Mike Wall | A Time for Healing

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A Time for Healing

by Mike Wall

Created with the intention of conveying peace, calm, healing, and relaxation with consultation from healing practitioners and their patients, this sublime hour-long flowing set of compositions will leave you feeling peace and joy.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Hope
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2. Forgiveness
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3. Compassion
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4. Unity
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5. Transformation
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6. Healing Touch
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7. Keepers of the Earth
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8. Sacred Journey
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9. Reflections
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10. Awaken
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mike Wall is a massage therapist practicing near Seattle, WA. He is a musician, passionate nature sound recordist and sound chaser. While creating this music he consulted with therapists and their clients to ensure these soundscapes enhance the therapeutic flow of massage and enable deep levels of relaxation. This album also provides wonderful background music for studying, working, and meditation, and has been used by counselors during guided visualizations. Instruments and sounds include Native flutes, acoustic and electric guitars, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, drones, and keyboard-based virtual instruments from around the world. Gentle nature sounds provide background, inspiration, and flow on many tracks.

Listener comments:

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Wall presents a sweeping soundscape that stirs the soul with its gentle harmonies and noble spirit. The music offers an interesting mix of Native American and Asian themes – in both cases evoking a sense of healing and spiritual longing. Native flutes act as a focal point in the music, sometimes capturing the haunting earthiness of the Southwest, while at others feeling more at home in the foothills of the Himalayas. Wall uses guitar to provide a subtle sense of warmth to the music, while chimes, bells, singing bowls and drone instruments provide an air of enchantment. The finishing touch is the use of keyboards and nature sounds to create a tranquil backdrop. The music is well suited for healing practices and massage, offering a sublime hour-long set of compositions that will leave you feeling peace and joy.

-Music Design In Review

I have been practicing massage for 18 years I have listened to a lot of music that is intended to inspire the listener to relax. This album really hits the mark. The composer, Mike Wall, effortlessly creates an unhurried yet melodic sanctuary for the mind, body, and spirit. This is one of those rare gems in the massage/yoga world that will have you on the first listen and will be a comfortable companion for years to come. After 18 years I can count the number of albums that have done this for me on one hand. After performing many massages, yoga, and taking the occasional nap to it, I am certain Mike Wall's latest compilation is now one of those albums.

-BJ Erkan
Bothell Integrated Health


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Kathy Parsons

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"A Time For Healing" is the second release from Mike Wall, a massage therapist from near Seattle, WA, who is also a musician, passionate nature sound recordist, and “sound chaser.” Throughout the process of making this album, Wall consulted with other massage therapists and their clients as well as his own clientele to ensure that the music would enhance the therapeutic flow of massage and enable deep levels of relaxation. The album also provides a peaceful and soothing background for activities such as reading, studying, working, and meditating, and has been used by counselors during guided visualizations. Instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, Native American flutes, Tibetan singing bowls and bells, keyboards, and gentle nature sounds (birds, flowing water, etc.). All of the music was composed, performed, and produced by Mike Wall. The sound quality is warm and welcoming, and since the music is mostly of an ambient style, it is easy to consciously check in and out at any point to enjoy a more (or less) direct listening experience. Wall is a fan of Indian classical music and influences from that and other world music styles are apparent in his music. While the ten tracks flow easily from one to the next, each is distinctive in its own way.

“Hope” begins "A Time For Healing" with bird sounds, wordless vocals, Native American flute, guitar, keyboard washes and background sounds. The leisurely tempo and gentle flow beckon the listener to a place of optimism and grace. “Forgiveness” has a quiet beauty all its own. Peacefully shimmering like light on water, this nine-minute soundscape is as refreshing as an afternoon nap. “Compassion” has a beautiful piano lead that is backed with strings, birds, and ambient sounds. Warm and comforting, this is a favorite. “Healing Touch” has a hypnotic quality that soothes as the sounds slowly flow through the mind. “Sacred Journey” contrasts the music of singing bowls with singing birds, and then moves into a more mysterious vast open space. Cello, voices, and ambient sounds transport you to another world. “Awaken” gently brings us back to reality feeling refreshed and renewed. The sound of ocean waves behind the guitar and flute enhance the feelings of well-being and tranquility.

