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On Water

by Amy Lauren

A profoundly spiritual solo piano journey based on the element of water and the picturesque northern shoreline of Lake Superior.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Cedar Rush
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2. Gales of Indigo
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3. Dragonfly Blue
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4. Native Peace
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5. The Vineyard
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6. North Shore
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7. The Field Dancer
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8. Tahquamenon
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9. On Water
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10. Takoda
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11. Fire and Flint
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12. Tannin Falls
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13. Carry This Soul
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Based on the picturesque northern shoreline of Lake Superior and the surrounding Great Lakes, On Water takes the listener through the profoundly spiritual and eloquently quiet, yet powerful and ever changing, element of water. Vineyards on Lake Michigan, waterfalls in the north woods and other elements of nature combine with a beautiful Native American undertone that richly and majestically carries one through a journey of life. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Brett Huus, the sounds and overtones of this recording paint a realistic portrait of the mysterious and stunningly beautiful North Shore.


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The beauty of nature has served as inspiration for artists and musicians throughout time. One of these gifted souls is pianist and composer Amy Lauren, who hails from Wisconsin. As the title of her latest CD implies, the element of water is a primary theme of the album. According to Amy, it is based on the picturesque northern shoreline of Lake Superior and 
the surrounding Great Lakes. A song called “Cedar Rush” is the first track, and opens with a stately introduction before moving into a more intimate feel that rises and falls like a leaf floating on gentle currents of air. A shift in the wind is discernible, however, on the next song entitled “Gales Of Indigo,” where the mood is wistful and tinged with melancholy.

In keeping with the theme of water, a song entitled “Tahquamenon,” as well as one called “Tannin Falls,” evoke images of the spectacular waterfalls that are the centerpiece of a State Park in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is named for them. Notes glide gracefully, picking up speed and velocity as the piece flows along. And the flow continues, right into the next song, the title track, “On Water.” Languid liquid melodies drift and swirl evoking an aquatic ambience that buoyantly carries you along in its stream. In thematic contrast to the album’s water imagery, is a song entitled “Fire and Flint,” which starts out quietly and builds as it goes, eventually settling back down, much like the evolutionary arc of a campfire. While water is a primary theme of the album, by this song near the end of the album, all the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water have made their presence felt in the music. Perhaps even the fifth element is represented in the final track called “Carry This Soul,” that conveys an energy of pure spirit and whose melodies reach toward the heavens. Comparisons to artists such as George Winston, Jim Brickman, Lorrie Line, and Wayne Gratz have been favorable. I’m sure that On Water, now Amy’s sixth release, will join her previous albums as being consistently in the top of the new age music charts.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

REVIEWS NEW AGE

El acompañante perfecto para seguir a una buena lectura.
Masterizado por el ganador del Grammy, Brett Huus, éste describe On Water como “un álbum cuyos armónicos son como la mezcla de colores en una pintura”, yo modificaría ligeramente esa frase por esta otra: “un álbum cuyas melodías son pequeñas bandas sonoras para hermosos lienzos”. On Water se compone de trece piezas que sonarán de fondo bajo tus sueños, tus pensamientos, ayudando a que estas reflexiones tomen un significado aún mayor.

“Cedar Rush” abre el álbum, marcando el carácter general del CD. Siendo una de las grandes en On Water, la mezcla de las notas altas, junto al ir y venir de los acordes establece el canto del agua en nuestra mente, creando quietud, paz…

Con más contundencia y pasión, surge “Gales of Indigo”. Con protagonismo en la parte alta del piano, su melodía embravecida esboza un escenario grandioso, verde, fértil… sin duda, las grabaciones de este álbum están inspiradas en la belleza y grandiosidad de la naturaleza.

Más atenta y agradable, dulce para los sentidos, es “Dragonfly Blue”, al menos en sus primeros minutos. El baile de notas se va tornando más resuelto, dejando ver una música que inspira entusiasmo y fuerza. Otra de las piezas que se destacan en On Water.

Una de las composiciones más íntimas y cálidas del CD es “Native Peace”, donde Lauren, aunque sigue apostando por las notas altas, las acaricia con sumo cuidado, mezclando fugaces fragmentos rápidos, con una melodía arropadora. Este cambio es muy acertado!.

