John Adorney – The Other Shore


Artist: John Adorney
Genere’: New Age
Title: The Other Shore
Released: 2001
Label: Eversound Records
Format: CD
Musicians: John Adorney-keyboards, cello, acoustic & electric guitar, autoharp, 6-string fretless bass, percussion, Daya Rawat-vocals, Richard Hardy-bamboo flute, alto flute & pennywhistle, Chris Bleth-oboe & English horn, Ronnie Margolis-drums, tablas, congas, Adam Adorney-wind chimes
Producer: John Adorney, David Sinensky, Maggie Worthington
Mastering Engineer: Gavin Lurssen

While the first album sounding like the same song repeating, this album has a bit more to keep one’s attention.
This being a CD and recorded for CD the sound quality is automatically 5 stars on my rating system

1) Free – This tune has slight world percussion with guitar and synthesizer being the featured instruments.

2) The Other Shore – Obviously the title track. This is a song about passing of a loved one, meant to bring comfort. It features some middle-east flavored percussion, female vocals, piano and synth.

3) The Crossing – This song has kind of a journey feeling – imagine you are a passenger in a car on a road trip along a smooth road with beautiful scenery. That’s the picture I get in my mind.

4)When The Flower Meets The Rain – Percussion on this track is almost native American in sound. I’m not sure what effect this song is supposed to have though.

5) As My Heart Desires – This track has an almost early century feel, especially with the flute.

6) Kulan Tai Ulam (heart of a child) – This is a more up-tempo song with female vocals and has a kind of native flavor.

7) Thinking Of You – This up-tempo ballad is uninspired in my opinion. Just the same line on repeat for 4 and a half minutes.

8) Moonbird – This instrumental track with synth intro is a variation of another song of the same theme John Adorney wrote called “Waiting For The Moon”.

9) Awakening – This up-tempo synth based song is just a nice song in my opinion.

10) All In A Moment – A guitar based ballad

11) Entranced – This is a relaxing song

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David Arkenstone – Valley In The Clouds


Artist:David Arkenstone
Genere: New Age,
Title: Valley In The Clouds
Released: 1987
Label: Narada
Format: CD
Musicians:David Arkenstone – keyboards, grand piano, guitar, harp, fretless bass
Daniel Chase – organic and electronic percussion

David Arkenstone is an American composer and performer. His music is primarily instrumental, with occasional vocalizations. His music has been described as ‘soundtracks for the imagination.’ Recently he has written music for video games, including World of Warcraft, and for television, including NBC’s Kentucky Derby. He has received three Grammy Award nominations for his work.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Arkenstone

My favorite track on the Cd is “Ancient Legend”. It just feels like a positive tune that is relaxing with a sort of native American vibe. The title track has a subtle tribal feel to it. Another track I will highlight is Track number five, “Eastern Dream”. This is a very ambient track that is relaxing and dreamy, if you will with almost an Asian feel in the background.
The rest of the CD is nothing special.

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SOUND: It’s an eighties CD, digitally recorded,so it sounds like it should.

John Adorney – Waiting For The Moon

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Artist: John Adorney
Genere: New Age
Title: Waiting For The Moon
Released: 2004
Label: Eversound
Format: CD
Musicians: John Adorney-Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dulcimer, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambora [Bulgarian], Cello, Autoharp, Adam Adorney & Nathan Adorney-bells, Chris Bleth-oboe, english horn, Richard Hardy- flute, Daya-vocals
Executive Producer – Bruce Stanford, Craig Weeding, Michael Wood
Producer: John Adorney
Engineer:John Adorney
Mastered By – Leslie Chew

John Adorney is an award-winning composer and producer. In addition to composing, John is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) who works on a one-to-one basis with people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since the spring of 2010, John has also been conducting music therapy groups with the Los Angeles-based LOTUS Project for women and men with developmental disabilities who have survived trauma and/or abuse.
John has also taught music at Waldorf schools in both Denver and Los Angeles, and is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education.
Official website:http://www.johnadorney.com/

This album was recorded in 24 bit and is his third album. My only detraction is that it almost sounds like the same song on each track with slight variations. That said though I have some favorites.

Always – Ok, I don’t know about the one word lyric thing going on here, but ok.
The Potter’s Gift – This is one of my favorites on the album. It sounds like the first track, but with different percussion and it’s an instrumental.
A Butterfly In The Well – Another favorite of mine. This is a peaceful song one can really sink into. Daya takes the vocals on this and her voice fits real well.
In Bloom – This is a bit more light-hearted, but sounds like tracks 1& 2 with background sounds.
The River’s Secret – This is a bit more upbeat with a dash of world sound. The underlying progression though is the same as tracks 1, 2 & 4, but it’s still a good song
Waiting For The Moon – Another favorite of mine, this is a great sit and listen song. The imagery comes fast. Again, you’ll notice the background note progression is the same as other tracks.
Unbroken – This is almost a twin to track #1, except for the percussion.
Flow Of Love -Well, at least this one sounds different.
The Dance – Another different sound to this track, which is quite good. I really like the voice element treatment.
Mavoh Mavoh – This is once again a disguise of the other tracks.

MUSIC:5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars I gave a generous 3 stars, because I like the genre. Had there been more distinguishing between songs, I would have rated higher.
SOUND:5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars Recorded for CD in 24 bit, so it’s gonna be right.

I choose this following video for this song because of the imaging (I don’t know the language of the sub-titles):

I was not going to include A Butterfly In The Well until I came across this video: