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“Not Alone” by David Serotkin

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Not Alone“ is a refreshing breeze of soft rock and pop music that appeals to a growing audience, consciously selecting music as a tool for improvement. The songs are relevant to every day people, encouraging and motivating with thoughtful lyrics. The album makes exceptional use of song order to guide the listener on a journey of life, learning, hardship and celebration. “Not Alone“ presents a variety of styles, including a light instrumental, beautiful piano ballads, tender pop and cheery rock songs; capturing interest and heightening listening experience.

David Serotkin is a talented musician, writing most of the songs, performing lead and background vocals and playing many instruments including guitar, piano and percussion. His harmonies are compelling; his vocal range impressive. David sings with an underlying passion for his message and delivers and engaging selection of entertainment, suitable for any Adult-Contemporary format.

The spirit within this singer delightfully unfolds in various tempos, tones and moods; focused on introspective contemplation, laced with laughter and light-hearted expression. Most notably, “The Cat Came Back“ is a parable with thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud ad lib humor, immediately followed by “Glowing Moon“ an intense mood-changer that drew this reviewer to an ad lib background vocal sing-along. The album winds down with “Yesterday It Was Over“, a feel-good song addressing life-issues, closing with a motivational piano ballad.

Buy the music: www.davidserotkin.com/store.php

“Pendulum” by Adam Web

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Pendulum” by Adam Web is an entertaining journey of the soul through challenges and celebration with engaging lyrics, contagious choruses and excellent production. The vocals are crisp and clear, sung with smooth pop appeal. The album includes a variety of upbeat and introspective songs about perspective, personal growth and interpersonal relationships. Lyrics speak universal wisdom through individual challenge, awakening and awareness with a consistent message of gratitude and love.

The album draws the listener with a story of learning familiar life lessons, set to various compositions ranging from toe-tapping songs singing euphoric bliss to solemn moments of adversity, resolving to move closer to divinity within. Song titles descriptively capture the essence of each theme, pulled together with an album title that recognizes that the extremes in life can help us find balance. “You Are Everything” is an upbeat track about humanity being under an illusion of limitation, resolving to recognize the beauty in every moment. On the other hand, “Roots” challenges the listener to consciously select which habitual patterns to retain or release. “My Divinity” reclaims balance by declaring an individual connection to Source energy, even in the midst of daily life.

This album is appealing to a wide audience with profound messages delivered through light music and grounded lyrics.

Buy the music: www.adamwebmusic.com

“The Celtic Rose” by Marita Brake

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“The Celtic Rose” is a collection of original Celtic folk songs, presented with a blend of traditional and modern musical instruments, produced with state-of-the-art equipment. The listener is transported back in time by a variety of lyrical wording and melody styles, common many centuries ago; perfect for Renaissance enthusiasts and history lovers. The album cover and packaging draw the listener into a journey of deep introspection and wonder. This unique and original album is artistically courageous and thought-provoking, with phrases and metaphors not common in most commercial music.

Beginning with a welcoming instrumental on the first track, the album includes a variety of styles, most notably, a beautiful, heartfelt a cappella song.  Marita Brake is a talented singer, characteristic of a classically trained artist. Her tender but strong tone is soothing to the soul, with a mystical appeal. The album is filled with seamless, emotion-packed delivery of technically advanced vocal maneuvers.

Production of “The Celtic Rose“ is well above professional grade. The various instruments are mixed in perfect balance to highlight the vocal arrangements, in a dance of musical perfection. The musicians are obviously skillful in their respective crafts. Beyond that, they deliver a sound quality generally achieved through a harmonious synergy of talent and friendship between members. 

Buy the music: www.maritabrake.net/music.html

“Light The Way” by Karie Hillery

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Light The Way” by Karie Hillery is a delightful combination of upbeat songs and tender ballads with a consistent message of encouragement, perfect for any age and most belief systems. This is the kind of album that can be used as background music for individual, family and community activities or as a focal point for introspection, connection with the Divine and personal growth.

