The American dream is, perhaps by definition, an impossible one. But where would we be without it? This beautiful, impossible dream, of liberty and justice, of a better life in a better place, inspires us, time and again, to achieve the impossible – to journey into the vast unknown, to cross oceans, deserts, and mountains on a wing and a prayer. The Dream brought us here in the first place. The Dream carried the pioneers across miles of wilderness, and called multitudes over oceans and through the gates of Ellis Island. The Dream moved millions of black Americans to migrate north in search of “the warmth of other suns”. The Dream inspired Dr. King to speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and rouse a generation to change. The Dream comes down to us from our parents, and we pass it along to our children. We hold onto the dream; still and again and despite everything, that America will be America again.
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Legacy Audio speakers
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Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia
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|Release Date||November 1, 2016|
Music Web International
For me the highlight of this collection is Downes’s haunting – and very beautiful – rendition of Shenandoah. It actually moved me to tears, such is the ache and poise in every bar. It’s so well paced and proportioned, and for the first time I found myself in a rare state of immersion – of heightened sensitivity – that’s more typical of live concerts than recordings. Downes is the real magician here, but the gorgeous sound certainly helps. This is the kind of piano recording I dream about, where all artifice melts away and the pianist is right there in the room, playing for me and me alone. Quite extraordinary (and not a little spooky).
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