Eric McCarl | Seeking The Light

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Seeking The Light

by Eric McCarl

15 New Age, solo piano masterpieces; The perfect music for an internal journey.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. All This Wonder
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2. Alone
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3. Mind of a Child
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4. Little Star
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5. Ballet
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6. To Be a Man
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7. Music Box
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8. Colours
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9. Amanda Paige
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10. Whispers
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11. Take Me Home
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12. R
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13. Beyond the Sea
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14. The Wedding
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15. Hello Aja
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Introspective Art

Occasionally you hear an album that hits you right away. The music is stirring, the phrasing perfect and the sentiment of the work is transparently clear. It sounds good and feels even better. For me, Eric McCarl's solo piano opus, 'Seeking the Light', is such an album. No matter where I listened to the album, in my car going down the highway at 70 miles an hour, writing at the computer or just in my living room, I felt as though I was miles away from the buzzing intrusion of life around me.

Eric McCarl started his career at the tender age of eight years old. When we were burying G. I. Joes in the dirt or changing Barbie's outfits or both, Eric was composing piano music. He did not stop there. If a musical instrument could be blown into, plucked, or banged on - he mastered it. Although he graduated from Penn State with a degree in Computer Science, it did not take him long to realize that the world of making music was calling to him. He gravitated to the New World cultural center of the universe, Boston Massachusetts, and the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After establishing himself in the computer world and providing for his new family, he embarked on his musical career. Then, musical sponge that he is, he moved to the west coast and devoted himself to his craft, collaborating with the likes of singer-songwriter Charlie Sexton and Earth Songs composer Rob Harris. Seeking the Light is his first try.

A song called 'mind of a child' stands out as one of the best tracks on the album. It is a brooding, pensive piece that allows you to be far away in your mind. When you hear it, you will understand.

In the tracks 'amanda paige', 'hello aja', and 'r' McCarl wears his heart on his sleeve and let there be no doubt that his first love is family. For him, family is his foundation. His song 'little star' starts and ends with musical nursery rhymes with a delightful ditty in the middle that brings back the childhood from anyone's memory. I can just imagine Amanda and Erin sitting on the piano bench and saying, "Play it again, Daddy."

My favorite cut on the album is called 'to be a man'. The music does exactly what McCarl intended. It clandestinely makes you look inside yourself and wonder who you are and where you are going. I hit repeat a number times when the disc was in the changer.

It seems to me that McCarl plays not because he has to or even wants to, but because he has the fire in the belly that compels him. His passion is emotionally driven and it translates into music that soothes like salve on a fire-licked burn as well as satisfies like a hearty meal to the hungry. This is contemplative artwork. As you listen to 'Seeking the Light', you will see mind pictures. Your heart rate will slow down and it will become lighter.

'Seeking the Light' is on McCarl's own record label, Weaving Libra Records, and is part of the Trilogy of Light. I just hope I can hold my breath long enough for parts two and three.

Rating: Excellent

reviewed by RJ Lannan of The New Age Reporter on 2/12/2004


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Kathy Parsons

A soothing musical journey for the mind and the soul.
Seeking the Light
Eric McCarl
2003 / Weaving Libra Records
64’01”

“Seeking the Light” is the first in a series of solo piano albums titled “The Trilogy of Light.” To quote composer Eric McCarl from his website, “’Seeking the Light’ is about the realization that each of us has a unique gift which is meant to be used toward the greater good. Each of us are part of a master plan. We are all of one, and one of all. There are great and bountiful blessings to be found by focusing our attention from the external to the internal. There has never been a time in the life of our Universe that this realization has been more essential. This is a message to the few and to the many: It is not too late to look for the answers that that can only be found within. May this music be the perfect vehicle for that internal journey...” Quiet and contemplative, this is indeed, wonderful music for soul-searching, relaxing, daydreaming, or simply a calming and uplifting musical experience. With themes like childlike innocence and wonder, family, close friends, and looking within, the music tends to be spare and open, allowing listeners to kind of fall into the music. There are no fireworks, but the music is passionate and deeply emotional.

“All This Wonder” was the first piece McCarl played on his new (after many used) grand piano. The song is very minimalist, and represents the infinite possibilities at the begining of our lives. It is quiet, inquisitive, and full of hope. “Mind of a Child” is also very open and free, and McCarl uses the sustain pedal to “allow the rich, complex ‘bouquet’ of the grand piano to come through. This sound, to me, is the mind of a child.” The sound is simple and direct, but McCarl’s harmonies and rubato rhythm make this a satisfying musical experience. I had to chuckle at his inclusion of “the knuckle song” (I don’t know any other title for it!) at the end - the mind of a child, indeed! “Little Star” is a charming theme and variations on the children’s song. “Ballet” is a darkly beautiful piece - slow and graceful, but deeply emotional. It’s easy to imagine a young dancer alone in a large space, moving to the music of her soul. “Colours” is very fluid and peaceful - a daydream set to music. “Take Me Home” is my favorite in this collection. It is about that moment of clarity when we realize we are responsible for our own destinies and taking responsibility for that. There are feelings of questioning and searching, and also of hope and resolve. A journey in itself, this is a deeply personal and revealing piece, as well as a very beautiful one. “Beyond the Sea” conveys the perfect peace I feel at the ocean, and dreams of “a place of peace, community, and where everyone was free and life was easy.”

“Seeking the Light” is a wonderful debut, and I’m really looking forward to parts two and three of the trilogy. A soothing musical journey for the mind and the soul.

Karen

perfect
beautiful!