Sally Block | Halfway to Midnight

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Halfway to Midnight

by Sally Block

Silver and bamboo flutes, Indian slide guitar, violin and santoor play on raga melodies with Indian, Moroccan and rock rhythms.
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1. Love and Freedom
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2. Desert Stars
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3. Bhoopali
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4. Halfway to Midnight
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5. The Mystery
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6. World of Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This journey begins on a Banyan tree lined road in India. The last streaks of color from sunset are disappearing and evening is turning to night. Cool air brushes your face as you hear crickets begin the beat. It’s halfway to midnight.
This music is appropriate for calming your hyper active dog, soothing your aching mind and heart, yoga, intimacy, dancing through bustling city streets or ambling down a lonely road.

I came across G.S.Sachdev, a master of the Indian bamboo flute, the bansuri, in San Francisco and was fortunate to study with him. I lived in India for 12 (nonconsecutive) years where I went to as many all-night concerts during the winter season of festivals as I could, and in the process saw and heard many of the greatest Indian master musicians. I also found many great musicians to play with while living there.

The project “Halfway to Midnight” began in India and culminated in New York. The music is improvisation with a steady groove on some of my favorite evening raga melodies. Besides flute, you will hear musician friends on Indian slide guitar, violin, santoor, and muted reed cornet.

The tracks are average over eight minutes, and here the clips are the first minute. If you go to the sallyblock.com website you can hear clips more into the middle of some of the tracks. Also there is a section called Prose & Poetry with a primer on Indian music for Western musicians, complete with scales.

Every raga invokes a certain mood and time of day. I was explaining the feel of Raga Yaman in track four to friends at a recording session way out at the end of Long Island, New York. We had set up in a spacious screened-in porch with a microphone outside picking up the crickets along with the harmonica. The sun had set, the air was cooling, and we had just opened a bottle of wine. “Raga Yaman is exactly this time of day … it's halfway to midnight.”


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Patrick Kuntz

Halfway To Midnight
Sally,
Loved The CD. Please let me know if you
perform around Bismarck, N. D. I give The other
two away, they also liked the music.

PAT.

George and Buster

Sally Block Halfway to Midnight
This is the most beautiful music. It was played at a memorial service and was so lovely.

Kathy Tobolt

Halfway to Midnight
Sally, your CD is absolutely great! It is so relaxing and I'm really enjoying it. I would love to hear you perform...maybe Bismarck sometime?

Al

Halfway to Midnight
Excellent. Enjoyed it greatly. Great cd to wind down with, or just play while relaxing in a hot tub, drinking a pinot, reminding one to slow down and enjoy the journey. And while it didn't calm my hyper active dog, it did calm me. Looking forward to the next one.

Lynn

Half Way to Midnight
Love this album. Timeless timeless music. I can work in the groove writing all day to this music. It's calming too. I give this CD as gifts to friends family coworkers and the recipients have told me they've order it for their friends and family. A must have. No doubt will be a classic one day. Song three is my current fav.