“Gentleman Bailey” was written in memory of composer and pianist Darla Bower’s faithful canine companion Bailey, who succumbed to illness in December, 2018. It is a fitting tribute to “the sweetest and gentlest dog” Bower ever owned. The plaintive melodic theme, played in the deep lower register of the piano, alternates with a short section of undulating, open intervals, and the piece ends with a gentle ascension into the upper registers of the instrument. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the piece seems almost too short – just like the lives of our cherished pets. Truly a gem, this is music worthy of repeated hearings. Very highly recommended!
Described by composer Darla Bower as “a mellow piano piece for relaxation and reflection,” “November Skies” was written to reflect her love of the fall season and the month of November in particular. Slow paced and gently rocking, with tinkling cascades of sound like leaves drifting from the trees, the music is somber without quite being sad and took me back to gray fall afternoons spent walking through the woods, a smoky chill in the air, reminiscing about years past and mentally preparing for the long winter to come. The cover art, a sunset photo taken by the artist’s husband in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is the perfect complement to the single. This is an absolute jewel of a composition. Don’t miss it!