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New Single – “Agave”

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“Agave” was released January 3, 2019. Recorded at the Peace Palace in June, 2019 on a Steinway B.

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

It is also available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp

“Agave” was inspired by the plant. Agaves have sharp marginal teeth, an extremely sharp terminal spine, and are very fibrous inside. The Native Americans used the agave in many ways. You definitely don’t want to bump into or fall onto one of those sharp terminal spines as they will easily puncture the skin. The beauty of the agave is when it flowers. Stalks shoot up from the middle of the plant and can be 10 – 30 feet high and have beautiful colored flowers. After flowering the agave dies.

Produced, arranged & performed by Louis Landon.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ

Cover art and design: Louis Landon

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Solo Piano Space Traveler Review

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Solo Piano Space Traveler
Louis Landon
2019 / Landon Creative, Inc. 
45 minutes
 
Solo Piano Space Traveler is the third album pianist/composer Louis Landon has released in 2019 (he has released a fourth since then!) and is truly one of my favorites from this extremely prolific artist. A Steinway Artist who is also known as a Pianist For Peace, Landon has had a very rich history in a wide variety of music genres and has been a lifelong professional musician. He performs regularly in my house concert series, so I was able to see and hear him perform several of the pieces from this album just last month (and in the comfort of my own living room!). I love the easy-going, positive energy that flows through this music (even though that sounds like an impossible combination)!
 
Solo Piano Space Traveler begins with “Space Traveler,” a piece with a flowing, almost ambient right hand contrasted with rolling broken chords on the left. It’s fascinating how well it works to have one hand quite structured and the other more free to go wherever the music leads. “The Final Conversation” tells a colorful story without words. Some passages seem almost playful while the mood darkens and becomes more poignant as the piece evolves. “Idyllic” takes a more classical turn with a slow, graceful melody and feelings of serenity – gorgeous and so soothing! “Freedom” is a whirlwind of piano keys (and the fingers that play them!) with a “hidden” melody that emerges within that flurry. I’m sure the sheet music for this one would be very black! “Waltz Like There’s No Tomorrow” is another favorite. It begins at a medium tempo that gradually increases in speed and exhilaration, reminding us to live in the moment and “dance like no one is watching.” The quick broken chords in “Rolling Along” give it an energetic forward motion and yet the piece feels relaxed. “Easy Country Living” has a very “Americana” style that makes it easy to picture the open plains and a less-complicated lifestyle. “Hand In Hand” is a love song, pure and simple. The slower tempo expresses the peaceful contentment of being with someone you love. “Don’t Worry Little One” is played mostly on the upper half of the piano keyboard, offering gentle reassurance while expressing the innocence of a child. “Wandering” is another favorite with its easy rolling chords and tranquil mood. Love it! “New Day Celebration” has an infectious bluesy/gospel influence that just makes you feel good! “A Day in the Life” (not The Beatles’ song!) brings the energy level back up and ends the album with an expression of joy (and of trying to get everything done!).
I don’t know how long Louis Landon can continue to release four or more albums each year, but I’m sure enjoying his amazing output! Solo Piano Space Traveler is available from www.LouisLandon.com, Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, CD Baby and many streaming sites. A great album!
Kathy Parsons  MainlyPiano.com
11/13/19

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Heartfelt Solo Piano Review

51 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons

Pianist/composer Louis Landon continues his incredibly prolific creative streak with Heartfelt Solo Piano, the second of four albums of new music released in 2019. Many of Landon’s albums are geared toward healing and are more meditative and soothing, but this one has a powerful range of emotions and dynamics. All but one of the fourteen tracks were recorded at The Peace Palace (Landon’s home studio in Sedona, Arizona) and the album was mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven, also in Sedona. One of the most accomplished pianists in the genre (in several genres, actually!), Landon can do absolutely anything he chooses at the piano and make it sound effortless and wonderful!

Heartfelt Solo Piano begins with “Innocence,” the perfect title for this gentle piece of musical tenderness. I sometimes wonder if anyone remembers what innocence is anymore, so this is a lovely reminder! “Sweet Honey” is light and carefree with a playful lilt. “Sweet Sadness” conveys the feeling of an honest and intimate conversation where both people are communicating from the heart. “Foreign Lands” is the first of several favorites. I love the energy of the rolling broken chords in the left hand, the somewhat exotic melody on the right and the shifts from major to minor chords throughout. “Have No Fear” cranks up the energy level several notches with a swirling melody built around a descending chord progression. “Epic World” is my favorite piece on the album. Passionate and dramatic, the themes vary from poignant to fiery and show what an amazing pianist Landon is. This one has a very big “wow!” factor as well as a ton of emotional expression. “Resting In Grace” is another favorite. Expressing compassion and hope with warmth and honesty, it feels like a loving hug. The gorgeous melody in “Remembering” says more than words ever could as it reaches into the soul with deep emotion – I love this one! “Viva” is a high-energy thrill ride that swirls and dances for joy. “Day of Reckoning” is much darker and more serious, as the title implies. “Pure Joy” is a piece recorded at a live performance and I suspect it’s an improvisation (Landon is a master of improvisation!). It moves effortlessly from smooth and easy to up-tempo gospel without batting an eyelash and, judging from the audience reaction at the end, it was obviously a real crowd-pleaser – AND a great way to end this excellent album!

Heartfelt Solo Piano is a winner from beginning to end! It is available from http://www.louislandon,com, Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and many streaming sites.

December 2, 2019
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Solo Piano Reverence – New Album

Solo Piano Reverence was released on Monday, October 14, 2019. It is my 34th album/CD and 27th solo piano album.  It contains 14 new compositions that were written and recorded between March and May of 2019.

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ
Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
Cover photo: Louis Landon
Cover graphics: DanLevin.com
Package design: Louis Landon

It is available available for streaming on

Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Radio

Available for downloading on

iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

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Space Traveler Video

Released on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, this video features “Space Traveler,” the title track of the Solo Piano Space Traveler album. Music produced, composed and performed by Louis Landon. Video by Jamaica Cole. Enjoy!

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New Eagles Cover Single – “Best of My Love”

“Best of My Love,” a cover song by The Eagles, was released on September 2, 2019. It was recorded on June 5, 2019 at the Peace Palace on a Steinway B.

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

It is also available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp

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“Best of My Love” is one of my favorite Eagle songs. I used to play it and sing it in bands many years ago. I tried to do a cover version of this song and it kept falling flat. Then I had an idea to completely change the feel of the song to 6/8 and give it a kind of gospel-like feel. It became much grander and I really liked the way it came out. I like taking someone else’s song and making it my own.

Produced, arranged & performed by Louis Landon.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ

Cover art and design: Louis Landon

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New Album: Solo Piano Space Traveler

I am very happy to announce the release of my 33rd album and 26th solo piano album. I think it’s my best yet. Take a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Listen and Stream on Spotify,  Apple Music, or Pandora.  
You can also download on Amazon, Bandcamp or iTunes.
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New Album – Heartfelt Solo Piano

Heartfelt Solo Piano was released on May 20, 2019

Hard copy CDs are now available HERE

You can also:

Stream on SpotifyApple Music & Pandora

or Download on iTunesAmazon & Bandcamp

Recorded at the Peace Palace from November 2018 – January 2019

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon
Cover design: Louis Landon
Cover, disc & back art: Louis Landon

Innocence 3:00
Sweet Honey 2:39
Yin and Yang 4:25
Sweet Sadness 4:10
Foreign Lands 4;02
Have No Fear 2:42
Epic World 3:41
Speak Your Truth 3:09
Resting in Grace 3:49
Remembering 3:18
Play 4:17
Viva 3:25
Day of Reckoning 4:35
Pure Joy- Live at Piano Haven 3:45

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Successful Spotify Experiment

For the past four months I have been releasing singles, one every two weeks, that would ultimately end up as the Heartfelt Solo Piano album. I released ten singles, one directly through Spotify. Today, with the release of “Heartfelt Solo Piano,” I checked my new album release on Spotify through the artist portal, and everything worked out. All of the singles that I had released, showed up on the album with all of the streams intact. This is a good reason to be sure that all ISRC codes are the same when releasing an  album containing previously released singles. Before doing this, I checked with Spotify and Tunecore to see if this was something that was going to work and they both said that it would. It was great to verify that their guidance was correct.

