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The Promise

by Michael Stribling

The Promise follows Everyman's Journey from the hustle and bustle of daily living to the anticipation and promise of the great beyond. Fourteen original compositions cover the gamut of yang and yin, and the transition from life to Life.
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1. Bright New Day
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2. Daily Living
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3. Angular Reasoning
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4. When Love Comes Near
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5. Late at Night
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6. Facing the Great Unknown
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7. Forgtten Dreams
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8. Love's Anticipation
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9. Ascending through Clouds
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10. Expansion
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11. Distant Shores
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12. The Promise
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13. At the Last
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14. All in Good Time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Everyman's Journey

Everyman awakens to a "Bright New Day", full of promise and anticipation. Embracing the hustle and bustle of "Daily Living" (on the job, to and from school, at home), Everyman engages life with the linear thinking and "Angular Reasoning" required to function in this Manifest Domain.

Everything changes "When Love Comes Near", beckoning Everyman back to the Unmanifest reality. And "Late One Night", Everyman begins the transition, "Facing the Great Unknown", with the etheric body leaving the physical body and its memories behind, like some "Forgotten Dreams".

On the other side, waiting breathlessly with "Love's Anticipation", are other soul-selves. But first, Everyman must cross over to the other side, rising to higher levels, as though "Ascending through Clouds". Along the way, the self experiences "Expansion", as it steps back up to its former glory, before it downsized into human form in this last incarnation.

Finally, the soul reaches the "Distant Shores" of its destination, where Everyman is reminded of "The Promise": there is no death; only life. "At the Last", the soul is safe; the self is home. When, or whether, Everyman returns to the linear domain, for another round of life, love, and learning, is yet to be decided. And it will be ... "All in Good Time".


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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

Promising Transitions in Music
Michael Stribling is an award winning New Age composer who readily embraces change having already made many positive adjustments in his lifetime. His just released album titled The Promise smoothly arrives at the next stage of his long career in music with a look and feel that confirms and conveys an admirable composite of Electronic and Ambient music. Michael’s transitions include earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, work as a radio announcer, performing in theatre musicals and playing percussion for Johnny Mathis just for starters. His story gets even better since after then becoming a successful Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering help to those who needed a hand with their transitions, he returned to his earlier love and formed Leela ( Divine Play ) Music. This return to music is beyond more than promising since Michael’s first album Songs of Hope and Healing made it to # 1 on the Top 100 in NAR / ZMR charts, securing the Electronic Lifestyle Music Award in 2006 and Out of the Darkness, Into the Light, lit up the # 2 spot on the Top 100 in January having 2 nominations for the Lifestyle Music Award in 2007. Another Day in Paradise is indeed praiseworthy, while Love, Light, and Water, earned nomination for Best Relaxation / Meditation Album in 2008, making each day even brighter for this independent recording artist with an optimistic outlook toward the challenge of change.
Michael Stribling has clearly made many successful transitions in his musical lifetime, giving him a first hand perspective to help others cope with change. The positive yes responses shown in his earlier music and in this brand new release only proves his natural composing abilities for bringing hope and inspiration to others. The Promise is Michael’s very latest to deliver 14 original songs like his newest composition in musical ambiance is an autobiography of his attitude, comprehension, and inner thoughts drawn from daily observations, then transcribed into beautiful music. Beginning with Bright New Day a crisp new perspective is announced by abundant keyboard activity that vividly lights the occasion while percussion distinctively beats beside a synthesizer full of energy, creating much animation by the opening number to forecast what lies beyond in future melodies. Daily Living likewise moves right along in style and tempo by the upper register bell tones that counteract with middle range melody and is much like the positive vibes given in Angular Reasoning and the uplifting theme projected during All In Good Time. Like many songs in his prior projects this album does take timely breaks into the deeper hues of contemplation and reflection. Forgotten Dreams exemplifies this apparent yin and yang transition to a more down to earth reasoning with a single oboe tone melody bordered by a mesmerizing and hazy background, touching on a bit of sadness which is after all, a valid part of the total human experience. Love’s Anticipation also brings a realistic and happier yes response by the lighter melody along side piano passages, much like the easy going natural feel presented in Distant Shores. Title song The Promise begins with a quiet moment of solitude in a melancholy horn tone wrapped in sadness, but this moment gently advances forward in a creative moment of divine intervention nicely provided by the artist. Changing the piece by one moving sweep in music composition, this percussion backed melody gently makes a beautiful transformation from an already graceful song into a lovely song of splendor, very much like a caterpillar cocoon would change into a butterfly, keeping the promise of inner peace and harmony everyone discovers in the final stages during each of life’s transitions.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Michael Stribling’s latest release, "The Promise," is a musical exploration of life’s transitions and changes using the medium of electronic instrumentation and a combination of melodic and ambient music. Stribling’s previous releases have been award-winning chart-toppers, and I would expect the same for "The Promise." Stribling founded his label, Leela Music, with the mission of helping others “in their journey toward wholeness through the gift of music, by creating works that inspire and uplift the human spirit”; he has more than succeeded in his mission. Stribling is an artist who has had a wide range of musical experiences, ranging from being Johnny Mathis’ percussionist to being a disc jockey to composing and recording his own music to creating a new internet radio station (free-new-age-music-and-more.com). Those experiences (and many others) enrich his music and give him a unique and distinctive musical voice.

