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The Light Within, Ambient Music Mixes

A New Direction

This CD marks the beginning of a new path for me ~ using electric keyboard to blend the sounds of piano, strings and voice.
My goal was to create music that is emotionally engaging yet soothing. I hope you can follow me on this path, so that you may find many hours of calm, quiet and peace.
Thank you,
Greg Maroney

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Reviews

The Light Within ~ Ambient Music Mixes
Greg Maroney
2016 / Greg Maroney
Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Greg Maroney has always been a very prolific composer, but since he retired from being a trauma nurse, the music just keeps flowing, taking him in several new directions. The Light Within is his third release in 2016 - a very rare occurrence for sure! All of Maroney s previous recordings (this is his sixteenth solo album!) have been solo piano, but this one is an hour and thirteen minutes of ambient heaven. Using his digital keyboard to create blends of piano, strings, and voices, his goal was to create music that is emotionally engaging yet soothing. I hope that in following me on this path, you too find many hours of calm, quiet and peace. (quoted from the CD liner notes) Like his solo piano albums, this one has very rich, full sound. Most of the ten tracks are what I would call ambient, but a few have very distinct melodies. Many ambient albums have a floating, spacey quality, and I don t find that with this one. Although most of the music is very spare, it feels more grounded to me than many albums in this category. Not all of the pieces include the piano, but those that do are the ones that are more melodic. There is enough substance to the music that listening to it with full attention doesn t become boring. It can easily stay in the background, but it s also very nice to really listen to what is happening in the music. I listened to it on a 50-mile drive this morning and it was wonderful traveling companion! The tracks range from 5 to just over 10 minutes, with most of them in the 7-8 minute range. It would be difficult to say much for each specific piece, but I ll mention a few favorites. The album begins with Reverie, a piece that captures the feeling of a pleasant dream or of floating on a cloud. Strings and ethereal voices calm and enchant - a lovely start! I love Time Without End and hope Maroney will consider doing sheet music for this one! Mostly a (digital) piano piece, it has a hypnotic rolling left hand and a gorgeous melody that is poignant and heartfelt. Maroney has written many beautiful pieces, and I think this is one of his most stirring. There are string washes later in the piece, but the piano sound is always in the forefront. Don t miss this one! Waking Dream is ten minutes of blissful calm. Mostly strings with occasional voices, there is some piano in the last few minutes, playing quiet chords and a gently free-flowing melody. Walking With the Moon is very light and innocent - almost a lullaby. The piano is again in the lead, played mostly in the higher end of the piano, creating feelings of playfulness and contentment. If you have any stress left after listening to Be At Peace and Walking Toward the Light, you are in serious need of a good massage! Letting Go has a simple piano melody with wordless vocals and strings - uncomplicated and very soothing. Most of the other pieces are more difficult to describe in words, but they are all gently uplifting and very peaceful. Greg Maroney has been one of my favorite composers for a long time, and even though The Light Within is quite different from his other albums, it is a very special treat for the ears and the soul! CDs and downloads are available from Greg's website and downloads are available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!


The Light Within~ Ambient Music Mixes
Review by JANET MAWDESLEY, Blue Wolf Reviews
Run Time 70.99mins, Released 2016
 MARCH 27, 2017

Sit and let your mind wander peacefully along with music which has been created to simply sooth, relax and enjoy in this delightful album from the talented pianist Greg Maroney.
Reverie begins this journey into relaxation as it introduces the timeless musical sounds that always seem to go with very, very old places of worship: places that over centuries have seen the best and worst of mankind, have listened to the sounds of praise, joy and sadness which have somehow become absorbed into the very essence of the building, allowing a wonderful peacefulness to descend, not just on the building but also on the journeyman or visitor who has come to this place.
Time Without End carries on this theme of gentle relaxation with a delightful piano interlude to lift the spirit, to encourage a sense of lightness and wellbeing, which, when followed by the haunting nature of Waking Dreams helps keep you in this mindless state of wellbeing for just a little more time.
As this is a new departure from his usual style of piano composition, Maroney has spent the time to simply immerse himself in a new direction, experimenting with electric keyboard and piano combinations to create something which is both relaxing and beautiful, delicate and yet sombre, very mindful of the world of which we are only a very small composite part.
Each of the tracks is as varied as the lifestyle, the note of music, the time, the place, the person or memory which, as with all musicians who compose, is an integral component of who they are, and how they relate and learn from their life journey.
Maroney’s goal was to ‘create music that is emotionally engaging yet soothing’, and in these marvellous and enjoyable pieces, Maroney has definitely achieved what he set out to accomplish.


Michael Isam, WFCF Radio

...I’m telling you this is utterly fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!
I do not get too excited about the music coming in anymore as we have the best artists in the genre
I have come to expect the greatest from the great and seldom am I disappointed.
Then along comes an already fantastic musician like yourself, who just grabs my box and shakes the crap out of it,
giving me a completely new perspective and viewing point on what music can be.
Thanks, I needed this wake-up."