Michael Stribling | Love, Light, and Water

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Love, Light, and Water

by Michael Stribling

Instrumental new age music that celebrates the hope and promise of new love, the energizing beauty of light, and the sustaining power of water.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. First Encounters
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2. Dream Frontiers
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3. New Love
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4. First Adventures
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5. Pleasant Journeys
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6. Before the Dawn
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7. Sunrise
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8. Bright Silence, Quiet Light
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9. Behind Every Cloud
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10. Prairie Rain
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11. Afterglow
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12. River Canyon
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13. Dancing on the Water
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14. Quiet Conversation
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15. At the Gates
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Released in June 2008, \"Love, Light, and Water\" celebrates the hope and promise of new love, the energizing beauty of light, and the sustaining power of water. Fifteen original instrumental compositions form three mini-suites, and all songs are calming and meditative.

\"… his best work yet. … Some of it is quite melodic, and other pieces are more ambient and atmospheric—all of it is very beautiful.\" -- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

\"… a mystical revelation of peace, solemnity, and mystery, resulting in a musical journey that fuses the boundaries of New Age and neoclassical music. … simply beautiful music.\" -- Raj Manoharan


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Raj Manoharan

Michael Stribling Gets in Touch with His Inner Light
On his fourth CD, Love, Light, and Water, contemporary instrumental keyboardist Michael Stribling offers a refreshing change of pace from the dynamic and propulsive intensity of his previous, percussion-heavy albums. This time, Stribling’s muse provides a mystical revelation of peace, solemnity, and mystery, resulting in a musical journey that fuses the boundaries of New Age and neoclassical music.

The album opens with the velvety, spacey synthesizer chords of “First Adventures,” a brief introduction that revives the sonic majesty of “Procession of the Avatars,” the opening track from Stribling’s previous venture. Stribling follows that up with the quirky, quizzical reverie of “Dream Frontiers,” before segueing into the symphonic sweep of “New Love.”

In fact, “New Love” is indicative of the most striking aspect of Love, Light, and Water – its orchestral feel. Although Stribling created every single note and sound with keyboards and synthesizers, many of the songs sound as if they were recorded by a full orchestra. Compositions such as “New Love” and “Bright Silence, Quiet Light” simulate lush orchestral strings laden with graceful horn/flute melodies, while touches of classical guitar can be heard on various tracks as well.

“First Adventures,” “Pleasant Journeys” (with its beautiful understated tablas), “Before the Dawn,” “Sunrise,” “Behind Every Cloud,” “Prairie Rain,” “Afterglow,” “River Canyon,” and “Dancing on the Water” feature Stribling’s classic New Age keyboard and synthesizer sounds, but they never sound electronic.

Stribling’s inward musical journey winds down with “Quiet Conversation,” which is exactly that – an intimate exchange between Stribling’s piano and synthesizer, and “At the Gates,” a calm and hopeful anticipation of things to come.

While the music overall is quiet, it is far from simple. It is full of intricate harmonies and patterns found in serious, disciplined classical music and sophisticated popular music such as that by The Police and Genesis. Also, every song title accurately conveys the feel of the given track. The lasting impression is one of music that, while generated electronically, is far from the tinny and metallic timbres of many of Stribling’s peers and is, in fact, simply beautiful music.

Angela Stribling


Wow Michael! I'm listening to "Love, Light, And Water!" Your music transports me to a beautiful place... every single time I listen. Thank you for allowing this music to come through you.. to us! God Bless You! With love, The other musical Stribling ;-)

Angela Stribling


Wow Michael! I'm listening to "Love, Light, And Water!" Your music transports me to a beautiful place... every single time I listen. Thank you for allowing this music to come through you.. to us! God Bless You! With love, The other musical Stribling ;-)