Michael Stribling | Another Day In Paradise

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Another Day In Paradise

by Michael Stribling

Instrumental new age music that celebrates the themes of a typical day in paradise: processions and celebration; morning, afternoon, and evening; the land, ocean, and sky; youth; spiritual/physical union; and dance
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1. A Further Glimpse Beyond / Procession of the Avatars
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2. Asian Dawn
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3. The Sacred Land
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4. Celebration
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5. Ocean in the Sky
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6. Forever Young
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7. On a Quiet Afternoon
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8. Evolution
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9. Union
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10. When Angels Dance
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11. At the End of the Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Another Day in Paradise" is the second release for 2007, following on the heels of "Out of the Darkness, Into the Light", which reached #2 in its first month of release (New Age Reporter, January 2007). Literally picking up where the previous CD ended, "Another Day in Paradise" offers 11 instrumental new age compositions (okay, there are a couple of vocal tracks hidden away in there someplace) that celebrate the major themes of a typical day in paradise.

"His composing and performing skills continue to impress me … this is his best release to date … Stribling takes the listener on a musical voyage that alternately invigorates and soothes but always entertains … The album rates a solid recommendation from me and I look forward to much more from this artist …" Bill Binkelman, New Age Reporter

"I like his newest work even more. There is something energetic about it. Also something comforting with a bit of promise in every track. … Michael’s blend of atmospheric tracks is the musical panacea we have been looking for … floating music that enfolds the listener like a melodious embrace. … Michael’s music lets you actually feel the warmth of sun and wind, the slow moving shadows of leafy trees and the sweet smells of oranges as the day progresses. ... This is the third album of Michael’s music I have reviewed and as I said, it is my favorite." RJ Lannan, New Age Reporter

"This is a truly masterful work …" Raj Manoharan


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Raj Manoharan

Michael Stribling's "Paradise" Filled with Joy
Michael Stribling’s third CD, "Another Day in Paradise," cements the New Age keyboardist’s status as one of the most dynamic composers of our time. The collection of 11 instrumental compositions is an exhilarating musical journey that celebrates the vitality of life and pulsates with a positive, energetic vibe that just makes you feel glad to be alive.

The former Johnny Mathis drummer’s pop sensibilities and knack for rhythm manifest themselves in the form of propulsive percussion, hook-laden grooves, and infectious bass lines. The proceedings start with the mystical tones of the previous album’s final track (“A Further Glimpse Beyond”) before segueing into an epic theme (“Procession of the Avatars”) that, with its solemn melody and march-like percussion, could be a perfect opening theme for the Olympics.

On a couple of songs, Stribling introduces an ethnic flavor into the mix (the Far East flute sounds of “Asian Dawn,” the Middle East-like melody of the intimate “Union,” which features a pop cultural musical reference or two for discerning listeners). The CD also features introspective interludes such as “On a Quiet Afternoon” and “Ocean in the Sky,” a symphony of marine animal sounds against the backdrop of lush synthesizer tones that would make an ideal soundtrack for an IMAX nature/science documentary.

A human element is added through the presence of wordless vocals, for example, ancient tribal chants (“Evolution”) and the laughter of children at play (“Forever Young”). Other inspiring tracks include the reverent “Sacred Land,” the high-spirited “Celebration,” and the buoyant synth-pop of the electronica-tinged “When Angels Dance.”

The album closes on a peaceful note with the aptly titled “At the End of the Day,” which revisits the ethereal siren tones of “New Day Dawning” from Stribling’s first CD but creates a beautiful new melody accented with graceful piano chords. It’s a fitting coda to the bliss and joy that have come before and gives us a chance to take it all in.

Stribling makes music that stirs the soul, and it’s clear from this album that Stribling is in the right place spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Listening to this CD will put you in the same place as well. Stribling’s music surges with the energy and life force of the universe, and the result is another day in paradise.

Kathy Parsons

What a great day!
“Another Day In Paradise” is the second release from multi-instrumentalist Michael Stribling. This new CD is a soundtrack of sorts for a typical day in paradise, and literally picks up where “Out of the Darkness, Into the Light” left off. More electronic and ambient than acoustic or melodic, the music brings the listener an uplifting mood and a positive state of mind. Johnny Mathis’ percussionist and a radio disc jockey for a number of years, Stribling combines those pop sensibilities with his advanced training in psychology and spiritual studies to present a unique musical point of view. Calling his label “Leelah,” which means “divine play,” Stribling’s mission is “to help others in their journey toward wholeness through the gift of music, by creating works that inspire and uplift the human spirit.” Stribling uses a variety of ethnic musical stylings to give his music a universal theme that can bridge a multitude of cultures. Unlike some of the other spirituality-themed recordings out there, Stribling does not present a world of all sweetness and light. His music has a strong positive feel to it, but does not ignore some of the darker moments or influences that come into everyone’s lives.

“Out of the Darkness, Into the Light” ended with “A Glimpse Beyond,” and “Another Day in Paradise” begins with “A Further Glimpse Beyond” coupled with “Procession of the Avatars,” which is based on the 13th century Benedictine plainsong, “Adoro Devote.” Starting with a feeling of floating in vast open space, the march then brings quite a contrast in mood and a cinematic feeling of triumph. “Asian Dawn” makes another mood shift with bamboo flute, keyboard ambience, and the sounds of birds in the background. Both calm and dramatic, this piece has a very haunting quality. “The Sacred Land” has an upbeat and catchy rhythm over a very atmospheric foreground; in the middle, the two styles merge, perhaps symbolizing the natural and the man-made working together. “Ocean in the Sky” is once more ambient and ethereal, with vast open space and the sounds of sea creatures and wind. “Forever Young” is light and whimsical, with the sounds of children’s voices contributing to the carefree spirit. “On A Quiet Afternoon” is a languid piano piece - effortless and easy. Other instruments come in with countermelodies and color, but this is mostly a lovely piano piece. “Union” is an epic 15-minute piece that is serenity set to music - don’t try to wake up to this one in the morning! Sigh... “When Angels Dance” is another beauty. Free and energizing, yet perfectly calm, it makes me think of fluffy white clouds gliding across a brilliant blue sky. “At the End of the Day’ is content and sleepy, relaxed and ready for the journey to dreamland. What a great day!

“Another Day In Paradise” is an excellent listening experience with full attention or in the background - it works nicely either way. Michael Stribling is well on his way as a major force in new age music, continuing a tradition but also blazing his own trails. Recommended!