Mystical America

Mystical America

by Laura Sullivan
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Mystical America

One term that keeps coming up in connection with Laura Sullivan's pianism is "classical-influenced." That isn't to say that Mystical America, Sullivan's second album, is actually European classical music; this 2004 release will not be mistaken for an album of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart or Rachmaninoff melodies. But the European classical tradition is definitely a strong influence on this pensive, evocative effort, which is very much a part of the new age genre. Some might argue that Sullivan's compositions are an attempt to simplify classical music and make it palatable to modern ears -- sort of like the way soul-jazz organists simplified hard bop in the '60s. But truth be told, Sullivan isn't pretending to be anything other than what she is: a new age instrumentalist along the lines of Liz Story, Suzanne Ciani and George Winston. And like a lot of new age instrumentalists, she is very nature-minded. Nature was a major influence on her first album, Pianoscapes for the Trails of North America, and it is definitely a big influence on Mystical America (which was produced by guitarist Chris Camozzi). From "Mt. Shasta" to "America's Stonehenge" to "Hawaiian Islands," every song on this 2004 release has been inspired by nature in some way -- specifically, nature in North America. While Sullivan's charming, thoughtful new age melodies owe something to the European classical tradition, she is an American performer who grew up in California -- and her U.S. upbringing is reflected in titles like "Chaco Canyon" and "Red Rock Ridge." Anyone who has enjoyed the new age pianism of Liz Story or Suzanne Ciani will find a lot to enjoy about Sullivan's second album.

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Release Date: 08/10/2012
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0634479408311
catalogNumber: 5637380153

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Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Just listen to this delightful music - very highly recommend! I normally read and review books but was offered the chance to listen to this album in exchange for an honest review, and I am so glad I agreed! The music is evocative, relaxing, calming and delightful. I’d never heard of Laura Sullivan before but what a talented composer and pianist she is - wow! There are twelve tracks on this album, eleven are her own compositions and the twelfth is a superb arrangement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. All are named for special locations and mirror the mystical powers such places have over those visiting them. They reflect the majesty and tranquility of these iconic places, taking you on a musical journey to these mystical places, helping the listener imbibe their incredible, ageless peace, painting serene images in the listener’s imagination . . . . Want to relax after a dramatic or hectic time, try listening to this beautiful album! I could actually imagine using it in quiet or circle time in school to help children relax or cool down after stressful or energetic activities. Yes, totally different for me to be reviewing but I’m very grateful for being given this opportunity . . . . many thanks to Laura Sullivan for offering me the chance to do so! Needless to say I highly recommend this beautiful music . . . with more like this in the world maybe peace would actually stand a chance?
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
This music is absolutely PERFECT!!! I have been listening to this while I work on my computer, and I must say that not only is it INCREDIBLY relaxing, but each song is one of those songs that if it happened to never ever end, I'd be totally fine with that :) While I know next to nothing about music technically, the sound flows beautifully and the whole album is VERY well done. I am now a HUGE Laura Sullivan fan!!!