The one thing that I did immediately was to notify Spotify that I needed to pull the one single that I distributed through them. It is not possible to isolate the one single from the album and not have it distributed by Tunecore with the rest of the album. Going directly through Spotify with one of the singles was also an experiment. I thought that by going directly through Spotify, I might get some preferential treatment playlist wise or perhaps payment wise. Unfortunately, my experience with going through Spotify was not what I had hoped for. From calculations that I made through streams and payments on Tunecore, it appeared that I was paid less through Spotify. Also, that particular track didn’t do very well stream wise. It could have been that particular piece of music and there is no way to know for sure why it didn’t do very well. In any case, I am not going to go directly through Spotify again.

I am going to wait a while before pulling the ten singles from Tunecore distribution. There is no hurry really. I already paid for the year for those singles. One thing I am not sure of is whether a single that is on a playlist will stay there once it is pulled. I don’t have any way to verify that because two of the singles that were on Spotify playlists were temporary. One was on a classical playlist that featured new music and the other was on a jazz playlist of the same kind. Both were on and then off. None of the other singles that I had released were currently on a Spotify playlist other than radio, release radar or daily mix. I am going to keep an eye on those stats to see if anything changes as I systematically pull singles.

In two weeks I will begin releasing singles for my next album, Solo Piano Space Traveler.  I will try another experiment by picking up the pace and releasing a single each week. I have no idea if this will help me in any way, but I’m sitting on an album and I don’t want to wait four months to release it. At the same time, I want to maximize the use of Spotify in promoting singles. I don’t know how long I can keep up that up. Releasing a single a week will require a little more busy work. I’ll stay in radio contact.  😉

Heartfelt Final CoverHEARTFELT SOLO PIANO WAS RELEASED ON MAY 20, 2019. THE CD IS AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE!

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

Available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CDBaby.

 

Recorded at the Peace Palace from November 2018 – January 2019

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon
Cover design: Louis Landon
Cover, disc & back art: Louis Landon

Innocence 3:00
Sweet Honey 2:39
Yin and Yang 4:25
Sweet Sadness 4:10
Foreign Lands 4;02
Have No Fear 2:42
Epic World 3:41
Speak Your Truth 3:09
Resting in Grace 3:49
Remembering 3:18
Play 4:17
Viva 3:25
Day of Reckoning 4:35
Pure Joy- Live at Piano Haven 3:45

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Solo Piano Gratitude

Solo Piano Gratitude Cover 5SOLO PIANO GRATITUDE WAS RELEASED ON JANUARY 28, 2019.

Available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Radio
Also available for download at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CDBaby.

Listen to samples here:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4puqsJ0A5gU0fqhiirqfXW

Recorded live at the Peace Palace during a “Gratitude Concert” on November 17, 2018. Audience members were asked to submit cards and write down the things they were thankful for before the concert. All selections were improvised live and based on those suggestions.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at
Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ

CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon

Cover design: Louis Landon

Cover, disc & tray photos: Louis Landon

Photo of Louis Landon: Ted Grussing

Grateful for Wisdom 03:41

Grateful for Every Day 04:46

Grateful for Breath 04:33

Grateful for Artistry 04:41

Grateful for Awakening Hearts 04:16

Grateful for Peace 04:42.

Grateful for Love 04:35

Grateful for Kindness 04:36

Grateful for New Beginnings 04:41

Grateful for Freedon 04:02

Grateful for Family 04:12

Grateful for Life 04:54

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