“The Vineyard” es como el paso de una estación a otra. El comienzo es radiante, lleno de luz, como si la primavera hubiese regado con su aroma cada una de las notas de la melodía, para más tarde, cambiar a la melancolía y tranquilidad del otoño… Dos piezas unidas en una misma composición…

Como si las mareas subiesen o bajasen, como si el ir y venir de las olas… así es “North Shore”, una nostálgica composición, donde los acordes de la mano izquierda se acercan, se alejan… Una música placentera y dolorida al mismo tiempo. Una verdadera belleza.

Otra de las grandes composiciones de Lauren en este CD es “The Field Dancer”, una de las piezas con la melodía más hermosa. “The Field Dancer” es una música cautivadora, en ocasiones, llena de colores, en ciertos instantes, algo oscura.

Inspirada en las cataratas del mismo nombre, “Tahquamenon”, dibuja musicalmente el contexto donde las aguas se mezclan con los verdes y coloridos bosques, un paraje único que ahora disfruta de una banda sonora a su medida. Genial!.

El agua en su recorrido atraviesa enormes maravillas talladas por el tiempo y la fuerza de la naturaleza, un camino inesperado, lleno de sorpresas, y así lo narran las notas del tema que da título al álbum, “On Water”. Una música descriptiva y llena de emoción, donde imprevistos e interesantes cambios en la música harán las delicias de nuestros oídos.

La pieza a destacar en el álbum es “Dakota”, una pieza, que si un cuarteto de cuerdas la acompañase, sería algo sencillamente excepcional. La melodía de esta pieza es la más interesante de todas las anteriores, llegando a ser, no sólo hermosa, también muy pegadiza. “Dakota” tiene notas que hablan!.

Muy apagada, afligida, pero terriblemente atractiva, “Fire and Flint”. Al igual que el track anterior, estamos ante una pieza llena de fuerza y donde las emociones también se encuentran en los silencios. Repito, unas cuerdas como acompañamiento sería fascinante!.

La calma se establece en “Tannin Falls”. Esta música es perfecta, notas y acordes que merecen ser escuchados con mucha atención… Sólo escuchen…

El final de On Water lo escribe “Carry this Soul”, que conservando la suavidad y el sosiego de “Fire and Flint” mantiene al oyente en un delicioso trance. Sin duda, estas dos últimas piezas, sí marcan el final de un álbum maravilloso; guindas en el pastel!.


On Water es un álbum relajante, hermoso, placentero, el acompañante perfecto para seguir a una buena lectura. Amy Lauren lanza su séptimo álbum, pero esta vez, su objetivo es llegar a lo más profundo del oyente, ofreciéndole una música atenta, creadora de bellos tapices naturales que embelesan los sentidos. On Water es un trabajo muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
10/04/13

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"On Water" is the sixth solo piano release from Amy Lauren, and it’s a beauty! The thirteen original tracks carry the themes of water and nature, conveying peace and tranquility via Lauren’s elegant touch and flowing compositional style. A classically-trained pianist who chose her own compositional path, her collections of original lullabies, winter music, and other themes have soothed listeners of all ages from around the world. Lauren has also received numerous awards for her exceptional music - including consistent “Picks” on my own website. Lauren’s music is wonderfully expressive, reaching into the depths of her soul to find the truths of her life experience. Her music is always accessible yet complex enough to reveal new layers no matter how often you listen to it. As much as I’ve loved all of Amy Lauren’s previous albums, "On Water" is my favorite. The music flows effortlessly and would make a lovely backdrop for quiet activities, but do your ears a favor and savor each note.

"On Water" begins with “Cedar Rush,” a sweetly simple piece that sets the tone of the album. Sometimes gently flowing and sometimes sparkling brightly, it’s a great opener. “Gales of Indigo” is quite a bit darker and more dramatic - one of my favorites. “The Vineyard” is another favorite with its warm and graceful stories told in several sections where each expresses something different. “North Shore” picks up some momentum, conveying serenity as well as turbulence. For me, “The Field Dancer” describes a meadow ballet with grasses and wildflowers moving gently in the breeze - love it! The title track conveys the peaceful quiet of a still pond or lake - a profound calm and breathtaking beauty. “Takoda” translates to “friend of everyone,” and this piece exudes a warmth and contentment that comes from an unburdened heart - in this case, the heart of a puppy. This is my favorite piece from this collection. “Carry This Soul” is a poignant and heartfelt prayer that brings this gorgeous album to a rich and satisfying close.

Although it’s still early in 2013, "On Water" could easily be on my Favorites List for the year - solo piano at its best! Very highly recommended!