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George Winston

Self-described "rural folk piano" player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed new age. Although born in Michigan in 1949, he was raised primarily in Montana, the extreme seasonal changes he experienced there later greatly influencing the pastoral feel of his music. Even as a child, Winston preferred instrumental music over vocal performances, counting among his early heroes Booker T. & the MG's, Floyd Cramer, and the Ventures; he did not take up music until after high school, however, beginning with organ and electric piano but moving to acoustic piano by 1971. Influenced by the stride piano of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, Winston turned from rock and R&B to jazz, and soon released his first solo piano effort, Ballads and Blues 1972, after which he mysteriously retired from music for the next several years.

Discovering the music of the legendary New Orleans R&B pianist Professor Longhair in 1979 was the epiphany Winston was seeking to inspire a return to performing; signing to the Windham Hill label, between 1980 and 1982 he recorded a trilogy of albums -- Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring -- of impressionistic, seasonally themed piano musings which laid much of the groundwork for the new age boom to follow. Winston's music continued to grow in popularity and influence in the years to follow, but in typically enigmatic fashion, he virtually dropped from sight for the remainder of the '80s, resurfacing only in 1986 to score a reading of The Velveteen Rabbit by actress Meryl Streep.

Finally, in 1991, Winston returned to action, completing his seasonal cycle with Summer; Forest followed three years later. In 1996, he paid tribute to another of his greatest influences with Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi. A compilation album, All the Seasons of George Winston, was released in the spring of 1998, followed a year later by Plains. The new millennium brought anniversary editions of several of his landmark albums, including Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring, as well as the 2001 album Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit, which was Winston's response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. His 2002 release, Night Divides the Day, focused on the music of one of his earliest influences, the Doors. Montana: A Love Story from 2004 was inspired by Winston's childhood in Montana. An impressive solo piano outing, Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, released as a benefit set for hurricane relief, appeared from RCA in 2006. Winston continued to perform solo, but didn't cut another record until Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 appeared in 2010. Winston toured in support of the album, playing solo piano concerts as well as performing on slack key guitar and harmonica. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon's explosion and its resultant, massive oil spill and environmental disaster in 2010, Winston monitored the situation closely and became deeply concerned about the loss of the wetlands in Southern Louisiana. In response, he issued another benefit recording, entitled Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, Vol. 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit, in March 2012 in order to help with funding bluesman Tab Benoit's The Voice of the Wetlands organization and other environmental concerns resulting from the crisis. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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your amazing a pianist .. artist .. wanted to say ..
wizard9709
Pure to the minds touch
dmetrius
Sorry didn't mean to put SOS
dmetrius
SOS than was a perfect version of canon!!
kwandrei
I love your music but have been disappointed at how difficult it was to find your sheet music. When I did, the edition I found had lots of errors in it. I heard you had some issues with publishing your music in the US. Is this true?
Absolutely love how you play Canon in D. Can listen to this melody all night. Thank you <3
amazon.com!
sounds like Pooh's neighborhood .
Inspired!
I have listened to George since I was in my 20s. His music has inspired.me in so many wwighs. He has been the only musician I can say warms me deeply. All my cassette tapes were stolen several years ago and I have to buy new CDs. Don't know where to get them. Any suggdstions?


sheila.rodge r s 9
Thanksgiving , on the December release, reminds me of my beautiful brother Jack, now gone. We played this and others at his funeral. He loved Winston's music. Beautiful, both.
Ah, yes, DECEMBER...n o t h i n g has surpassed it yet.
melissa.sand e r s 4
DECEMBER
mjnickel39
He has such peaceful music. I love that!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
George Winston!!!! How can anyone not want to listen to this?
gmawscraps
Reconnecting to a great artist is the best way to end the day. My mother played piano and even though she is gone I can see her graceful fingers in every note of every melody he brings to life. Thanks for the memories.
gmawscraps
Reconnecting to a great artist is the best way to end the day. My mother played piano and even though she is gone I can see her graceful fingers in every note of every melody he brings to life. Thanks for the memories.
gmawscraps
Reconnecting to a great artist is the best way to end the day. My mother played piano and even though she is gone I can see her graceful fingers in every note of every melody he brings to life. Thanks for the memories.
A perfect accompanimen t to the fireflys I am watching right now!
olinfineart
I discovered your music early eighties. You have helped me to paint in my studio. Relax during stress. Do yoga, dance, meditate, write. Your music helped me through a dark depression. I had your music with me when I raised my daughter. She graduates college next year, and we still share our love of your piano work from "The Snowman" My husband likes your music too, and attributes our daughter's love of piano playing to you! She is quite good. Thank you!
rpruitt661
Now, I really like this! So smooth and not fancy-schman c y , simple and just divine! I could listen to George Winston all day. Love him.
I love George Winston so much!
suzan_philli p s
George is the most brilliant composer of our life time. I am so happy to have known this man thru his music. He has influenced me so much!
hkcutler
I have had George playing during all life's moments through my teens, into college and marriage...a n d babies have slept George. His music fills my house joy and peace. Thank you!
My O.C.D led me to point out that "canon is not spelled with a K." But its still one of my all time favorites. I grew up listening to canon.
love this song so much
I've been a huge fan of his music for many decades. Having some of the piano sheet music allows me to play it at home (clumsily) to feel the raw power of live music, with my own interpretati o n .
my first time hearing his music. it is a breath of love and talent any person can posses, what a magnificent gift granted by God, and to play it so wonderful that it brings tears of delight. thank you for sharing your gift your admire vickie. i hope you play it all the time to your family
Love George Winston (and have for about 30 years) but I especially love the song 'Joy'!
My jam:D
Just found George Winston!!!
Some of the most memorable moments in my life have been accompanied by George. Thank you for adding to my lifes' treasures.
Gnite Lila
yelvis
:)
yelvis
I listen to it to go to sleep
yelvis
Omg best song every when I first looked at his name from far I thought it was gorge Washington
So inspiring. So calming. So, so good.
My kind of human!!! :-D
Yaaaaaaaaaaa a a a a a A A A A A A A A A A A A A Y Y ,
GEORGE!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D
paigedygert5
George Winston is responsible for my undergraduat e degree. I could not have focused without his soothing music.
kekchi
This such a fantastic song!!!! I absolutely enjoy listening to George Winston. His music is always so peaceful.... :)
Very playfull !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I love it.....
I love your music:) :) ! I am only 8!:)
Anselfrimpon g does not know music
laurelvanam
Reminds me of a story
But no words,
Now I understand how to put emotion into music
torreyplank
anselfrimpon g really sucks!
He sucks asd
Heard him in concert in Grand Rapids MI in the early 90's. His harmonica playing blew me away!!! Still love his syle!
Such a gifted and generous musician. When I listen to his music, my imagination reverts to days of artistic expression in watercolor (painting). Only it occurs in the imagination, beautiful, effortless and strokes of color, scenery and majestic images of the incredible landscapes this earth creates. Vivid and no doubt real -- even if we have yet to physically take them in.
this song could work in Wolf Children
Great music helps me study and get though stressful times
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