The Tower is a powerful, dramatic solo piano soundtrack to the original short story of the same name, also penned by the artist. The CD booklet includes the story in its entirety. A new and interesting musical twist on a classic fable turned into a clever analogy of the Christian faith.
I've always loved to imagine and create - but I wasn’t always a musician. Before I got serious about playing the piano, I considered myself a poet. As a teenager, I was constantly scribbling poems and other creative explorations in my notebooks. So long as I had a paper and pencil with me - and I almost always did - I was content. I fully expected to "grow up" to become a writer.
Then, during my freshman year of college, I was introduced to the piano music of George Winston. After hearing his Winter into Spring album, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to sit down at the piano and figure out how to play like that. That’s when I began the transformation from poet to pianist. It wasn’t long before I was "writing" at the piano as much or more than I did in my notebooks.
Shortly thereafter, I came up with an idea for a short story that really fascinated me. It was an allegory; a fairy-tale-like retelling of The Creation, The Fall, and ultimately, Redemption. As I started developing the plot, I found myself composing piano music to go along with it, a soundtrack to follow the events of the story. What resulted was what you now hold in your hands - The Tower - told, song by song, chapter by chapter, in the accompanying booklet.
When I recorded The Tower in 1991, I had no idea I was headed for a future career as a pianist. My only aim, at that point, was to get a good recording of the music. I rented out a studio in Portland and went to work. The entire album was recorded in just over ten hours which, compared to the perfection I strive for in the studio now, seems staggering. We didn’t do many retakes - there wasn’t time and I didn’t have the budget - we just edited the compositions together on the fly where necessary. As a result, the music had the sense of being "live." It’s like a moment of life, one single day at the piano, recorded as it happened. I never would have guessed that that one single day in the studio would lead to the rest of my life.
I hope you enjoy listening to and reading through The Tower. It’s very representative of my early years as a pianist; very dramatic, youthful and experimental. I am pleased to re-release the album in this digipak format with much improved artwork and an expanded story line. After all these years, The Tower finally gets the storybook treatment I always wanted it to have.
- David Nevue, August 2007.
"Join the storyteller of song and prose as he takes you on a journey of betrayal, hatred, love and hope within the lives of a prince, princess, knight and king. The characters in this fairy tale kingdom... connect the majestic, sometimes hauntingly romantic ten pieces Nevue performs. Wonderfully pleasant listening whether occupied or focused."
- Heartsong Review
"The Tower is a promising debut by pianist/storyteller David Nevue. The album features a rich piano sound, interesting passages and a clever analogy of the Christian faith."
- Jeff Johnson/Ark Records
A Selection of Buyer Reviews...
The Assimilation has unconventional penatonic harmony that intrigues!
Just listen to the modal harmonies througout. I am hearing Voice in the Wilderness. So forlorn with those tonic, supertonic and other harmonies. Then Light has this surprise B section that contrasts so well to the gloom. He can deliver the bittersweets too!
I've been enjoying David Nevue's work (13 albums and counting) for many years now and I am always drawn to this first CD.