"The Hearts Longing" is a well-produced CD featuring compositions by several brilliant contemporary composers. Elegant, lyrical pieces by Paul T. Smith, Mike Garson, Dave Grusin, David Foster & William Joseph, Kavin Hoo and Michael Hoppe are skillfully interpreted by pianist Susan E. Adams. A producer/writer of television and film for over 20 years, Susan E. Adams is primarily known for producing well-known artists such as Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Whoopi Goldberg however her first love has always been the piano. Born in Santa Monica, California in 1955 Susan's passion for music emerged at an early age. Her mother claims that Susan didn't need a babysitter, "From as early as 2 years old, all I needed to do was put a record on and Susan would put her arms around one of the speakers, hugging it tightly against her ear. She would be rooted to the spot and would not move for hours." Susan began studying classical piano at the age of three. She remained faithful to her classical keyboard studies through college but as she approached her 30's the urge to play jazz became overwhelming. Unbeknown to her she lived in close proximity to one of the world's greatest jazz pianist, Paul T. Smith, who eventually accepted her as his student. "Basically I was dreadful at jazz," she recalls. "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing-and I don't have that swing." I could square off any jazz piece and make it sound like Mozart. I had too many years of classical training in my bones." But after three years with Paul Smith, a style of music that was clearly her forte came into view. Jazz ballades, neo-classical, majestic film scores and new age music with well-developed melody lines provided her with crossover music that ignited her soul. 'What I wanted when I was hugging those speakers as a child was to become the music. There is something magical that happens when I am one with the music. Music provides me with an entry into another world-like the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis' 'The Witch, the Lion and the Wardrobe'-the minute I step through the music I arrive in another dimension, a place where I am fully present to myself and free to experience my inner world without contamination from the outer world. When I return, I am restored to myself and more able to live my own life rather than be persuaded by how others would want me to live.' The splendid music created by these extraordinary composers on this CD is an invitation to quiet the mind and open the heart so that the listener can reunite with the riches of their inner life. Susan now makes her home at the foot of Granite Mountain in Prescott, AZ.
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