All of the musicians demonstrate professional technique and personal commitment to a spiritual way of life, as evidenced through the passionate delivery. Karie is a strong singer, with a luscious tone and conviction in every song. She weaves engaging harmonies throughout the album, like angels from Heaven. The musical accompaniment is top rate, with a variety of instrumentation including a two-piece horn section, guitars, piano & percussion. Universal truths including oneness of all, internal connection, gratitude, free will, surrender and the power of thought are reinforced in a variety of cheery and reflective music.

All of the songs on “Light the Way” communicate spiritual love energy, connecting humanity to the greater whole. Among them is “Releasing Letting Go”, a reminder to all the travelers on a spiritual journey that we must balance the visions of human potential with every day needs and “I am We Are God Is”, an affirmation of the divine essence within us all. 

Buy the music: www.karie.com

“Earth Patriot” by Howard Shapiro

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Earth Patriot” by Kumanu is an eclectic mix of pop, ballad, reggae, chant and soft rock songs with engaging music, strong lead vocals, smooth harmonies and moving lyrics. The album is an urgent call for humanity to return to a love based existence, respecting the Earth and her abundance, mixing native words with entertaining songs that appeal to a wide listener base. It encourages introspection, gratitude, conscious change, celebration and love for each other and the environment by moving toward a physically and spiritually sustainable living standard. Production quality is exceptional with a variety of talented lead singers, well mixed instrumentation and supportive, sometimes soulful background vocals.

Some of the songs point out challenges faced by humanity while others rejoice in what we have now and can create by focused intent, working together for the good of all. Title track “Earth Patriot” finds similarity within the human family, supporting a world view to correct planetary issues that threaten human survival. “She Will Survive” points out that Earth’s survival is assured and the question of humanity’s future is answered by our choices. “Forever Hawaii”, beginning with a native introduction, is a love song to the land, declaring eternal freedom. The listener is left with a solid call for individual and collective action and feeling empowered to intentionally create a better world. 

Buy the music: www.artistsandpeace.org

“Feel The Presence” by Dan Del Negro

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Feel The Presence” by Dan Del Negro is a collection of songs for spiritual growth, affirmative programming and meditation, performed by exceptional musicians, produced to the highest engineering standards and delivered with purpose-driven passion. The music is supportively peaceful, as if sampled from the gates of Heaven. Dan is a highly talented vocalist, demonstrating a combination of technical expertise and personal sincerity.

The album begins with songs that welcome listeners into a mindset of “Infinite Love”, emotional release, spiritual surrender, “Inner Harmony” and abundance. “Om Shanti” is a chant, backed up with various percussion instruments and synthesized serenity. The long tones vibrate to a universal frequency, transporting the imagination to an ancient tribal way of life; connecting humanity with the pulse of the planet and all her inhabitants. The multi-layered vocal tones merge to create hypnotic harmonies. “Loving Spirit” invokes a divine presence in an expression of gratitude for life. “Infinite One” is appropriate for a sitting or walking meditation, engaging the conscious mind as the subconscious ponders the indescribable vastness of Infinity. The album closes with a guided meditation, inviting communion with the source of all, encouraging loving cooperation and leaves the listener feeling revitalized and at peace. 

Buy the music: www.dandelnegro.com/store.html

“Life Goes On” by Linq

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

Immediately after “Life Goes On” by Linq begins playing, the listener is struck with the exceptional production. The instrumentation, engineering, lead and harmony vocals are stunning in clarity and quality of technical and artistic talent; sounding as if performed live. Mixing, with deliberate panning and solid mastering produce a perfect balance, demonstrating professional excellence. The songs are in a variety of Adult Contemporary styles including flavors of folk, blues and rock. Linq's strong, clear vocals demonstrate superior talent and perfect pitch, delivered with heart-felt passion.

