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|Narada Artist Series|

RETURN TO THE HEART
© 1991 Narada Productions, Inc.

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|Writing at Cafe|

ITINERARY
Amsterdam, Holland Koepelkerk (or Sonestakoepel; dome church).
Built in the 1660s as a Lutheran church and now used as a cultural centre.
1 Return to the Heart 3:16
2 Improvisation: Near the Still Waters of Amsterdam 2:24
3 Madre de la Tierra 3:15
4 Improvisation: Sounds from the Koepel 1:53
5 Heartsounds 7:04
Madrid, Spain Palacio de Gaviria.
Family home during mid and late 1800s of a local marquis, now a facility for
community events.
6 Improvisation: Mañana, mi amor 1:40
7 Corre, río, corre (Run River Run) 3:13
8 Medley: Behind the Waterfall/Desert Rain 4:09
Munich, Germany Grosse Aula der Ludwig-Maximilians Univerität.
Performing arts hall in one of Europe's largest universities.
9 Improvisation: Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) 1:30
10 A Whiter Shade of Pale 7:03
11 Improvisation: Heart of the Night 1:00
12 Dream of the Forgotten Child 4:20
13 Improvisation: Out of the Darkness :58
14 Cristofori's Dream 6:03
Carpi, Italy Teatro Comunale.
Classical Italian opera house built in the 1850s on the central plaza of this
small Northern Italian village.
15 Improvisation: Gli uccelli di Carpi (The Birds of Carpi) 2:37
16 Variations on a Theme from Pachelbel's Canon in D Major 9:21
17 Reprise: Return to the Heart :35

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Return to the Heart
Reunions are powerful occasions, and I will always treasure the one I experienced a year ago between my wife and her daughter, Pamela. Pamela had been adopted shortly after her birth, and through her first 21 years she had never met her natural mother. Pamela arranged a meeting, and their reunion was a very moving event. Like her mother, Pamela is a very beautiful woman, and I only hope that this music reflects her beauty, courage and grace.

Near the Still Waters of Amsterdam
A walk through the city late in the day, when all the buildings were aglow with the sunset's reflection, captured the mood of this piece. It was one of the first recordings we made in Europe and, like the others, it was done in a very relaxed environment.

Madre de la Tierra
The title literally means "mother of the earth," and the music was originally written to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. It should remind us that we live on a beautiful planet, and we need to give Mother Nature all the love, care and respect she deserves.

Sounds from the Koepel
Hearing the reverberation of the piano in the space under the Koepel's giant dome was very inspirational. As I played, the music seemed to spiral upwards into the pattern of the dome.

Heartsounds
Heartsounds is the title song of my first recording, so this will always remain a special piece to me. The music is my impression of a light, contented heart. Through the years it has become an improvisation in my concerts, and it has evolved in many ways. This is its European interpretation.

Mañana, mi amor
It was 4 o'clock in the morning. Too late, too hot, almost too relaxed to record. Yet the conditions turned out to be perfect in the Palacio de Gaviria's ornately decorated "Sun Room," capturing the spirit of "mañana."

Corre, río, corre (Run River Run); Medley: Behind the Waterfall/Desert Rain
All three of these pieces fall into what I have referred to as my "water phase," a phase which continues to influence much of my music. One of the beautiful rivers of the Pacific Northwest inspired Corre, río, corre. All three, in fact, were inspired by the movement of water, and I found it interesting that all were recorded in the driest acoustical setting of the four we used.

Friedensengel (Angel of Peace)
Before recording this improvisation, I sat at the piano and meditated on the feeling of quiet reverence. I feel that this music best conveys the more spiritual message of RETURN TO THE HEART.

A Whiter Shade of Pale (MIDI courtesy T. Norman)
This remains one of my favorite pieces from any period of music. It seemed fitting to record this version in Germany, since rock historians attribute its inspiration to a piece originally composed by J. S. Bach.

Heart of the Night
An improvised prelude to Dream of the Forgotten Child, I felt a soft darkness gathering around me as I played.

Dream of the Forgotten Child (MIDI courtesy C. C. Contreras)
During one Christmas holiday, the images of homeless families constantly filled my mind. I kept wondering how a homeless child must feel during that time of year, and I began to imagine what such a child's dreams must be like. Because they are children, I trusted that the sad images could be buffered by images of hope. This was my only consolation.

If you are as fortunate as I and enjoy the comforts of a home, consider reaching out and taking action from your heart. So many fellow human beings will benefit from your gift.

Partial proceeds from this album and from many of David's concerts are being donated to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1621 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20009; 202-265-2371.

Out of the Darkness
An improvised prelude to Cristofori's Dream, recorded at the little opera house in Carpi. This piece has a classical, impressionistic feeling that is given a strange, dreamy quality by the technique of using distant microphones.

Cristofori's Dream
This is simply a song of gratitude, dedicated to Bartolommeo Cristofori and his wonderful invention -- the piano. Cristofori was an Italian harpsichord builder who did much of his work in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. His innovations, such as the soft pedal, made the harpsichord a much more dynamic, expressive instrument, yet this peers criticized his work. This song honors a great inventor whom history has largely overlooked.

Gli uccelli di Carpi (The Birds of Carpi)
This piece simply celebrates the sweet song that filled the square outside the opera house. The sounds of birds are barely audible through headphones on this song and on the next.

Variations on a Theme from Pachelbel's Canon in D Major
The original canon was written sometime near the beginning of the 18th century by Johann Pachelbel, a major figure in Baroque music. My improvisation is based loosely on the canon, yet no two performances of this piece are ever the same. Whenever I hear Pachelbel's Canon, I sense that it belongs to the present as well as to the past.

Reprise: Return to the Heart
To feel, respond and take action from the heart -- this is our greatest joy and challenge.

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