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Playing ballads is, in many ways, the ultimate musical challenge. A ballad is like a window into the soul of the artist. From the first note, it must be approached with true and honest feeling, and a sense of openness. At the beginning of a musician’s journey, one tends to believe that playing fast is difficult; as that journey progresses, one realizes that playing slowly is much more difficult. Musical values that are important elsewhere, are here absolutely essential: sensitivity, color, dynamics, economy, and clarity. We hope that in opening our hearts, we have touched yours. — Marc Copland