"The music possesses a shocking grandeur while also keeping to a Taoist scruple. Really a magnificent accomplishment. Chapeaux." David of Berkeley wrote this to me and it's my favorite reivew, very insightful.
The problem with so much "New Age" music is that it is simply boring. There is too little 'content.' But classical music has to be old, much older than me or mine.
Roy Tuckman is best known as the producer, host and engineer of "Something's Happening!" which has been broadcast on KPFK, Los Angeles, 112,000 watts for the last 26 years. Roy's program rules the night for listeners who want to totally escape schlock, ads, hype and drivil. The program is on from midnight to 6am, Monday night through Thursday nights and it is a unique talk format, subject matter encompassing authentic spirituality, environment, health, and radical politics on various nights. To see what goes on there check out the website at www.somethingshappening.com and click on 'what happened' The program is webcast at www.kpfk.org so if you can read this, you can listen to it and enliven your nights (if you are on the west coast) or the days if you are in a wierd time zone.
Roy has been a musician and composer since the 1950's in various genres and his passion for music is as a medium for communication of states of consciousness rather than merely as personal expression. "Fiesta" was the product of 5 years of development and 5 figures investment in equipment which he does not expect to recoup unless Ed Sullivan discovers him.
The publication of "Fiesta" was at the behest of a couple of the speakers on his radio show: Natalie Goldberg ("Writing Down The Bones") and Julia Cameron ("The Artist's Way") Their point was that the novel or song or painting or poem etc. that you carry in your head with you will always be there, even when you re 99 years old, it will haunt you until you 'get it out there.' So now it is out there.
If you want to know about the 'meaning' of music, read J.W.N. Sullivan's "Beethoven: His Spiritual Development" (about 9 bucks). Roy committed this book onto tape with musical accompanyment back in 1978, an 11 1/2 hour series which is played on the show every year.
The musical examples of the four pieces on CD Baby are unfortunate in that they start at the beginning, when things are just beginning, and cut off before they get off the ground. And I never heard Mannheim Steamroller before and don't know why "Fiesta" is compared to them.
Roy has given concerts at various Earth Day celebrations, at UCLA, Carnegie Museum, at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Esalen Institute.
It is not boring. It is not self indulgent. It is not superficial. It is not expensive. And it doesn't get old after a few dozen plays.