Music : New Age & Operatic Pop Inspirational & relaxing music on Lunch! http://www.lunch.com/newage <![CDATA[Il Divo 2012 World Tour Concert in Hongkong Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-Il_Divo_2012_World_Tour_Concert_in_Hongkong-131-1805567-222157.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-Il_Divo_2012_World_Tour_Concert_in_Hongkong-131-1805567-222157.html Fri, 23 Mar 2012 05:42:02 +0000 <![CDATA[ Epic Sound!]]>
Having been wanting a pair for a while, I was expecting brilliant sound and man was I blown away. I put on a track from the Transformers Score to test the bass and I actually teared up. Hearing the music in this new way was astonishing. With the Solo Beats, you don't miss anything; it's like listening to truly loss-less audio.  Not to mention the bass which quite literarily rocks the headphones.  The noise cancellation feature the Beats have is also fantastic; if you're listening to a track and have these on, you really can't hear any outside noise.  If you are in a high traffic area, you might hear some big cars go by, but other than that, the feature is fantastic.  I'm looking forward to testing these out on a plane because that is where the true test is.  I have purchased "noise cancellation" headphones before, but they have really never gotten the job done when on board a plane.

Despite the fact that these are on the larger side, the Solo Beats HD are actually quite light, making them more portable than some of the other larger headphones on the market right now.  Being able to fold them up and put them in your pocket is perfect and if you don't want them just sitting in there, the headphones come with a pretty decent carrying case.  I did hear from a couple of people that with the older version of the Solo Beats HD, the band was snapping where they folded in.  This is no longer the case as these have been reinforced.  Again, mobility is great with these, and if you like going to the gym, they are great for working out.


These limited edition Solo Beats HD are exclusively sold from Apple for $199.99.  I highly recommend them for any music lover who doesn't want to miss a beat of music.  5/5]]>
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<![CDATA[Music Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Music-77-1429457-218849.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Music-77-1429457-218849.html Fri, 6 Jan 2012 01:53:32 +0000 <![CDATA[ New Age with an eclectic blend of styles from across the musical map!]]>
For me this recording evinced a blend of emotional responses - quiet contemplation, relaxation, toe-tapping, a satisfied smile, that whole body moving response to a driving rhythm and a joyful sense of participation in an all-encompassing musical experience. The recording is an eclectic blend of styles that cover an enormous range - Celtic rhythms and fiddling tunes in the style of River Dance; hard rock and steady beats that took a page out of Enigma's play book; a beautifully blended chorus of female voices that might well have included Enya, Diane Arkenstone and Loreena McKennitt; orchestral backgrounds that ranged from lush full orchestral accompaniment to pizzicato violin arpeggios that would have done Tchaikovsky proud in The Nutcracker; simple but effective, pleasing blues style acoustic guitar; full-bodied high speed choral sections that might have been penned by Karl Orff as part of the unforgettable Carmina Burana; and, a very effective seven beat piece that reminded me of the rhythms of Dave Brubeck's Unsquare Square Dance or Moe Kaufman's Swingin' Shepherd Blues!

Well, to each their own I suppose. It's certainly possible that this CD suffered by comparison to the quality of his other works but as a first time listener, I've got nothing but praise for it!

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<![CDATA[ She's LIVE in VEGAS, yes, AGAIN!]]>
The setting: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.
The show: Live in Las Vegas.
The performer: Celine Dion.


It’s not simply a concert, it is an entourage of performers all in unison that created one of the mostl lively singing concerts I’ve ever come across! It’s Vegas production that sets it distinctly different from the rest of the world’s. That’s the X-factor about a Vegas show. That’s also why it is so exciting visiting Vegas, if only merely to have an experience of these shows. It’s what I feel Americans excel in; Vegas shows and Hollywood movies. Sometimes, with the China upsurge in the world’s arena and with so much exposure to the Chinese markets, I tend to forget how  wonderful America can be. Yes, it is declining in many areas, least of which the financial and  political arena. But, in the entertainment field, the U.S. is still way advanced than many countries in the world. It is here I find the magic of yesteryears; when I was very much enthralled by the wonders of being in America and how the world looked up to it in most fields of expertise.



Yes, it is here that not only Celine Dion came alive but also America comes alive for its audiences. Celine may be French Canadian but she’s one of the icons that symbolizes the western way. If you are a fan of her &/or her songs, then this is a DVD set for you (2 DVDs of 5 hours of entertainment; the concert & 3 exclusive documentaries, namely Because You Loved Me (A Tribute to the Fans)A New Day: All Access and A New Day: the Secrets). I know, I’d rather be the one in the audience in Vegas but we can’t always have our dreams come true! Mine has in so many areas and I’m grateful even if it’s a DVD version of the show that I’m watching. Afterall, I’m going to be at another show in Macau “The House of Dancing Water” tomorrow evening so I have a lot to be thankful for!
 
Many of her songs I’ve heard before and some are the best selections which we are all familiar with. I’m glad that I found something new too. Not just her excellent stage presence, not just the professional dancers and awesome choreography but also the most important element of all, songs that will be here to stay, songs that give one a sense of connection with that inner soul/s. Yes, some even shed a tear or two listening to her singing… it comes so naturally and so touchingly.  For those who love high fashion, you’ll be happy to see all the colorful dresses in the show too! So, it’s not just for Celine’s fans but for fans who appreciate the good things in life! A show that sets it apart from many shows in the world; a must see for all of us who have grown mellow over the years; a show that comes alive in more sense than one!
 
I surrender all … to the magic of Celine and a thousand dreams, to the chance of living it again, to not let go… to live again with love… Vegas rules, Dion lives on!



Upcoming:  Celine Dion will return to Vegas this March 15. So, if you're in the neighborhood, it's your chance to catch the new upcoming show! I'm envious!!!
 
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<![CDATA[Lea Salonga Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Lea has such a distinctive voice that even if you don't know her name, you'd have recognized her voice! Indeed, she sang in Aladdin!







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<![CDATA[ Expect the Unexpected]]>
Yanni had just returned from concerts in South America, Puerto Rico & Mexico. Let's take a look at his recent productions. For one who has no formal training in music & could not even read musical notes, Yanni has come a long way!








Hey, Yanni has got a new haircut! I love his new look! Cool!

