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Healing Piano of Sedona – Sheet Music Book Review

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Healing Piano of Sedona
Louis Landon
2016 / Landon Creative, Inc.
12 pieces / 50 pages
Healing Piano of Sedona is the companion sheet music book for Louis Landon’s 2014 album by the same name. Subtitled “for massage, yoga and relaxation,” the twelve original piano solos are almost as relaxing to play as they are to listen to. Landon is a life-long musician with playing chops to burn, and much of his sheet music can be quite challenging, but because of the nature of this music, several of these pieces are much easier to play than some of his previous sheet music releases. My review copy of the book was downloaded, but Landon’s earlier books have been spiral-bound, and I assume the hard-cover version of this one is, too.
The notation and layout of the music is well-spaced and easy to read. Most of the pieces have suggested pedaling and metronome settings. Several pieces have reaches of a tenth, but most of those chords can be rolled or shortened to better suit the span of smaller hands. (There aren’t enough of those kinds of chords to pose any kind of a problem for most pianists.) Because there are fewer jazz rhythms in this book, most of the timing is easier to count and a few of the pieces have repetitive left hand patterns. Most of the pieces are relatively short (3-5 pages) and there are no difficult key signatures (see below for details). This is a very enjoyable book to play and even though the music is quiet and peaceful, there is plenty of variety from one piece to the next to keep almost any pianist interested from cover to cover. For a description of the individual pieces please see my review of the recording. The songbook is available from www.louislandon.com. Recommended!
The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:
BREATHE – Key of C (0 sharps or flats) – 4 pages
SANDS OF TIME – Key of Db (5 flats) – 3 1/4 pages
ASCENDING SOULS – Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) – 4 pages
CHILD’S POSE – Key of Eb (3 flats) – 5 pages
HARP GODESS – Key of B minor (2 sharps) – 3 pages
DREAM WEAVER – Key of Bb (2 flats) – 3 pages
WATER WHEEL – Key of C – 4 pages
PERSEVERANCE – Key of G minor (2 flats) – 3 1/2 pages
GARDEN OF EDEN – Key of Ab (4 flats) – 3 pages
INTO THE DEPTHS – Key of A minor – 3 pages
SOARING – Key of Bb – 5 pages
SHANGRI-LA – Key of C – 3 1/2 pages
Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com 10/31/16

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Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano Review

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Healing Hearts 3
Louis Landon
2016 / Landon Creative, Inc. 
63’06”
Louis Landon’s Healing Hearts 3 is the third in a series of solo piano albums that are comprised of improvisations that were created while clients were in session at his Healing Piano of Sedona (AZ). These sixty-minute healing and music sessions consist of forty minutes of mentoring and twenty minutes of music that includes personalized music for the client’s own use. Landon created Healing Piano of Sedona several years ago to help people live life joyously, passionately, and stress- and disease-free. Landon is a Steinway Artist who has been a life-long musician. Healing Hearts 3 is his twenty-first album and fourteenth solo piano collection. Each of the thirteen pieces on the album was inspired by a different “soul journey,” so the music is quite varied although it maintains a very calming and peaceful vibe throughout. 
It is interesting to note that Healing Hearts 3 has the closest to the ideal sound Landon has been looking for on his recordings. He attributes that achievement to the mastering and editing expertise of Joe Bongiorno of Piano Haven Studio, also in Sedona. Landon has been trying to get the sound of a classical concert hall in his Peace Palace studio recordings and this album definitely has that sound, which is exceptionally beautiful – clear, warm and resonant. 
Healing Hearts 3 begins with “Standing In the Light,” a softly flowing piece with a poignant melody that gently soothes the heart – a favorite. “Heart Song” is hushed, intimate and obviously very personal. “Triumph of the Soul” starts out in the deep bass of the piano – very dark and lost. As the piece evolves, it gradually lightens as it moves up the piano keyboard, ending in a very positive place. I’ve often said that the piano is the best instrument to express the sound and feeling of rain and “Night Rain” proves that point again. More energetic than most of the other tracks, the notes flow freely: sometimes smoothly and evenly, sometimes more percussive like big fat raindrops – love it! “Tears” is heartbreak set to music, although tears are so often a big part of the healing process. Such deep emotion is expressed in this piece! Landon wisely follows sadness with “Happy Man,” a lively slice of pianistic sunshine. “Phoenix Rising” begins in the deep bass of the piano, obviously signifying a very dark place or crisis. Over the course of the composition, there is turmoil and pain, but then Landon gradually moves the piece  into the upper end of the piano to a much lighter and more peaceful place – a stunning piece! “Healing Time” is gently uplifting and so soothing and serene that I can actually feel it melting away tension – another favorite. “Music Runs Through Me” flows quickly like a stream with sparkles of sunlight dancing happily on its surface. “Balance” returns to a calm stillness that comes when things/life are in balance. Slow, lyrical and very peaceful, it’s the perfect closing for another great album from Louis Landon!
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three Healing Hearts albums, but I think #3 is my favorite. It is available from LouisLandon.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!
Kathy Parsons   MainlyPiano.com    11/4/16

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