The nature of the messages challenge listeners to question outdated beliefs with thought-provoking lyrics that call for urgent action by everyday people and courageous conviction about controversial topics. She covers the devastating effect of rampant construction to nature, the origin of judgmental thoughts, comfort within a loving community, living in the now, corporate and governmental deception, complacency of the masses, a changing paradigm as well as individual right-action. Particularly noteworthy are “Change the Picture” for a powerful a capella introduction, “Diversity Dance” for a light-hearted call to oneness, “George Orwell Where Are You?” and “SOS” for their outspoken candor and “Will You Care” for its confrontational message to the complacent masses. Any open-minded, socially conscious music lover will applaud Linq's work with a standing ovation. 

Buy the music: www.linqmusic.com/discography/lifegoeson.html

“The DayMaker” by Richard Mekdeci

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“The DayMaker”is an excellent title to this collection of musical affirmations, motivation, inspiration and reflection. Richard Mekdeci has a keen ability to encapsulate universal truths into succinct, entertaining messages that everyone can grasp. The musical style is contemporary, with flavors of pop, adult alternative, jazz, reggae and country.

This album reflects spiritual values, including comfort and encouragement for those in pain, gospel music and prayers, encouraging reflection and hope. They are ideal for inclusion in church services and youth activities as well as family entertainment. Listeners can sit back and absorb the positive mental attitude lyrics, engage in solemn introspection, enjoy toe-tapping beats and sing along while being enveloped in a divine embrace of unconditional love.

“The DayMaker” includes songs that speak personally to this reviewer and are likely to appeal to a broad audience. “Delivery Driver” is a feel-good parable with thought-provoking lyrics, reminding us about the importance of serving humanity in our every-day lives. “The Part of Me That Is You” touches the heart as it affirms the divinity within us all. “The Way of God” is an inspirational story of persevering hardship by facing the illusion of fear and moving forward. “Peace in Our Lifetime” is a mystical hymn, supporting living in the now. “The DayMaker” is a perfect demonstration of the power of Positive Music. 

Buy the music: www.empowerma.com/catalog

“Love Can Change The World” by Bev Barnett and Greg Newlon

Reviewed by Cathy DeWitt

Bev Barnett and Greg Newlon’s new CD “Love Can Change the World” truly takes the listener on a journey. The flow is excellent, beginning with somewhat contemplative pieces like “Let the Walls Come Down,” “Listen,” and “Prayer,” and eventually lifting into songs with faster tempos and more rockin’ instrumentation like “What is Enough,” “I Found Myself” and “Fire of Love.”

This is an album of carefully crafted songs, with wonderful harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Eagles, and some of the other great bands of the 70’s. That’s not to say that the music isn’t fresh and interesting, just that these are folks who have obviously been in the “biz” for awhile, know their way around a studio and a good arrangement. Newlon’s raspy voice is a perfect complement to Barnett’s smooth, beautiful alto; both the guitar playing and the vocals are excellent.

Some of my favorites include “Let the Walls Come Down,” and “What Makes a Man;” both are very personal, from the masculine point of view, and sweet reflections on love and family. “Everyday’s Back in Town,” co-written with the stellar J.D. Martin, has a clever message and a great swinging feel. The title cut, “Love Can Change the World” is also skillfully sung, heartfelt, and speaks to what all of us in the Posi movement are focusing on with our music these days. This CD would make a great addition to your Posi collection. 

Buy the music: www.bevandgreg.com/mystore

“Start From Where You Are” by Lance Hoppen

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Start From Where You Are” by Lance Hoppen is about every day trials of life on Earth, with the encouragement, reassurance and motivation necessary to overcome feelings of despair and loneliness to thrive emotionally, spiritually and financially. This collection is delivered in a variety of popular styles including rock, with country, electric and Jamaican flavors and adult contemporary for an engaging listening experience. Some songs encourage solemn reflection while others blend affirmative thought with contagious melodies, drawing sing-along participation. Production is exceptional, with sharp mixing and rich mastering, seamlessly weaving together a variety of instruments and layered vocals. Lance Hoppen's voice is clear and strong, with perfect pitch and smooth harmonies peppering the mix.

