Ashot Danielyan – “Warm Night in Cold Moscow”

If you're craving splendid pedal effects and tranquil chords, look no further. The style is almost (but not quite) New Age, except that the texture enjoys shifting around in a more free-form way and allows a little room for mystery and shadows. Songs like this charmer make me especially happy that ambient piano is still [...]

Prabu Lazuardi – “Tempo of Dawn”

This contemplative piano solo develops some kick as it progresses, including a driving rhythm and some daring chords (I suspect that this was an improvised song, but it is nonetheless coherent). If you need a song in a minor key that isn't actually depressing, try this one on for size.

Jeremy Soule – “Fear Not This Night” and variations {Free Song Download}

I adore variations. The worthy ones invite repeat visits and are supremely useful when you're in a pensive, desperate-to-focus mood because they eventually fade into the background and become part of your thinking rhythm rather than extra noise on the pile. The following seemed like a good candidate. Guild Wars 2, a vibrant fantasy MMORPG, [...]

Joe Curtis – “Blossom” Joe Curtis is an all-purpose freelance media composer, but as is the case with most decent piano music, delicate little ditties like this one don't need any context. If you're just starting for the day and don't know where to go yet, start here.

Enya – “Miss Clare Remembers” and “No Holly for Miss Quinn”

Some people are fiercely divided about Enya, but the lady has made some respectable keyboard solos over the years, even if you don't like her singing. Both of these songs have "space" and always help me get back to my center when things get too cockeyed.        

Woyciech – “Hope” {Free Song Download}

Here's a structured and contemplative little piano ditty. Since it's not excessively maudlin in any particular direction, this is a good one for cranking through those last few pages of the day. The style is strongly reminiscent of several Windham Hill artists but doesn't quite feel like alternative or New Age.

Urmas Sisask – “Maja” A stunning piano solo, period. This is one of those tracks excellent for creating tension and focus without actually depressing you despite its minor key. The repeating figures might bother/bore some people, but I personally like the relentlessness of that aspect of the song.