A Mother's Love: Reimagined (EP)

Ed and Carol Nicodemi

2024/ Ed and Carol Nicodemi 

23 minutes

 

“A Mother's Love: Reimagined” is a six-song EP by Ed and Carol Nicodemi. Released in honor of Mother's Day, the EP is a warm and loving listening experience to enjoy anytime.  All six songs are originals with lyrics about the ups and downs of motherhood from a very personal yet easily-relatable perspective. Carol sings on five tracks with instrumental accompaniment by Ed and herself on guitar, piano and keyboard, and the sixth track is an instrumental tribute to Ed's own late mother. Colleen Kitchen appears on a song she co-wrote with Carol. 

“A Mother's Love: Reimagined” EP begins with the title track, which was recently released as a single. This sweet and heartfelt song tells of a mother who started singing before she learned to speak, and quickly moves ahead to when she had her own children and then grandchildren. The lyrics also touch on the very human trait of making (and regretting) mistakes, as well as of the joy of being forgiven for them.  “Your Own Star: was written for Ed and Carol's daughter and granddaughter, and also serves as a song of empowerment for all women. The lyrics encourage strength and independence, and urge girls and women to follow their dreams while refusing to let anything stand in their way.  ”Look At You Now" was written for Ed and Carol's son and all but bursts with pride as it overflows with love. “Forgive Me, Daughter” was co-composed with Colleen Kitchen and is sung from three perspectives: the mother, the daughter, and the grandmother. Colleen also sings and plays melodica and ukelele on this country-flavored song with a simple accompaniment.  “You Sang To Me” is a song that Carol wrote for her own late mother after being inspired by a photo that she found. The song recalls several bittersweet moments in life as well as the love that they shared. “Annie: Song For My Mother” first appeared on Ed Nicodemi's 2004 solo piano album, “Parallel Solitudes”, my first encounter with his music (twenty years ago-really???) This version is also a very warm and expressive piano solo and brings the EP to a peaceful close. 

 

“A Mother's Love: Reimagined” EP is available digitally from Ed and Carol's website, as well as from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming platforms including Spotify. Check it out!

 

Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano.com

5/7/2024

 

A Mother's Love: Reimagined (single)

Ed and Carol Nicodemi

2024/ Ed and Carol Nicodemi

3 minutes

“ A Mother's Love: Reimagined" is a new version of a song that first apperared on Ed and Carol Nicodemi's 2017 Windows album.  Composed as well as recorded by the duo, Carol sang both the lead and harmony vocals and added a piano track.  Ed played two guitars and a cello synthesizer. The single has been re-mixed and re-mastered to promote Ed and Carol's upcoming EP, also titled A Mother's Love, scheduled to be released in time for Mother's Day 2024. This sweet and heartfelt song tells of a mother who started singing as a young child before she could speak, and quickly moves ahead to when she had her own two children and then grandchildren. It also touches on the human trait of making (and regretting) mistakes, and of the joy of being forgiven for them. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the EP, too!

“A Mother's Love: Reimagined” is available from Ed and Carol's website as well as Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites including Spotify. It's a day-brightener!

Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano. com 

4/15/2024

What Should We Do On A Rainy Day? (Single)

Carol Nicodemi

2024/ Carol Nicodemi

2 minutes

“What Should We Do On A Rainy Day? ” is a  charming single from Carol Nicodemi's upcoming (summer of 2024) children's album. The song, an original composition, includes Carol's lead vocals along with singing partner Elyse Orecchio. Co-composer Edmond Paul Nicodemi adds his acoustic guitar, with Oskar Haggdahl on drums, Kevin Jones on bass and Carol on the toy piano. This light-hearted song suggests a wide range of activities for the little ones during the rainy month of April (and beyond) when it is too wet to play outside. A total charmer, this sweet song will bring a bit of sunshine to kids of any age!

We could all use a little innocent fun, and Carol and company deliver it! “What Should We Do On a Rainy Day?” is available on Carol's website, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites including Spotify. 

Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano. com

4/10/2024

Be My Friend (Single)

Carol Nicodemi

2024/ Carol Nicodemi

3 minutes

“Be My Friend” is a charming song of friendship and unity from Carol Nicodemi. Carol wrote the song with her husband, Edmond Paul Nicodemi, who also plays two guitars on the recording. Their daughter, Elyse Orecchio, also sings on the song, which will appear on a new children's album later this year. Written in a folksong format, this is about a couple of kids who meet but don't know each other's language. What they do know is the language of friendship, sharing and getting to know each other. It's such a sweet song in these troubled times and a warm reminder that the things that divide adults have no meaning in the minds of children. Let's all take that to heart!

“Be My Friend” is available to stream or download from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, and many streaming platforms including Spotify. Very highly recommended with both thumbs up!

 

Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano. com

2023/2024

Strange City (single)

Edmond Paul Nicodemi 

2024/Edmond Paul Nicodemi 

4 minutes

“Strange City” is a new single from pianist/keyboardist/guitarist/composer Edmond Paul Nicodemi along with percussionist Kerry Kennard.  Kennard also collaborated with Nicodemi on last year's single titled “Night Jam.” Much more than a duet for piano and percussion, the piece also features choral voices (no lyrics), vibes, strings and more. Without the driving rhythms of the percussion, this piece would be mostly on the ambient side, but the compelling rhythm really brings it to life.  The repeated pattern on the piano/keyboard also drives the piece and gives it a dramatic edge.  There is a hint of mystery in the music, which feels to me very much like trying to navigate a “strange city” at night- an odd combination of fun and fascination mixed with a dose of terror (been there!)

“Strange City” is available to download from Amazon and Apple Music/iTunes and can also be streamed on those two sites plus many others including Spotify. Be sure to check it out!

Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano. com

1/31/2024