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Shakuhachi Meditation Music


Artist: Stan Richardson
Label: Sounds True
ISBN: 1-56455-420-1
Running Time: 141:50 (2 CD set)
Price: $13.90

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The shakuhachi is a Japanese flute that is difficult to play. Because of the intense concentration and focus needed, it is often used in meditation. Shakuhachi Meditation Music is a collection of ancient tunes used in Zen temples.

Using flute and bells, this soulful music relaxes the listener into a quiet meditative state. It can be used in formal meditation practice or simply to unwind and relax at the end of a long, hard day. While listening, one can feel tension melting away. I highly recommend this soothing meditation music.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

music

Solace


Composer: Michael Brant DeMaria
Label: Sounds True
Format: Audio CD
Running Time: 1 hour
Price: $14.99

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Solace is music for emotional healing. Made up of tracks from Stonehenge, Bindu, and Gaia, it is meant to guide the listener on a journey to “loosen the stuck places” within our psyche and spirit.

This gentle piano, keyboard, flute and percussion music sets the stage by sending the listener into an introspective state. Once the mood has been created, the journey continues within to begin the healing process. The final track is lighter and more upbeat, as the journey is finished and this healing complete.

DeMaria is not only a composer, but also a psychologist, and his purpose is creating sounds to heal our minds and souls. As we listen to this delightful and soothing music, we may find we can face life’s challenges with more wisdom and compassion.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

meditation, music

Tibetan Dream Journey


Composer: Nawang Khechog
Label: Sounds True
Genre: Meditation
Length: 60 minutes
Price: $14.99

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After a rough period of recovery and grief from an auto accident, Nawang Khechog made the decision to take his hardships and tragedies into his spiritual path. Using his own pain as the catalyst, he has tried to alleviate the suffering of others through prayer. As a result of his spiritual growth in this area, Tibetan Dream Journey was created.

The gentle flute music is healing and soothing, bringing the listener to a meditative state. In addition to the music, one track shares chanting of the beautiful message “May all be kind to each other.” The Dalai Lama’s inspirational “Chant of Universal Compassion” is included in another track.

Khechog’s peaceful and compassionate nature is revealed to us through this beautiful music that leads us on a journey to our own spiritual center. May all who listen find happiness and harmony in their own lives.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

health, music, sound healing

Music For a Shift in Consciousness


Composer: Bruce Lipton
Musician: Russell Walder
Label: Sounds True
Genre: Sound Healing
Length: 9 tracks, 64:20 min.

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Music has the ability to heal us from the inside out. Listening can inspire, soothe, or energize us. Music For a Shift in Consciousness was created to induce an inner journey of transformation to restore health, enhance creativity, and reignite passion for life.

The exotic sounds of oboe and percussion take the listener on an other-worldly journey. As the music seeps into the body, one can feel a sense of renewed energy and vibrancy. With each listen, the music takes us deeper into ourselves, bringing about positive changes. I highly recommend this wonderful, healing music.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, inspiration, music

Songs of Mary

Sung by: Various Artists
Producer: Sounds True
Genre: Christian inspiration

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Mary has been revered and adored for centuries as the mother of Jesus Christ. Songs of her worship and praise date back to the early Catholic church. In this collection, various artists join in honoring the Blessed Mother.

Many of these songs are reminiscent of a medieval Catholic church, with plain chant and a minimum of instrumental accompaniment. But there are also Celtic and Spanish influences, reminding us of how much Mary is honored all over the world. A songbook is included with this CD, giving us the words as they are actually sung, in addition to the English translations.

Listen to this music reverently, in anticipation of receiving Mary’s blessings, healing, and guidance.  These beautiful and powerful vocals will inspire all who hear them.

Reviewer:  Alice Berger

children, music

Sunday in Kyoto


Songs written by: Gilles Vigneault
Performed by: Patrick Watson, Coral Egan, Thomas Hellman, Ndidi O & Jessica Vigneault
Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch
Publisher: The Secret Mountain
Genre: Children / Music
ISBN: 978-2-923163-56-7
Pages: 36
Price: $16.95

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Take a trip to Japan and other foreign lands with Sunday in Kyoto. Written by Gilles Vigneault, one of Canada’s premier music figures, and sung by Patrick Watson and others, these fun and cheerful tunes take you on a tour around the world.

If You Bump Your Knee reminds us of a Japanese haiku, Sunday in Kyoto presents music from the orient, and in Yoshi and His Boat, the boat is paper and made using origami. Other tunes also have an international feel, but there are some that are just pure fun. Kids will giggle along with One, Two, Three, ABCD as old man McGee’s cow farts and pees.

The Secret Mountain is dedicated to creating the highest quality children’s books and music. Sunday In Kyoto includes the audio CD, plus a beautifully illustrated book with the story of the title track, and lyrics for the rest of the songs so kids can sing along. Fun and international flair go hand-in-hand in this delightful set.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, music

The Book About Tony Chestnut


Author: Laurie Monopoli
Illustrator: Wendy Sefcik
Publisher: Hug-a-Chug Books
Genre: Children / Music
ISBN: 978-0-615-31139-5
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95

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Tony Chestnut and his little sister Eileen are the new kids in town. When they arrive at the playground, they find that everyone is already playing. No one notices Tony and Eileen, so they sit on a yellow bench and watch.

When Eileen begins to cry, Tony Chestnut needs to do something quickly. His silly antics don’t stop Eileen’s tears, so he decides to sing his special song.

Tony Chestnut (Toe-Knee-Chest-Nut), the song, was released in 1997, and is a fun dance tune where kids point to various body parts while singing along. The Book About Tony Chestnut is the story of how this award-winning song originated.

A CD accompanies this book, with three read-along versions of the story, discussion questions for the classroom, and the original Tony Chestnut song. The discussion questions center on what it’s like to be the new kid, how to make other kids feel welcome, and being compassionate and kind.

The Book About Tony Chestnut has a great, positive message, while also being upbeat and fun. I highly recommend this delightful interactive teaching tool.

Reviewer: Alice Berger