"The Promise" begins with “Bright New Day,” a piece that exudes hope and optimism. Rhythmic and upbeat, it’s an inviting start. “Daily Living” sparkles with joy, yet there is a sense of tension and urgency underlying the fun. “When Love Comes Near” becomes much more ambient and “spacey” than the first three tracks. Gentle guitar and floating electronic sounds create a dreamy atmosphere that is relaxed and soothing. The melody in “Late At Night” is slow and peaceful, and the use of only a few instruments gives it a sense of solitude. “Forgotten Dreams” is one of my favorites. More ambient than melodic, it has an ethereal, otherworldly feeling created by oboe, strings, and atmospheric sounds - very serene. “Ascending Through Clouds” becomes the centerpiece of the album at almost 10 1/2 minutes. Before the soul can cross over to the other side, it rises to higher levels as though “Ascending Through Clouds.” Mysterious without being frightening, with feelings of darkness in vast open space, you can almost feel yourself being effortlessly pulled up as you float on a peaceful cloud of sound. The title track is very cinematic and makes me think of a sunrise - quiet, intense, and optimistic. Returning to a more melodic approach, this is another favorite track. I love the simple but expressive melody and the gentle rhythm that brings it to life. My favorite is the closing track, “All In Good Time.” Playful and buoyant, it reminds me just a little of Ray Lynch’s classic “Celestial Soda Pop” - more in spirit than sound. It is quite a contrast to the more ambient pieces, but fits perfectly, ending the journey with a big grin.

"The Promise" will be a delight to Michael Stribling’s many fans and is a great place to start for those who are not yet familiar with his music. Recommended!

Raj Manoharan

Michael Stribling Makes Good on "Promise"
Michael Stribling's fifth CD features upbeat and engaging tunes structured with strong, memorable melodies and propelled by bright bursts of piano, energetic bass lines, driving percussion, and solidly timed backbeats. The songs are infused with a jazzy, pop-oriented sensibility that is easily accessible to more than just the most ardent New Age purists. The best thing about Michael Stribling’s music is its positive outlook. This is music that inspires, emboldens, and empowers.

Raj Manoharan

Michael Stribling's "Promise" Strikes the Perfect Balance of Energy and Tranquil
Once again, contemporary instrumental keyboardist Michael Stribling defies the boundaries of New Age music with an album that ranges sonically from jazzy, buoyant pop, to easy listening, to soothing, pastoral passages. Strong melodies, catchy hooks, elegant piano phrasing, groovy bass lines, driving percussion, and ethereal synthesizer textures result in a kaleidoscope of sound that inspires, uplifts, and exhilarates, elevating this album far above the standard New Age fare.