Messages include living in the moment, free will, appropriate right-action, trust, surrender, oneness, gratitude, love and human potential. As an added bonus, this album specifically relates to survival needs including songs that directly address the required mindset for financial wealth and freedom. Musical compositions are solid and structured, gently supporting the mood of each song. Lyrics are extraordinary, touching the listener with a delicate balance of real life fears and frustration, tempered with universal wisdom and action orientation, leaving the audience feeling acknowledged, comforted and revitalized as well as entertained. 

Buy the music: www.orleansonline.com/catalog/item/4824442/7909844.htm

“Higher Self” by Rod Kinny

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Higher Self” by Rod Kinny is an album about transformation of lives and the world, in Adult Contemporary and Pop styles. The CD is of professional quality with excellent mixing of a variety of instruments, lead and background vocals. Instrumentation includes a large selection of live performances, bringing a fullness of variety and a satisfyingly entertaining effect. Compositions are excellent. Lead vocals are good, with a chorus of harmony tastefully intermingling for maximum appeal. The album includes a combination of upbeat and reflective songs, capturing and maintaining listener attention.

“Beyond The Impossible” is a smooth-flowing song, encouraging people to move past imagined limitations. “Higher Self” is a pop song of inspiration and introspection suggesting we look within to find connection to the source, leading to a magical life. The album fearlessly addresses a breakdown of long-established modes of operation, questioning blind obedience to mindless consumerism, environmental destruction and robotic adherence to unreasonable employment demands. “Infinite Love” distinguishes between the world seen with human eyes and the one of the mind's eye, proclaiming our perception of current power structures is an illusion and resolving to seek hidden opportunity. “Water to Wine” is about becoming aware of programmed behavior and discovering our true nature. 

Buy the music: www.rodkinny.com/music.html

“Life Is Good” by Randi Perkins

Reviewed by Cathy DeWitt

On his CD “Life Is Good”, Randi Perkins uses his songs to tell stories. In a folksy, conversational voice that invites you to join him, he sings about family, friendship, fatherhood and farming.

Ranging from country-flavored to mellow pop and even a short spoken-word piece, his songs also include a spiritual focus or theme. “The Prince” sounds almost like a song from a fantasy-musical. My favorite is “The Last Harvest,” a sweet song about his father that is done in two renditions on this 8-song CD. 

Buy the music: www.randiperkins.com/music.html

“Dreamsong” by Cathy DeWitt

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Dreamsong” by Cathy DeWitt is a collection of spiritual reminders in a variety of styles including a capella, percussion, light jazz, folk, ballad and pop. The compositions are good, piano is excellent and the messages are of universal truth, appropriate for many church venues and personal collections of daily affirmation. Many melodies are simple, inviting congregational participation.

“Thanksgiving” is a daily prayer, reminding us to have gratitude for every day blessings, small and large. “Spirit of Spring (Joy Chant)” is reminiscent of tribal worship with pleasant harmonies reminding listeners to note and rejoice in affirmation of life. “Dreamsong,” with lovely background vocals, invites listener introspection and acknowledgement of life passions, with our potential to manifest based on sharing. “Everybody's Somebody's Child” encourages humanity to diffuse potential conflict by remembering we all started this life in vulnerable innocence. “For the Pure in Heart” includes words of reassurance and encouragement about trust. “Wisdom Round: A Walking Meditation” is a friendly a capella melody, focused on opening to our inner wisdom. “Arms (Are For Hugging)” is an upbeat tune to remind the listener “You are not alone.” “The Prayer of Protection” is a familiar Unity meditation put to a soft piano melody with nice harmonies. 

