Monday, October 26, 2009

Open House Highlights

Doesn't it just feel good to look at this? Mmmm....

What a treat to perform in such a gorgeous home, with a wonderful accompanist, for people I love.

I'm thankful for such great friends who hosted this beautiful evening!

Friday, October 23, 2009

CD Feedback

I want to share a few comments I've received about my CD so guys are great! Thanks so much for the feedback, everybody.

"I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful CD that you made. It's so eerily beautiful. Your work is so special, creative and sweet... Thank you again for your music, it's given me endless hours of pleasure." - California

"...I loved, loved, loved what I heard!" - Virginia

"I thought your CD was beautiful from every perspective. You are quite a musician and you show great compassion and sensitivity as you play." - Virginia

"We listened to it today after my husband came home from a long day of church duties. Needless to say, it had a wonderfully peaceful, calming effect. You really know how to make the violin 'sing' - probably because you are a singer also." - Missouri

"I just finished listening to your beautiful music. You are truly an artist...this collection is very special. Your beautiful spirit and testimony shine through and I could feel the love. I heard your Grandfather play Meditation at a BYU Ward...and he played so beautifully. It was great to read the story of the special meaning it had in both of your lives." - New Mexico

" is so very beautiful, Arian. You certainly have a gift. We were just mesmerized by it!!!!" - Illinois

" is so pleasant to listen to. It certainly had a calming affect on me. I have listened to it all day long - I don't think that I will tire of it. I was also impressed with the family history that was included on the inside of the CD cover. What a perfect tribute to your musical heritage." - Missouri

"We got your CD and it is fabulous!! I have enjoyed listening to it and only wish it was longer." - Iowa

"Arian, I was so happy to get my CD today. It was like music from an angel. So far my favorites are hands down...tracks 9, 10, and 11. I couldn't put it on fast enough." - Alaska

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why I made this recording

When I was nine years old my parents asked me if I'd like to learn to play the violin. My dad and Grandad both played the violin, so I said yes, and I fell in love with it! But that isn't really the beginning of the story.

When Grandad was eight years old his dad asked him if he'd like to start playing an instrument, and he chose the violin. Grandad and I used to play Meditation from Thaїs together on our violins each time I came home from college. That's when he told me he used to play it for his mother when he came home from college.

I miss that tradition now that he has passed on. It was my privilege to play Meditation from Thaїs at Grandad's funeral on his gorgeous old violin. His brothers told me it took them right back to when they sat at their mother's feet, and he played that piece for her as she listened from her rocking chair.

At that moment, I knew this connection that spans four generations was more than just a story; it is a deep, important part of who I am. It is in this spirit that I have approached this project - to honor my heritage, and to make sure my children will know what Meditation from Thaїs sounded like to their great-great grandmother. With each piece I express gratitude that in this life, I have been given a time to love.

(Pictured from top to bottom: me, my dad, my grandad, and my great-grandparents)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Couldn't have gone better

The CD release open house was a wonderful night! It truly could not have gone any better. Thank you so much to the women who hosted it and to all of you who came.

Pictures will be posted soon. In the meanwhile, if you'd like to know what I talked about, here is (more or less) what I said:

When I first had the idea to record a CD as a heritage project, I immediately pushed it away. “I’m not good enough to do that.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Updated "How to buy a copy" on right

For return visitors to this blog, just wanted to point out that

Sunday, October 4, 2009

CD release open house

Friday, October 16th is my official CD release!