Below are some of his older compositions which I love & which symbolizes Yanni's music as far as I'm concerned. Enjoy...

A treat for you, Adagio in C Minor at the Taj Mahal!



Marching Season at the Acropolis!



Nightingale at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China!

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<![CDATA[ The Classical, Easy Listening & Folk Repetoires]]> Mantovani Orchestra. It was a delightful way of having access to waltz, namely those from Johann Strauss. Because of that early conditioning, I've loved Strauss' Waltz more than any other classical music (the only one that comes close to this love was Puccini's operas).

However, as the music format changes from tapes to CD, I had not been able to find those songs which I had loved so much from Mantovani Blue Danube compilation. Instead, I was so happy to find them on Andre Rieu's Johann Strauss Orchestra's performances. Below are some of my favorites.





I hope you like some of my selections. Enjoy....





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<![CDATA[ Ballade Pour Adeline]]>


Richard Clayderman has since recorded 1200 melodies and is set to perform in Guangzhou Opera House this winter. Richard Clayderman is extremely popular in Asia and has been noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful pianist in the world. His original name is Philippe Pagès.





Here are more favorites pieces played by Richard Clayderman. Enjoy....









When listening to Clayderman, I often get the feeling that i get when I listened to the Theme from Young & The Restless (Nadia's Theme). I can't truly put my finger on it, but that's how it is. That was another great theme, like the ones from Casablanca. There are truly a great many excellent ballads from the 50s, 60s & 70s! Again, enjoy....


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<![CDATA[ La Leine De Saba]]>
Raymond Lefevre is a name that I had almost forgotten. Until I was writing a review about Pierre Porte, another musician who like Raymond Lefevre has a few compositions which I couldn't help but fall in love with. To say it in a more complex way, I would not have known life to be so wonderful if not for what they had instill in me.



Lefevre has passed away in 2008 but his music has stayed with all of us who have had heard it. This is for you, Raymond! Thanks for the best of times and music. La Leine De Saba (Queen of Sabah) = Raymond Lefevre as far as I'm concerned. For some of you it might have been Concerto pour une voix or Ame Caline. Whatever it is, it is the best music of our lifetime! Cheers!!!







The best music are those that bring you beyond your realm of reality and away to a world beyond that of your own. It expands, it enhances and it deepens your connections... with yourself, with your friends and with the world!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Passionately]]>
Youtube.com comes to the rescue! That's the beauty of social media! Truly amazing, the kind of works one can come across in Youtube. Perhaps one day Lunch.com would come to that too! Anyhow, I found what I was looking for and hence, the idea for this review.

Pierre Porte has some of the most awesome compositions I've ever heard and even though it's been a long time, it has lingered on in my mind. 

A Treat for you. Hear for yourself... 



Passionnement is my all time favorite. Love it!



Tears of Sorrow





NB: Pierre Porte, as with Raymond Lefevre, is more easy listening music than new age. However, I've decided to include them in the New Age & Operatic community rather than to build another community for this as I'm running out of time as I've many other priorities which I need to attend to. Hope you don't mind!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Crescendo! The Winner Takes It All!]]>
Again, as usual, Il Divo commands a presence and charisma like no other. They have matured as a group & also as a singer, especially David, and it is so marvelous to see that happening. Carlos is his usual charming (& cheeky!) self while Sebastien is standing out and reaching out well to the audience. Urs completes the group and acts as a solid backing. Il Divo has come so far and yet, they still have a long journey to go. Keep on the beautiful work! You guys have done so much in so little time, beyond anyone’s dream. What a marvelous concert and journey this is!

Il Divo has certainly proved that one doesn’t need new music to make it big. All one needs is great music, great musicians and great rendition! Bravo, Il Divo!!! (Who’d have thought 3 Europeans + 1 American become such a commanding force?! Oh, not forgetting the incredible orchestra as well!)



In this DVD recording of the Barcelona’s concert, you’d find something “new” which Il Divo had never recorded in CDs/DVDs. Here are the songs:
  • Bridge over troubled water
  • The Impossible Dream

Interestingly, although this concert is in Barcelona, many of the songs were sung in English! That’s quite refreshing where Il Divo is concerned. For the American audience, this might just be what you’re looking for! What I like about Il Divo is that often, I feel like I’m down there, among the audience, LIVE!
 
It is easy to say you love something but to truly feel love, that’s rare. Yet, I do love Il Divo. They have certainly brought classics back to life and induced a new life to each of the songs. Along with Adagio, the 2nd time I see them perform it (after the Coliseum concert which was supremely impressive) I’d never expect them to outperform themselves. Instead, they perform it equally well, with a different twist. That’s truly delightful to see!

So, the only question I’ve is: “When will Il Divo come to Asia?”!



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<![CDATA[An Evening With Il Divo Live in Barcelona Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-An_Evening_With_Il_Divo_Live_in_Barcelona-131-1660185-192442.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-An_Evening_With_Il_Divo_Live_in_Barcelona-131-1660185-192442.html Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:52:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ I can't help falling in love with you]]> Sashimi, he's an acquired taste.
Like red wine, he gets even better as he aged...

I didn't know that I'd like him as much as I'd at this moment. I had began to listen to Andrea Bocelli over some 10 years ago. He must have improved a great deal since, or else it's digital mastering that's making him a great singer! What I'm listening to now is his concert in Tuscany in 2007 and whatever the reason/s, I must say I'm enjoying this DVD more than I've ever enjoyed most of the DVDs I've had in my collection. This one has some of Bocelli's best. 18 performances with different singers, many duets. Some featuring Kenny G, Lang Lang, Elisa, Heather Headley and also Sarah Brightman. 


Despite being blind, he managed to convey his colorful vision of his world to the audiences. And we can see that clearly from the responses to him here. I was updating some of the pages on Lunch.com when I first switched this DVD on, yet, I kept getting distracted... his voices and songs called out for attention! Often, I had the TV/DVD on when I'm surfing, and for most part, I can keep my attention on the computer. In this case though, it's tough... he's that good! It's not that I'm watching to see him, the guy is not that good looking or young, but hey, he's got quite a charisma even with his eyes closed!!! Amazing, isn't it? He's like a statue reaching out, solid and firm, an energy that's drawing you to it, quite an experience to watch and to listen. Grasping & attracting... he certainly speaks to you with his voice & not his eyes ;-)

I'm still residing in China now, so Youtube is blocked and I can't add some videos for your enjoyment. However, you can check it out yourself and when I moved to Hong Kong in December, I'd be sure to embed them in this review. The advantage of living in China is that things are available abundantly and for cheap. This DVD/concert which features some 18 best selections is sold for some US$8 and that's an original version, not pirated. No Youtube or Facebook for now though :(

What more can I say? I'm happy with this purchase and am extremely happy to recommend it to Lunch's readers. If you can find a copy of it where you live, be sure to get it! You won't regret it!