"A Time For Healing" is a beautiful hour-long retreat for the body and soul. Recommended.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

A Time for Healing mantiene al oyente en un profundo trance!.
Con el fin de calmar y aplacar el alma a través de los sonidos más sensitivos, el segundo álbum del multi-instrumentista Mike Wall está pensado para el descanso y la tranquilidad. A Time for Healing mantiene al oyente en un profundo trance, creando un contexto que aísla del mundo al espectador y atrapa todos sus sentidos. Wall, combina diferentes instrumentos y sonidos ambientales que dan una cierta complejidad al álbum dentro de la calma que respira, predominando flautas nativas americanas y diferentes guitarras. El objetivo es arrancar de estos instrumentos los acordes más delicados para no alterar el momento.

“Hope” es el track más completo y atractivo de todo el álbum. La flauta nativa americana cobra protagonismo en todo momento, ajustándose sus notas a los sonidos ambientales del bosque y a unos sintetizadores hipnóticos. Este tema es lo mejor del álbum. Me fascina el sonido de la flauta!.

A diferencia de la primera pista, en “Forgiveness” se aprecia una débil percusión al comienzo, mientras, sonidos de sintetizadores van dando forma a la música. Guitarra eléctrica susurra con un sonido muy peculiar, mientras una voz femenina nos arrastra a un profundo sueño. La paz echa música!.

Un nuevo instrumento hace aparición en A Time for Healing. El piano acompañado de un chelo y otros synth dan vida a “Compassion”, otra pieza que se apoya en los sonidos ambientales para introducir al oyente en la quietud de la naturaleza. Es imposible no cerrar los ojos y soñar con este tema.

Las olas del mar presentan “Unity”, donde la guitarra acústica junto a instrumentos étnicos de cuerdas intercambia notas con una serenidad asombrosa, como si dialogasen en el silencio.

La continuación del track anterior es “Transformation”, la misma paz, la misma melodía, diferenciándose en el cambio de guitarra, de acústica a eléctrica, pero sin romper en ningún momento el carácter de “Unity”; es la misma música.

“Healing Touch” es perfecta para sueños profundos. No hay sonidos estridentes y Wall juega con los silencios, dejando que las notas fluyan cuando es necesario y con un cuidado extremo.

Un leve cambio en “Keepers Of The Earth”. Regresa la flauta como instrumento estrella para crear algo de melodía en esta música tan etérea. Los cuencos tibetanos, las olas del mar y los sintetizadores forman el fondo musical relajante, mientras la flauta ofrece un sonido de lo más atractivo.

“Sacred Journey” realiza un cambio extraordinario con respecto todos los temas anteriores. Más íntima y profunda, esta pieza captura sonidos orientales para una música inquietante y enigmática. Lo que parecen un violín y un chelo suenan con misterio entre otros sonidos electrónicos y una alarmante voz femenina. Me gusta!.

Continuamos con el misterio a través de “Reflections”. Repetitiva y de penetrante sonido, Mike juega con la guitarra eléctrica, dejando momentos al sintetizador que le acompaña. Nada que destacar en este track, sólo relajación.

La última pieza del álbum es algo distinta y a destacar junto al primer track. “Awaken” posee diferentes sonidos y con una guitarra con un sonido muy característico, un instrumento que da personalidad al track y a diferencia de todos, este sí posee una melodía muy atractiva en algunos fragmentos. Un final interesante para el CD.


A Time for Healing es un CD pensado para la relajación y la curación del alma. Mike Wall ha cogido cientos de sonidos e instrumentos y los ha combinado con una delicadeza extrema, creando una música carente de melodía pero con una fuerza increíble que es capaz de penetrar en nuestro interior para conseguir expulsar todo el stress acumulado, por lo tanto, el objetivo está más que conseguido. A Time for Healing es un álbum muy recomendado para encontrar la paz interior y realizar ejercicios de relajación, la práctica del yoga, etc.

reviewsnewage.com
28/07/12