"Every once in a while a new artist comes along that you know is something really special. Lucas Kirby gives me that feeling in much the same way the late Dax Johnson did fifteen or so years ago. Ironically, both are/were from Spokane, Washington and both create(d) piano music that packs raw emotion into every note. The music on Onward, Kirby’s second CD, had me intrigued from the start, but when I went to Kirby’s website to learn more about him, I was blown away by his openness and candor in describing in detail where each of the fourteen tracks came from. As is true for most artists, life is a very emotional endeavor with extreme highs and lows, and it is often from these extremes that true art is created. What a powerhouse of an album and what a promising young artist we have here!
Onward begins with “Kamilya’s Theme,” a piece included in the upcoming film, College Debts. Inspired by a close friend, this graceful and expressive composition is a lovely opening and demonstrates Kirby’s tender side. “Clarity” began as a love song but was completed after the break-up of that relationship. Gentle but also searching and melancholy, it’s another beauty. “September” goes much darker, letting go of the past in preparation for moving into the future - not an easy transition, and the piece conveys the range of emotions experienced when making such a change. “From Within” resulted from a 4300-mile bicycle ride across the US and is much lighter and more carefree. “The Sound of His Insanity,” was inspired by Beethoven and Immortal Beloved, the film about Beethoven’s life. There are two versions of this piece on the album - the first is about 2 1/2 minutes and the second is an expanded almost five-minute version that includes some lighter moments along with the very dark and dramatic themes. An incredible expression of life’s difficulties, this is the piece that reminds me the most of Dax Johnson’s power and raw emotional energy. I have my fingers crossed for some sheet music for this one! “Dreams” began as a love song by the 13-year-old Kirby and has evolved over the years with sweet sincerity still ringing true. “Into the Abyss” arose from a period when Kirby was experiencing one huge loss after the next, each seeming more devastating than the last and culminating in feelings of utter hopelessness and depression. The naked, painful emotions are palpable, taking us inside the mind and heart of someone at rock bottom. Amazing! The return of a sense of hope and of moving on is celebrated in “Sincere.” “Masie’s Star,” an innocent and loving version of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” was composed for a sweet little girl who touched Kirby’s life. “Onward” is a soundtrack to picking up the pieces and starting over while overcoming fears and doubts, learning from life’s pain and difficulties. “The Bittersweet” was composed as a memorial to those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 and as a comfort to those who must go on without them. Kirby also put together a wonderful video that includes the song on his YouTube station.
Onward is an incredible musical experience and one that has moved me profoundly. It is available from www.lucaskirbymusic.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. I also recommend visiting Luke’s website to get the full stories behind this music. Very highly recommended!"
The Waves on Air
"Minimalist, intimate, sometimes passionate and sometimes subtle, Lucas Kirby invites us to impressionistic music full of clarity, color and light. Not in vain, immersed in his work is equivalent to walking through the water gardens of Claude Monet ..." ~ The Waves on Air
"I really enjoy your music. You are very gifted. Jolene and I have your music in the cars. It's always playing, especially when we go road tripping . It also sounds great just to listen at home . Thank you for sharing your music with us and we look forward to you next album."
"Hello Lucas, I throughtly enjoy your music, its ear soothing and relaxing to listen too!"
"Before the Storm: The best and the most relaxing piano piece I have ever listened to. If you would have made only this track in your entire career life, that would still make you one of my most favorite pianists. I just wanted to thank you for this super music track, and the beautiful moments you gave us by creating it."
"Hello! I really love your music. I want to play your piece called "September" by myself - I found a great reflection of my own emotions in it. Is it possible to get the sheet music for this piece? Your friend from Russia =)"
" Hi Lucas,
I recently played "The Bittersweet" when I found it sitting near the piano at a house where I was babysitting. I LOVE IT! I'd be interested in buying the sheet music to all your pieces!"
"Hello Mr.Kirby! Im glad to be able to send you this message. My name is Kwan and I come from Thailand. I really love your piano pieces, so soothing and charming. I first heard "Tear of Glory" since I was so young and when I grow up, I always want to be able to practise this but the problem is I could not find the piano sheet at all. So I'm so so glad that I find your official website today. Thank you so much for your answer and your hard working. Have a nice day!"
