BATTLESCAPES: now available

Written in a familiar American style, this collection of six instrumental piano pieces evokes the natural beauty of historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, while respecting the somber aspects of its Civil War history. Listen to Battlescapes on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and other streaming services. 

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Battlescapes: CD
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Battlescapes: CD

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A CD is being designed so you can hold and share a unique souvenir of Harpers Ferry. If you'd like one for yourself or as a gift, you can pre-order now for $10 including delivery within the United States! All pre-orders include a complete album download.

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Battlescapes

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People go to Harpers Ferry when the weather is nice. The confluence of two shapely and storied rivers - the Potomac and Shenandoah - nestled between ridge heights creates a panorama unique to the Blue Ridge Mountains. But once here, visitors encounter several invitations to somber reflection as they see the battlefields, the stone ruins, the wax figure of John Brown, and numerous flood level markers painted on a lower town building, explaining why old town Harpers Ferry is not the town it used to be.

On a pretty day, visitors come and see battlescapes. Just like life. So much beauty, so much battle, neither ever completely safe from the other. BATTLESCAPES evokes the beauty of the natural landscape while respecting the mixed legacy of a war town in a familiar American musical style.

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    Schoolhouse Ridge

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    Murphy Farm

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    Lower Town

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    The Heights

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    Virginius Island

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    The Confluence (Like a River Glorious)

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Story and live performance of a Battlescapes piece, filmed October 6

About

Life makes art.

Vandalia River is the creative outlet of R. Hall, a pianist, songwriter, and music teacher in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The vision of Vandalia River is to reap the art of ordinary life by creating music to distill the beauty of every day living - and encourage others to do the same.

You'll find here original music and a weekly blog with thoughts on music, music education, and the Christian life. Many interests, few specialties - but one deep channel of faith runs through them all.

Solo Piano

Pensée No. 1

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Pensée No. 1 is a brief instrumental piano piece with an ounce of pretty and a dash of suspense. Available on most streaming and retail platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

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Lyrical Songs

Heaven and Earth: Scripture Songs for the Old and New

R. Hall, featuring Kellan Gash

Acoustic, catchy, and mostly not annoying: these songs are the home-grown product of a church Scripture memory program. After a long process of writing and refining, vocalist Kellan Gash and sound engineer Derryck Birt helped R. Hall bring the album to the next level.

​Now these songs are a gift to you. Listen, use, and share without compulsion to pay. A PDF of chord sheets is included in the album download.

Also available on many streaming platforms, including Spotify and YouTube!

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