It’s incredibly beautiful and inspiring. 

KP: Being in natural beauty really helps with maintaining some form of sanity! I feel the same way about being six miles from the ocean!

You have been incredibly prolific the past several years, and released four albums in 2020 and three in both 2019 and 2018. How do you keep new music flowing at such an amazing speed? 

LL: I am so grateful for what has happened to me creatively. I can literally write a piece of music whenever I sit down at the piano. This creativity began about four or five years ago. Before that there were times when months would go by and I wasn’t inspired or happy with what I was writing. It is pretty much effortless now. It flows. It’s like channeling melodies from above. I think it also has to do with being fully present at the piano and opening my heart with gratitude.  

KP: That’s amazing – AND you’re creating some of your best music! Do you expect to release four albums in 2021, too?

LL: I have my first album this year, Provocative Piano, coming out on January 29th. I just finished recording another album, which will come out sometime in April or May. I’ll probably do one more. So, maybe only three this year. I could easily do more, but each release requires a lot of work and my attitude these days is, “less work, more play”.

KP: I like that attitude! 

Several of your albums have been mostly improvisations. Is that still true or are you doing more composing?

LL: Other than the four Healing Hearts albums, which were done as part of Healing Piano of Sedona sessions from 2014 – 2018, I only put out two others that were improvised, one in concert, Solo Piano Gratitude and Southwest Solo Piano, inspired by our travels in the Southwest. The seven albums from 2019 and 2020 and the two coming out this year, were all composed. So I would say, more composing, less improvisation. 

KP: Hmmm. I knew the Healing Hearts albums were all improv, but I guess I assumed more of the others were improv as well. How do you go about “learning” the music you have improvised?

LL: I have had a lot of my improvised pieces transcribed so that I can actually read and memorize my improvisations. With other improvised pieces, I know the basic framework of the piece, and then I kind of paraphrase myself, if you will. It captures the spirit of the piece but is not note for note the way it would be if I memorized the sheet music.

KP: Interesting! Are you still doing the service where people lie under your piano and you improvise music about them and their lives?

LL: I started Healing Piano of Sedona when I moved to Sedona in 2013. I did over a hundred sessions with people going under the piano from 2013 to 2018. After 2018, I intentionally slowed that business down to spend more time recording and performing. My last session was supposed to happen in March of this year and I cancelled it due to Covid. I took it as a sign and closed the business. It was very rewarding for me to help people in their soul journeys. It also helped me open my heart and be able to improvise music based on what I received emotionally from my clients. 

KP: I know you and Christine spend a lot of time hiking in the Sedona area and elsewhere. Is that where the inspiration for a lot of your music comes from?

LL: Yes, we love to hike and go off roading in our Jeep into the wilderness. We have found some incredibly beautiful places and it is absolutely inspiring. From my piano, I also get to look out of our three big windows at the red rocks. Also inspiring. That being said, a lot of my music comes from my emotional state at the time I am composing. In other words, going within and being receptive to how I feel. 

LL: Moving to Sedona was definitely the best move I ever made. Not only is it a beautiful place, but I met Christine here, and she wasn’t moving to New York. I finally got love right after being on the planet 60 plus years. Better late than never, right? So, the effect is that I’ve never been happier. Loving and being loved is priceless. We have such a joyous life together. I believe that has had a tremendous effect on my music and my state of mind. I am proof that one does not have to be a suffering artist to be creative. I have had plenty of suffering in my life, and that didn’t work as well for me in the creative department. 

KP: You two are so good together and I’m so happy for you! It was kind of an interesting coincidence because you had done a few concerts here in Florence, OR before you met Christine. It turned out that her mother lived here, too, so that made playing here more convenient!

When did you start calling yourself “The Pianist For Peace”? 

LL: When I recorded my first solo piano album in 2005 (unwind), I was not in a good place. The studio was my sanctuary and the only place in my life where I felt at peace. In men’s work that I had done, I was encouraged to declare a mission. Why am I here? What good can I do while I’m on the planet? I realized that if I attained inner peace, my world would be peaceful. So, I decided that I would create music that would be peaceful for me, and hopefully for other people, too. My mission has changed since then. My current mission is to create a more compassionate world by writing, recording and performing music that inspires love, peace, joy and gratitude. 

