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 / Majesty. Majesty 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.
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.”
Take a listen to the music on Notes to Nourish the Soul.