Paul Forrest | Music of the trees

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Music of the trees

by Paul Forrest

Music to relax, inspire and refresh you - naturally. 100% organic music using real, acoustic instruments, featuring real bird, wind, water, and sounds of nature. Connect to the healing power of trees in the comfort of your living room.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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3. Aspen
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4. Spruce
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5. Beech
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Trees produce music too, you just have to know how to listen! Now, in this new CD, Paul Forrest gives the Music Of The Trees a voice. Paul has played the guitar for the last 26 years and the flute for the last 19. He has played in numerous bands from Folk to rock to classical, and is therefore familiar with many musical genres. Here is what he has to say about his experiences with trees:
”I had a few encounters with trees in my formative years living in the south east of London. My first truly spiritual experience of trees was when I was learning about shamanism. A friend of mine took me to Lodge Hill near Ditchling. Near the hill itself was an old fallen beech tree, yet, to my amazement, this tree was still growing. Even producing nuts! It was clear that this was a special tree that had exceptional energy and spirit. I spent many hours sitting on the fallen trunk of this tree and had direct contact with its, loving, healing and nurturing energy. From that time on I began to notice the special energy of trees.
The first tree piece I wrote was Sitka Spruce.I took my guitar, flute and MP3 recorder and wandered around until I found a tree that had a special energy, one that I was drawn to and felt at ease with. I sat with my back against the tree, closed my eyes and waited. I experienced a rush of energy and felt very light-headed. Then I began to hear sounds, musical energies. I started playing my guitar, putting it into a tuning which conveyed the vibrational energy of that tree. It really felt as if I were some kind of medium through which the music was conveyed. This CD can really help you connect to the healing power of trees”


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Paul Forrest

Music of the Trees
Takes you to lovely places, whether reminiscent of trees of not. The titles place these scenes in a specific place in the imagination, but not a necessary one, and the beauty of "pear" or "chestnut" or "rowan" can take you through the majesty of these trees and far beyond. Sitting under a tree of choice while listening, though, is recommended.

Pilgrims UK Mind Body Spirit Superstore

Beautifully evocative compositions, each dedicated to a particular tree
Who doesn't love trees - the problem is you can't always find the awesome tranquility that they offer when you need it. Solution - pop this CD into your player and let it take you there. These are beautifully evocative compositions, nine tracks, each dedicated to a particular type of tree and played on guitars, flute, recorder, mandolin, zither and percussion by Paul, tree enthusiast extraordinaire. And, yes, that is his real name.

WovenWheatWhispers

Playful melodies that evoke the beauty and mystery of the woods
This artist (and it is his real name) is a UK musician who has tried to represent, as closely as possible in musical form, the feeling and spirit (or energy) of trees. Each piece on this album is named and themed around a type of tree.

Musically it is structured around delicate melodic guitar figures which are set amongst forest recordings, woodwind instruments and bass. There is a light folk quality to the music with playful melodies that evoke the beauty and mystery of the woods.

The music has an optimism and innocence that harks back to the psychedelic era of the late Sixties although the music is a mixture of folk, medieval and classical. It reminds of Bert Jansch's 'Avocet' instrumental album or John Renbourn's late 1970s and early 1980s pieces such as 'Nine Maidens'. Without being twee or over whimsical the pieces have their air of joy found in Vashti Bunyan's songs. although there is a deliberate simplicity to the music, it is full of inventive melodic arrangements and instrumental variation.

There is clearly reading the sleeve notes a strong intent in the music, to express something greater than merely melody, but to connect in some unknowable way with the trees themselves. If they speak in these pieces, if we cannot understand them we can at least luxuriate in the tranquil beauty of pieces like 'aspen' with its glinting acoustic guitars and lazy countryside flute.

'Spruce' is set near a stream and has a spritely quality whereas 'Beech' has a languid afternoon reverie. 'Pear' is set amongst a chorus of birds and 'Apple' has a poised Tudor feeling. 'Chestnut' is a little darker at first with a cold wind then marvellous integration of bird calls into the guitars. 'Oak' sounds a little like a Nick Drake instrumental and then the album is over.

It is a set which works as both active listening and a calm place of music to sit in the background. Without ever becoming merely just ambience, this does set and develop a mood that does not require the listeners full attention (but certainly rewards it). It's rural idyll evokes John Cameron's 'Kes' soundtrack or his work with Donovan and the guitar work has touches of Adrian Legg's and his superlative 'Guitars and other Cathedrals'.

Have a listen to the audio samples, it really inspired us.... will it do the same again?