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George Winston

Self-described "rural folk piano" player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed new age. Although born in Michigan in 1949, he was raised primarily in Montana, the extreme seasonal changes he experienced there later greatly influencing the pastoral feel of his music. Even as a child, Winston preferred instrumental music over vocal performances, counting among his early heroes Booker T. & the MG's, Floyd Cramer, and the Ventures; he did not take up music until after high school, however, beginning with organ and electric piano but moving to acoustic piano by 1971. Influenced by the stride piano of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, Winston turned from rock and R&B to jazz, and soon released his first solo piano effort, Ballads and Blues 1972, after which he mysteriously retired from music for the next several years.

Discovering the music of the legendary New Orleans R&B pianist Professor Longhair in 1979 was the epiphany Winston was seeking to inspire a return to performing; signing to the Windham Hill label, between 1980 and 1982 he recorded a trilogy of albums -- Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring -- of impressionistic, seasonally themed piano musings which laid much of the groundwork for the new age boom to follow. Winston's music continued to grow in popularity and influence in the years to follow, but in typically enigmatic fashion, he virtually dropped from sight for the remainder of the '80s, resurfacing only in 1986 to score a reading of The Velveteen Rabbit by actress Meryl Streep.

Finally, in 1991, Winston returned to action, completing his seasonal cycle with Summer; Forest followed three years later. In 1996, he paid tribute to another of his greatest influences with Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi. A compilation album, All the Seasons of George Winston, was released in the spring of 1998, followed a year later by Plains. The new millennium brought anniversary editions of several of his landmark albums, including Autumn, December, and Winter Into Spring, as well as the 2001 album Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit, which was Winston's response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. His 2002 release, Night Divides the Day, focused on the music of one of his earliest influences, the Doors. Montana: A Love Story from 2004 was inspired by Winston's childhood in Montana. An impressive solo piano outing, Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, released as a benefit set for hurricane relief, appeared from RCA in 2006. Winston continued to perform solo, but didn't cut another record until Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 appeared in 2010. Winston toured in support of the album, playing solo piano concerts as well as performing on slack key guitar and harmonica. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon's explosion and its resultant, massive oil spill and environmental disaster in 2010, Winston monitored the situation closely and became deeply concerned about the loss of the wetlands in Southern Louisiana. In response, he issued another benefit recording, entitled Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions, Vol. 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit, in March 2012 in order to help with funding bluesman Tab Benoit's The Voice of the Wetlands organization and other environmental concerns resulting from the crisis. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit

1. New Orleans Shall Rise Again # 7 (Are The Levees Shored Up In America?)

2. Pixie # 6 In E Minor (Gobajie)

3. Kindred Spirit

4. Elements

5. Fanning The Flames

6. The Gulf Will Live Again #1

7. Georgianna

8. The Cries Of The Wetlands 1

9. The Cries Of The Wetlands 2

10. New Orleans Slow Dance

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Track List: Love Will Come - The Music Of Vince Guaraldi Vol.2

1. Time For Love

2. It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown

3. Macedonia / Little David

4. Woodstock

5. Fenwyck's Farfel / Calling Dr. Funk

6. Room At The Bottom

7. Air Music

8. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

9. You're Elected, Charlie Brown / Little Birdie

10. Brasilia

11. Jambo's (Casaba)

12. Pebble Beach / Dolores Park

13. Love Will Come / Slow Dance

14. Rain Rain Go Away

15. Nobody Else

16. Love Will Come 2

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Track List: Montana - A Love Story

1. Thumbelina

2. Billy In The Low Land

3. Valse Frontenac

4. The Little House I Used To Live In

5. Montana Glide

6. Nevertheless, Hello

7. The Twisting of The Hay Rope

8. Joy, Hope, and Peace

9. You Send Me

10. High Plains Lullaby

11. The Mountain Winds Call Your Name

12. Music Box (Kojo No Tsuki)

13. Raining In Her (The Muse)

14. (Variations On) Bamboo

15. Goodnight Irene

16. Sweet Soul (Gobajie)

17. Sky (Goobajie)

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Track List: Night Divides The Day - The Music Of The Doors

1. Spanish Caravan

2. The Crystal Ship

3. People Are Strange

4. Love Street

5. Love Me Two Times

6. Love Her Madly

7. Wishful Sinful

8. Light My Fire

9. My Wild Love

10. Summer's Almost Gone

11. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind

12. Riders On The Storm

13. Bird Of Prey

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Track List: Plains

1. Dubuque

2. Before Barbed Wire

3. Frangenti

4. Give Me Your Hand/La Valse...

5. No Ke Ano Ahiahi

6. Graduation

7. Teach Me Tonight

8. Rainsong (Fortune's Lullaby)

9. Merry Go Round

10. The Dance

11. Cloudburst

12. The Swan

13. 'Ike Ia Ladana (Queen's Jubilee)

14. Plains (Eastern Montana Blues)

15. Angel

16. Waltz For The Lonely

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Track List: All The Seasons Of George Winston

3. Living In The Country

4. The Cradle

5. Joy

6. Treat Street

8. Thanksgiving

9. Miles City Train

10. Corrina, Corrina

11. Hummingbird

12. Longing/Love

13. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

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Track List: Linus & Lucy - The Music Of Vince Guaraldi

