By Dick Metcalf for Contemporary Fusion
Dick Metcalf What an amazing musical experience Valerie provides with this splendid album… her talent shimmers across the spectrum of world music, new age, jazz-rock and everything beautiful in between… just listen to the wonderful “Beyond The Bend“, and you’ll be captured by her high-talent and high-energy playing; the eight minute song (8:28, to be exact) rises in a most captivating fashion as it emerges… very, VERY highly impressive, folks, I’ll tell you.
…isn’t that stellar? Many artists who do New Age and healing music only stay in “one groove”, but Valerie shines at whatever she does in the music arena… in fact, I’m asking the promoter to make sure I get all of her releases for review – I’m that impressed!
If your soul is seeking something more in the “still” mode, as Valerie calls it, you’re going to love the 6:57 “Moving Glass“… I just loved this one, because while it can be used for deep meditation, it also reaches deep down to the heart with simple, yet meaningful, lines. Valerie’s world-class guitar and piano works are joined by Tom Rossi (flute, kora, percussion) and Stevin McNamara (sitar), and the results of their collaboration will make for your best “two-hour” album ever.
The song that got my (immediate) vote for personal favorite of the eighteen originals offered up, though, is the closer… the “still/chill” mix of “Pink Skies Full Suite” clocks in at 17:30, and is the ultimate in music that heals and helps your spirit to emerge in a manner you’ve never realized before
I give Valerie and her musical pals a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00… which means she also gets my “PICK” for “most diverse healing music album”.