Turtle Dove & Cedar Trees
Steve LaManna's playful and scintillating phrases, enriched by the resonance of a well tempered Steinway, inspire the listener with timeless images of Christmas joy and delight. A musician, artist and sculptor, Steve LaManna creates a sometimes energetic sometimes serene, often meditative, usually evocative, and always beautiful mood with his piano solo interpretations. This is a collection of traditional Christmas carols from medieval times through the nineteenth century. LaManna has created arrangements of these timeless carols which perfectly crystallize their essential beauty and joyous spirit. Whether the source is rock 'n roll, latin, blues, jazz, show tunes, folk, European, or, in this case, Christmas, Steve LaManna's interpretations are always beautiful. The cover illustration of this Christmas CD, painted by Steve, is a winter scene, inspired by the natural surroundings of property he owns, situated along the wild and beautiful Delaware Bay coastline of Cape May County, New Jersey. Since 1990, Steve LaManna has performed in one of the oldest seaside resorts in America - Cape May, New Jersey, where people from all over the world have discovered his gentle and personal style. As a result of his listener's input, Steve has produced five recordings and a sixth is in progress. "Christmas is truly a season within a season. In the middle of winter, when the earth is in a deep sleep -- a separate season comes to celebrate life. The symbols of Christmas speak to us, reminding us of this outer sleep and this inner awakening to the eternal joy placed deep within our hearts." Steve LaManna 1997.