Pauline Frechette: “A Quiet Walk In The Snow” – Strong Harmonic Tendencies!

If you’ve never listened to any of Pauline Frechette musical or vocal works, you are really missing out! Pauline plays the piano and the violin, she has studied acting; she writes musicals and has even recorded music as a rock singer. Not least she has recently completed a collaboration effort with legendary bass player Stanley Clarke. And then, cherry on the cake, she has sung and performed with her step-son BECK, Muse, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Cher, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Alice Cooper, and duets with Neil Diamond.

The single artwork
The single artwork

That Pauline Frechette has also shifted her experience from an undeveloped to a more than fully developed composer through the years becomes clear when listening to the classical piece “A Quiet Walk In The Snow”. She has learned to move less toward the act of overindulgence, but rather closer to a purer level of honest playing. That’s a key component to any ensemble success.

This also gives him more room for serious composition, which includes more attention to not just all the orchestral bits, but also the tones, timbres and overall atmosphere created by the composition. I think that is something that Pauline has worked and improved on during her illustrious career.

The quest to create a cohesive, organized and affecting musical piece comes shining through this mood-inducing piece of art. The title, “A Quiet Walk In The Snow”, perfectly captures the intrinsic nature of the music.

Pauline has a brilliant strength: her talent on the piano and the ability to blend it extravagantly well with any other instrument or ensemble. This helps her create the strong harmonic tendencies in her writing, which truly comes to the fore on this track. In fact, you won’t find virtuoso playing of any sort, but you will bask in the lush harmony that swells, ebbs and flows across the brevity of this track. And which will lull and draw you into its gentle richness.

David Campbell & Pauline Frechette
David Campbell & Pauline Frechette

My only disappointment is the length of musical piece, which clocks in, at only 1 minute and 48 seconds.  I would have loved a slightly longer piece where Pauline could have fleshed out the track a bit more.

However I guess that we must be content for small mercies, considering the frustrating and shallow musical times we find ourselves in. Furthermore we are also blessed with the extraordinary arranging capabilities of David Campbell, who has worked on some of the most important platinum selling albums in the history of modern music.

David has lent his talents to artist of the caliber of: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Radiohead, Adele, Ricky Martin, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Mily Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Muse and Linkin Park, just to name a few.

So reconsidering my previous statement, maybe 1 minute and 48 seconds of Pauline Frechette and David Campbell working together, is worth about 10 albums of just about anybody else around. Well, maybe not counting the genius of Grammy winner, BECK of course…as he belongs to the same dynasty of talents!


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Rick Jamm

Journalist, publicist and indie music producer with a fervent passion for electric guitars and mixing desks !

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