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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 that 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. In 2015 Winston underwent a successful bone marrow transplant to combat myelodysplastic syndrome, an illness that can sometimes lead to leukemia. Two years later he released the cancer research benefit LP The Spring Carousel. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Spring Carousel

1. Carousel 1

2. Carousel 2

3. Muted Dream

4. More Than You Know

5. Many Clocks

6. Ms. Mystery 1

7. Unrequited Love

8. Dream 2

9. Night Blooming / Carousel 16

10. Fess' Carousels

11. Ms. Mystery 2

12. Pixie #13 In C (Gobajie)

13. Ms. Mystery 3

14. Rekindling Love

15. Requited Love

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Track List: Harmonica Solos

1. M.M.'s Dunk

2. Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend

3. Hey Diddle Dis

4. Snow On The Ballfield

5. Maris' Farewell

6. Mantle's Farewell

7. Variations On Rabbe Elimelech

8. Sally Goodin

9. Sussex Carol

10. Farewell Medley: Farewell To Taiwaithe / Kindess Emerging / My Country 'Tis Of Thee / Taps

11. Dialogue #11

12. Haste To The Wedding

13. Dialogue #13

14. Sweet Bunch Of Daisies

15. Cold Frosty Morning

16. Glendy Burke / Farewell To Whiskey

17. Off To California

18. Dialogue #18

19. Getting Upstairs / Princess Royale

20. Derentwater's Farewell / Shrimp Tails Up The Water

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Track List: Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit

1. New Orleans Shall Rise Again # 7 (Are The Levees Shored Up In America?)

2. Pixie # 6 In E Minor (Gobajie)

3. Kindred Spirit

4. Elements

5. Fanning The Flames

6. The Gulf Will Live Again #1

7. Georgianna

8. The Cries Of The Wetlands 1

9. The Cries Of The Wetlands 2

10. New Orleans Slow Dance

11. An African In The Americas

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Track List: Love Will Come - The Music Of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2 Deluxe Version

1. Time For Love

2. It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown

3. Macedonia/Little David

4. Woodstock

5. Fenwyck's Farfel/Calling Dr. Funk

6. Room At The Bottom

7. Air Music

8. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

9. You're Elected, Charlie Brown/Little Birdie

10. Brasilia

11. Jambo's (Casaba)

12. Pebble Beach/Dolores Park

13. Love Will Come/Slow Dance

14. Rain, Rain Go Away

15. Nobody Else

16. Love Will Come 2

17. Dilemma

18. Seeds For Thought/Ballad For Oscar

19. Christmas Time Is Here

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Track List: Love Will Come - The Music Of Vince Guaraldi Vol.2

1. Time For Love

2. It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown

3. Macedonia / Little David

4. Woodstock

5. Fenwyck's Farfel / Calling Dr. Funk

6. Room At The Bottom

7. Air Music

8. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

9. You're Elected, Charlie Brown / Little Birdie

10. Brasilia

11. Jambo's (Casaba)

12. Pebble Beach / Dolores Park

13. Love Will Come / Slow Dance

14. Rain Rain Go Away

15. Nobody Else

16. Love Will Come 2

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Track List: Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions

3. Pixie

4. The Breaks

6. Stevenson

9. When The Saints Go Marching In

10. Blues For Fess, Beloved

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Track List: Summer - Piano Solos

Disc 1

1. Colors/Dance

2. Woods

3. Longing/Love

4. Road

5. Moon

6. Sea

7. Stars

8. Too Much Between Us

Disc 2

1. January Stars

2. February Sea

4. Reflection

5. Rain

6. Blossom/Meadow

9. (Love Echoes In The) Pine Hills

Disc 3

1. Living In The Country

4. Fragrant Fields

5. The Garden

6. Spring Creek

7. Lullaby

8. Black Stallion

9. Hummingbird

10. Early Morning Range

11. Living Without You

13. Corrina, Corrina

15. Where Are You Now

16. Old Friends

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Track List: Montana - A Love Story

1. Thumbelina

2. Billy In The Low Land

3. Valse Frontenac

4. The Little House I Used To Live In

5. Montana Glide

6. Nevertheless, Hello

7. The Twisting of The Hay Rope

8. Joy, Hope, and Peace

9. You Send Me

10. High Plains Lullaby

11. The Mountain Winds Call Your Name

12. Music Box (Kojo No Tsuki)

13. Raining In Her (The Muse)

14. (Variations On) Bamboo

15. Goodnight Irene

16. Sweet Soul (Gobajie)

17. Sky (Goobajie)

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Track List: The Velveteen Rabbit