For those who are familiar with Bocelli's songs, here's a list of his performances in this DVD:
  1. "Melodramma"
  2. "Romanza"
  3. "A te"(featuring Kenny G)
  4. "Vivo per lei" (duet with Heather Headley)
  5. "Io ci sarò" (featuring Lang Lang)
  6. "Hungarian Rhapsody" (performed by Lang Lang)
  7. "La voce del silenzio" (duet with Elisa)
  8. "Dancing" (performed by Elisa)
  9. "Canto della terra" (duet with Sarah Brightman)
  10. "Bellissime stelle"
  11. "Medley: Besame Mucho, Somos Novios (It's impossible), Can't Help Falling in Love"
  12. "Because we believe"
  13. "The Prayer" (duet with Heather Headley)
  14. "Italia" (featuring Chris Botti)
  15. "Dare to live" (duet with Laura Pausini)
  16. "Sogno"
  17. "Il mare calmo della sera"
  18. "Time To Say Goodbye" (Con Te Partiro)( duet with Sarah Brightman)

Last but not least, I so enjoy his rendition of Elvis' "I can't help falling in love with you"... It's like Elvis is back! Oh yes, I can't help falling in love with you... Andrea Bocelli!

Update: Dec. 3, 2010

I listened to this concert again on the way to Singapore this afternoon. This is my 3rd listening and yet on my MP5 I'm moved again. Such a marvelous concert and I can't wait but update you on the videos which I found on Youtube. Enjoy...

Some of my favorites from the concert:
Melodrama



Vivo Per Lei



Besame Mucho, I can't help falling in love with you (Medley)



Sogno

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<![CDATA[ To You, Simon Cowell!]]>

It doesn’t hurt that they are some of the most charming…
It doesn’t hurt that I’m watching them on HDTV…
It doesn’t hurt that all the four of them makes it the more powerful…
(there is something about 4 attractive men coming together; it’s simply magic :-))
It doesn’t hurt that I love Il Divo!
 
So, what makes the whole more than the sum of all its parts?
Il Divo at the Coliseum!
 
I was at the Coliseum back then in 1993, it didn’t come alive for me. A historical place, so I thought.
I had listened to many groups performing live before, it didn’t evoke a sense of life for me.
This time, at the Coliseum, watching them from afar, both the performers and the audience, listening to some of the most inspirational songs of our lifetime, Il Divo AND the Coliseum come alive for me…  it’s as if I’m sitting right there in the ring, with all the other audiences… S e n s a t i o n a l !!!







 
The DVD has only 6 songs in it. When I first saw it at a CD shop in Pacific Place in Hong Kong, I thought it was a tad too expensive. Afterall, it’s only 6 songs! I finally bought it in China, where things are a lot cheaper for some reason (and it’s not a pirated disc either, it’s licensed). I was dead wrong, it is worth a lot more!

And I began to listen and watch it tonight, in the comfort of my living room. And I thought, hey, it’s awesome!!! When I thought I’ve lost the incentive and inspiration to write, Il Divo at the Coliseum has that X-factor… it inspires me to share something inspirational across the universe, in cyberspace…
 
It begins with Amazing Grace and ends with The Promise. What a climax that is! I wish I was there myself, at the Coliseum, again… and yes, that’s a wish I promise myself, may be one day in the future, again.
The Power of Love, Hallelujah, The Winner Takes It All, Adagio… Thanks again, Il Divo! You guys are amazing!!!
5 years, 22 million records… oh yeah, they are no doubt the Stars!!!
 
Close your eyes or open your eyes… and listen in full blast. You’ll hear it…
(I heard it in Adagio, the audience too.  Did you?)





Coming up soon... Il Divo Live in Barcelona!

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<![CDATA[Inside I'm Singing Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> The Things You Are To Me, If Came The Hour, Song For A Stormy Night and Thank You. They are all truly fabulous and keepers. A most inspiring and favorite album! Elaine Page did great with her rendition of The Things You Are To Me, my most favorite song of recent times.]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/album/UserReview-Inside_I_m_Singing-131-1429534-137165.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/album/UserReview-Inside_I_m_Singing-131-1429534-137165.html Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:03:21 +0000 <![CDATA[ An incredible voice and soul]]> really heard him sing just yet. If you ever have the opportunity to see and hear him live, don't miss it! I am really glad I didn't, thanks to my sister. Several years ago she treated me to a night on the town in Boston to hear Andrea Bocelli perform live with Sarah Brightman and then revel in the moment at an Italian cafe in the North End. It was a memorable evening to say the least!

The dark stage is gradually lit and the virtuoso is led into the spotlight. I've heard him many times, but this is different. I will hear his voice with just the microphone between us. The music starts, and already I can feel I'll be blown away. Goosebumps? Yes. Tears even. A voice so beautiful and expressive that you understand every word without actually knowing the language. It is something you have to experience, there is nothing more I can say.

After that amazing experience I've had the pleasure of watching Andrea Bocelli on PBS. I really enjoyed the My Christmas performance even though I am not really into Christmas music. Recently I watched Vivere: Andrea Bocelli Live in Tuscany. That was quite spectacular, I can only imagine what it is like to actually be there in Italy and hear him live. Among the guest performers were Chris Botti, Lang Lang, Eliza, Sarah Brightman, Heather Hadley, Laura Pausini, and David Foster. By all means they only made the evening more impressive. 

I think the fact that he lost his sight only made him a better singer. He uses his voice in a way I've never heard a seeing person do. The human body is amazing in this way that if one of the senses is impaired, the rest do their best to compensate for it. I love seeing Bocelli play the piano, it is beautiful. Of all the pieces he sings, one of my favorites has got to be con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye). I can listen to it over and over again and not get tired of it.

