A true show of proficiency and musicianship, the new album Cupid Blindfolded was recorded in single, full takes, minus any editing. The special ten-song collection from Michael Whalen marks the artist’s first solo piano project in 20 years. An Emmy® Award winner two times over, Whalen is credited with millions of streams. The New York Times once mentioned how “Michael Whalen’s music echoes in your soul…” But this time, Whalen goes for the heart.
After listening to the 4:05 title track and lead single to Cupid Blindfolded, there is more here than just left and right hands travelling across the piano keys. The melody is calm and thoughtful and moves at a comfortable pace. But accessibility is just the beginning of the “Cupid Blindfolded” listening experience. While falling under the spell of gentle keystrokes and the accompanying notes, looking inward with heartfelt warmth comes naturally. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios, the music provides a somewhat movielike backdrop while considering fond thoughts, occasionally of times gone by. The movie reference is quite fitting for Whalen, an international recording artist and film composer.
Speaking of visuals, “Cupid Blindfolded” is a magnificent multi-faceted 4:14 video of the musician’s performance, available on YouTube. Split screens offer different camera views, enhancing the overall experience and admiration for Whalen as an artist. As a note of interest, Whalen wrote the theme for ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, away from the recording studio, the composer and pianist is an expert on music patents and frequently appears as a panelist speaking about the future of the music business. As an educator, Whalen was adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music, The City College of New York, New York University, The New School and currently teaches at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Released Jul. 12, 2019 on the Solace label, a sub-label under Real Music, a division of Cutting Edge Group, another favorite from Cupid Blindfolded is “Standing In The Rain.” But you will have to decide for yourself which songs stand out. Find Cupid Blindfolded in both physical and digital formats at a variety of sources including:
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