A Love So Divine
2011 / Robby Davis
Review by Kathy Parsons
A Love So Divine is the debut solo piano release by Robby Davis, a South Carolina pianist who started playing the piano at 3 and began composing at 12. The eight original tracks on the album are soothing yet passionate and played with a masterful, somewhat understated flair. A strong classical influence can be heard in Davis’ music, but it also feels very contemporary - melodic with a flowing tempo and a very expressive touch. In addition to his performances as a solo piano artist, Davis tours with Christian artist David Walker, playing concerts and events across the southeastern United States.
A Love So Divine opens with the title track, a lovely hymn-like piece with a melody line strong enough to support lyrics. Slow and graceful, it’s a beautiful beginning. “Trusted” picks up the tempo a bit, creating a comfortable feeling of ease and surrender. The underlying rhythm is repetitive and steady while the expressive melody flows effortlessly. “Daybreak” is bright and effervescent, spilling over with the promise of a fresh start while Davis’ nimble fingers swirl and dance around the piano keyboard. “Awakening” is relaxed and contented - a lazy morning set to music. “Nocturne” takes us to the end of the day, slowing down and letting go of the day’s hectic pace. A very fluid and soothing lullaby, it should relax just about anyone. “Soaring” reminds me a bit of Wayne Gratz. Energetic and carefree, this buoyant piece is a dance of joy and celebration. “Lux Mundi” is my favorite track. A bit moodier than the other pieces, the poignant and very expressive melody goes deep within, touching the soul with its graceful beauty. “Lily” has a wonderful theme that is repeated many times without much change or development. I’m sure there is a reason for that, but it’s a bit repetitive for my ears.
A Love So Divine is a very promising debut and I look forward to more music from this obviously very talented and capable pianist. The album is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!
May 30, 2012