The Vigil, based on the Psalms, grants the listener an intimate and unusual look into Nevue's personal prayer life. While his piano music has always been spiritual in nature, The Vigil seems especially focused.
"This is David Nevue's fourth solo piano album, and it is his most spiritual and personal work. I also think it is by far his best. The Vigil chronicles the passage of a sleepless night, starting at about midnight and ending with the following dawn. Although there is a restless turbulence in many of the songs, there is also a sense of introspection and of a coming peace. The pieces were inspired by events in Nevue's spiritual life, and are heavily influenced by The Psalms. Nevue calls The Vigil "a worship album in the most intimate sense; a call to my Lord and an expression of my heart in earnest, my soul in despair, and my joy in grace." With or without the religious context, the music is so heartfelt and sincere that not a note seems out of place. In listening to as many piano albums as I do, it is easy to lose track or which is which, but this one stands out in its grace and honesty. "Watching the Clock" is a favorite, and was an experiment in frequent time signature changes. This can result in real rhythmic chaos, but David succeeds in creating a sense of restlessness and slight unease with otherwise gently flowing broken chords. "A Midnight Rain" is a gorgeous musical depiction of a late-night rainstorm - cool and aloof, and yet compelling. "Psalm 77" is almost wrenching in its expression of one of the most mournful of the Psalms - a soul alone in the darkest of moments. "Lullaby" is much lighter, but is again just too beautiful for words; the gentle, rolling arpeggios are indeed an invitation to sleep in peace. From here, the pieces get lighter and more optimistic as daybreak approaches. This is an exceptionally fine solo piano album, and I highly recommend it!"
- Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications
Listening to this CD by David Nevue has really showed me what great instrumental music is all about. The Vigil is cunning in a way, with a pulse of its own. It has depth and coy eeriness. I believe this is David Nevue's best CD ever and would strongly recommend people to listen to this CD. Restless Piano melodies drives this breathtaking experience.
Could be used as Program Music for a film or movie!
Watching the Clock has a program music element suitable for independent film. Even though the music is Absolute Music, I tend to conjur many images. What a talent he has!
David Nevue brings the piano to life while putting the listener at ease. The tranquil strokes on the piano keys leave the audience wondering when it was they drifted to sleep due to the total relaxation this cd instills. A wonderful CD to buy for light mood music while company is over, praying or quiet times, or for simply listening to in order to relax.
Lyrical, Thematic, Evocative of Emotion, Life Affirming...
This was my first solo piano CD, and I love it. The writing is varied and accessible. It has dramatic peaks, and comfortable valleys. The emotion that went into this work is palpable and real, and you will feel it too. My favorite track is number 11 - it has an AMAZING surprise in the middle... Buy this CD. You won't regret it!
One of my favorites!
David Nevue's music is truly a gift. This beautiful song gives one a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. This is one of my favorites.
Vigil is wondrously inspiring
The piano weaves it's soothing, relaxing keyboard melodies into my soul and gives me peace and comfort. The Vigil will easily become my night-time lullaby favorite.
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