Solo Piano Unheard released February 16, 2023. Stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon Music, and all music services, or click below to listen as you read why and how I composed it. Wishing you God’s grace and peace today…
Solo Piano Unheard is about taking time to pause…to listen for, look for, notice, and receive hope and beauty in the midst of life’s tension and mystery. The long rings of the piano strings, the gentle melodies, and the carefully selected harmonies interweave my hopeful certainty with my fears and doubts. I wanted the strings to ring long as a representation of life’s “unheard” moments when we are listening for God’s voice, but we wonder if He is hearing us. I have found He is always right there with me and for me, even it doesn’t feel like it. In His time, and in a very personal way, He lets me know He sees me, knows me, and loves me in the midst of whatever I am going through.
There is something about solo piano that can be so breathtaking, so provocative, and so compelling. This song has unique pauses and rhythms creating a back forth conversation between the notes and the silence, between my questioning and God’s answering. The tempo picks up in the middle, but then slows down again, illustrating the pacing and variety each day brings as I seek to live out my faith whether my cup is full, empty, or somewhere in between. The Scripture verse containing the title word “unheard” is found in Isaiah 52, which speaks to Jesus carrying our pains and Him suffering on our behalf, in order that we may be saved by His grace when we listen, hear, and believe.
How does Solo Piano Unheard sing over your life today?
For what was unheard of they’ll see with their own eyes, what was unthinkable they’ll have right before them. > Isaiah 52:15 (MSG)
For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand. > Isaiah 52:15 (NIV)
This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. > Matthew 13:13-14 (NIV)
That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward a welcome awakening. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. > Matthew 13:13-14 (MSG)
…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. > Romans 10:17 (NIV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. > Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Robin Arcus says
Thank you for your beautiful creation, inspiring and pertinent…a reminder to hear God even, and especially in the pauses. A musical rest takes on new significance. Ever grateful for your work.
Stanton Lanier says
Dear Robin, hello and hope you are doing well! Thank you so much for your comments about this new piece. I am so glad you are enjoying it, and that my music continues to be a blessing to you. Wishing you God’s grace and peace, Stanton
Hope Dougherty says
Awesome! God inspired! This piece moved me spiritually! Thank you. God Bless & keep you.
Stanton Lanier says
Thank you Hope, for listening and taking in this new piece. I am grateful it is a blessing to you! God bless you with His peace, hope, and joy! – Stanton