Quiet Wonder by Nathan Speir
In an overly noisy world where others are clamoring mightily to be heard over a continually increasing din, “Quiet Wonder” by Nathan Speir is a refreshing return to “pristine simplicity.”
A pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, “Quiet Wonder” is Speir’s eleventh independent album release and his fifth solo piano album.
Originally from Southern California and raised in Florida, Nathan earned his Bachelors degree in Music Theory and Composition from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He currently resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“Quiet Wonder” was produced and recorded in Nathan’s home studio. There is something quite compelling about this sensitive and emotionally expressive album which emerges as a soft and gentle conversation directly from his heart to ours.
Each of the fourteen tracks on this album are ambient and free flowing. While seemingly deconstructed, one soon realizes that there is construction within that structure. There are also periods of silence incorporated into each song. These are not uncomfortable or overly pregnant pauses. They simply give the listener a moment to breathe in, listen into the noiselessness of a quieter space, and reflect. These are mindful pauses. Sometimes it is what is not said or shouted out that speaks volumes.
Starting right from the top and continuing on through, every track is so very peaceful. However, track 10, “Resting in Early Grace,” is my favorite song on the album. Elegant, aptly graceful, nicely composed and played, Nathan’s skillful use of both upper and lower registers of the piano, makes this a conversation of true tranquility.
Following is another favorite, “Tender Stillness.” Ultra-gentle, like a lightly falling rain, this is a really pretty and peaceful track.
Rounding out the album is the quite calming, “Beginning at Sunset.” The lovely last track of this album speaks directly to the soul and reminds us that any ending always brings with it a potential new beginning. A comforting remembrance to take with you long after the album ends.
And, to be clear, when the album was over I truly missed the heartfelt peace of it all. So, played it several additional times. I think you will too.
I’m sure we’ll hear more from this very interesting artist in the future. Meanwhile, “Quiet Wonder” is recommended for all those who need serenity now.
Buy “Quiet Wonder” here: http://nathanspeir.com