There are very few that have mastered the complex instrument of voice with such grace, passion, and skill. Andrea Bocelli certainly stand apart to move those that listen beyond what words can express!]]>
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<![CDATA[Celine Dion Quick Tip by brianna]]> http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Celine_Dion-450-1393866-65718.html http://www.lunch.com/MusicMatters/reviews/musician/UserReview-Celine_Dion-450-1393866-65718.html Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:35:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Kitarō Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/formusic/reviews/musician/UserReview-Kitar_-146-1398266-56536.html http://www.lunch.com/formusic/reviews/musician/UserReview-Kitar_-146-1398266-56536.html Tue, 4 May 2010 03:34:04 +0000 <![CDATA[ Duets with Andrea]]>
Vivo Por Ella is one of my most favorites. The first time I heard it, he sang it with Hayley Westerna. Then, it's this video which he sang with Sandy. There are other versions which he sang with Marta Sanchez, GiorgiaJudy Weiss, Helene Segara and also with Laura Pausini.




Andrea Bocelli also sings well with Sarah Brightman.



And Celine Dion in The Prayer.



Not forgetting Cristina Anguilera as well.


How about a duet with a man?




To write about Andrea Bocelli without writing about incorporating opera is an incomplete review. He ranks equally high with Placido Domingo, Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, the best tenors in the world!





Last but not least, enjoy.... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Andrea Bocelli Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Andrea_Bocelli-131-1394063-55967.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Andrea_Bocelli-131-1394063-55967.html Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:43:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Carmine Meo Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-Carmine_Meo-131-1429536-55915.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-Carmine_Meo-131-1429536-55915.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:49:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Rolf Løvland Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Rolf_L_vland-131-1429527-55914.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Rolf_L_vland-131-1429527-55914.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:59:24 +0000 <![CDATA[ David Foster & his prodigies]]> St. Elmo's Fire to the recent I Will Be There With You.

Let me introduce you to some of his awesome compositions & then we'll take a tour of his prodigies. Before we do that, know that David is a Canadian and hence his search for talent possibly coincidentally comes from Canada too. In any case, it doesn't quite matter where they come from. Instead, it's of utmost important where they will head!





As for those whose lives will never be the same again ever since they met Foster, there are so many of them but I'll just mention a few whom I truly like.

Josh Groban
Josh Groban is phenomenal and one of the best finds Foster could ever come up with. I've written a review on Josh Groban some time ago so if you're interested in finding out more, do take a look!



Here's a pretty humorous video on Josh Groban & Michael Buble who are reversing their roles by singing one another's tunes.



Michael Buble


Michael Buble has indeed progressed a lot from his first CD. As Foster claimed, we all have no idea of the magnitude of his talent. I am not that fond of jazz but Michael Buble has certainly brought jazz to life as far as I'm concerned. What a great singer!

Charice


Charice is a Filipina singer who appeared on Oprah & was later introduced to David Foster who took her under his wing. A 'Foster' child. Charice did get famous via Youtube though.

As for David Foster, not only is he talented, we can all see that he enjoys live performances as much as he enjoys his own music and his prodigies. Great man! Life has never been the same again since I got hooked on music since childhood!]]>
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<![CDATA[David Foster Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-David_Foster-131-1442696-55913.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-David_Foster-131-1442696-55913.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:51:10 +0000 <![CDATA[ Review #300: Inside I'm Singing]]>
It's strange how something or someone calls to your soul, isn't it? And what better way than to do it through the realm of music? It's afterall the universal language of mankind, is it not? 

Hence, the Secret Garden is where I dwell. It is one of the best modern music where music is truly music and not just sounds or shouts! Music that relaxes the soul & enriched the being.

What can I say about Rolf Lovland that the media or wikipedia hasn't already done so? Other than he's a winner (twice) of the Eurovision Song Contest Winning Composers & sharing some of his compositions here coupled with the fact that I attended his and Fionnuala Sherry's concert years ago, I'd be more than happy to hear them perform any time of the day and any day of the year! I wish they were just living next door! :-D





Some of Lovland's famous compositions are:
  1. You Raise Me Up, sung by Josh Groban
  2. Heartstrings, sung by Barbara Streisand
  3. Inside I'm Singing, sung by Elaine Paige
  4. La det Swinge, sung by Bobbysocks!
  5. February Song, sung by Josh Groban
  6. Nocturne

The greatest secret to Lovland's music is probably this. It is everlasting and it shall be a classic one day, if not already. One of the greatest musicians of our time and also highly appreciated by many in the world. The duo may have originated from the faraway lands of Norway and Ireland but they stay close in your heart once you've made contact. It shall never be forgotten and it shall be the salvation to one's soul. A reason to live in the wonder of this man's musical talent!

Thank you, Rolf Lovland for creating such a beautiful & poetic world within us all!

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<![CDATA[The Italian Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Italian-131-1443341-55867.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Italian-131-1443341-55867.html Fri, 9 Apr 2010 15:30:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ The alluring Filippa]]> Today while I was browsing at one of the Gramaphone stores in Singapore looking for any new music or artiste, I came by the name Filippa Giordano. I used to own a CD of hers quite a while back and since I moved out of this town, most of my stuff have been in storage at a local warehouse. I don't remember what Filippa's music was all about as it was at a time when I simply grab CDs from music stores without much of a thought and if they are not extra special, I just chuck them aside. I know, I ought to be shot! ;p

Anyway, I didn't want to buy anymore CDs unless I'm sure I'd love the songs. So, I told myself to come home and check on Youtube.com before I make the decision for the new acquisition. Here are a few of her treasures I found.









Imagine my surprise! I didn't realise she's a crossover musician. And, she had performed the Ave Maria for the Pope! Wow, that's even better than performing for the Queen of England! Anyway, it doesn't matter what kind of musician she is or if she's hot. What matters to me is she produces good music!

Filippa has a wide range of musical repertoire. It is such a delight to click on one of her many videos on Youtube and to be entertained while I'm writing this review. Music is a very personal experience which each of us is preconditioned to like or hate. In any case, Filippa is foreign to many but I'm sure you like me will learn to love her music. In the next video, she brings the idea of fun to her music.




