Michele McLaughlin | Out of the Darkness

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Out of the Darkness

by Michele McLaughlin

Beautiful, relaxing solo piano music to soothe your soul.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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2. The Descent
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3. Indignation
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4. Forbearance
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5. Out of the Darkness
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6. So Long Mr. Selfish
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7. Transformation
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8. Perseverance
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9. Finding Solace in Friends
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10. New Light
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11. In the Stillness of Peace
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12. Rejoice
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13. So Long Mr. Selfish (Remix featuring Glen Gabriel)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About The Album:
In early 2009 my marriage ended. At that moment, I was forced to let go of what I was comfortable with and move forward with my life in an unfamiliar direction. I felt lost and I couldn’t imagine ever finding love or happiness again. I turned to my piano for solace and the music that emerged from within has become the story of my journey to healing. While the beginning of this album describes the suffering I endured, the tale being told is that of joy… my journey out of the darkness and into true happiness and peace. Enjoy.

1. FORSAKEN
This song tells the story of the argument and the battle that ensued from the moment my ex said he was leaving to the moment he was gone.

2. THE DESCENT
This song tells the story of the downward spiral of sadness and despair I went through before I realized I was going to survive and be ok.

3. INDIGNATION
For a long time I felt incredibly angry and resentful for what had happened. This song describes that feeling of hatred and resentment.

4. FORBEARANCE
This song is about the moment I resigned to my loss… acceptance of my fate as it were… with full realization that the only thing I could control was my own happiness and myself.

5. OUT OF THE DARKNESS
After accepting that things were truly over, I realized that happiness is of my own making. This song is about emerging victorious after being beaten down.

6. SO LONG MR. SELFISH
This song was inspired by my friend Jennifer who suggested that I “write an angry song” to release some of the overwhelming emotion I was experiencing. When I sat down to write, this is what came out of me. I find this song to be more comical and snide than angry, and I think the title as well as the music honestly portrays how I feel about saying goodbye to this part of my past.

7. TRANSFORMATION
I went through a period of cleansing, where I changed my outlook, my surroundings, my attitude. I rearranged, purging my house and my mind of unnecessary clutter. I reorganized, cleaned… transformed.

8. PERSEVERANCE
Letting go is ultimately my biggest challenge in live. Just when I thought I was ready to move on, emotional setbacks would stand as obstacles in my way. I would regain my strength, stand tall and not let these hindrances hold me down.

9. FINDING SOLACE IN FRIENDS
Spending time with friends after my divorce was a ray of light in my journey out of the darkness. My friends helped carry me along my path to happiness. I am so very grateful to my friends for lifting me up and bringing joy into my life during the darkest of moments.

10. NEW LIGHT
I remember one morning; I awoke with the deepest feeling of joy. I looked out my window and it was a beautiful day, sunshine illuminating the world outside. At that moment I felt so alive. I was filled with such a deep sense of happiness and contentment and this song portrays that feeling of joy.

11. IN THE STILLNESS OF PEACE
There has been many times where I sat quietly by myself, contemplating my life and the events that have shaped me into the person I am today. Many times, while practicing this sort of meditation, I feel deeply at peace while I reflect. This song reminds me of that time I take for myself.

12. REJOICE
This song portrays such a profound sense of happiness to me. It reminds me of my struggle, that I never thought I’d survive, and of how much has changed and can happen in the span of a year. This song, to me, is the ultimate song of gratitude and celebration.


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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Sencillamente Extraordinario!.
Unos de los momentos más amargos de la vida de la compositora y pianista Michele McLaughlin, ha sido el origen de uno de los trabajos más destacables de su carrera musical, Out of the Darkness. Como suele ser habitual, los artistas dan vida a sus obras más célebres en las situaciones más adversas de sus vidas, y por suerte y por desgracia, este es un claro ejemplo de ello. Un CD compuesto por trece piezas que describen cada momento, cada sentimiento y cada pensamiento que la pianista sufrió en aquellos dolorosos instantes; composiciones realmente interesantes, muy elaboradas y profundamente bellas. En esta ocasión, también tenemos que rendirle unas palabras de homenaje al diseñador del CD, el genial y reconocido Matt Strieby (New Leaf Design), que ha hecho un trabajo fabuloso, una obra de arte; posiblemente uno de los mejores acabados he visto hasta ahora.


