The Sound of Farewell- Single

Edmond Paul Nicodemi

2022/Edmond Paul Nicodemi

4 minutes

Review by Kathy Parsons

"The Sound of Farewell" is a very beautiful and poignant solo piano single composed by pianist/guitarist Edmond Paul Nicodemi and performed by Adam Ali. Heartbreak seems to flow from every note, as does a feeling of solitude. The piece is not flashy or complicated, relying on expression and sincerity to communicate deep emotion to the listener. The melody is mostly single notes supported by a simple but very effective broken chord accompaniment, demonstrating that less really can be more when the expression behind it is open and honest. 

"The Sound of Farewell" is available from Amazon and Apple Music/iTunes as well as many streaming sites including Spotify. It's a beauty!

July 1, 2022

Chasing Sunrise- Single

Edmond Paul Nicodemi

2022/Edmond Paul Nicodemi

3 minutes

Review by Kathy Parsons

"Chasing Sunrise" is a beautiful solo piano single by pianist/composer/guitarist Edmond Paul Nicodemi. Composed by Nicodemi and performed by Adam Ali, the piece begins softly and simply, becoming brighter and somewhat more complex as it unfolds. The theme and variations form works really well for this piece with a repeated theme that changes slightly with each variation and then fades out at the end. Warmly optimistic yet gentle and peaceful, it would be a lovely piece to wake up to!

"Chasing Sunrise" is available from Amazon, Apple Music iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify. Give your ears a treat! 

May 14, 2022

 

 

 

Make a Happy Face EP 

Carol Niocdemi

2021 /Carol Nicodemi

19 minutes

5.0 out of 5 stars.  The "Make a Happy Face" EP is a collection of eight original children's songs composed and performed by Carol Nicodemi with instrumental accompaniment by Ed Nicodemi playing an amazing variety of instruments including guitar, flute, piano, theremin and percussion. Additional vocals are provided by Elyse and Melody Orecchio, Carol and Ed's daughter and granddaughter, making it truly a family project! The title song and "Dance All Over the Map" were released as singles earlier this year and both are a delight, as is this entire upbeat, fun and positive album. Carol and Ed have released albums together and separately and often perform as a folk and jazz duo. Carol is known primarily as a singer/songwriter, and much of Ed's solo work is piano and/or guitar.

Make a Happy Face begins with "Dance All Over the Map, a buoyant song about a child who is having trouble concentrating in class because his/her imagination is taking him/her all over the world, dancing to the music and rhythms that are bursting from within his/her own head. "My feet gotta move,  my hands gotta clap, my fingers keep snappin' , my toes wanna tap-gonna dance all over the map." "Do Like the Animals Do" is a cute little song sung by Elyse and Carol about imitating the sounds and movements of various animals and making yourself happy at the same time. The title song features Carol singing and playing kazoo with additional vocals by Elyse and Melody along with Ed's recording debut on a toy piano. This carefree little song should do it for anyone needing a little bit of musical sunshine in their day/week/month, etc. "Turn around your frown, turn it upside down." Who can stay grumpy with words like that? "I Love to Dance Ballet" is a sweet ballad about a little girl who, well, the title gives it away! Sung by Elyse, it also features piano and cello. Who doesn't need to be reminded that "It's Ok to Make Mistakes"? A mother/daughter duet with a jaunty beat, this is a handy song that offers reassurance to a tearful child. "I Make Funny Faces For My Grandpa: is sung by Melody, accompanied by Grandpa on guitar, xylophone and percussion- really cute!  "We're Twins" is a happy ode to having someone who looks just like you do. "Storyland" ends the album with a fanciful song about how fairy tales,  nursery rhymes and other stories can feed a child's imagination, allowing him or her to envision a world of make-believe much better than simply sitting in front of a television set or computer screen.  

Even though Make a Happy Face is intended as a children's album, the warmth and optimism are infectious and can give the day a real lift. In that regard, I can easily recommend it to "children of all ages" who could use a dose of musical sunshine. The album (and its singles) are available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify and other sites. It's a charmer!

Kathy Parsons

Mainly Piano.com 

9/15/2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "DANCE ALL OVER THE MAP" is the first single by singer/songwriter Carol Nicodemi, and what a bright and lively children's song it is! The lyrics are about a child who is having trouble concentrating in class because his/her imagination is taking him/her all over the world, dancing to the music and rhythms that are bursting from within his/her own head. Carol performs the vocals on this charming song and her husband, Edmond Paul Nicodemi, plays flute, guitar and bass: there is also a percussionist adding a joyful beat.  "My feet gotta move, my hands gotta clap, my fingers keep snappin' my toes wanna tap-gonna dance all over the map." I'm sure there are plenty of kids of all ages who can relate.

Carol has released several collaborative albums with her husband, Ed, and also released a solo album in 2012 called 'It Goes This Way." She has been working on a series of singles of original children's songs and the two she has released so far are utterly charming!

"Dance All Over the Map" is a real day-brightener!

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano 

June 13, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars "MAKE A HAPPY FACE" is an utterly charming single that is suitable for kids of all ages. Truly a family project, Carol Nicodemi wrote the song, sings and plays the kazoo not all at once!); husband Ed (Edmond Paul Nicodemi) plays guitar, bass, toy piano and theremin (I don't think he played all of those at the same time either!); and Carol and Ed's daughter and granddaughter sing along. This carefree little song should do it for anyone needing a little bit of musical sunshine in their day/week/month, etc. "Turn around your frown, turn it upside down." Who can stay grumpy with words like that?

Carol and Ed have released several collaborative albums together, and Carol also released a solo album in 2012 called "It Goes This Way." She has been working on a series of original children's songs and the two singles she has released so far are a joy!

"Make a Happy Face' is a real day-brightener!

 

Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano 

 June 14, 2021