The 51rst Grammy Award Nominations have begun.
Recording Academy members and record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility year which they consider worthy of recognition in the GRAMMY Awards process.
Reviewing sessions by more than 150 experts in various fields are held to ensure that entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields have determined John McGrath/ ”Moods of the Common Man” is among the chosen for placement on the official ENTRY LIST for Nomination for a Grammy Award for;
Best Classical Crossover Album,
”Moods of the Common Man”
Composer, John McGrath
John McGrath's Gracefully, well-designed instrumental New Age crossover classical/experimental debut CD "Moods of the Common Man" is said to be a manipulation of time in spacious soundscapes. - a soundtrack for the psyche.
John's talent, versatility and experience composing, recording, editing and mixing music for the film/tv and music industry is clearly evident in "Moods of the Common Man" by being dramatically somber and meditative to wildly moving, energetic and exciting.
AMAZON REVIEWS; 5.0 out of 5 stars -
By Jack Cousineau - See all my reviews
This is beautiful music, May 31, 2008
What do you do if you are a composer and hiring a symphony orchestra
to record your pieces is a bit out of reach?
John McGrath has an answer;
it's his recording "Moods of the Common Man". Your reviewer is a player of an acoustic instrument who is not a fan of synthesizers.
And yet I like this music. McGrath must be writing for real instruments and obviously has tried hard to find the highest quality sounds to substitute for them. And so in this recording he succeeds in conveying a real sense of the depth, power, sophistication, and beauty of his musical imagination. That imagination seems to relish a tonal/modal approach with enough tasteful dissonance to keep us moderns in touch with our 20th century roots.
"Moods of the Common Man", the first track, is rich, passionate, and modestly titled.
The next two, "Morning Colours" and "Rita's Midday Creek" are sure to please listeners who meditate with music.
"Manic Expressions" is the keyboard piece in this set. This is mania as pure energy and a one movement concert piece for piano and orchestra.
"2am and on till Dawn" begins in an electronic impressionistic way, moves on to lush orchestral textures, and then to folksy modalism with tasty drum kit support, before a simple, elegant ending.
Do get this recording. The music is wonderful and the listening experience is sublime. McGrath creates a profound accoustic space in this recording. It must be that he knows a lot about recording and producing, as well as composing.
Initial post: Jul 2, 2008 8:50 PM PDT
internet buying junkie says:
Thank you! You put my feelings into words! Great review!
Moods of the Commom Man, June 30, 2008
By M. Buenaventura (OC, CA)
1 of 3 9/6/08 6:39 PM
This is a great collection of music creation .... wonderful, pleasant and relaxing music, McGrath is a genius!
Review for An Uncommon Album, June 1, 2008
By H. Laird (Kansas City, MO) - See all my reviews
Listening to this CD is an exceptional experience. McGrath's background
in motion picture sound is very apparent in the broad and cinematic
feel of the compositions. And the lush, full orchestration sounds so real
that it is almost unbelievable that it is all synthesized. Listening to this
album is like watching a little movie in your head - the old fashioned
way - with your imagination. Bravo for Moods of the Common Man and
the not-so-common chops of the composer!
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a must for every fine music collection.,
May 19, 2008
By internet buying junkie (Long Beach, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Moods Of The Common Man (Music Download)
This is beautiful!!! It takes you so many places. This CD is an incredible escape! I love it!
MYSPACE Reviews / Comments - http://www.myspace.com/johnnykmcgrath
Jun 5 2008 11:11 PM
Hi Johnny McGrath / Manic Expressions,
It's so good to see someone doing something different!!!
Your creative genius is on fire!!!! Wishing you the best there is to come...
Keep on grooving my brother!!!!
Luv, Peace, & Happiness,
Jun 16 2008 12:47 PM
Thank you johnny to interest you in my work, that pleases to me. I listened to the music of your page with great pleasure, it is very good music and I congratulate you for quality on your work.
All the best !
Jan 26 2007 4:36 PM
Hi there, good to meet you. Love the sounds. Hope you come by and say hi when you can. Love Honey Bane x
Jan 23 2008 7:16 PM
Thanks friend! I like your music. Very cool!
Jul 28 2008 12:44 PM
Thanks for the ad Johnny and welcome to my page!
I really like your music very much. Nice to have you with us. I hope you will enjoy the many talented artists you'll find here.
Larry van Loon
Jun 29 2008 9:45 AM
Hi Johnny, and greetings from over here in Nashville. It's a real pleasure to meet you, cybernetically speaking, and to be introduced to your art. Fascinating, deep stuff you do! Love it... Thanks so much for the +, I'll be back. Stay cool...
Jun 29 2008 6:11 AM
Thanks Johnny. Great talent.I wish you the best on your career.
With overlapping hypnotic rhythms and melodies, "Moods of the Common Man" guides you thru the bottomless lows of the abyss as intricate highs decorate and light up the skies.
Put on your headphones, lay back and lose yourself so that you may be found, observe the observer till the observer can no longer be observed. "Moods of the Common Man" melts down the complicated facets of mundane understanding while freeing the spirit to soar through the many layers of masked illusion. Trip the trip and don't sweat the curves.
The illusionary Rolling Stores Magazine raves, "compositions like Beethoven with a bong". Newsweak proclaims "a Copelanesque Dark Side of the Moon". "Moods of the Common Man" is a collection of depth expanding musical journeys that'll blow your mind like psychic steam from an alchemist dream.