Terry Lee Nichols
It’s really good to once again connect with the music of Terry Lee Nichols, one can always look
forward to a journey with the artist, this man is a master narrator of sublime
music, and tales are most certainly told within his illustrious and crafted
performances. Here on Metamorphosis
we literally journey through time itself, from the roots on up, and I would
truly urge you to purchase a copy of this album to enable you to understand the
total concept and project of the sojourn.
The opening piece is Metamorphosis,
the title track is a proud, yet explorative composition, the artists piano
gifts us a moment of realisation and a desire to explore and the artists
flourishing style builds with an excitable energy that is simply addictive to
listen to, a true page turner of a creation.
So our journey begins as we move Out of Eden, I adored the colourful textures of this track, one
that would grow and become even more impactful as we follow man’s journey from
its roots to lands new and fresh, Terry has manufactured something that crosses
the borders of a cinematic soundtrack here, with a hint of the classical, and
those minor touches, it just adds such a flavour to the proceedings.
Water is life; we search for days to find a safe haven which
will Let Us Rest Beside the Cool Waters.
The artists piano is his paint brush and the wistful magician creates a
safe harbour of sorts for us to rest by; the performance on this track is
wonderfully artistic and incredibly fluent, but also quite touching and tender as
Now for one of the most fascinating tracks off the album
called Grandma's Good Ol' Homemade
Buttermilk Biscuits. Terry takes us across the pond so to speak with this
piece, a rag styled bluesy number which has all the elements of an old style
homely composition, the presentation contains a happy refrain, doubtlessly
inspired by the artists grandparents culinary talents.
Metamorphosis by Terry Lee Nichols is a 14 piece album of many moods and colours,
tracks like A Day in the Life of a
Cocktail Pianist, the title to this track says it all, it evokes a memory
for me, sitting in the piano bar at Atlanta
Hartsfield Airport, listening to a pianist pouring his heart out onto the
keys, which in turn was hardly noticed by his wine drinking plane waiting
audience, but then every so often a weary traveller would drop a few bucks into
his brandy glass before heading off. The artist’s ability to evoke memories
through music to be honest is amazing on what would be one of my personal
favourites from the release.
Once Upon a Time is our next offering, Aristotle once said “Love is composed of
a single soul inhabiting two bodies” Nicholls quotes Hesse when he says “If I
know what love is, it’s because of you” both valid appraisals indeed. On this
creative arrangement, the musician plays from his heart to yours in an anthem
that will remain emotively sublime for an eternity, a moving tapestry of
sensitivity can be found here.
Bedtime Stories, it seems such a long time ago since
I read my children night time tales, then to watch them drift off into a
reverie of bliss, to see them close their eyes, smile and glide into
wonderland, here Nichols creates the entire moment of time spent telling tales
of magical creatures, good guys winning against bad ones, happy safe places in
lands where all is calm and good, and does so all in just under four minutes, a
story teller of great skill I hear you say.
The short form narrative of This Was Once a Love Poem is a delicate transformative arrangement
that takes us lovingly into the arms of our next composition entitled The Dangling Conversation, the mood
here is beyond the aforementioned transformative, and touches masterfully on a
new beginning in the blooming stage, the performance here by Nichols is utterly
sublime, played with passion and determination.
As we move deeper into the weave of the album we come across
a colourful tapestry of tone and vibration entitled Barcelona, I reached over to turn up the volume on my speakers for
this. For some reason this light seeking musical tale reminds me of my personal
journey of immigration from the empty and stagnant realm of England, to the
more relaxed, happy island of love in Cyprus, and as such, within this track
the artist towards the end of the composition, seems to literally break free of
the past, and brings about a total release, with a passion filled presentation
which will leave your speechless.
Thinking Back, here lies a piece bathed in the
energies of reflection, a doorway to a hall of memories, are they what we think
they are, are our facts still right many years later, or have the memories been
tainted by what was once and has now been lost, here Terry explores the musical
narrative of manifesting music from memories past, and succeeds with a flourish,
this has everything, joy, sadness, regret and gratitude, and all in an
arrangement just under 4 minutes in duration, amazing!
I read the transcript that relates to this next track, and
whilst I don’t live in the US, a lot can be garnered from the offering One Molecule Away from Madness. The
madness of their last election of 2020, and the desire by some to return to the
chaos of yesteryear, this song describes for me why I dislike politics with a
passion so very much, musically this is a very clever track, you need to listen
very carefully to this one as it contains, past, present and a worrying
The most charming of all songs can be heard on this very last
manifestation, called The Long Goodbye.
Nichols concludes this amazing new release with a tip of the hat to his father,
and the immortality of love, a trait of tenderness we can teach that is
positive and good, and one that should be unconditional too. This is a
beautiful piece to finish with, and is solo piano at its very best and most
Metamorphosis by Terry Lee Nichols will take each and every listener on a journey
that will enrich minds, inspire deeper thought, and thoroughly entertain all
whose hearts are open for an epic musical experience. Albums of this standard
and quality really do not come around that often, this is one to purchase, read
all the liner notes, and just kick back and enjoy the trip to. Metamorphosis by Terry Lee Nichols is a solo piano soundscape of a masterful
quality, in conception, creation, presentation and style, musical story telling
at its apex best, and a must be purchase for any serious music aficionado.