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Album Review: The Everlasting Light
Lynn Tredeau
Cover image of the album The Everlasting Light by Lynn Tredeau
The Everlasting Light
Lynn Tredeau
2023 / Heart Dance Records
43 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Everlasting Light is a new collection of twelve Christmas piano solos - ten arrangements and two originals - by multiple award-winning pianist/composer Lynn Tredeau. Widely-known for her elegant and graceful playing and composing styles, Lynn's album is the perfect antidote for the rush and stress that can come with the holidays and also serves as a gentle reminder of "the reason for the season." The arrangements are relaxed and deceptively simple - perfect for a holiday dinner or another activity where quiet background music is welcomed - but the more you listen, the more you hear and feel the heart and soul that went into the album, allowing you to get very pleasantly "lost" in the music. Quoting Lynn:

"Each year, I eagerly await the Holiday season. Every celebration brings back a flood of memories. Memories about family, childhood and gatherings with friends....While writing and arranging music for this Christmas album, I was grateful to dwell on so many treasured moments and it encouraged me to remember the most important part of Christmas.... The Everlasting Light."

The album begins with "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree"). Played with a slow, dreamy feeling, you can almost see tiny lights twinkling on the tree as it stands magnificently in its place of honor. "Away In a Manger" is one of the first Christmas songs most kids learn, and Lynn's arrangement overflows with sweet innocence and wonder. I don't think I've heard another arrangement as subdued as this "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," but Lynn imbues it with heartfelt sincerity and grace, making the song even more meaningful. "Pines Dressed in Winter" is one of the two original pieces on the album, and evokes images of snow-covered tree limbs sparkling as sunlight (or moonlight!) dances off of them - very peaceful and gently hypnotic. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is a song that adapts well to almost any style of music, and Lynn's gentle piano touch gives it a feeling of poignance that suits it well and gives it a different perspective. "Christmas Paper" is the second original piece on the album and gently evokes the love as well as the fun that goes into wrapping gifts in brightly-colored papers and placing them under the tree until Christmas Eve or morning. I've always loved the dark, minor-key beauty of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," and Lynn's arrangement is haunting and deeply affecting. "Silver Bells" expresses a warm sense of contentment and just makes you feel good - kind of like a cup of hot cocoa! The album comes to a close with a peaceful arrangement of "Joy To the World." The tempo is slowed a bit and really makes you think about the lyrics - a lovely ending for a beautiful Christmas album!

The Everlasting Light is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites including Spotify.
November 8, 2023
This review has been tagged as:
Holiday AlbumsHoliday Albums and Singles 2023