For Dreams May Come (Remastered)
Sean Christopher McGee
2022 / Starman Music
Review by Kathy Parsons
"For Dreams May Come" is a beautiful single release from pianist/composer Sean Christopher McGee. In addition to the piano, strings and some light ambient textures create a sound that is both nostalgic and heartfelt. The piece was originally composed as the theme for a movie Sean's father was working on before he passed away in 2019. The film was never finished, but Sean did some additional arranging and remastered the piece for this release.
I think the story of what the movie was about makes the music even more poignant. It was about Sean's grandfather, Dennis McGee, and Amade Ardoin, a black musician that he often performed Cajun music with in the 1930s throughout the state of Louisiana. Although he was known as one of the best musicians and singers of Cajun music in the area, back then mixed races performing together was often viewed unfavorably. Years later, McGee found Ardoin severely beaten, unable to speak or move. Ardoin never recovered from the brain damage caused by the beating and passed away.
"For Dreams May Come" is deeply personal and yet universal in its emotional expression as well as simply a very beautiful piece of music. It is available from Sean's website as well as Amazon, Apple/iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify. Both thumbs up!
February 7, 2022