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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, Rovi
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yelvis
:)
yelvis
I listen to it to go to sleep
yelvis
Omg best song every when I first looked at his name from far I thought it was gorge Washington
So inspiring. So calming. So, so good.
My kind of human!!! :-D
Yaaaaaaaaaaa a a a a a A A A A A A A A A A A A A Y Y ,
GEORGE!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D
paigedygert5
George Winston is responsible for my undergraduat e degree. I could not have focused without his soothing music.
kekchi
This such a fantastic song!!!! I absolutely enjoy listening to George Winston. His music is always so peaceful.... :)
Very playfull !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I love it.....
I love your music:) :) ! I am only 8!:)
Anselfrimpon g does not know music
laurelvanam
Reminds me of a story
But no words,
Now I understand how to put emotion into music
torreyplank
anselfrimpon g really sucks!
He sucks asd
Heard him in concert in Grand Rapids MI in the early 90's. His harmonica playing blew me away!!! Still love his syle!
Such a gifted and generous musician. When I listen to his music, my imagination reverts to days of artistic expression in watercolor (painting). Only it occurs in the imagination, beautiful, effortless and strokes of color, scenery and majestic images of the incredible landscapes this earth creates. Vivid and no doubt real -- even if we have yet to physically take them in.
this song could work in Wolf Children
Great music helps me study and get though stressful times
I am so glad he has written such beautiful music. Very inspirationa l .
Makes household chores bearable!
Beautiful
laurelvanam
Love it
jay66554
My first listen to his music was Thanksgiving and this has always been my favorite. I will always remember him playing this live at Boston a Symphony Hall barefoot.
Very beutiful
My wife and I decided to be married after Spokane 1985. Great concert. BillyC
pianoprayert r a c y
I love Colors/Dance and Woods. You are a wonderful composer.
Nice
alfredo3199
I like your profile.
this is so beautiful, even though Canon is spelled wrong :) jk, it's so awesome!
irishjoe_kar e n
a true clear artist who is sees beauty beyond.
marshaboone
I feel in love with Winston's album Autumn. I'm impressed by his interpretati o n of the natural world; his response to natural and environmenta l disasters. George Winston is an artist of great feeling, compassion and generosity. Catch him in concert.
kristoferlan g h a m
Stop the stupid comments about " don't read this cause it's true" and "kiss your left arm.." And whatever cause they're stupid and I feel bad for those people who actually believe in that. Stop it now!!
I feel in love with George's music years ago!! I had the privilege of hearing him in concert. Thank you for adding to the music of my life !!!
pdubrule
Dec 25, 25 years ago, my son was born and GW was playing on the recorder in the corner of the room. Winter into Spring will always be special for me!
Pete
The memories this album has for me. Beyond words. I have met George Winston 3 times and the guy is amazing. Down to earth, friendly man. Awesome music.
Sir you made the piano cool.
This is version that I love.
So very serene!
lyondelsordo e
Hey cewl! Go Montana!
pervertt169 don't ruin this station with such ridiculous messages
peverett169
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 different songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
Winston does a pretty good cannon in d. 4.5 out of 5
I love this
char8eee
Love his December CD.
Love this song
janfitts7
I'm a big fan of George Winston. Saw him in concert in his bare feet in Torrington, WY a few years ago. He can do more with the piano than anyone else I've seen, even plucked the strings inside the grand itself. Amazing. Love his work.
Thank you so much for all your beautiful music throughout the years! You have added peace to my life by your sacred music! You are a blessing to the world. I am forever grateful!
I LOVE George Winston! Fall is always made better by driving around with the top down and listening to his music as the leaves rustle around me. It always brings me the peace I need :)
Peaceful to listen n enjoy.
pattimaccb
Keep playing George Winston! You are so inspiring and relaxing to my days! Blessings to YOU.
I used to play George Winston in my babies rooms and when we were just sitting around together - instead of TV. My daughter, now in her thirties, still listens as do I.
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