Buy the music: www.cathydewitt.com/recordings.htm

“Why Can't I” by Melissa Lewis

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

Listening to “Why Can't I” by Melissa Lewis is like sitting down with a close friend who is willing to open her heart and share a story of personal trials for the purpose of giving hope and encouragement. This album is a journey of pain and discovery experienced by everyone seeking to find his or her true self and create a fulfilled life. “Why Can't I” is about acknowledging and experiencing emotion, resolving to overcome the appearance of disappointment and an illusion of failure in the process of discovering the essence of who we are and becoming our greatest potential.

“Why Can't I” includes songs in the Pop and Country Rock genre, appealing to listeners that may or may not acknowledge life as a spiritual journey; with a consistent theme of trust, patience and hope. Melissa has a clear and lovely voice that soothes, calms and reassures in every song. Production is professionally excellent. The engineering blends lead and harmony vocals, music and awesome special effects in perfect balance for an exceptional listening experience. With a wide variety of live instruments backing up Melissa's talented, heart-felt performance, this album is a likely contender for Country Music chart placement and awards.  

Buy the music: www.melissalewis.net/

“Dreams In The Making” by Scott Johnson

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Dreams In The Making” by Scott Johnson is filled with empowered encouragement, appropriate for all audiences in any venue. The music is delivered in a variety of popular styles including upbeat and reflective music in adult alternative, big band, jazz and reggae. The album is produced to exceptional technical standards with seamless mixing and sharp mastering. Musical compositions flow smoothly, incorporating a wide variety of instruments for maximum entertainment appeal. The vocals are amazing, blending captivating harmonies with engaging melodies, highlighting the obviously well-trained talent of each singer. Lyrics are motivating and inspirational, with messages of universal truth weaved throughout; worded inclusively to welcome and connect with any listener. Scott makes remarkable use of song order, gently guiding the listener through a journey of self-discovery.

“Right This Moment”, an upbeat rock song about finding beauty in every moment and making conscious choices, is an ideal theme song for any empowerment event. “What Do You Want”, with a soulful delivery, encourages the listener to identify desires and consciously co-create them into reality. Some songs directly address doubt and frustration of human life, encouraging acknowledgement and processing of uncomfortable feelings while giving the listener prescriptions for emotional well-being. Other songs celebrate the beauty of life and infinite opportunities. The album as a whole leaves the listener feeling warmly hugged in the arms of love. 

Buy the music: www.googolpress.com/html/music_ditm.php

“From Primal to Divine” by Rosemarie Ashley

Reviewed by Karie Hillery

A little something for everyone best describes the “From Primal To Divine” CD (Gen-Ray Records 2008). An eclectic mix of styles that run the gamut from the ethereal grooving “Heaven on Earth” and the edgy rock/grunge rap of “Until the Bliss” to the techno pop of “Make it Through.” Rosemarie Ashley's vocals range from soothing to soaring rock, reminiscent of Evanescence with the depth of Anne Wilson of the band “Heart.”

Sweet vocal harmonies are supported alternately by lush and powerful guitar, thick layered tracks and a cool range of beats. This project is full of surprises, moving the listener through every emotion. Spiritually based, empowering social/political lyrics compel listeners to take responsibility for their own participation in creating a better world for all. Sassy spirituality with attitude! 

Buy the music: www.sassyalternativemusic.com/

“Passages” by Joy Katzen-Guthrie

Reviewed by Cathy DeWitt

Joy Katzen-Guthrie is one of those rare players who is equally accomplished as both a pianist and a vocalist. Her voice is warm, expressive and personal, occasionally even reminiscent of Barbra Streisand, and her piano playing is excellent. This eclectic singer/songwriter shows her versatility on her recent CD release, “Passages.” It opens with an upbeat call to action, “Be Yourself,” driven by Tim Diehl’s rockin’ percussion, and ends with the celebratory, positive message of “Passages.” Although infused with a pop sensibility, the album comfortably crosses back and forth between musical genres.