1. The Velveteen Rabbit

2. Christmas

3. The Toys

4. The Skin Horse

5. Nana

6. Lullaby

7. Spring

8. Summer

9. Summer Evening - The Rabbit Dance

10. Alone

11. Shagginess Doesn't Matter

12. Anxious Moments

13. Loneliness - The Fairy

14. Flying

15. Returning

16. The Velveteen Rabbit

17. The Velveteen Rabbit (Music Alone)

18. Christmas (Music Alone)

19. The Toys (Music Alone)

20. The Skin Horse (Music Alone)

21. This Magic Called Real (Music Alone)

22. Lullaby (Sandman) (Music Alone)

23. Spring (The Velveteen Rabbit) (Music Alone)

24. Summer (Music Alone)

25. Summer Evening (Music Alone)

26. The Rabbit Dance (Music Alone)

27. Alone (Music Alone)

28. Shabbiness Doesn't Matter (Music Alone)

29. Anxious Moments Part 1 (Music Alone)

30. Loneliness (Music Alone)

31. Anxious Moments Part 2 - The Fairy (Music Alone)

32. Flying (Music Alone)

33. Returning - The Velveteen Rabbit (Music Alone)

34. Night Thougths (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Night Divides The Day - The Music Of The Doors

1. Spanish Caravan

2. The Crystal Ship

3. People Are Strange

4. Love Street

5. Love Me Two Times

6. Love Her Madly

7. Wishful Sinful

8. Light My Fire

9. My Wild Love

10. Summer's Almost Gone

11. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind

12. Riders On The Storm

13. Bird Of Prey

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Track List: Plains

1. Dubuque

2. Before Barbed Wire

3. Frangenti

4. Give Me Your Hand/La Valse...

5. No Ke Ano Ahiahi

6. Graduation

7. Teach Me Tonight

8. Rainsong (Fortune's Lullaby)

9. Merry Go Round

10. The Dance

11. Cloudburst

12. The Swan

13. 'Ike Ia Ladana (Queen's Jubilee)

14. Plains (Eastern Montana Blues)

15. Angel

16. Waltz For The Lonely

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Track List: All The Seasons Of George Winston

1. Colors/Dance

3. Living In The Country

4. The Cradle

5. Joy

6. Treat Street

8. Thanksgiving

9. Miles City Train

10. Corrina, Corrina

11. Hummingbird

12. Longing/Love

13. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

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Track List: Linus & Lucy - The Music Of Vince Guaraldi

1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

2. Skating

3. Linus And Lucy

4. The Great Pumpkin Waltz

5. Monterey

6. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

7. Treat Street

8. Eight Five Five

9. The Masked Marvel

10. Charlie Brown And His All Stars

11. You're In Love, Charlie Brown

12. Peppermint Patty

13. Bon Voyage

14. Young Man's Fancy

15. Remembrance

16. Theme To Grace/Lament

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Track List: Forest

1. Tamarack Pines

2. Forbidden Forest

3. Troubador

4. The Cradle

5. Cloudy This Morning

6. Last Lullaby Here

7. Mon Enfant

8. Returning

9. Graceful Ghost

10. Walking In The Air

11. Building The Snowman

12. The Snowman's Music Box Dance

13. Love Song To A Ballerina

14. Lights In The Sky

15. Japanese Music Box (Itsuki No Komoriuta)

16. Night Sky

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Track List: Summer

1. Living In The Country

2. Loreta And Desiree's Bouquet - Part 1

3. Loreta And Desiree's Bouquet - Part 2

4. Fragrant Fields

5. The Garden

6. Spring Creek

7. Lullaby

8. Black Stallion

9. Hummingbird

10. Early Morning Range

11. Living Without You

12. Goodbye Montana - Part 1

13. Corrina, Corrina

14. Goodbye Montana - Part 2

15. Where Are You Now

16. Old Friends

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Track List: Winter Into Spring

1. January Stars

2. February Sea

3. Ocean Waves (O Mar)

4. Reflection

5. Rain

6. Blossom/Meadow

7. The Venice Deamer Part One - Introduction

8. The Venice Deamer Part Two

9. (Love Echoes In The) Pine Hills

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Track List: Autumn

1. Colors/Dance

2. Woods

3. Longing/Love

4. Road

5. Moon

6. Sea

7. Stars

8. Too Much Between Us

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Track List: Ballads And Blues 1972 - The Early Recordings

1. Highway Hymn Blues

2. Song

3. Go 'Way From My Window

4. The Woods East of Deland

5. Brenda's Blues

6. Miles City Train

7. New Hope Blues

8. Theme For a Futuristic Movie

9. Rag

10. Untitled

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Track List: Ballads And Blues 1972

