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“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/

“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