"Forsaken" es la primera pieza del álbum. Aunque deprimente y profundamente dolorida, esta pieza es una de las más bellas de este trabajo. Un clara descripción de un instante herido, donde un sin fin de sentimientos recorren el cuerpo: dolor, incredulidad, rabia, coraje, impotencia... Todas las sensaciones más amargas que una persona puede sentir. Es increíble la fuerza y el poder desgarrador que tiene esta obra. Una de mis preferidas!.

Sinónimo de soledad y de profunda tristeza es "The Descent". Un arpegio de la mano izquierda es la triste base para el lamento que reproduce la mano derecha. Una pieza con una melodía de curso lento, tan triste y con tal sentimiento de pérdida que congela el alma. Son momentos de reflexión y de mil preguntas sin respuestas.

Con "Indignation" la muestra de dolor desaparece, dejando paso al sentimiento de odio más puro. La pieza dibuja un ambiente áspero, que sin mostrar una gran energía, transmite ese sentimiento de rabia.

"Forbearance" ofrece un punto de vista distinto. Cansada ya de tanto dolor y sufrimiento, es el momento de mirar la vida con otros ojos, el mundo no se detiene, hay que seguir. La cálida y consoladora melodía de "Forbearance" es buena consejera, ofreciendo un sin fin de posibilidades, todas llenas de luz. Otra de mis favoritas!.

La composición que da título a este trabajo "Out of the Darkness" es realmente emocionante. Una pieza que abraza el alma y que invita a vivir, a disfrutar, que no es poco. El toque de las notas es tan expresivo y apasionado que es fácil sentir las mismas emociones que un día colmaron a la artista. Hermoso y alentador. Me encanta esta pieza!. Wow!.

La frenética "So Long Mr. Selfish" es una obra maestra. Las manos de Michele recorren con brío todo el teclado dando vida a esta intrépida pieza, descargando en ella toda la rabia acumulada. Una manera realmente maravillosa de mostrar con este enérgico baile de notas y acordes, una indiferencia absoluta y despreocupada por todo el daño causado. A vivir!.

Breve pero intensa es "Transformation". Una obra que mezcla dolor y esperanza al mismo tiempo; la esperanza de ver que algo bueno llegará después de todo lo ocurrido. La primera parte de este track nos invita a "seguir hacia adelante sin mirar atrás" con reiterativos golpes de acordes; y una segunda parte, a la que da vida poderosas progresiones de acordes, nos muestra una nítida luz al final.

"Perseverance" es fuerza y coraje. La pieza muestra el arrojo y la voluntad de seguir caminando ante la adversidad. Un toque rápido de notas altas, acompañadas por fuertes golpes de acordes bajos que acentúan ese sentimiento de poder y rabia.

También existen momentos alegres, "Finding Solace in Friends" nos muestra esos instantes. Posiblemente la melodía más cariñosa y llena de jubilo de todo el álbum, Michele nos enseña, después de todo, su lado más amable. El tema posee una melodía que irradia despreocupación, alegría y optimismo. Me gusta!.

"New Light" es la paz que precede a la tormenta. Una calma inmensurable rodea al oyente con esta delicada pieza. Inspirada en una mañana en la que la artista despertó colmada de optimismo y buenas vibraciones, esta obra es el deseado descanso después de todas las sensaciones de dolor y tristeza.

Cariñosa, entrañable y llena de amor es "In the Stillness of Peace". Un tema al que dan vida el toque danzante de la mano izquierda y las furtivas notas altas que reproduce la mano derecha. Realmente una delicia que deja paso a los pensamientos más lindos. Qué delicadeza!.

