from Solo Piano Publications, August 8, 2003
Reviewer: Kathy Parsons from Hercules, CA United States
"Fruit of the Spirit" is a very enjoyable and soothing debut from pianist Linda Mantooth. The ten original compositions are all solo piano, and the pieces are subtitled with the qualities that contribute to the "fruit of the spirit" according to a Bible verse in Galatians. Mantooth started playing the piano at the age of 5, took lessons for about six years, and then went off on her own - composing her own music and playing by ear (without the restrictions of the printed page). The pieces are all melodic and played with a beautiful touch. The opening track is "Dance of the Ocean Waves (Joy)," which is the most energetic and upbeat piece in the collection. "Love Notes (Love)" is my favorite track - both elegant and down-to-earth, this piece has a bittersweet melody and a gentle flow that is captivating. "Serenity (Peace)" is also exceptionally nice with a mood that is perfectly suited to the title. Another favorite is "Silent Prayer (Self-Control)," an intimate piece that seems to be asking questions as well as receiving reassurance. A very promising first CD from a talented composer and expressive pianist.
A treasure indeed, August 22, 2002
Reviewer: Dee Anne Thomson from La Porte, TX
Extraordinary! What beautiful work. This pianist's talent is truly remarkable. Each piece of original work exudes with inspiration and soulful, moving melodies which soothe, calm, and refuel your inner spirit, simultaneously bringing a sense of energized peace. This CD is my new favorite treasure! I consider myself blessed to own one.
Living in Houston, with all the hustle and bustle, I think I've found this city's cure for road rage, a Linda Mantooth CD in every car on the freeway. :)
Fruit of the Spirit, July 15, 2002
Reviewer: Alta Gillings from Plano, TX USA
The Fruit of the Spirit musical CD contains extremely satisfying music. Upon hearing the first song, I was inwardly compelled to listen to the next and the next song. Usually I never listen to an entire CD, but I could not stop until I had heard each of Linda's intriguing piano compositions. This piano music not only satisfies my inner soul, but provides calmness in my household of many small children.