Pianist Richard Eisenberg, M.A., makes commercial debut with moving "Song of Healing"
(Hawthorne, NY) - Written by Robert Sutton. If the purpose of pianist Richard Eisenberg's Song of Healing
is to soothe troubled hearts, then it has easily transcended its goals. This album is more than just a collection of relaxation exercises; it is an emotionally compelling work, one with a real beating heart and a lucid creative vision. Dedicated to the memory of Eisenberg's father, Dr. Samuel Eisenberg, M.D., Songs of Healing conveys uplifting messages of hope amid its deeper context of sorrow and loss.
Writing music and playing professionally since the age of 15, Eisenberg has already spent 40 years in the music field, not just as a musician but as an educator as well. Song of Healing is his first commercial release.
Because of its therapeutic qualities and easy-listening atmosphere, some might consider Song of Healing to be a New Age album. Unfortunately, that genre designation carries such a negative stigma, and this album deserves better than to be so superficially dismissed. The opening cut, "Peace of the Planet," doesn't seem to be about the Earth itself, at least in terms of what feelings it actually evokes. The "Planet" that Eisenberg could be referring to is the human soul as the wintry spell of his piano playing triggers images of death and the acceptance of a loved one's passing in its mournful undertow. "The Staying Well" counters that with more upbeat melodies. The difference between the two, sitting alongside one another at the CD's beginning, is like the shifting skies of night and day; the darkened clouds parted by the warm rays of morning sunshine. "A Reader's Melody" represents the sound of moving on; Eisenberg's reflective piano illustrating a broken heart that has been bandaged and beating its way to life once again.
There are moments on Song of Healing which burn pictures in the mind like embedded reels of film. "Song of Healing" is awash with springtime prettiness; Eisenberg is at his most inspired here, writing what is basically a poem on his piano. "Mercy Mountain" offers gripping moodiness.
Eisenberg's work captures the rhythms of everyday living, the beats that our lives produce on a daily basis. He plays it back to us in way that our ears would find the most comforting, no matter how painful their origins may have been.
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