A couple of my personal favorites are “Good Friends, Good Times and Good Music,” a Carole King-ish tribute to friendship and fun, and the moving love song to a child, “Every Day More Love,” which includes a lovely guitar solo from Brad Carlton. “Time Out” and “Freeway of Life” take different approaches to the busy-ness of our lives. Everyone can relate to “Sweet Friend, Dear Friend,” a song that asks a departed loved one, “Are you crying in the darkness, or floating on a cloud...are you singing to the angels?” “Make This Journey” is an earnest prayer to our Higher Power to help make us the best we can be, and “In Our Hands” reminds us that in this world it is really up to us. Joy Katzen Guthrie’s “Passages” is a musical journey worth taking. 

Buy the music: www.joyfulnoise.net

“Little By Little” by Nathen Aswell

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Little By Little” by Nathen Aswell, in addition to being an exceptionally produced collection of songs that support a conscious life, uses the power of vibration to create a spiritually interactive listener experience. The presentation opens and closes with a ceremonial ringing of a meditation bell, subconsciously preparing the listener for an energy-balancing, mystically cleansing connection to the Cosmos. Nathen sings directly to the soul, using a combination of professional excellence, entertaining melodies and a sincere delivery; including exceptional a capella performances and engaging harmonies. Song lyrics include messages for action-oriented personal growth, universal love and divine oneness. The musical style varies from light percussion and acoustic to adult contemporary, smooth jazz and a little funk.

“Breathe” is a daring a capella duet with hair-raising harmonies that balance male and female energy in divine communion. “I Can See You” is a Divine embrace of omni-present love. “Choose Love” celebrates free will in a relevant distinction between fear and love-based decisions. “Psalm 96” is a work of artistic genius, blending the human voice with tastefully engineered effects to passionately deliver ancient poetry to soothe the body, calm the mind and regenerate the soul. “Little By Little” is an introspective journey within, appropriate for any age and nearly every belief system. 

Buy the music: www.nathenaswell.com/page7/page7.html

“Fearless” by Claudia Carawan

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

Claudia is a very talented singer with a dynamic delivery of a powerful message. She is versatile, spunky and treads the secular market to open the hearts and minds of those who would not otherwise be receptive to spiritual messages. Claudia does a fantastic job expressing her own brand of divine creativity.

The album “Fearless“ is upbeat, contemporary collection of pick-you-up music, reminding the listener of universal truths sometimes forgotten or ignored in times of trouble. The album flows smoothly, song to song, encourage peaceful relaxation and reflection. Her voice is effective in many styles with a strong vocal range. The album includes rich background vocals, guest singers and a choir, perfect for almost any spiritual gathering.

“Fearless“ is a professionally produced album with a variety of instruments, mixed and mastered smoothly with the vocals. The artist is professionally skilled, in perfect key, and has the ability to communicate emotion with technical precision. Vocals are delivered with confidence and are 99 percent flawless. 

Buy the music: www.claudiacarawan.com

“The World Ocean” by Sky Nelson

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“The World Ocean” by Sky Nelson is a well composed, performed and engineered album of happy, affirmative songs, reminding us of the role thoughts and feelings have in manifesting a balanced experience. All of the songs include messages of universal truth about how to co-create an intentional life; an excellent collection of wisdom. Sky’s songs acknowledge the importance of conscious selection of mental focus in programming ourselves to live the life we desire.

This collection of work is primarily based in beautiful piano work, with guitar and percussion sprinkled in for a smooth variety of popular music, feeding the mind with healthy, creative programming. The joy inside the performers shines through the production with laughter and enthusiasm. Songs are short and easy to sing along with catchy hooks, making this collection of work a perfect selection for anyone actively engaged in personal growth. Notably, the lyrics are stated in the present tense, designed to encourage the direction of thoughts and feeling to maintain a state of joy, trust, gratitude, healing, release, unity consciousness and love.

This album includes a combination of upbeat and introspective songs, with a capella singing as well as instrumental solos, allowing time for celebration as well as meditation. The words and music support conscious living and would be an excellent supplement to many personal growth workshops and music libraries. 

