John-Paul Kaplan - Keys of Time - My Favorite Piano, Volume I - Catholic CD Review


Keys of Time–My Favorite Piano, Volume I is a beautiful collection of ten piano solos by Catholic artist, John-Paul Kaplan. One look at the song list and it is clear that this is not a “background CD” for a reconciliation service. This is a collection of mostly secular standards, including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Rainbow Connection,” with three original pieces by Kaplan.

I love piano music myself, though admittedly, I often use it for background. Whereas Keys of Time could be used for that purpose, it deserves a closer listen. Only through a closer listen will one hear Kaplan’s more clever arrangements. Check out the opening track, “Night and Day,” where the song itself contains “night and day” differences in style. And a little “moonlight” thrown in for good measure is a nice touch. There’s also “I’ve Got Rhythm,” which during the first part of the song had me asking, “well, does he?” By the end of the song, there is no question: Kaplan has both rhythm and pizzazz.

I could have done without “Chariots of Fire,” but at 1:52 running time, it’s mostly harmless. It’s a great Vangelis melody, but sadly, the Oscar-winning film has been parodied so many times, it’s hard not to think of those parodies when one hears the song. I also don’t think it is his strongest arrangement. To me, it sounds a little like Kaplan needed a tenth song for a complete CD, so he chose this one.

I would have preferred that Kaplan put some more of his own material on Keys of Time, because those are my favorite tracks. But, then again, the title says that this is his favorite piano, not mine. How can you argue with “his favorite”? However, the title also says that this is “Volume I.” So I hope that his “favorites” for Volume II are more of his own pieces, because they would probably also be my favorites.

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Reviewed by Fr. Kent O’Connor

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey and Grapevine


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As a writer, Susan Bailey shares her unique insights from her faith walk and life interests through her two blogs, Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. After the passing of her mother, Susan began reading to fill the void and it soon blossomed into writing. On Be As One Susan shares her journey of becoming whole by pulling all the different pieces of her life together into one flow directed by God. She shares her many interests and engages conversation with readers. Louisa May Alcott is My Passion offers historical analysis, reflection and fun, drawing together a community of Alcott enthusiasts. Formerly a musician, Susan appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV and at World Youth Day. As former editor of GrapeVine, she encouraged other Catholic artists through the only e-magazine devoted to the promotion of Catholic music. She was the music editor of, a former contributor to “Today’s Catholic Woman” on the Catholic Exchange, and regularly contributes to Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements.  Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks  forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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