“A New Dream” is the third solo piano release from Lynn Tredeau. Tredeau’s 2015 debut, Echoes of Life, received world-wide attention and reached #1 on Spa Channel, #2 on One World Music Radio and was nominated for Best Piano Album – Solo by OWM. Her second album, Snowlight (A Christmas Memory) was nominated for Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com and OWM. Tredeau was also nominated as Best New Artist on Enlightened PianoRadio.com. That’s a hard act to follow, but Tredeau’s gentle touch on the piano keys and her musical messages of love and hope should send this album shooting up the charts as well. A very active musician in her youth, Tredeau set those aspirations aside to raise her family. Later on, she was inspired by the music of Michele McLaughlin and re-immersed herself in music – and began creating her own music. She has obviously chosen the right path for this segment of her life!
“A New Dream” begins with “Awaken,” a warm and soothing piece that is as delicate as the morning sky. Relaxed and optimistic, it’s a lovely opening! “Deepest Part of the Lake” is about peaceful moments spent in a boat in the middle of a lake, reflecting on life’s important questions. The gentle rhythms of this piece bring images of light dancing on water and the soft movement of the lake itself. “Courageous” is one of my favorites. A bit darker than most of the thirteen pieces, it seems to be reflecting on the loss of a fallen hero. “Lunch With Vincent” imagines what it would be like to have lunch with VanGogh in a Paris cafe. A light and playful waltz with a slightly French flavor, this is a very pleasant lunch, indeed! “Pixie Dance” is played mostly in the higher registers of the piano, giving this sweet bit of musical sunshine a hint of magic. “Winter Thaw” sparkles like light reflecting off the snow, yet expresses a chill in the air and the promise of a coming spring. “The Land of Enchantas” is my favorite piece on the album and was composed as a theme song for a trilogy of fantasy novels by the same name. Sometimes mysterious and sometimes lighter and fanciful, this piece has a bit more drama as well as a sense of adventure. The almost fragile “A Quiet Memory” is a whisper of a piece – reflective and nostalgic. “Innocence” is very simple and honest, much like its inspiration. “Shadow of Your Absence” brings the album to a close with poignance and deep emotion.
By Kathy Parsons