QuietMelodies is now open!

15 06 2009

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As many of you might already know, the new portal is finally open!!!!!  I am so sorry that it has taken so long to happen, but I do hope you find it worth the wait.  Some of the new features you will be able to enjoy are being able to message any member & being able to post your own favorites.  There will also be a forum added so that requests and such can be made there.  Eventually hope to in essence mirror this blog there and of course have new content available.  The new music available should be substantially more than here as there will be multiple people posting =-).  Please stop by and join your NEW home for QuietMusic – www.quietmelodies.com!





David Lanz & Paul Speer – Natural States

29 01 2009

david_lanz_w_paul_speer_natural_states_1985_retail_cd-frontDavid Lanz & Paul Speer – Natural States
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 42:15 min | 103 MB | 1985 | 10% Recovery Record

This has been one of the most relaxing new age CD’s i have ever listened to. As a newcomer to the music of Lanz & Speer i was pleasantly surprised how good this album was. David Lanz’ keyboards and Paul Speer diversity on numerous instruments, particularly the guitar, truly impresses. Tracks like ” Faces of the Forest” and “Mountain” pave the way for truly outstanding pieces like “Allegro 985” and “Lento 984”. The sheer beauty of this album cannot be overstated. Listen with good quality headphones and let the sounds take you to another place. First class!

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David Lanz & Gary Stroutsos – Living Temples

29 01 2009

living-templesDavid Lanz & Gary Stroutsos – Living Temples
MP3 @ 225 Kbps VBR | 50:43 min | 71.7 MB | 2008 | 10% Recovery Record

If you heard the desert sing, how would you describe its song? What melodies arise from the red rock, the river, and the open sky? What is the sound of a sacred place?

Alone at the piano, with filmmaker Jan Nickman’’s images flickering on the near by screen, composer and musician, David Lanz, began to slowly find answers to these questions. And then enter into the fold, world flutist and composer Gary Stroutsos, and engineer/producer Gary Lanz. Not content to create a soundtrack restrained in style, these three friends and brothers allowed the muse to have her way, wild and elusive at first, then flowing freely, and finally tamed and captured in the recording. Blending the classic sounds of piano, cello, and upright acoustic bass, with exotic native and world flutes, dreamy synth textures, hand percussion, and the majestic thundering sound of the Taos drums, the compositions were given room to breathe, unfold, and come to life. This is music that reflects the spacious beauty the American Southwest evokes. Beauty at once stark, rich, and surprisingly lush in texture. So what is the sound of a sacred place? Listen to the music of Living Temples and you may just hear the answer . . .

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David Lanz – Painting the Sun

29 01 2009

david-lanz-painting-the-sun-coverDavid Lanz – Painting the Sun
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 48:38 min | 114 MB | 2008 | 10% Recovery Record

The master new age piano pioneer took a cool and rhythmic detour in the early 2000s, working with some top smooth jazz stars to create a spirited, radio-friendly hybrid he playfully referred to as “smooth age.” After returning to his roots (and his original label, Narada) with the atmospheric Spirit Romance, his 2005 dual project with flutist Gary Stroutsos, Lanz, on his beautiful and impressionistic Shanachie debut Painting the Sun, comes full-circle back to the elegant and contemplative (but still engagingly melodic) solo piano vibe that launched his career 25 years earlier. His original idea for the album title was “A Time for Peace,” but taking a walk around his Seattle area home on a sunny spring day found him looking up and thinking about the artistic spirit of one’s soul and energy–which is what has always emerged in his deepest musings throughout his career. Beyond the eloquently stated originals (highlighted by the hypnotic title track, the highly improvisational “Spanish Blue,” a thoughtful “Hymn,” and the dark toned, moody “Evening Song”), Lanz mines the familiar ground of his musical influences as he covers the Pete Seeger-composed Byrds classic “Turn Turn Turn.” This lush reading continues in the whimsical spirit of his 1998 British Invasion tribute Songs from an English Garden. Lanz did well crossing over with smooth audiences, but this long-awaited project makes it clear that he expresses his truest heart when he’s sitting at the piano channeling heavenly inspiration.

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David Lanz – Love Songs

29 01 2009

front15David Lanz – Love Songs
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:09:00 min | 171 MB | 2001 | 10% Recovery Record

Love Songs showcases pianist-composer David Lanz in perhaps his most affecting setting–performing solo, or with modest accompaniment, as he summons lovely, heart-touching melodies from some deep, internal reservoir of passion and clarity. The disc is a sampler that draws from seven pre-2000 recordings (plus one live track, an attractive performance of “The Eyes of Amelia” with guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel), and it features several of Lanz’s best-known works–from the famed title track of Cristofori’s Dream to a pair of selections (“Song for Monet” and “Leaves on the Seine”)more… from his masterful 1984 release, Nightfall. The recording’s concept and title were dreamt up by his former label, since Lanz views himself not as a romantic but merely as an enlightened pilgrim. Only once, he has stated, has he ever written a song with overt romantic intentions–“Leaves on the Seine,” which he composed after a visit to Paris with his wife. The rest, he says, simply reflect his optimistic view of a more compassionate world to come. This helps explain the sentimental overload that sometimes creeps into his works. (The schmaltz police, for example, might write him up for a few excesses on “Beloved.”) Yet Lanz’s heart is ultimately in the right place, and his simple but earnest music makes a persuasive argument for putting yours there, too.

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David Lanz & Paul Speer – Desert Vision

29 01 2009

david_lanz_desert_vision_1992_retail_cd-frontDavid Lanz & Paul Speer – Desert Vision
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 48:16 min | 121 MB | 1987 | 10% Recovery Record

Desert Vision’ is no less than just that; the music paints vivid mental pictures of canyons, of deserts, of kopjes, rock formations and plateaux. ‘Eagle’s Path’ starts with a lush piano and woodwind intro, sounding very melancholy but yet strangely uplifting. As the music progresses, the eagle grows in the mind’s eye; flying free above vast desert scrublands. The music crescendoes, and introduces guitars, making the song almost frantic, and yet joyous. ‘Canyon Lands’ is probably the cream of the crop in this album. It gets your attention immediately with a mystic, almost howling note, and notmore… before too long, drums and heavy pianos arrive, soon to be followed by electric guitar. Every piece of music in this album is uplifting in its own way, but in my opinion this one does so the best. Even without knowing the song’s title, it would be impossible not to associate the haunting melodies with a canyon; eroding steadily away by howling, time-old winds; revealing striped sedimentary rock. It’s obvious that Lanz and Speer are genuine musicians; they know how music works and how to manipulate it to make poetry with sound. Their apparent fascination with the natural world is what sculpts and enhances their music. Sheer class.

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David Lanz – Return To The Heart

29 01 2009

return-to-the-heart_fronts1David Lanz – Return To The Heart
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:01:20 min | 150 MB | 1991 | 10% Recovery Record

“It’s all about a hope for a brighter future,” David says. “It’s my hope that we can all rediscover a positive, uplifting outlook on life, then use that feeling to motivate us to live lives that can positively influence those around us: our families, our communities and, at some point, the entire world. It all starts, I believe, with a return to the heart.” – David Lanz

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