In the Bleak Midwinter (single)

by Rick Sparks

Released 12/20/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Released 12/20/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Pianist/composer Rick Sparks' lovely new recording of an all-time favorite Christmas carol, with strings & voices enhancing this December 2016 single.
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    In the Bleak Midwinter

    "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti & Gustav Holst

    1. In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 

    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
    In the bleak midwinter, long ago. 

    2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; 
    Heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. 
    In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed 
    The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. 

    3. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, 
    Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; 
    But his mother only, in her maiden bliss, 
    Worshiped the beloved with a kiss. 

    4. What can I give him, poor as I am? 
    If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
    If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; 
    Yet what I can I give him: give my heart. 

NOTES
"In the Bleak Midwinter" is an advance release from Rick's new 2017 album, now in production for late spring release. With two quiet piano album releases since 2014 and current airplay on Sirius XM's Spa Channel 68, Rick Sparks continues to record lovely piano originals.

Hearts As One (single)

by Rick Sparks

Released 09/28/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Released 09/28/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Deeply romantic piano solo for two hearts becoming one.

NOTES
"Hearts As One" is an advance release from Rick's new 2017 album, now in production for late spring release. With two quiet piano album releases since 2014 and current airplay on Sirius XM's Spa Channel 68, Rick Sparks continues to record lovely piano originals.

Matilda's Flowers

by Rick Sparks

Released 08/05/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Released 08/05/2016
Rick Sparks Music
Sweet, poignant piano songs inspired by the 1912 girl named Matilda.

"Simple yet wonderful sonic experiences that remind us of how timeless music can be... gentle yet emotionally filling." -Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation


NOTES
An album with deep emotional roots for Rick Sparks is his latest release, "Matilda's Flowers" (2016).

"Matilda was my grandmother," says Rick. "While I only knew her in her golden years, Matilda's faded 1912 engagement picture as an 18-year-old created a whole new personality for her that inspired me to record 'Matilda's Flowers.' I already knew that she loved flowers, but that hat in her engagement picture is proof positive!"

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Endless

by Rick Sparks

Released 2014
Rick Sparks Music
Released 2014
Rick Sparks Music
Quiet piano to replenish your spirit. "Gorgeous arrangements - simple elegance! I love the pace and feel - you captured the magic of the songs." - Bill Leslie, 2014 World Radio Album of the Year
NOTES
"Endless" is an album full of inspiring, melodic songs framed in simple yet powerful arrangements. From Gordon Lightfoot's 70's hit "Beautiful" to poignant Scottish & Irish songs to lovely originals, this is music that feeds the soul. "It's a beauty from the stunning cover artwork to every note of music. Recommended!" -Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com. "One of the top albums of 2014." -Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

Christmas Love

by Rick Sparks

Released 2007
Rick Sparks Music
Released 2007
Rick Sparks Music
Quiet piano instrumentals that evoke the joy & longing of Christmas, in the style of George Winston & Jim Brickman.
NOTES
The 2007 album which pointed the way musically for Rick's recordings today. This collection of carols, modern classics and the original title song evokes both the joy and solitude of the season. Let "Christmas Love" take you to a place of inner peace and wholeness centered in one small Child.