Beyond Words
  • Released: August 31, 2016
  • 14 track(s)

As a shy kid growing up, words often failed me. Music has always been, quite simply, the easiest language for me to communicate my innermost thoughts. I’m incredibly grateful for this life I have been given. I’m grateful for my family and friends who continue to believe with me that music has the power to heal and to inspire.

Grateful…beyond words.

This collection of original compositions for solo piano spans nearly thirty years of my life. Each song captures a moment of time, a memory, an emotion, a hope, a desire.

“Awakening” was composed on August 27, 2010. It represents that exact moment in time when you suddenly remember someone (or something) from earlier in life, perhaps childhood…and the strong emotions once felt are still very much here.

“Joyful Morning” was composed on August 21, 2010. Imagine children, without a care in the world, having the time of their young lives while jumping and playing in rain puddles.

“Healing Waters” was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 17, 2016. The gentle waves of the seashore have always brought me peace.

“Crossroads” was composed on February 12, 2001. Life’s journey is not without questions and paths to choose.

“Shelton Rain” was a piano improvisation originally recorded in 1987 during a rainstorm in Shelton, WA. It was first released on one of my contemporary Christian albums in the 1980s.

“Tears of Angels” was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 16, 2016, in memory of those shot and killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Captured by Dave Heneberry on video, the original improvisation was posted to YouTube on June 22, 2016. Profits from the sale of this track are being donated to the OneOrlando Fund in support of victims’ families and survivors.

“Love is Love” was composed on July 14, 2003. Written well before marriage equality became law here in the United States, this love theme was created in hopes that one day, all would indeed have the right to marry whomever they loved.

“Falling Forward” was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 9, 2014. It represents those times we face obstacles, when the only steps to take are forward…and the inevitability (and willingness) to fall forward in the process.

“Lazy Sky Afternoon” was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 10, 2016. Many of us as children (and some of us, now as adults) have lain on the earth’s ground and looked to the sky, and daydreamed through the afternoon.

“Kal-Boy” was composed as a piano improvisation in memory of our 20-year-old cat, Kal, who crossed the rainbow bridge on August 11, 2015. Its recurring melodic motif (“sol-mi” in solfege) represents the same tones to which, when used to call “Kal-Boy,” Kal would come running, no matter where he was in the house. The improvisation was posted to YouTube on August 31, 2015.

“Heroes” was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 7, 2014. Its opening fanfare announces its dedication to all who have lived to serve and protect others.

“Country Harvest” was composed as a piano improvisation and posted to YouTube on January 7, 2014. It was inspired by memories I have from my childhood, working to harvest crops on an Oregon farm in the summertime.

“An Evening in Florence” was composed as a piano improvisation during a concert in Florence, OR, on August 1, 2014. It is dedicated with love and thanks to Kathy and Carol Parsons. The original improvisation was posted to YouTube on November 4, 2014.

“Lullaby for Peace” was composed as a piano improvisation in the studio on June 10, 2016. It is dedicated with love to my parents, Gerald and Margaret Chadburn.

All tracks on “Beyond Words” were composed by Dan Chadburn and performed by Dan Chadburn on a 7’ Yamaha piano, recorded by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions. Mixing/Mastering by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Takoma Park. Photos/Videography provided by Dave Heneberry. Album design by Martine Stein. Radio Promotion by Randall Davis and Ruthe Forbriger at The Creative Service Company. Produced by Tom Nichols and Dan Chadburn.

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