Music Reviews
By Chuck Diliberto

 

 

Musical Healing 
Various Artists 
Sequoia Records 
It is a well known fact that music can nourish our souls and Spirit. In “Musical Healing” each composition is devoted to creating a meditative, relaxing state of being. Gentle, soft melodies nurture our wear ears, penetrating deeply beyond our senses, caressing our psyches and accessing the shadows of our subconscious. Music is truly the universal communicative, transcending all limitations of boundaries, affecting the very core of our existence. 

Great attention is being paid to cater musically to that sacred place within us. The music acts as a non-abrasive scrubber, lightly removing layers of stress and anxiety built up over the years of gathering unwanted tensions. Floating synthesizer notes, ethereal strings, enchanting flutes, natural recorded sounds and soulful vocal chants combine to work their magic. 

Meditations and relaxation need the proper set (mind space) and setting (place) to be effective. This music establishes the set, and if we are truly interested in utilizing the healing qualities of the music we will be responsible for the setting. A quiet listening room, or a pair of headphones will suffice. Sit back, put your feet up, breathe slowly and deeply, and travel to the core of the love and light that we are. I just can’t get enough of that feeling. 

For more information, please call (800) 778-8777. 

 

Parisian Honeymoon Suite 
Hot Club de Norvege and Various Guest Artists 
Refined Records
“Parisian Honeymoon Suite” is as much a tribute to the guitar playing of Django Reinhardt as it is to romantic, ambient, atmospheric love songs. Reinhardt was a well known innovator of the Jazz guitar sound in the 1930’s. His style has been replicated and revered for decades by generations of up and coming Jazz musicians. 

Each song has the ability to move us back in time to Paris of the 1930’s before the Nazis intervened. Love is in the air, the sweet scent of flowers are wafting everywhere, and young sweethearts are in the ritual throws of being wined and dined. The veil of romance is so thick that no one else exists but our beloved. The “honeymoon suite” awaits as we anticipate the consummation of the magic, of love between two smitten individuals. 

The music presented here represents a renaissance in the development of Jazz guitar picking. Melodic note flourishes cascade up and down the fret board, tugging at our hearts and imaginations. The music is alive with feeling and soul, prominently displaying the versatility that the guitar is known for. The purity and innocence of love floats with each note played, sometimes enrapturing, other times thrilling, oft times putting us in the proper mood for romance. If you’re looking for something to spark the romantic moment, look no further, your “Parisian Honeymoon Suite” is waiting. 

For more information, please call (415) 831-0315. 

 

Word of Mouth 
Pegasus Project 
New World Music
The expression of heart and soul is a touching, lasting moment that suspends time and space. In that moment we merge with a greater energy (divine) that transports us to a cozy nest of love and light. We are caressed and nurtured by New World beats with smooth jazz leanings, and the silky, sultry, sensual vocals of Valerie Ford. 

Pegasus Project (meaning “poetic inspirations”) is the heart-child of composer keyboardist Franklin Spicer and guitarist-vocalist extraordinaire Valerie Ford. The music is exquisitely produced, blending guitars, percussion, keyboards, saxophones, and vocals into a pleasing mix of easy listening textures. In New World music the artists rarely confine themselves to one style. All styles are acceptable and generally we are treated to a synthesis of styles that aren’t usually combined together. 

Spicer and Ford have a wonderful working relationship, forming a foundation for the other musicians to interact freely and spontaneously. A noticeable effort of soul vision and musical camaraderie have come together to push “Word of Mouth” over the top. Spicer and Ford decided to cover Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Each song is rearranged to fit the tempo and grace that distinguishes Pegasus Project’s music. In essence they have made these songs their own, using them as vehicles to explore their muse and show gratitude for the respective artists. A nice moment indeed. 

For more information, please call (888) 303-9923. 

 

Reiki Whale Song 
Kamal
New Earth Records 
We are standing at the ocean’s shoreline, hypnotized by the gently crashing waves as our senses are enriched with the enchanting stimuli that the beach has to offer. In a moment we hear the plaintive cry of our whale brethren, beckoning us to join them in their mysterious frolic. We enter deeper into their domain, loosening the bonds of day to day existence as we slip into an ethereal world that is alien yet oddly comfortable. The whales are swimming closer, slowly merging with our consciousness, nudging us to understand their mystical world. 

This is the musical setting that Kamal has created to capture the aura and experience of communicating with the whale community. The whale voices are those of the humpback species, recorded in the 1960’s. Kamal has a wonderful muse to work with, weaving melodic, haunting, synthesizer textures that emphasized the sensitivity and majesty of the whale’s world. He has captured the purity and innocence of the whale’s life by combining the zen-like quality of their voices with music. Kamal has composed a beautiful synthesis of sounds and Spirit. He is searching for truths and soul meanings that connect us with the whales. His effort was often poignant and somewhat melancholy as he intuited the directions of both his and the whale’s destinies. Simply beautiful.

For more information, please call (888) 245.4481 

Chuck Diliberto is a resident of New York State. Having written for a hometown publication that covered local and national musicians, reviewing CDs is an extension of that experience. His main interests are spiritual in nature and right living in practice.


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