The melodies of Nightsongs and Lullabies are reminiscent of the simplicity of the solo piano pieces from Tender Ritual and Dusk, but Jim opts here, instead, to share the spotlight with one other performer on several of the songs — a harmonica here, an oboe there, a cello here, a vocalist there and so on. Nightsongs and Lullabies is a gift of music for adults and children alike — to listen to during your favorite part of the day. Whether you share these melodies with your loved one or with your child, or keep them all to yourself, this is music for the quiet times, from a very special artist, Jim Chappell.
Emmy award-winning composer Gary Remal Malkin paints the Smokies in orchestral colors, adding touches of mountain fiddle, Native American drums, and piano notes as soft and bright as raindrops. Appalachian melodies drift through like figments, presences from another time. A nostalgic solo flute calls out above shadowed chords, then soars over vast panoramas, propelled by distant drums. Evocative and deeply inspiring, this contemporary music captures the dignity of our American ancestry and heralds a vision of hope for the future.