From the media:
"What is it about a rainy day that makes a person become a bit maudlin,
and perhaps reflect upon their life? No doubt this is a question that has
lingered in the mind of those who have quietly stood at a window on a dark and
rainy day, and just stared off into the distance. Karen FitzGerald captures all
of those feelings with her 1999 release Heart of the Rain." James
Dlugosinski, Instrumental Weekly
"Received Heart of the Rain the other day. Having listened, I found your
beautiful piano pieces most inspiring, with all the trappings of the human
touch: love, emotion, warmth. Aside from extensive classical music training, it
seems you have been guided by a heavenly being. I can feel, and sense, your
inspirations in joy of all things natural - as this is quite evident in your
music, where all the different melodies flow and ebb and lull one into this
state of well-being! Particularly moving, in my opinion, are the tracks
"Moods" and "The Winds' Lament". You can bet I'll be
air-playing your music on "The Sunday Morning Cafe." Pat Brent,
WVKR, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Her soaring compositions are reminiscent of snowstorms and waterfalls.
Her musical expression is at once powerful and melodic." Margaret
Bikman, Bellingham Herald
"Heart of the Rain is an exceptionally well-performed and recorded debut
CD with wonderfully conceived melodies and a cleanly delivered and mixed
performance." Joseph Ponder, Every Other Weekly
"Ever stared longingly out the window on a rainy day? No? Well that's
just fine because the music of Karen FitzGerald does it for you. Her fluid,
melancholy piano work works as a veritable shower of sprinkled notes and
windswept tempos." Jon Pruett, Listen.com
"Contemporary solo grand piano is delivered in flowing, accurate
statements. A hidden gem here in the Northwest." Chris Lunn, Victory
"Karen FitzGerald's debut album is a lovely surprise... I highly
recommend Heart of the Rain." Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications
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From the venues:
"Your music takes me out of my everyday life and moves me to a place of
calm and beauty. It has its own wonderful energy -- an energy that only
builds up, never down. I love to hear you play. And since your
compositions define such a wonderful sense of space, I find myself saying that I
love to be there while you play -- to be in that same space as your music." Richard
Vanderway, Whatcom Museum
"Thanks so much for playing for our medical education event --
especially on such short notice! Your beautiful compositions provided the
perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy a nice meal with friends and colleagues.
Thanks for helping to create a memorable evening for everyone in
attendance." Lauren Riggin, PeaceHealth
From fellow musicians:
"What a great album. Captures the great moods of the rain." George
Winston, Windham Hill recording artist
"Well, I've been rocked and held by your music for several weeks now.
Thank you! Thank you! It's a wonderful gift of music to us all." Linda
"Masterfully conceived and superbly performed and produced, these
poignant impressions of rainy day moods tug at the very heartstrings." David
"Sophisticated, sensual, magical, mystical, pristine,
and playful. As well as inviting her listeners to imagine, Ms.
FitzGerald's piano music invites 'soul presence' ." Lynda MacCaull,
"Karen's music takes the listener somewhere both familiar and unknown,
where laughter and tears meet inside the heart." Carolyn Koehnline,
songwriter, storyteller, therapist
"Her energy is similar to a field of flowers that have voice... This
album is for lovers. It will make the heart sing." Raymis, Awakening
"Expressive music from the heart, great talent for creating sound
pictures of beauty and varying emotions and levels of energy, and highly
developed technical skill. Plus a warm, gracious and loving stage
presence." Leslie Lightfall, songwriter
"I began listening to [her] music and suddenly the power and beauty of
being alive came through me... I cried and felt connected again to my true
nature." Karen Poverny, songwriter
From the fans:
"After a long flight from Denver and a long drive from Sea-Tac, your
music revitalized me. I heard and saw the Summer Rain, but also lingering
sunsets, moons setting over the sea, childhood memories, hidden passages, and
much more. Keep creating and playing your music!"
"Last night I heard your song "Lullaby" for
the first time online and just wanted to tell you how deeply beautiful and
melodic your creative talent is. I am deeply impressed with how your music has
brought so much warmth and comfort to my heart. I have been a
multi-instrumentalist/songwriter for most of my life and can truly appreciate
your musical articulation. I wish you the very best and hope that your career is
a long and successful one."
"Your music is inspiring, gifted and deeply moving! Thanks for sharing
"I was putting together a family photo album with
Microsoft Movie Maker to send to out-of-state relatives and I needed some
background music for the film. Well, I stumbled across "Lullaby" MP3
on the Internet and used it at the end while all the family photos were panning
across the screen. When I heard it with the pictures, I just cried and cried.
The music touched my soul. I immediately looked for and purchased your album
from Amazon. I also bought the sheet music for Lullaby from your web site."
"I just love your style. It truly speaks to me. I will pull my Sandy Owen
and George Winston CD's out of the player to make room for yours! Thank you for
such wonderful music! Please don't stop!"
"I received the sheet music, printed it and got to the
12th measure when I just laughed out loud with joy. Sometimes it's just the
simple melodies that when played with the right emotion goes right through you.
I just love this piece. I'm heading back to the piano to pick up again from
where I left off."
"I do not even remember what radio station it was, but I
heard this incredible music... It was not only being fed to my ears, but into my
very being. It was connecting to something very deep inside me. I am a very
creative person... Your music is creative food."
"I have never written to an artist before about their
music. I did want you to know that your song was not only beautiful, but touched
a chord with me in a very personal way. I have put your CD on my wish list for
the holidays and hope that someone in my family will purchase it as a gift. If
not, I will buy it myself! I wanted you to know that you have an incredible
style to your playing and are a very gifted artist. Thank you for sharing your
"...I came across your song, "Lullaby", and it
is the most beautiful piano I have heard in a long time. It totally relaxed me,
and I just wanted to tell you how talented you are..."
"What beautiful music you make! Your compositions and
playing are very soul searching, radiating one's innerness. There is no way a
person can write music like yours without being peaceful, stress-free, and deep
in thoughts about the nature around us... Thanks for sharing such beautiful
music with the world..."
"I am just sitting here listening to your beautiful music coming out of
my computer. I decided to log on and tell you how very wonderful Heart of the
Rain is. It is exquisite, comforting, heartening, peaceful and inspiring,
healing and gentle, and all the things the word "beautiful" can
convey. For me it brings to mind not only the gentle rain here in the Northwest,
but the sun sparkling down through the trees outside my window as I work. You
must have a lovely heart to be able to create such music, and I know all your
listeners feel really lucky that you have offered it to us. Just wanted to say
"Thank you for your beautiful music. You play exactly how I wish I could
play, so when I listen to your music I feel it to the heart ... the Heart of the
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