Elmo Peeler - Original Piano Solos
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What you'll find on this page are some of my recordings, in downloadable MP3 format (320 kbps - the highest quality). The categories offered are:
Piano Solos (Electric
Rhodes to My Dreams
Orchestra & Piano
Mississippi (Keyboards & Strings only)
Theme from The Movie
Instrumentals with Rhythm
Section & Piano
BB Boogie, Opus 7
Crazy for Your Love (from Schubert Impromptu)
Darling, I'll Love You Forever (from Beethoven 'Pathetique' Sonata)
Dixie, Opus 1
All the recordings on this page are performed by me, Elmo Peeler, a conservatory-trained professional rock/pop pianist/arranger/conductor. My passion in life has been the piano - playing it and composing for it. Over the years I've toured the world, playing and arranging for three Hall-of-Fame rock artists: The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, and Rod Stewart. I've also taught some talented students: members of "Incubus", "Weezer", "The Strokes", "Vampire Weekend", and others.
Even though I was working for celebrities, my friends and fellow musicians knew that my talents went beyond "making the stars sound good" and that I had a lot of extraordinary piano pieces of my own that the public had never heard. Often people have asked for my recordings, but they were not available until now, 2011.
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Elmo Peeler - As Long As I Shall Live (Piano Solo)
This melodic acoustic piano solo is almost like finger-picking on an acoustic guitar, with a repeating Left Hand figure accompanying a hauntingly beautiful, lyrical melody in the Right Hand. The structure of the piece is Intro-A-A-B-A-B-C-A-Out.
The Left Hand figure that begins the piece and continues throughout was influenced by an unlikely source, Chopin's Prelude No. 20 in d minor. While the Chopin Prelude is in a minor key, faster, and reflects great pathos and intensity, this Left Hand figure is in a Major key (E-flat) and sounds more like a gentle, relaxing, repetitive acoustic guitar-like accompaniment, sort of like a constantly flowing sylvan creek. What they have in common is that the span between the lowest note and the highest is a tenth (a minor 10th in the Chopin Prelude, a Major 10th in this piece). Chopin's figure uses 5 notes (pausing on the 5th note), mine uses 6 notes (no pause).
The title comes from the last six notes of every A section. The first A section states the main theme in single Right Hand notes. The second A section restates the main theme in my characteristic Floyd Cramer-derived voicing, i.e., a two-note voicing with the main theme harmonized a third, a fifth, or a sixth above it, complete with gentle "twangs" (a slip-note technique) - a sound that some of my students and fellow professionals call an "Elmo-ism". Both B sections also use my Floyd Cramer-derived voicings in a simple counter-melody. The third A section states the main theme in octaves and "strummed" chords - the stylistic element of the strummed (articulately rolled) chords being another "Elmo-ism". The C section (Bridge) is a series of simple ascending arpeggios using a different chord progression than heard before; and after a brief pause, the Left Hand pattern that begins the song leads quickly into the final A section. The main theme is restated one last time (the first half in Elmo-ism twangs and the last half in octaves and strums), and flows right into the Out section, in which the melody turns around on itself a couple of times, with the piece concluding on a gentle ascending harmonized arpeggio, high chord strum, and one single very low bass note.
This lovely little piece, characterized by a simple, singing, melody (with a hint of Appalachian influence) with a flowing accompaniment, was composed and recorded during a late-night rain high above a Los Angeles canyon in March 2011. Almost 5 minutes long, it's a relaxing piece perfect for listening to when wanting to calm down during a stressful day, walking through the neighborhood, or anytime you just want to enjoy a soothing, melodic, flowing piece of solo piano music.
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - As Long As I Shall Live (Partial)
Elmo Peeler - Warm Showers (Piano Solo)
This romantic acoustic piano solo is based on three notes (D, E & B), and three chords: D Major, E minor, and B minor. That three-note theme is stated twice, followed by the three chords. At that point it begins in tempo and uses an AB-AB-AB-C-coda structure. The first A section is in single notes, with an arpeggiated Left Hand, The second A section restates the theme, this time in my characteristic Floyd Cramer-derived voicing, i.e., a two-note voicing with the main theme harmonized a third or a sixth above it, complete with gentle "twangs" (a slip-note technique) - a sound that some of my students and fellow professionals call an "Elmo-ism". The third and final A section is voiced in octaves and "strummed" chords - the stylistic element of the strummed (articulately rolled) chords being another "Elmo-ism". The brief C section follows, which is simply the three main chords reversed, this time B minor, E minor, and D. The three-note main theme is heard one last time (a brief coda), then an echo of the theme, and the piece concludes with an ascending harmonized arpeggio.
This gentle piece was composed and recorded during a late-night rain high above a Los Angeles canyon in February 2011. About 4:30 long, it's a relaxing piece perfect for listening to when starting your morning, behind a romantic dinner, or anytime you just want to enjoy a soothing, flowing, romantic piece of solo piano music.
To listen, just click:
Elmo Peeler -
Warm Showers (Partial)
romantic piano music, George Winston, Richard Clayderman, Floyd Cramer, Yanni, Suzanne Ciani, Philip Glass, Kevin Kern, John Tesh, new age piano, contemporary instrumental
Beverly Hills, CA