It just makes my day to rediscover something that's always been there but had been overlooked! Yes, one will have to dig deeper these days to find out the treasures we used to own but have totally forgotten about! That's one of the best thing being on Lunch.com. It makes me take stocks of many things in life! :-)


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<![CDATA[Il Divo Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Il_Divo-131-1394085-55573.html http://www.lunch.com/newage/reviews/musician/UserReview-Il_Divo-131-1394085-55573.html Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:57:54 +0000 <![CDATA[ Promises, oh, what promises....]]> traveling not only brings one to another part of the world but also to another world of wonders. Times that were spent wandering in the airports between destinations need not be spent in vain if one only looks a little harder for something new and different. I like to shop (doesn't every woman?) at the airports, not only for magazines and cosmetics, but also for goods distinctive to a city. On one such trips around the airports in the States, I discovered Giovanni's world of music and have since been looking for many more of his CDs. 

New age & relaxing music are a favorite of mine although I don't fancy all of them. I love musicians who wrote their own music & perform it themselves. Like Omar & Secret Garden, Giovanni is one such musician. Music is very subjective, but for those who like Omar & Secret Garden, chances are you'll like Giovanni too. So, if you are anywhere near the airports, start "hunting". You may just find some pleasant surprises while waiting restlessly for that next flight!

Official Site: http://www.giovanni.com/

Promises
 

Tears of A Trumpet



For You Matthew



For You, Mom

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<![CDATA[ The Things You Are To Me]]> Can one cry from listening to a song? YES!
And I just did when I first heard this song. The last time I did was Susan's Boyle audition.
Now, it's Elaine Paige rendition of Secret Garden's music "Song from A Secret Garden". 

I love the lyrics by Brendan Graham.

Here it is: 

If I held in my hand 
Every grain of sand 
Since time first began to me 
Still, I could never count 
Measure the amount 
Of all the things you are to me 

If I could paint the sky 
Hang it out to dry 
I would want the sky to be 
Oh, such a grand design 
An everlasting sign 
Of all the things you are to me 

You are the sun 
That comes on summer winds 
You are the falling year 
That autumn brings 
You are the wonder and the mystery 
In everything I see 
The things you are to me 

Sometimes I wake at night 
And suddenly takes fright 
You’re my vaguest fantasy

But then you reach for me 
And once again I see 
All the things you are to me 

You are the sun 
That comes on summer winds 
You are the falling year 
That autumn brings 
You are the wonder and the mystery 
In everything I see 
The things you are to me 



Well, when a song touches one's heart, it is here to stay, here to share & here to feel...

If I held in my hand 
Every grain of sand 
Since time first began to me 
Still, I could never count 
Measure the amount 
Of all the things you are to me 

If I could paint the sky 
Hang it out to dry 
I would want the sky to be 
Oh, such a grand design 
An everlasting sign 
Of all the things you are to me 

AWESOME !!!

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<![CDATA[ Music Tells, Music Heals, Music Connects... Music MOVES]]>


The why of music is a bit more complicated and is something I'd like to explore, not for the sake of mankind but for my own development, I guess. Music has always been something that I respond to subconsciously. Either I like this piece of music or I don't. Either I respond well to this artist's voice or I don't. Either I am uplifted by a musician's work or I'm not. It's like a knee-jerk reaction, on the music and the response follows. The emotional response is instantaneous. That's how it's been for me. If a piece of music doesn't sound good to me, it'll probably not sound good no matter how long I tried listening to it. 

But wait, let's not dwell on what doesn't sound good or what's not right in life. What about those that sounds good? What about those that brings out strong emotional response? What about those music like those of Secret Garden or Omar Akram which gets in touch with the soul? I don't know about you, but I do at times feel (yes, I can feel or draws out) the soul within. It's like you feel your heart beating after a hike or scare. Getting in touch with yourself, that's what I feel Music does for me. It's also what many movies do best; a great musical score brings out the best in a movie and let the audience go home feeling they connected with the movie. Have you ever respond to a singer voice so much so you feel misty after listening to him/her? There you have it, that connection.  Life is so great being moved that way!

I've a great many appreciation for music from all over the world; classical, pop, opera, operatic pop, new age, rock & roll, jazz, etc. Sometimes, the connection is real. Sometimes it is superficial. Still, there is some form of connections. At best, it is spiritual. At worst, it is simply noise. Simply put, music tells. It tells you about yourself, your outer world, your inner world and your response to them. A life without music is a life without balance; the balance of your internal & outer world. I believe music connects us to our inside, what we know exist but cannot touch or get in touch with without a conscious effort. Music at times take away that effort and easily connects us to our heart & soul. Isn't that great?! Thank you for the music!

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<![CDATA[ High Tech, Sexy & Red Hot!]]> Vanessa-Mae is sexy, hot and amazingly talented. Her electric violin and performance are set to fill the auditorium ablazed with excitement and acoustic pleasure. She embodies youth, talent and entertainment. Not only can Vanessa combine the best of both worlds, pop and classical, she is able to extend that energy towards you and draw you into her magic space. A most pleasant and watchable entertainer, musician and performer.

Watching Vanessa-Mae perform is highly pleasurable and captivating. I often feel refreshed and upbeat after seeing her act. It's a different experience to watch her than to simply listen to her CD. It's not just listening with the heart where Vanessa-Mae is concerned, it is a total interaction that make the experience simply unique! The rhythm & beat to her music are simply awesome. One can't help but moves one's body to that rhythm when watching her performs. She made classical music so entertaining and lively! In some ways, she made the classical composers come alive!

Way to go, Vanessa! Keep up the great works!

 

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<![CDATA[ Raw Diamond]]>
2 years ago, it was Paul Potts who astounded the audience at his first audition. An underdog, an amazing talent, a fantastic rendition of Nessun Dorma. What the heck was he doing selling mobile phones all his life when he could sing like those in the big league? What a climax that was, his first audition and performance on BGT! You've to watch the video... it's fantastic!

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<![CDATA[ Tell Him My Heart Will Go On]]>
For me though, as a pure fan of music and vocal, I'm not into finding out what the artist or musician does outside his/her singing career nor will that affect how I perceived an artist. That's because I've passed that age of being an engaging & 'raging' fan following their idols everywhere and anywhere. All I ever do these days is listening to the songs or albums and occassionally looking for the MTV or videos concerned.  Pure Pleasure!

