Vienna Teng’s shimmering winter visions the perfect soundtrack for a holiday at fire’s side

For my readers as Christmas nears and the year comes to a close, I hope you’re all keeping warm and finding ways to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season. These songs have served me well for years, as pianist/composer Vienna Teng built her reputation in my eyes as this generation’s strongest, yet least heralded talent. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

THE LAST SNOWFALL
from Inland Territory

If this were the last snowfall
No more halos on evergreens
If this were my last glimpse of winter
What would these eyes see?

THE ATHEIST CHRISTMAS CAROL
from Warm Strangers (2004)

It’s the season of grace coming out of the void
A man is saved by a voice in the distance
It’s the season of possible miracle cluresWhere hope is currency and death is not the last unknown
Don’t forget … Don’t forget I love, I love, I love you

GREEN ISLAND SERENADE
from Warm Strangers (2004)

LULLABYE FOR A STORMY NIGHT
from
Waking

Someday you’ll know
That nature is so
The same rain that draws you near me
Falls on rivers and land
Forests and sand
Makes the beautiful world that you see
In the morning

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ALBUM REVIEW: Peter Bradley Adams – “Between Us”

Peter Bradley Adams Between Us

Year of the Album – #044
Peter Bradley Adams – “Between Us” (2011, Sarathan Records)

Peter Bradley Adams was a founding member of eastmountainsouth, but he’s made more of a splash writing music under his own name. With numerous television credits to his name, his music draws first impression comparisons to lightweights like Josh Radin, but with more thorough listens he’s more likely to be put in the same boat as Gary Jules, a songwriter who’s made a name for himself crafting thoughtful acoustic pop music that just happens to also frequentl television soundtracks.

What sets guys like Jules and Adams apart is the clear attention to lyrical and musical detail. Josh Radin was shoved into the spotlight when actor friend Zach Braff put “Winter” in a key episode of Scrubs. Since then, Radin’s done little to prove that the one song was anything more than a fluke. Jules and Adams, however, have consistently shown a deep knowledge of Americana and ‘70s songwriter pop, which helps their songs stand up to repetition despite maintaining a low-key, bedroom pop aesthetic.

Read the rest of the review at Stereo Subversion!