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Rick Stier's PIANOLatte | Notes to Nourish the Soul

 

♪ Notes to Nourish the Soul

Notes to Nourish the Soul is my first CD, produced in honor of my Dad’s memory.  Dad went to be with the Lord suddenly in 2006. 

Just a year prior, we shared a touching moment at my sister Kim’s home.  He looked over at me with tears in his eyes: “Rick, I was listening to the Pastor’s recent sermon.  He said God’s grace covers it all.  He forgives all of it.”  He made a sweeping gesture with his hand. I could tell that after many years of trying and hoping and failing to be what he thought was “good enough,” he finally got it.  It’s all about what God has already done for us – nothing about what we do.  “Yes, Dad, I said through our shared emotion – yes.  You’ve got it. That’s it.”  Dad finally discovered and accepted God’s grace – just a year before he went to be with the Lord.  I will always be grateful for that amazing gift from Dad and from the Lord that day. 

Just a week before Dad passed so unexpectedly, he sat and listened to me play.  He had tears in his eyes as I played his favorite medley: Moments Like These / Precious Lord Take My Hand / MajestyMajesty features 83 of the 88 notes on the piano and is the Tribute to Dad arrangement for this first album; Notes to Nourish the Soul.  Each PIANOLatte album  includes a special Tribute to Dad selection.

Artist Reviews

I am humbled and honored by the comments and reviews of Notes to Nourish the Soul.  Baritone extraordinaire Russell Hospedales of The King’s Heralds’ Quartet comments: “Rick, I love your piano interpretations! Your plush and unusual chord structures make your arrangements compelling!”  Here’s a link to the King’s Heralds’ website: http://www.theheralds.org

Gospel pianist and recording artist Gordon deLeon remarked: “Rick, You are truly a wonder. Not only is the album a joy to listen to, but it is very professionally produced. Keep stretching your imagination, Rick, you have great talent … I especially enjoyed your use of minor 7ths, minor 9ths, and other altered chords. Your use of combining different songs within your arrangements also shows your desire to dramatize and enhance the listening pleasure of your music. If this is your first effort in reproducing your talent, then one can only hope it isn’t your last.”

Recording artist Frank Hartog, of The Gospel Truth Quartet says: “Rick, your musical interpretations and piano artistry on this CD are so very soothing and direct my thoughts and praise towards God who is the maker of all music. Your Sunday morning concerts before our services at Rancho Community Church are uplifting and inspirational. Thanks for using your talent to bless so many.”

Notes to Nourish the SoulSamples

Take a listen to the music on Notes to Nourish the Soul.

Old Rugged Cross/His Name is Wonderful

Claire de Lune / Jesus Loves Me

Somewhere Out There /Somewhere Over the Rainbow /No one Ever Cared for me Like Jesus

His Eye is on the Sparrow

What a Friend

God Speaks

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

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Showers of Blessing / Warsaw Concerto

Jesus Loves the Little Children/God Bless the Children

Receive Him Now / I am Thine, O Lord

Amazing Grace

Till There Was You / I Surrender All

Tribute to Dad: Moments Like These/Precious Lord / Majesty

Reprise: Old Rugged Cross / His Name is Wonderful

3 Responses to Notes to Nourish the Soul

  1. Jim McCLINTOCK says:

    HEY HO, RICK!

    SO WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN?! I’VE KNOWN YOU ALL OF YOUR LIFE (AND BEFORE!). I HAVE LISTENED TO YOUR “PIANO MAGIC” SINCE YOU WERE QUITE YOUNG. I’VE SEEN IT DEVELOP INTO A CONCERT AND RECORDING LEVEL OF THE FINEST PROFESSIONAL KEYBOARD ARTISTRY. I’VE WATCHED YOU AVAIL YOURSELF OF THE VERY BEST IN THE PIANOS YOU OWN AND ON WHICH YOU CAN NOW RECORD. I HAVE LISTENED TO YOUR IMPROVISATIONAL INTERPRETATIONS OF FAVORITE MUSIC OF MANY DIFFERENT KINDS. I’VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SINGING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL ACCOMPANIMENTS ON MANY OCCASIONS, BOTH PRIVATELY IN YOUR HOME WITH YOUR INCREDIBLE STEINWAY AND BECHSTEIN INSTRUMENTS, AS WELL AS SEVERAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES WITH OUR MINISTRY OF THE CROSS PROGRAMS! IT IS THRILLING TO WORK WITH THAT LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE EXPERIENCES SUCH AS I HAVE DESCRIBED AND ESPECIALLY NOW THAT I HAVE THE LISTENING ENJOYMENT OF YOUR TALENTS READILY AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR TWO – THUS FAR – CD’s. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OUR CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP, BOTH PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL!

  2. Rick says:

    Wow! … And that from the internationally acclaimed Jim McClintock, bass extraordinaire.
    After traveling the world as bass in The King’s Herald’s Quartet and personally recpording over 25 albums….thank you for that amazing endorsement and for the very special bond that we share.

    Your profundo bass voice is amazing, the songs you’ve written touch hearts with fresh meaning, and your message of salvation by grace is refreshing and invorating each time I hear it. I am honored and grateful for our relationship and touched by your words.

    To my friends who may not know this, Jim has been my dad’s “brother” for many years. He sang with power and emotion at both Dad’s burial and memorial service. At Dad’s burial, I was SO broken. I looked at Jim through the pain in my heart and the tears on my face and now that my beloved father was with the Lord, I said: “Will you be my dad?”

    Of course, he said “Yes” – although later, he wanted to know what financial obligations might be involved before he made a full commitment….I really needed that laugh! :)

    So, Dad Jim, thank you for your warm and generous comments. I love you.

    Rick

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