Here are a few of my all time favorites from Celine Dion. Hope you like them!


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<![CDATA[ When You Tell Me That You Love Me]]> When You Tell Me That You Love Me or one on Julio Iglesias. I end up with Julio Iglesias because there are many songs of his which I've loved in the 80s and 90s and I am simply in the mood of traveling down memory lane these 2 days.

When You Tell Me That You Love Me is a great great song. I love it so much so I planned to have it on my wedding day! So, here it is for those who have not heard this song before. 

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I've just found out that there's a new version of the song with Coco Lee as well. Check it out if you like Coco Lee. Otherwise, stick with the original version. For me though, the original version is stiil the best!

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Julio Iglesias have a many great hits. Some of my favorites are:

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Spanish romantic ballads are absolutely beautiful and one of the best things in life. As with Spain, a beautiful country and one day when I've the chance I shall go and learn Spanish! For now, these songs will have to serve its purpose in my quest for the beautiful, the wonderful and the miracles of life! :-)

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<![CDATA[ Run To You]]>
Here are videos of some of my favorite songs by Whitney. Just the greatest ever!

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And last but not least, this sexy number from Whitney & Enrique! When it comes to Whitney Houston, all you need to do is simply listen ... listen with your heart!

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<![CDATA[ Youthful & energetic... the best of Latin music!]]>
Cristian's vocal charms. One only has to listen to him and feel upbeat about the world, the day and life in general. That I think is what I like about his music. At least, that's what the album Azul was all about. Over the years, Cristian has developed into a more mature artist and is not only watchable but truly charming in his own way. 



The best thing about living outside America is that one is often exposed to many different cultures if one travels a lot and is one the lookout for alternative music. I do travel a bit and have often try to catch a glimpse of another culture's musical talents and sometimes am lucky to come across the most wonderful music one is blessed with. Music is such a beautiful experience and it often brings one across the universe, both external and internal and for that very reason I'm thankful to all the musicians who have made life a most beautiful journey...

 & Cristian is certainly one of the very best!

Incidentally, love songs are universal... no matter which language it's sung in, they all follow a certain rhythm & tune. I've heard them in Indonesian, in Latin, in English, in Chinese, in Cantonese, very recently in Mongolian, etc... they are universal. One simply has to listen with the heart and one can feel the very emotion in the song. It's amazing, isn't it? No prior knowledge of a language is needed to enjoy music in another language! It is an art form indeed!

 

 

 

 
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<![CDATA[ The music of Katia Guerreiro]]>
It is only apt that whenever I hear Katia Guerreiro that I'm often reminded of my time with Armando (4 days in Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais) in Portugal. I've had such a great time there also because of this online friend of mine whom I met for the first time about 5 years ago while traveling in Portugal. Armando has left but I'll always remember this friend of mine. It's such a pity he has to leave the world at such a young age! 



Katia Guerreiro is the singer whom I enjoyed listening Fado most. Her voice is soulful and yet not husky. Clean, clear and very pleasant to my ears! I truly love this album of her (as pictured above). If you get a chance to hear her music, let me know if you like it.

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<![CDATA[ My Confession]]> Josh Groban! His voice and songs, I mean.
Damn, the guy is so good that again, how come no one writes a review on him here? I've to be the 1st to do so?! oh, wow...

What can I say that you don't know already? 
That he has sold over 19 million albums in U.S. alone?

Well, if you are into the details, you can check it on Wikipedia. There are lots of entries about his personal life and works. For me personally, just listening to his songs are the ultimate pleasure.
And my all time favorite? 
MY CONFESSION

I took this song with me all the way to Antarctica. It's embedded in me forever & ever...

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Pride & Prejudice: My Confession from darcywil on Vimeo.

The first time I heard Josh Groban was in the early of last decade. In his first album "Josh Groban", Let Me Fall (song from Cirque du Soleil's Quidam) is the song that seals the deal. Other favorites are:
You're Still You
To Where You Are
Alejate
Un Amore Per Sempre

To Where You Are

Who can say for certain
Maybe you're still here
I feel you all around me
Your memory, so clear

Deep in the stillness
I can hear you speak
You're still an inspiration
Can it be
That you are mine
Forever love
And you are watching over me from up above

Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile to know you're there
A breath away not far
To where you are

Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dream
And isn't faith believing
All power can't be seen

As my heart holds you
Just one beat away
I cherish all you gave me everyday
'Cause you are my
Forever love
Watching me from up above

And I believe
That angels breathe
And that love will live on and never leave

Fly me up
To where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile
To know you're there
A breath away not far
To where you are

I know you're there
A breath away not far

 

A man who touches the hearts with his songs, his voice & his emotional rendition of it all. A rare treasure the world is blessed with. Oh yes, it's almost a decade now and I'm looking forward to what Josh Groban will bring to his fans this new decade.

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<![CDATA[ The Italian]]> The Italian CD about 4 or 5 years ago. I heard it and fell in love with Patrizio's voice there and then. It was a compilation full of romantic Italian songs... well, the Italians are romantic (I figure that's so since there are so many famous operas in Italy and I love Puccini's best!), one of the songs even reminded me of the gondola in Venice! U guess it, it's O Sole Mio.

There are many oldies in this album. For those who are reminiscing old times, this is one great album to have.

You are My World, Come Prima & A Man Without Love are some of the best!

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<![CDATA[ Emma The Diva]]> Emma Shapplin has a unique talent and vocal to awe the world and she did that for the last decade in France and then all over the world.

I've seen her perform on stage but even though she has the talent and the beauty, she definitely felt a lot more distant than many other musicians. Perhaps because she's French and perhaps because she's a diva too. Or perhaps because she was young and inexperienced when I heard her. She didn't perform as well as she did her recordings though. That I was a little disappointed.

However, in her CDs, she's magnificent. A true coloratura. 
My favorite of her renditions are: Spente le Stelle & Carmine Meo from her 1st album released in 1997. Her 2nd album Etterna was released in 2002.

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<![CDATA[ Italian for Star]]> Il Divo. 
3 European Tenors + 1 American Tenor, that's what Il Divo is all about. 
Il Divo also means Star (or celebrity) in Italian.

