Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)
Return to Serenity CD - Relaxing Music for Massage & Stress Relief
Relaxing music - A mysterious Gate opens, an endless expanse of desert stretches ahead. You step through and, gliding over a mystical landscape, are immersed in delicious sounds of sitar, guitar, wind instruments, percussion and captivating vocal harmonies, leading you gently through space & time to a place of deep serenity.
A rich, visual, cinematic soundtrack for unwinding from the worries of daily life. Excellent music for massage and Feng Shui.
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|Musicians and Instruments
|1. Slowhite by Tarshito / Sangeet, 6:22
|The gentle journey of a snow flake through the lightness of being.
|Sangeet: Sitar & effects - Tarshito: Guitar & effects
|2. Cloud Mountain by Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors, 7:22
|World mix of wood and percussion instruments undulating with the breeze on a warm sunny afternoon, dancing softly and feeling good.
|Robert Ansell: Concert Toms, Drum - David Gilden: Kora - Mary Lou Irvine: Oboe, English Horn - Gordy Ryan: Log Drum
|3. La Melodie de Son Amour by Secret Life, 4:16
|Warm and slow groovy song with words from within - hypnotic melody accompanied by an exquisitely played guitar.
|Deborah Evans: Vocals - Ben Le Bordais: 7 string nylon Guitar - Don Peyote: Programming
|4. Through the Myst 6 by Ross Griggs, 6:32
|Six strings, twelve strings, acoustic and electric guitars combine perfectly with an imaginary garden and keyboards textures to form a wonderful atmosphere.
Griggs: Keyboards, Programming
Johanna & Jackson Griggs: Percussion
|5. Colours of The Rock by Sounds of the Outback, 3:36
|Vast spaces. Central Australia is home to some of the most spectacular land formations in the world, especially Ayers Rock, or 'Uluru', the rock in the middle of this immensity.
|Gary Cannell: Didgeridoo - Peter Chappel: Drums, Percussion - Chris Cockburn: Keyboards, Orchestration
|6. Eagle by Stairway & Stern, 5:21
|Animal Spirit of the eagle - an electric guitar soaring high above the rhythmic ground where life unfolds its mystery.
|James McCarty: Keyboards, Drums - Loui Cennamo: Bass, Acoustic Guitar - Dugald Brown: Electric Guitar - David Balen: World Percussion
|7. Nightflight by Ariel Kalma, 4:52
|Saxophones, strings, keyboard, fretless bass and tabla rhythms on a soulful journey to the stars - Inspiring call to follow the heart and intuition.
|Ariel Kalma: Saxophones, Keyboards - Daniel Paul: Tabla Tarang - Kamal: Fretless bass
|8. La Marche de Ghandi by Limborg, 5:10
|Story of a long march, an epoch sung in a forgotten language - a slow irresistible rhythm and powerful voices depict the journey.
|Limborg: Synthesiser, Percussion - Barki: Vocals - Cyrius: Vocals, Programming
|9. Forest Trance by Yantra de Vilder, 4:28
|The mystery of a musical rainforest lullaby, where animal calls answer a soft jazzy guitar, a pulsing keyboard and sweet flute sounds.
|Yantra de Vilder: Keyboards, Programming, Nature Sounds
|10. Shakuhaji Tales (Chill Mix) by Kamal, 6:03
|The distant calling of the Shakuhaji, delicate rhythms floating in the night - a precious moment with an eternal melody.
|Kamal: Keyboard, Programming, Percussion
|11. Diamond Ring by Simon Cooper, 4:34
|A men's choir, strings, an Indian bansuri flute, a touching woman's voice, and a Chinese violin share a moment of sweetness in the middle of the stars.
|Simon Cooper: Synthesiser, Programming, Orchestration
Return to Serenity reviewed by Donna Welsh: WellBeing (Australia)
This exceptional compilation brings together various multicultural musical expressions from diverse countries to create an incredible listening experience. The aim of the album is to take you on a journey through mystical landscapes, achieved through captivating vocal harmonies and a range of delicious sounds. Return to Serenity may be the journey you need if you are feeling stuck or lack energy.
Return to Serenity reviewed by Ben Ohmart: The Muse's Muse
For me, the cd begins at track 2, when ‘Cloud Mountain’ by Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors shines its complex but relaxing light on the eastern new age elements and subtly changing rhythms that bite only as hard as rippling water on the ankles.
Then there is Secret Life’s ‘La Melodie de Son Amour’ that tenderly caresses with acoustic guitar, windswept sounds and an ever so slight boogie feeling among the cadence and vague electronic sounds that lead in the vocals from a woman singing – in some language. It’s a beauty, and easily one of the very best tracks on a very fine album.
You need to hear this one. It slowly builds a bridge from new age to world beat. But it’s a safe, strong overpass sharply constructed with wood, hands, and the sweat of some very fine musicians.