Light on the Water by Timothy Cooper
Light on the Water was No. 15 on the International New Age Reporter Charts in 2008.
The tunes are written by human rights advocate Timothy Cooper.
This heart-touching album is improvisational and introspective and reaches its listeners while bringing a new voice to the solo piano genre.
Review of Light on the Water CD by Timothy Cooper
Light on the Water by Timothy Cooper, released by New Age Piano Music, contains 19 cuts totaling 57 minutes of uplifting new age piano tunes.
The background instrumentation provides the sense of flowing water while the bright keystrokes on the ivories adds the sense of reflected light, making the album very aptly named.
Timothy Cooper is an artist in various art forms, from novels to paintings, to his musical compositions and performances to participation in world rights organizations. He began recording the cuts on Light on the Water during the week following 9/11. As a resident of Washington, DC, the events had truly impacted his life yet he saw the positive aspect of the bonding of the American people. However, the recording was not completed until recently.
Mixing it Up
For me, I found the music to be very upbeat, in parts nearing the genre of rock and roll. It is not the ethereal eerie music I often associate with the term “new age”. This mix of piano music solos makes for very nice listening when working or being active but is not quiet fast paced enough for accompanying aerobic exercise. It is the absolute perfect pace for adding to an iPod for walking exercise.
Personally, I found the cuts on Light on the Water a bit repetitive, lacking a sense of unique identity as the tunes changed from cut to cut. A more varied mixture of sounds would have, in my humble opinion, made a much better album. However, that is not to say that Timothy Cooper has not created a very good set of songs. I suppose I just love variety and found the cuts a little less distinct from one another than I would have preferred.
Any fan of new age piano will love all 19 cuts of Light on the Water by Timothy Cooper. The music is definitely positive and peaceful. It was recorded without piano overdubs in an improvisational style, which is seldom found today since most artists add far too much overdubbing to allow their true style to shine through. Perhaps that, in part, is what Cooper meant when he chose the name Light on the Water for the album.
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