I'm quite surprised no one has written a review about this multinational operatic pop vocal group created and managed by Simon Cowell (judge of American Idol & Britain's Got Talent). 
I love operatic pop music. It's energetic, powerful and pleasant to my ears. Cool!!!

On this review, I'll introduce Il Divo's music. There are a few others I'd like to write reviews on, such as Emma Shapplin (The Diva!), Patrizio Buanne & Josh Groban. Later...

Carlos Marín (Spainish opera & baritone), Urs Bühler (Swiss tenor), David Miller (American classical trained tenor), and Sébastien Izambard (French pop singer) are the four musicans who formed Il Divo. The first album of this young group was released in 2004, titled Il Divo (album). They sing two of my favorite songs: Unbreak my heart (a song previously sung by Toni Braxton) & Unchained Melody in this album. They have since released Ancora in 2005, Voices & Siempre in 2006 & The Promise in 2008.

As a group, it is unbeatable. The Best! I simply love their vocals and presentations.

For your listening pleasure, here are some of my favorites:

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<![CDATA[ Secret Journey]]> Omar Akram: "“I look around me and see people who are bored, restless, stagnant,” explains Akram, “and I know they often take ‘secret journeys’ in their mind as they daydream about other places they could be. The lucky ones get to take an actual trip where they escape from the pressures of their lives. They see new places and have uncommon experiences. I like to think the music on my album can serve as the soundtrack for their journey, whether it is a mental or a physical trip. Everyone needs to get away sometime.”"

It is indeed in music we often can get away as far away as we can, within or without. Even though I'm one of those very few like Omar who are given many opportunities to travel the world, I still find myself in the solace of music. Be it a mental or physical trip, music such as those of Secret Garden & Omar accompany me to all parts of the world. It's been many years since I've discovered the magical journeys of Secret Garden & Omar Akram. I now share with you their legends and legacies. I think you'll love it as much as I've.

The talented Omar Akram

Discover Omar's talent & compositions: Omar Music

Some of my favorites:
Unity, Opal Fire from his first album. (Listen to tracks from Opal Fire).
Dancing with the wind, Never Let Go & Passage into midnight from his 2nd album (Listen to tracks from Free as a bird)
Secret Journey & Passage of the Heart from his 3rd album (Listen to tracks from Secret Journey)

So, there you have it. One of my treasures of life...


 

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<![CDATA[ My Secret Garden]]> If the Grand Canyon is where one sees God, then Secret Garden is where one hears God ...
(well, at least it is 100% true for me)!

I chanced upon the music of Secret Garden more than a decade ago while browsing at the music store. Yes, those days we did a lot of that before iTune was invented. It was one of my greatest finds in life. It still is.

Through Fionnuala's beautiful rendition of Løvland's incredible compositions, the duo made it possible to get in touch with our souls. I don't know about you, but I find it amazingly easy to get in touch with my own soul when I listen to the music of Secret Garden. Incredible, isn't it? How often can one actually truly says that one has seen God, or has heard God, or perhaps more believable for most people, to have been touched deeply by something external? Ok, it's true there are some like my mom who got emotional (like crying crazily, trust me, i'm not exaggerating!) over some soap operas... but me, hehe... nah, when I'm truly touched by something or someone, it's like the earth moving underneath one's feet! So, yes, Secret Garden did it so subtly and yet so poetically, I've been moved beyond tears (many times...).

Am I making sense to you? Probably not... oh well, why don't you just listen for yourself and try to describe them in words if you were impressed with their works? Otherwise, stay away from me! :-) We're from different planets!

Secret Garden's latest album features: Inside I'm Singing
Listen to Songs From A Secret Garden: Soundclips

My favorites of Secret Garden's compositions:





Enjoy....

For more of Secret Garden albums:
  • Songs From a Secret Garden (Ode to Simplicity)
  • White Stone (My favorite: Passacaglia)
  • Dawn of a New Century (My favorite: In Our Tears)
  • Dreamcatcher (My favorite: Adagio)
  • Once in a Red Moon (My favorite: The Promise)
  • Earthsongs: Tracks
  • Inside I'm Singing: Tracks
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<![CDATA[ Vitas - The Star]]> Guess where I found out about him? 
Yes, in China. No, not Russia but China. He's as famous as any Chinese singer, if not even more so.

Sometimes I'm surprised at the type of music that appeals to audiences from different culture. But then again, perhaps I shouldn't be. Afterall, music transcends language, culture and time (age). It just simply is. The music of Vitas? Well, I love it. Not sure if it's everyone's cup of tea, but to my surprise, many Chinese in mainland China love it too. 

Music is music... either you like it or you don't. So, if you haven't heard his music and vocal before, check it out on Youtube. There are plenty of selection from this singer.

My personal favorites are:

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<![CDATA[ Vivo Per Lei]]> When I first heard Hayley Westenra, it was during her launch of her album Pure in 2003. She's young, beautiful & has the voice of an angel! I was very much enchanted by the song Beat of Your Heart & Pokarekare Ana. There is nothing more pure than living in New Zealand & having a vocal as sweet as Alpine Pure.
I shall not try to describe someone's voice or music, I do believe one hears with the ears & the heart, not with words. Hence, what you like about a piece of music is really up to you; naturally, with the help of a good earphone or speakers. 

Pokarekare Ana is a song from the Pacific, I believe. When in Bora Bora, I had it embedded into my subconscious through classical conditioning. It is something I often do when in a new destination. I'm glad to say it is one of my most effective way to total recall. Try it...

Here's what I like about Hayley's music. Her music often takes me on a journey to that part of myself which cannot be seen or touched. It is a connection I make with myself, the observer seeing the observed. The journey of the heart. You know it exists, you can feel it distinctively. It is the moment when you feel you are glad to be alive that very day simply because you chance upon something so beautiful and so touching. That is what music often does to me. 

And today, Andrea Bocelli & Hayley Westenra give me another such gift!

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<![CDATA[ Almost perfect..]]>
This DVD set is not only for those who saw the show and want a copy of it to remember, or for those who didn't get to see it and wanted to, but it really feels first and foremost like a gift to her die-hard fans. Most others wouldn't care for the extended amount of footage (over 3 hours worth) dedicated to the trivia about the show, its creation, execution and evolution over the past four years.

I did see the show twice in 2003, and feel that the DVD does a wonderful job of recreating the experience, but if you didn't get to Vegas and sit in the theater that was specifically built for this show, it's not the same.