Otra de mis preferidas, y un regalo para los oídos es "Rejoice". Este es el tema que nos recuerda, que después de todo, la vida tiene sentido y debemos continuar nuestras andanzas. Esta pieza posee una fuerte sentimiento de libertad y de paz. una clara muestra de que el objetivo ha sido logrado. Wow!.

Después de quedar fascinado con las composiciones de este CD, Michele pone la guinda con una obra de arte. Un reprise del tema anterior "So Long Mr. Selfish" en versión orquestal por Glen Gabriel. Realmente una grata sorpresa y un final majestuoso para este fantástico y maravilloso álbum!.


Out of the Darkness es el último trabajo de Michele McLaughlin y es un verdadera obra maestra, tanto en la calidad de las composiciones, como en la presentación diseñada por Matt Strieby. Piezas escritas desde los más profundo, que son una clara descripción de las emociones que la artista ha vivido; es de las pocas veces que los textos aclaratorios de los títulos no son necesarios, pues cada pieza logra transmitir las mismas sensaciones que describen los títulos. Para aquellos que aún no han tenido la oportunidad de escuchar la música de Michele, esta es una grandísima oportunidad, quedarán prendados de estas sorprendentes y apasionadas melodías. Out of the Darkness es un trabajo MUY altamente recomendable, que formará parte de los álbumes nominados a Mejor Álbum RNA del Año 2010.

reviewsnewage.com
12/07/10

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
An unfortunate aspect of being an artist is that it is often life’s most painful experiences that bring out the best of their artistic expression. Emotional extremes make us all dig deeper into who we are, but most artistic personalities have the capability of going much deeper and feeling those emotional extremes even more intensely. It’s an odd mixture of blessing and curse, but when the result is a creation that is superior to anything an artist has done before, it takes away some of the sting. Such a creation is Michele McLaughlin’s "Out Of the Darkness." The thirteen tracks express the very personal and turbulent journey of the breakup of McLaughlin’s marriage and subsequent divorce, seeking ways to quell the pain, trying to find a way to survive, and then emerging much stronger and happier than she thought possible. I’ve been on this journey a couple of times, myself, and everything about this music rings true - the roller coaster of emotions and then gradual healing. I deeply sympathize with what McLaughlin has experienced, but this album is stellar! It is her eleventh release to date, and twelve of the thirteen tracks are solo piano.

“Forsaken” begins the journey. Intense, sorrowful, and broken are the words that come to mind to describe this piece. It is also utterly beautiful. “The Descent” expresses despair, loneliness, and fear. Played in somewhat hushed tones, it is very inward-looking, trying to get past the feelings of grief and heartbreak. “Indignation” reaches the place where anger and resentment replace some of the hurt. “Forbearance” is the moment of acceptance - a turning point achieved. The music indicates strength returning and the knowledge that things really will be okay with time and healing. “So Long Mr. Selfish” is a great piece. It appears as a piano solo and then again at the end as an orchestrated bonus track. The piece was approached as a release of anger and became an over-the-top comic expression of “good riddance!” Both versions are wonderful! “Transformation” expresses the process of changing everything, dusting oneself off, and beginning again. Of course, there is still sadness and hurt, but there is also hope and looking forward again. “Finding Solace In Friends” is the most lighthearted piece in the group - musical sunshine! “New Light” conveys a rediscovered sense of optimism and inner peace. “In The Stillness of Peace” gracefully conveys a soothing inner calm. “Rejoice” is McLaughlin’s “ultimate song of gratitude and celebration.” Far from giddy, this is a celebration of a healed heart that has reached a point of moving on. The bonus version of “So Long Mr. Selfish” is triumphant and glorious - a musical kick in the pants!

I really appreciate Michele McLaughlin’s courage in sharing what she has expressed in "Out of the Darkness" - in both the music and the poignant liner notes. I also need to mention the stunning artwork and album design by Matt Strieby - he does an amazing job! "Out of the Darkness" is Michele’s best and strongest work to date. Very highly recommended!