Thank you for supporting my music and for being here right now in this moment. Music is so important to our journey. It can lift us up when life is heavy. It can instantly transport us to beautiful places, better times, and even reconnect us with lost love. It is a great and humbling honor for me to share my music with you. In this hectic and so often tragic world, I hope that it will bring you joy and peace, if even for a little while. -Peter Jennison
I learned to play from my mother and grandfather. They taught me the expressive and healing power of music. The piano has always been there for me when I needed to find strength or direction. There has always been an interesting and intimate bond between us. I provide the emotion, tempered through my hands, and what results is a musical reflection of that same emotion. Along with love, I believe music is the only existing universal language on Earth.
Music, just like the wind, is free to explore each and every crack and crevice of the mountain over which it blows. It has no boundaries, and like the wind, can never be contained. Music composition is an inward expedition into ourselves. The melodies are just a by-product of that journey. True expression through music comes from linking the hands, the mind, and the heart. I really think that everyone has this ability somewhere in them. My son once asked me if he would ever be able to play like me—I told him, “You already can.”
My debut album, Longing for Home (Songs from War) was written during my year-long deployment with the Army for the war in Iraq. Each song tells a story through a Soldier’s eyes— stories that reveal the incredible and unselfish love that military men and women have for their families, and their homelands—as they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for both. The sequel album, Coming Home, was written while I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Coming Home celebrates the touching reunions between military members and their Families. It also pays tribute to those who return home wounded; and to those who never return.
On both military tribute projects, I worked closely with Windham Hill Records founder and legendary Grammy winning producer Will Ackerman. The albums were produced at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and feature some of the finest instrumental players in the world, including Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny Group), Charlie Bisharat (Yanni) as well as many others. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to create such important music with these amazing artists.
I recently retired from the United States military. As I embark on a new path into the next chapter of my life, I am excited to compose music from different perspectives, including the healing power of our natural environment, and the importance of love in our human experience. I look forward to sharing that path and new music with you. -Peter Jennison
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