Buy the music: www.skynelson.com/

“Songs for Humanity” by Cahill & Delene

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Songs for Humanity” is a well-written, performed and produced album of songs for introspection, reflection and celebration of life in a variety of musical styles including Adult Alternative, Pop Rock, Country Rock, Smooth Jazz, Gospel with a little Funk & Reggae. The album is a journey of hopes, fears, dreams, memories and right-action, focused on creating a better world, beginning within the self.

Barry Cahill and Delene St. Clair are both exceptional singers, supported by instrumental and production excellence. Their voices are smooth, clear and engaging. This team blends male and female energies seamlessly, focused on a single objective – communicating peaceful love energy to the world. Their harmonies merge in perfection to create hair-raising vibrations, touching the spirit and penetrating the soul of the listener.

This collection of “Songs for Humanity” is likely to find a home in many venues, from church choirs to bar room dance floors. Some of the music is upbeat, fun and engaging while other songs possess a mystical quality, reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s, drawing the listener in to experience cosmic enlightenment. The lyrics include spiritual truths, applicable to virtually any religious worship, without preaching dogma. Themes include friendship, race relations, personal growth, empowered involvement, romantic love, social consciousness, devotional praise and affirmative thinking, appropriate for any audience. 

Buy the music: www.cahillanddelene.com/products.html

“Connected” by Robyn McCorquodale

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

“Connected” by Robyn McCorquodale is a collection of beautifully performed, passionately delivered and exceptionally produced songs for spiritual growth in a variety of adult contemporary styles. Robyn's voice is strong and confident as she smoothly transitions through contagious melodies, engaging harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. The lead and harmony vocals are mixed to perfection, enveloped by professional instrumentation and mastered to impeccable standards. “Connected” includes songs that uplift, encourage and inspire listeners to celebrate blessings, acknowledge trials and actively participate in self empowered right-action.

The title track “Connected” introduces the album in a smooth jazz style, reminding listeners of the connectedness with everyone and to promote peace. The album features “Mother, You Are A Miracle”, a passionate celebration of a mother's love and wisdom. “Perfect Az U R” sports a funky flavor in an introspective look into the power of intention, with a happy, light chorus of enthusiastic motivation. Several selections take a sober look at internal conflicts and external issues caused by violence and abusive relationships, compassionately and firmly encouraging self-analysis, personal growth and individual-empowerment. “Red Rain” is an urgent call to action to correct worldly problems. “Strangers of the Earth” is a soulful song of gratitude and praise to those who think outside the limitations of conventional thinking, often becoming history's highly regarded geniuses and visionaries.  

Buy the music: www.robynmccorquodale.com/products.html

“Yes” by Nathen Aswell

Reviewed by Rosemarie Ashley

The album “Yes” by Nathen Aswell is a celebration of life, transformation, evolution and oneness of humanity, delivered in a variety of popular music styles. He captures the heart by affirming universal truth in upbeat and tender songs about facing the uncertainties of life with faith in self, each other and the divine source of all. The reaffirming theme is a connection between thoughts, words, feelings, action and results; encouraging personal responsibility for the choice of how to perceive circumstances and events. This CD is a non-denominational love song to God.

Title song “Yes” is a head-nodding positive affirmation about harnessing the power of thought. This song is an ideal pick for an on-the-way-to-work play list, setting the mindset for intentional co-creation. “Go For It All” is an upbeat soft rock song reminding the listener he is God’s expression of perfection in human form. It suggests a profound trust replace illusions of the external world. “The Faith of God” is about unlearning limiting beliefs, embracing faith, forgiving the self and being mindful that every thought and word is a prayer.

The album has clear and clean production aligned with engineering perfection, providing the listener with a smooth entertainment experience. Ideal performance venues include religious services and social events as well as any gathering of spiritually minded people. The music will be a welcome addition to positive mental attitude collections.

Buy the music: www.nathenaswell.com/page5/page5.html