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Rick Sparks Half Moon Bay album on RADIO nuages playlist


According to new-age keyboardist Rick Sparks, “There’s something special about the ocean. The beach is a great place to relax, meditate, commune with nature, fall in love, nurture love or just escape from the pressures of everyday life. For me, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys were the absolute best at capturing that summertime beach magic. I used the ocean and Brian’s great musical legacy as the inspiration for my new-age instrumental album, Half Moon Bay. My hope is it will transport the listener to a place of peace which I always find walking along a beautiful beach with the sounds of the surf.”

 Half Moon Bay is Sparks’ fifth album and contains seven new original tunes along with his instrumental arrangements of three Brian Wilson compositions. The music features the hallmarks of Sparks’ sound — exquisite piano and stunning string arrangements. These are augmented with soft angelic voices doing wordless vocalizations, plus solo string instruments (violin, cello), electric and acoustic guitars, flute, bells and other sounds. Sparks calls his recordings “music to replenish your spirit” aimed at fans of new-age and neo-classical music. Piano is most-often the featured instrument, but Sparks is an adept arranger who uses synthesizer to give his music layers, textures, colors and additional depth....(New Age Music Guide) Rick Sparks’ musical influences have been many and diverse, from a grandfather who played Tennessee banjo clawhammer-style, to being an FM-radio DJ in the 70’s & 80’s, to programming a leading new-age music station today on Live365.com (The Cove). A lifetime spent as a pianist, broadcaster and teacher has led to four quiet-music albums since 2014: Half Moon Bay (2018), Nightfall London (2017), Matilda's Flowers (2016) and Endless (2014).

Rick got an early taste of public performance when he started playing piano in church as a teenager. "Mom was a church pianist & organist and Dad played guitar & sang in church, so my brothers & I got an early education in the spiritual power of music. There's no doubt that those gospel songs helped lead me to faith in Christ when I was 12." Rick's teen years set the pattern for decades of service as a church pianist. Along the way, he earned a master's degree in music and accompanied legendary artists like The 5th Dimension's Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., gospel great Alvin Slaughter of Brooklyn Tabernacle, and American Idol finalist Phil Stacey.