A couple of other differences for those who saw the show: Nature Boy was omitted as the opening and swapped out for the more appropriate "A New Day Has Come" .. I always thought it was odd that the title song from the show was not sung back in 2003. Also removed is the tacky and ill-fitting cover of "Fever", but added in are "Love Can Move Mountains" (one of my favorites of hers of all time) and "River Deep, Mountain High" in full Tina Turner Tribute mode.

I do regret the omission of two of my personal favorite songs from the shows I saw in 2003 - Je'taime Encore (I Love You Still), one of her most haunting French-language songs she's ever recorded, and the show-ending "What a Wonderful World" that, as she sang it, had black and white photos of people from the audience on the giant LCD screen behind her. It was a touching and intimate way to end a very theatrical production. You CAN, however, get both of the audio recordings of these two songs on the live CD of the show that was released a few years back.

The fan tribute on here, while often cheesy, is also an endearing look at some of her biggest fans. That Celine was gracious and kind as she met personally with them all, moved to tears by some of their personal 'thank you's to her, underscores the grace and humility that accompanies the great gift of song she received.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Secret Garden--Dreamcatcher: Come smell the flowers & Catch a musical dream...]]> Pros: Rich, vibrant, soothing music...

Cons: To short...

The Bottom Line: A wonderful compilation from a duo that redefines musical enjoyment; buy it!

Sunlight, it’s life giving rays filtered by low lying white-gray clouds, and the canopy of the forest dances and shimmers upon the surface of the pond turning the water into liquid dimpled gold. The pond is ringed with stately green pine and evergreen trees. The trees stretch out their many fingered branches and drink in the suns warmth as shafts of light sweep across the forest slowly supplanting the dark coldness that had settled over the forest like a carpet. The swans venture out from their quite hiding place two-by-two and frolic in the gathering sunlight, swimming side by side, in regal majesty. The whiteness of their feathers adds to the brightness and beauty of the waking day.

Other winged creatures take flight from homes of green and brown, and salute the sun with songs of thanks for the warmth that dries their feathers, and vanquishes the chill from their bones. And as the sun finally burst from the trees and rises still higher into the light blue sky, the butterflies in their multitude took wing, a kaleidoscope of colors flitting from flower to flower…and my heart and soul rejoice at the sight.

But the clouds momentarily humbled by the sun, regroup and re-establish their dominance over the floor of heaven. They move leisurely across the sky joining one another, turning blue to gray and black once more. The birds lose their voices; their songs silenced as they once again take to the trees as dark and cold hand intertwined once again march across the forest, settling into every nook and leeching under every stone. And the clouds, now lying low across the roof of the forest, release their angels’ tears upon the land; large droplets of sadness and despair strike green leafs and blades of grass, feather and fur, lake and stream. Silent but for the sound of the driving rain, the forest huddles together for warmth…and my heart and soul weep.


The violin; few other musical instruments can so closely mirror the substance of human emotion and evoke the poignant soul searing responses that can make me want to dance one minute and weep the next. Few instruments can paint such vivid and moving pictures across the canvas of the human heart and soul, like the music from a violin. That a simple bow drawn across tightly strung strings can produce such beauty and sorrow and cause my very spirit to pause and take note, is incredible. Such beauty, such unassailable purity and innocence, such splendor, must surely be a gift from God.

The above paragraph was the opening salute from my review of Secret Garden—Songs from a Secret Garden, and they still hold true for Secret Garden’s release of Dreamcatcher, a compilation of songs from three past Secret Garden CD’s. Dreamcatcher was initially released in the United Kingdom (a country where the Secret Gardens’ first two CD’s were not released) in order to bring the country up to date, but the CD was released here in the U.S. in 2001. Dreamcatcher contains 18 tracks from Songs from a Secret Garden, White Stones and Dawn of a New Century, plus a bonus track, entitled "Last Present" (Sun-Mool) .

Secret Garden, is a duo consisting of Rolf Lovland (piano, & keyboards) from Norway and Fionnula Sherry (violin) from Ireland. The music is classified as new age, but is more classical in its composition, arrangement, and execution. Most of the tracks on the CD are written and arranged by Rolf Lovland however, various tracks do have lyrical input for outside sources. No one track eclipses the other in its power to move, sooth, and, or transport me. The Gallic influence that Fionnula Sherry brings to this duo in most of the tracks is evident, and any fan of Irish music with its often sorrowful but strangely uplifting tenants will find a home within the musical folds of this CD.

If ever music begged to be played softly, if ever music invited me to close my eyes and listen to every note, every nuance, every cord and key, this is it. Through the masterful marriage of piano, violin, and sometimes voice, Dreamcatcher mirrors the success the group enjoyed on past CD’s. The music takes me to a time long past, where romance was part of a man’s soul, where passion ruled the heart and stirred the soul to do great and noble things, where honor and chivalry were not just words, but lived in the heart of every man, and was sought after by every women. If romantic verse and sonnet ever had a musical voice this is the language it would speak.

The CD begins with the hauntingly beautiful Nocturne. The fusion of piano, voice, and violin lull me into a place and space where my problems seem to drift away, like wisps of smoke on the wind.

The last track (the bonus track), Last Present (Sun-Mool), has a distinctive Asian influence; the notes are long and lilting, sad, but not sorrowful. Here the violin and the guitar combine to treat us to a slow romantic dance of white swans upon a golden pond, which reflects the rich greens, reds, oranges, and browns of the tall majestic oaks, maples, and weeping willows that line its quite shores. Soft grass carpets a small glen where upon I can lay my head and forget the world, if only for a few wondrous music filled minutes…

If you want to get a feel for the kind of music Secret Garden can offer your senses, I recommend Dreamcatcher . It is a wonderful compilation from a duo that has redefined new age music in the 21st century. As I stated above, if ever music begged to be played softly, if ever music invited me to close my eyes and listen to every note, every nuance, every cord and key, this is it; don’t miss out!

This review was my contribution to the second part of kristinafh's May Music Madness Write Off. This part was titled "Like a Virgin" and the idea was to write a review on a CD that had no reviews available. For the complete list of participants, please see kristina's proflie page.


Recommended:
Yes

Great Music to Play While: Romancing]]>
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