KP: I love that! Let’s talk a bit about your recent albums. Panama Piano was about a two-week trip you and Christine took last year. Did you take musical notes on your phone as you were traveling or did you wait until you got home?

LL: Ah, Panama Piano! I think it’s now one of my favorite albums. We had the most amazing trip right before the Covid lockdown in March. If anyone wants to really get a feel for our trip, check out “Panama: A Dream Road Trip Through the Country and an Album”.As it turns out, we now consider it our honeymoon because we got married after the Covid lockdown and we felt like we had the honeymoon before our virtual wedding. The music was absolutely inspired by the trip. I did not take notes. I waited until I got home to record the music. I tried something new. I would think about the different places and experiences and then improvise a piece of music based on that feeling. Instead of using the improv as is, I would use the improv as a springboard to compose a piece of music. So, even though the original idea for each piece came from an improv, all the pieces on the album were composed. 

KP: That’s a very effective method because the album is great! 

Your most-recent release is Feel Good Piano, which came out just a couple of months ago. What inspired or motivated you to do that album?

LL: Well, today the Capital building was stormed by Trump supporters who believe he should have another four years as President. I have a song on the upcoming Provocative Piano album called “Prayer for America”. I released the single ahead of the album on December 4th. Today I posted it on Facebook and wrote “I feel like I’m watching the fall of Rome in real time here in the United States. This country, that I live in and that I love, is coming apart politically, socially and environmentally. This song is a prayer for us to find our way out of the present situation and create a beautiful democracy that works for all people so that we can live healthy, happy lives”. Between the inability of the United States to contain and effectively deal with the pandemic and the political situation, many people are feeling helpless, hopeless and afraid. I thought that some positive music, like Feel Good Piano, could help people feel better during these very challenging times. 


KP: I’m sure that music will help a lot! It’s a really great album, too!

I think it’s been at least 12 years since I asked you some of these questions, so let’s see if anything has changed. What and who have been the biggest influences on your music?

LL: Sometimes I tell people that I’m a recovering jazzer. 😉 I was really into playing, studying, listening and practicing jazz. In those days, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Alan Pasqua were my piano heroes. I also studied with Charlie Banacos in Boston and Bill McConnell, a Latin Jazz pianist who lived near where I lived when I was in New York. When I got into recording and writing my own solo piano music, I really didn’t listen to any other pianists. Because “New Age” music was a whole new world for me, I had to find my own way. 

KP: What has been your most exciting musical moment or experience so far?

LL: Spoiler: Long story coming. I was touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1988 and one of the performance cities was New Orleans. After the show, the whole company went out to Preservation Hall to hear some traditional New Orleans jazz. As we were walking in, I asked the woman taking tickets, if I could sit in with the band. She said, “Oh no, they generally don’t let people sit in with the band. But, if you can get me an autograph from Mr. Baryshnikov, I will ask them.” I went to Misha and told him they might let me sit in if he will give the woman taking tickets an autograph. He signed a program that someone had and I gave it the woman. We all took our seats and we were listening and I’m hearing “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Bye-bye Blackbird” and I’m thinking to myself, “I got this.” In the middle of the set, they actually called me up. I sat down at a big old upright piano and they counted off a tune at a ridiculously fast tempo with very unusual chord changes. They were testing me to see if I could play. I listened as it went around a few times and just when I figured out the chord changes, they gave me a solo. By this time, I was sweating. But I played a solo, and of course the company thought it was the greatest thing and applauded. As I was leaving the bandstand, I got a few approving nods from the guys in the band. That made my night, day, year, lifetime.  

KP: What a great story! Do you have any favorites of your many pieces?

LL: At this point, I’ve written over five hundred pieces of music. My favorites change as I come up with new material. My favorite improv is “Icicles” from my Peaceful Christmas album. 