1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind

2. Skating

3. Linus And Lucy

4. The Great Pumpkin Waltz

5. Monterey

6. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

7. Treat Street

8. Eight Five Five

9. The Masked Marvel

10. Charlie Brown And His All Stars

11. You're In Love, Charlie Brown

12. Peppermint Patty

13. Bon Voyage

14. Young Man's Fancy

15. Remembrance

16. Theme To Grace/Lament

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Track List: Forest

1. Tamarack Pines

2. Forbidden Forest

3. Troubador

4. The Cradle

5. Cloudy This Morning

6. Last Lullaby Here

7. Mon Enfant

8. Returning

9. Graceful Ghost

10. Walking In The Air

11. Building The Snowman

12. The Snowman's Music Box Dance

13. Love Song To A Ballerina

14. Lights In The Sky

15. Japanese Music Box (Itsuki No Komoriuta)

16. Night Sky

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Track List: Summer

1. Living In The Country

2. Loreta And Desiree's Bouquet - Part 1

3. Loreta And Desiree's Bouquet - Part 2

4. Fragrant Fields

5. The Garden

6. Spring Creek

7. Lullaby

8. Black Stallion

9. Hummingbird

10. Early Morning Range

11. Living Without You

12. Goodbye Montana - Part 1

13. Corrina, Corrina

14. Goodbye Montana - Part 2

15. Where Are You Now

16. Old Friends

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Track List: Winter Into Spring

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Track List: Autumn

2. Woods

3. Longing/Love

4. Road

5. Moon

6. Sea

7. Stars

8. Too Much Between Us

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Track List: Ballads And Blues 1972 - The Early Recordings

1. Highway Hymn Blues

2. Song

3. Go 'Way From My Window

4. The Woods East of Deland

5. Brenda's Blues

6. Miles City Train

7. New Hope Blues

8. Theme For a Futuristic Movie

9. Rag

10. Untitled

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Track List: Ballads And Blues 1972

1. Highway Hymn Blues

2. Song

3. Go 'way From My Window

5. Brenda's Blues

6. Miles City Train

7. New Hope Blues

8. Theme For A Futuristic Movie

9. Rag

10. Untitled

11. Blues In G

12. You Don't Love Me

13. Elcina's Grandmother's Rag

14. Variations On Song For Kurt

15. Bright Light Waltz

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baker_marge
This is one of the themes from the animated short "The Snowman". It occurs when the snowman and the boy and the toys are dancing to the boy's music box. There are no sound effects or spoken words in the film. Everything is done by the music so there are many themes. If there is a major theme it would be "Walking in the Air ".
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Was able to see George Winston play in person. Been my favorite ever since.
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Does someone know - is this the score for the animated short movie The Snowman?
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Yeah I can do this
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Is there any way to get the score of the Queen's Jubilee?. As you know it is on the Plains recording and is my wife's favorite of all time and wants to play it herself.
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LOVE IT
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aar417
Grew up with these beautiful sounds filling our home. Will love it forever. Even named my recent adopted kitty Winston because of you.
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When I was a child my father got his 4 disc set and played it for my sister and I. Few things on this planet take me to such a pure place. It's my connection to the most beautiful parts of my childhood when my Dad, Sister and I were the 3 muskateers. Reading all these comments I realize many of us were inspired by his music and it connects us to moments which words do not do justice. To all who have been touched
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andyrose.sto t h a r d
when i was in elementary school my mom got me winter into spring and autumn on CD. they honestly changed my life and in the 7th grade i saw him in concert and got his autograph and i keep the ticket hanging by my bed. one of the first musicians i ever really loved.
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PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY BEGINS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 ♪♪♪♬♬ 
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941.
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yeargan519
Besides the gentleness, I love the images his music evokes. Takes me away to the places he designs for us.
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charlestoone
;-D
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charlestoone
sorry about the awkward comment. i was just being silly. yor B-)
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katsmandoo7
love this song
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charlestoone
are you the first president? sure sounds like it.
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Love your music George
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I love his music
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So good
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Great music.
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perryj001
Didn't start until after high school? Amazing
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Set's your mind free.
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Beautiful!
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Try music box da
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
I love it.
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Going to see him next year! His music is life changing as far as I am concerned.
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dweikert566
Where can I buy this arrangement for this song?
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robertlloydm u s i c
beautiful soft touch that only a master can deploy so well.
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I'v loved George's music ever since I heard it many years ago. Until now, I have known nothing of his history. I hope he produces more recordings. Stan
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I haves loved this music since I was a little princess,my queen turned me onto it ,thank u
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Very good music
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When I first heard George Winston's music, I knew I was home with an old friend.
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Touches my soul, George your music defines the essence of the word Tranquility
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Always enjoyed his music
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Love your music have listened to it since I was little my dad use to play it all the time reminds me of my dad every time I hear it lost him last year
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Morning meditation ....
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Ahhhhhhhhhh
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acollins362
You are awesome I love your music
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marquez5611
Lost two daughters 20 years ago. This was the music we would listen too.
Still my connection to their souls.
Thank you G.W.
FM.
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Pandora, this is the track list for Autumn (also by GW) not Summer
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kirkmyers02
Excellent music to write by.Soothing.
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It's my very favorite music, so peaceful and beautiful. Love your beautiful talent. Look forward to more music
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The prettiest music is piano, esp played by George Winston!
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kcclark665
Wow your music is Zzzzzzzzzzzz z z z z z x x x x x x x z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z uhhhhh I sleep all day
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eliz.reed
I love George Winstons music. It is so melodic. The perfect blend of calm, exciting, and Real. Yes Real !
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LOVE YOU!
I HAVE ONE OF YOUR CDS AND IT IS AWESOME!
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Living in the country is always on my "New Age" playlists.
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George Winston saved my life.
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Beautiful music. Truly the way feelings sound.
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Living in the country is A great song by George Winston
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Goodnight Irene by George Winston great music
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