1. Highway Hymn Blues

2. Song

3. Go 'way From My Window

4. The Weeds East Of Deland

5. Brenda's Blues

6. Miles City Train

7. New Hope Blues

8. Theme For A Futuristic Movie

9. Rag

10. Untitled

11. Blues In G

12. You Don't Love Me

13. Elcina's Grandmother's Rag

14. Variations On Song For Kurt

15. Bright Light Waltz

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Variations On The Canon By Pachelbel
George Winston
All The Seasons Of George Winston
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AWESOME
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Miss Mom so much love your song's so much������
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One of those artists I could listen to all day, every day. And sometimes do.
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Used to listen to him in college to get "deep"
Some of his stuff is ethereal, plane changing
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Years ago I was working at a hospital in Olympia, WA. I was a fan of George's music. One day I heard he was coming to the hospital to put on a concert for patients on the Oncology floor. I tried to sneak in but was told it was only for patients and staff. My mother is now on that very floor preparing to pass away. This morning a man came to our door and asked if he could come into play a harp. He played beautiful music for just the two of us. I remembered George Winston's concert.
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Hi people I don't know at all!��
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I listen to it First time and This is my second time
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Helmsbrent, that doesn't actually work��☹️��
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Hey dude
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beautiful!!!
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Guys sadly I have to tell you. This song was played at my grandmas funeral. She died because she got ran over by a reign deer.����lol jk
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See you in Nashville this week George. Can't wait 4th time.
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This piece without a doubt has a heavenly feel to it!
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johntree1
I walked down to Canon also, and they played Thanksgiving when we were lighting our Unity Candle 20 years ago.
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NOW THAT SOUNDS JUST LIKE I EXPECT MY PIANO MAN TO SOUND !!!
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OMG - so did we.
We 're in Beaver Creek CO- got married at the chapel
Just us and Pachelbel Canon D
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Forever in my ❤️ I walked down the aisle 27yrs ago to Pachelbel Canon; great memory!!!��
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mjblaveenaz
Heard your music the first time in May of 1982 in Ojai CA. Went to hear you at ASU in Tempe AZ in the '90's.... sleep with you on my 'George Winston" station all night every night. Aaaaahh ; )
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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laura_ferrym a n
Now like Jonnie said "can somebody be a little bit more funny".
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I really do.
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I see you everyday.
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Oh you Jonnie Holocaust.
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I spelt it wrong :T

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Thoughts XD
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jreimer70
Can someone be a little bit more funny and excited I mean you all sound so dull when u tell your haughty on this ._.
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We are so blessed by this beautiful human being who has touched the earth and made it a better place for us all... well done... we can never get enough of his soothing magic...
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George Winston ,among other Windham Hill artists are the soundtrack to my childhood. My dad listened to Windham Hill Artists all the time. The music has a calming and introspectiv e effect on me no other music does.
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One more thing, I have a Pandora station called George Winston.
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Have loved listening to George Winston since the early 80s. Actually got to go to a concert at UVA. My husband felt really old as so many of those waiting to hear him were college students. We were in our early 30s. George Winston has a sound all his own among pianists.
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It isn't to 'early'. To begin .Thinking ahead. The 'changes -of-seasons. I s upon everyone living.Tryin g to accomplish.A d e q u e t e reasoning for our survival skills...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , , ,
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Was a wandering 12 year old who stumbled upon a bunch of Windham Hill cassettes at a yard sale... One was a George album. This music has given me peace throughout my life at some of the most challenging moments in my life. I can't thank him and all of the WH artists more. Their music can land a plane in distress...
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A gift from GOD just like my mother who turned me on to this, thank u George winston
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The first time I heard this by George Winston, I knew that I had found a prayer answered!!!! His style is his own, yet so beautiful, I became mesmerized!! ! I've bought every album/CD he's put out since the "Holiday" one. I even got my 17 year old son listening to George Winston!!! Thank you, George Winston, for some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard!!!
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Love this song
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love love this song...
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so beautiful. here at work listening to Pandora and just kind of floating away with it......just lovely
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only 3 times in my life has music stopped me dead in my tracks and forced me to listen, motionless, until the end. One was in a small shop in Bar Harbor Maine in 82 or 83 when i first heard George w
Winston's December. the others were American Pie and Dust in the Wind by Kansas. December opened a whole new acoustic world for me.
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A friend gave us December several years ago. Nearly every morning, we greet the new day with this music. Thank you for sharing these sounds and message with us. We are so grateful!!
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Amazing
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your my beautiful butterfly from within you are free
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Hymn hmmm h hmmmj
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I saw him in person in Boston and Cambridge twice.in the '80's. I just love him. No words to express his talents. Out of this world music that touches the soul of you !!:)
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Thank you, baker_marge!
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I am truly moved by your beautiful music! Wish I could hear you play in person! So in love with the passion in your playing ♥
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