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Album Review: A Gentle Rain Begins To Fall (single)
Shoshana Michel
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A Gentle Rain Begins To Fall (single)
Shoshana Michel
2022 / Sonder House
3 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
"A Gentle Rain Begins to Fall" is a beautiful solo piano single from pianist/composer Shoshana Michel. Recorded on a felted Yamaha upright piano, the sound is soft and slightly mysterious. (Felted pianos have a piece of cloth - usually felt - between the piano strings and the hammers to reduce the percussive effect of the hammers hitting the strings when the keys are pressed. Sometimes this also allows the sounds of the inner workings of the piano to become part of the music, but that isn't the case here. The sound is very soft and gentle - and very appropriate for this lovely piece.) Most of "A Gentle Rain Begins to Fall" has a flowing broken chord pattern on the left hand that effectively mimics raindrops falling into a puddle, pond or lake. The melancholy melody indicates that the rain wasn't enthusiastically welcomed or that it intensified sad feelings. I love the way it tugs at the heartstrings!

Sheet music for "A Gentle Rain Begins to Fall" is also available. The piece is at an intermediate playing level, 4 pages and in the key of C minor (3 flats). It is a very expressive piece to play and suitable for any age group. You can buy it from www.ShoshanaMusic.com and SheetMusicPlus.com.

"A Gentle Rain Begins to Fall" is available to download or stream from Amazon, Apple/iTunes, Spotify and other streaming sites. Both thumbs up for both the recording and the sheet music!
January 14, 2022
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