"I really love your songs, especially "Tear of Glory". It look like the sound of heaven. It make me want to play piano on this song but i cant find music score. actually I'm only the novice in playing piano. By the way I will follow you forever."
"Kamillya's Theme: A #1 song in the hearts of many who love pure clean melody. Thank you Lord, for Lucas Kirby; he is endowed with THE GIFT of music."
"I love every song you play; with Godly love you are blessed to perform great classical compositions, especially to compose originals; you need to contact Hollywood, somehow, to write musical scores for the movie-makers. I feel that it is one of your future callings in your DESTINY"
"Wow man! That's great piano music.
These melodies inspire me very much. I just discovered you and I'm glad I did. I will be back for more."
"How beautiful, upon the mountain, are the feet of he that publishes peace."
Great work! I love it! Finding your music must be the best thing that happened to me today (especially after a 2-hour exam)! I downloaded all of it. I hope you'll make more of this awesome music and share with everyone!"
"Just bought my wife her first MP3 player and your Touch of Grace was her first download. We both love your music."
"wow....great stuff...very ethereal - poignant when you want it to be, airy when you don't......great work, man. i don't know how people liken you to Yanni! Yanni blows.....YOU'RE so much deeper, it isn't funny. (sorry Yanni fans....he does...whattaya want?) lol
"I love your music....Its awesome. I keep on playing your magical master pieces over and over.......
I'm mesmorized by your voice..... I 'walk through heaven' with ' tears of glory' in my eyes then i felt a 'touch of grace' on my 'broken spirit'......
thank you lucas kirby.... you are a genius!!!!!
why can't i find your music in the music stores around middle east??"
"Your music touches the soul in such an undescribable manner wich words will never have the ability to do. Thank you for following your dream. Amen! YHWH (God) bless you."
I'm listening to tears of glory and have to say this is beautiful stuff.Just the thing for Sunday morning when everyone is out and I can actually listen in peace and get lost in quality."
The Bittersweet - "tears coming down my face,this is truly amazing!!!!!!thank you for sharing with us this has reached new zealand!!!!"
"I am just taking " a walk through Heaven " right now... I am glad I found your music...it is soothing to the spirit. I am on my second round of listening to each song ...Thank-you for sharing your heart through each note"
I love the music you´ve got here. It´s a pleasure listening you playing the piano. I´ve enjoyed a lot with the theme "Tears of Glory". Very nice composition...
Very good work Lucas!
"What a wonderful talent you are...I have been listening to a few more of your songs today. Right now "The Forgotten Secret" is playing and it is beautiful!
May you continue to stay focused on nurturing your talent and following your heart's desire."
I must say, you are blessed with an amazing ability to play the piano O_O. I'm impressed by the songs that you've created. I'm listening to Tears Of Glory, and I must say, (this is probably going to make me look like some sissy) but it's a very beautiful song. I can tell you're really passionate when it comes to playing piano. Keep it up mate ! Best wishes."
I listened to your music and it is beautiful. Very emotional, very deep. I really enjoyed listening to your songs and think you are a wonderful pianist!
Do you perform here locally? It would be a treat to see you live.
Anyway - best of luck to you.
Your new fan and friend,"
"My dear Lucas,
Today I had some really sad news...it blew my world apart and made me question all that I believe, so very painful.
Then I went to your website and listened and the first song was just so incredibly beautiful...it just reached down, and touched that hurt place inside. Thank you so much Lucas!!! Ahhh...the power of music! As Amos Lee says, "there is nothing more powerful than beauty in a wicked world!"
Thank you again kindred spirit!
Keep in touch~
Beautiful music, very nice sound.A pleasure to listen to your music. Best regards from Spain."
"Lucas your Music is so Awesome, every day i need to listening it, your music gave me power to stand up, thank you fr all those beautiful songs"
The Bitterweet - "A very talented piano soloist, a good friend, and a wonderful person, for putting together this fantastic tribute. My heart goes out to the many families, who's lives will be forever affected by this tragic event and the loss of their young children, from such an senseless act of violence".
"How beautiful is this song; there are about seven of your songs fighting for # 1 in my heart, and they are all #1 to me. Keep playing beautiful songs; many, many are listening"
"I thought I had just awakened from a sweet dream; but then to realize, no ... it's just another Lucas Kirby classic...Thanx for the Fantasy"