One of the best pieces that captures a particular story is “Walking the Plains” which depicts a person’s journey across El Camino de Santiago in Spain. “Siren” from my Solo Piano for Love Peace & Mermaids album. “Space Traveler” and “Enchanted Forest” have fun videos. If you want to hear all of my favorites, you can go to my playlist on Spotify, The Complete Solo Piano Music of Louis Landon, over 29 hours of solo piano music. 😉 

KP: Those are some of my favorites, too. I also love playing “Siren” and “Icicles”! 

If you could have any three wishes, what would they be?

LL: Wish #1 That all wars cease and that humans learn to live harmoniously. 
Wish #2 That all humans become more compassionate and understanding. 
Wish #3 That all humans become aware that we are all in this together on spaceship earth and that we need to get along to survive as a species. 

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Panama Piano Sheet Music Book

This is a hard copy sheet music book for the album PANAMA PIANO. It is available at louislandon.com. You can also download a PDF copy HERE.

Panama Piano was released on July 10, 2020 and was recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B during the first two weeks of May, 2020. 

This album was the result of a two week road trip through the country of Panama. It was totally magical. It was inspiring and joyous. Hopefully you will hear it in the music. I approached this album in a similar way to Southwest Solo Piano, with one major difference. For Southwest Solo Piano, I would think about each of the places that we visited, and then improvise music based on those thoughts and feelings. With Panama Piano, I started with an improvisation after considering places and experiences, but instead of recording the improvisations, I would compose the pieces using the ideas and melodies that came up during the improvisation. 

It is available for streaming on SpotifyApple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

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Feel Good Piano Sheet Music Book

The hard copy sheet music book for the album FEEL GOOD PIANO is now available at louislandon.com. You can also downloads a PDF of the book here. Feel Good Piano was released on October 30, 2020. 

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June of 2020. 

During these challenging times, I thought it would be a good idea to put out some music to help people feel good. That’s what Feel Good Piano is all about. 

Available for streaming on SpotifyApple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

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Feel Good Piano Album Review

Feel Good Piano is Louis Landon’s 31st album and was inspired by the desire to help people feel good during these challenging times (and beyond). Warm and upbeat, the thirteen original piano solos are a celebration of the good things in life, some of which are easy to overlook and take for granted. Recorded on Landon’s Steinway B grand piano at The Peace Palace in Sedona, Arizona, the pace of the album is relaxed and optimistic, reflecting the multitude of musical influences and experiences that make Landon’s style unique and distinctive. 


Feel Good Piano begins with “In the Flow,” a gentle piece with a flowing left hand pattern and a bright and carefree melody on the right. “Happy Valentine” is a sweet love song without words that envelops the listener like a warm hug. With the right attitude, “So Beautiful” could refer to just about anything if we take the time to notice. This quiet, graceful piece is a wonderful reminder. “Have a Nice Waltz” is fast waltz played mostly at the upper end of the piano, giving it a playful sound and the feeling of innocence. One of my favorites, “So Easy” has an effortless swing rhythm that makes me think of Louis’ “Excellent and better all the time!” motto. A slow jazz piece that seems to flow from the heart to the fingers, I really like this one! “Holiday Celebration” has a lively, swirling motion that feels like laughter and good times with family and loved ones. “Waves” is about the peaceful ebb and flow of a calm ocean, perhaps with sparkles of light dancing on the water and a warm, balmy breeze in the air – very relaxing! The hypnotic “Waterfall” keeps a steady rhythm with a repeating pattern on the left hand while the right hand captures the dancing flow of water as it cascades down to the pool at the bottom. Another favorite, the magical “Enchanted Forest,” expresses wonder and awe at all of the beauty discovered during a quiet walk through the forest. “On Our Way” could refer to a number of different things, but I hear the excitement and anticipation of heading into a new adventure – big or small. The album closes with “May Day Celebration,” a joyous ode to spring with an infectious energy that makes me think of laughter and fun in the sun. 

Feel Good Piano is another great album from “The Pianist for Peace” and is available from www.louislandon.com, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, and streaming sites like Spotify. 

Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com
11/29/2020

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Panama Piano Album Review

Panama Piano is the 30th album from pianist/composer Louis Landon and is something of a musical documentary about a two-week road trip Louis and his partner, Christine, took through the country of Panama earlier this year (2020). I love the variety of music on this album – from bright and lively to relaxed and contemplative. Landon’s colorful jazz roots often bubble up and remind us what an amazing pianist he is. Quite a few of Landon’s recent albums have been improvisations captured by the recording process. He started putting this album together by thinking about the places that they visited and his feelings about those experiences and then improvising. Instead of compiling those improvisations into the album, this time Landon went in a different direction and composed the thirteen pieces that make up the album using the ideas and melodies that came up during the improvisations. Quite a few of the tracks are available as singles, but the full album will give a more complete experience. 


Panama Piano begins with “Pan-American Highway,” named for a 19,000 mile highway that goes from the southern tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Feelings of excitement and movement run through the piece as the adventure begins. “Playa Santa Catalina” is named for a beach town where the travelers spent a couple of nights. The piece is quite rhythmic but relaxed and you can almost feel the warm ocean breezes. “Casco Viejo” is Spanish for “Old Quarter,” and this piece is reminiscent of the music from the old dance halls of Cuba. I really like this one! “Las Lajas” describes the pleasures of a serene walk on a deserted and unspoiled beach. “Panama” is vibrant and energetic, and I think anyone who knows Landon’s music would recognize this one as his creation. Pelicans have been my favorite birds to watch for most of my life, and anyone who has had the good luck to watch these amazing creatures glide through the air and then dive for food knows what I mean. “Pelicans” was inspired by watching this happen, and is composed as a slow, graceful waltz. “Boquete” is a small town adorned with tropical flowers everywhere. The album cover features a photo Landon took of a brilliant rainbow that appeared during their stay. The piece is mostly relaxed with a gentle rocking rhythm, but a few passages boost the energy level and then settle back down. “The Lost Waterfalls” is another favorite. Landon did a great job of capturing the feeling of falling water as well as the joy of finding three large waterfalls and being able to experience them without a lot of other people around. I love “Diablo Rojo” (“Red Devil”), a wonderful jazz piece about the rogue buses of Panama City that are brightly painted and roar through the city streets with music blaring. I dare you to keep your feet still while listening to this one! “Volcan Baru” is an active stratovolcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. Chords and octaves in the deep bass of the piano evoke feelings of majesty and power while the melody hints at beauty and grace. We end our Panamanian excursion with a spicy chicken soup called “Sancocho.” The piece begins slowly, but it’s not long before a lively Latin jazz rhythm takes over and sends the spirits soaring. 
Panama Piano is an excellent diversion from the doldrums of 2020! Great music, joyful piano and a mix of excitement and relaxation are just what we need right now!

The album is available from www.LouisLandon.com, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. 

Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com
11/27/2020

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Thanksgiving Piano Sheet Music Book

The hard copy sheet music book for the album THANKSGIVING PIANO is now available at louislandon.com. You can also downloads a PDF of the book here.

The THANKSGIVING PIANO album was released on April 24, 2020 and was recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B July – December 2019 

The music is available for streaming on SpotifyApple Music and Pandora Radio. It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon 

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Tim Jessup, Sedona, AZ 
“We Give Thanks” mastering by Michael McDonald, Eugene, OR 

Book cover design and photo by Louis Landon

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New Single – “Silver Lining”

“Silver Lining” was released on October 16, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

This song was inspired by the state of things today. We have a pandemic, lockdowns, layoffs, massive unemployment as well as serious political turmoil and division. With all that negativity, I try to focus on the positive. The idea with “Silver Lining”, is that something good will come out of all this darkness. 

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon 

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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New Single – “So Easy”

“So Easy” was released on October 2, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

This is a super relaxed and very positive swing tune. It’s a great follow up to “In the Flow” because when one doesn’t fight what is and actually goes with the flow, life is “So Easy”. It also fits in well with the album as it is Feel Good Music. There’s a long improv section at the end of the piece that kind of strolls off into the sunset. 

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon 

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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New Single – “In the Flow”

“In the Flow” was released on September 18, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

When one is aligned with what is, one is in the flow. This is an extremely positive state of being. Everything is accepted neutrally, there is no good or bad. Whatever one is presented with, all is accepted and appreciated. This is life in the highest state of consciousness. 

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon 

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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