Michael Straugh | The Open Door

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The Open Door

by Michael Straugh

Combining classical and contemporary elements with his own personal vision, Straugh is carving out his own niche within the new age music movement with music that is both strong and soothing. - Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Hand In Hand
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2. Halo
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3. Song For A Long GoodBye
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4. Cascades II
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5. Winelight
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6. Back Where You Belong
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7. Coming Home
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8. Cascades I
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9. The Open Door
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10. Faerie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Music is a means of transport. It’s more than just something pleasant to listen to (though that is part of it). On a deeper level, music that can capture your attention and lull you, music that you find yourself soaking into – this is what can be a transport, not just away from the day-to-day, but toward your own peaceful "spaces". The contemplative listener will find in Straugh’s music just these qualities. His understanding of how the best music works, enables him to pull every last bit of potential out of his own music, to make it function exactly the way he wants, which is to the best benefit of the listener. In other words, Straugh's understanding of how the best music works makes his among the best for soothing the soul.


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Kathy Parsons

Straugh's Best CD Yet!
Combining classical and contemporary elements with his own personal vision, Straugh is carving out his own niche within the new age music
movement with music that is both strong and soothing.

“The Open Door” begins with “Hand in Hand,” a love song full of contentment and hope. Gentle and lyrical, there is a sense of strength
and of moving forward. “Halo” is innocent and light. “Cascades II” is quietly majestic - graceful yet commanding. “Winelight” is slightly
more upbeat, but is very easy-going, relaxed, and quite beautiful. The melody for “Back Where You Belong” is strong enough to support lyrics,
and seems to be giving advice and telling a story as well as warmly welcoming someone back. “Coming Home” is my favorite track. A sense of urgency and anticipation propels the piece forward and seems to say “I can’t wait to get there.” Lovely! The title track is a bit more abstract, as is the poem that accompanies it. The poem is full of
paradox and contradiction, and the piece is somewhat darker and more improvised than the other ten tracks, searching and looking for
answers. I like this one a lot, too. “Faerie” is a six-movement, twelve minute fairy tale set to music. Full of color and drama, this is quite
an interesting suite.

“The Open Door” is by far Michael Straugh’s best CD to date.

Kathy Parsons
Solo Piano Publications

10/1/07