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May 20, 2015

Track Feature: David Franklin-Song For The Dreaming (feat. Michael Manring)

David Franklin has a new album out titled Playing With Shadows. One of the tracks off the recording is the sublime "Song For The Dreaming" featuring the superlative bass player Michael Manring.

If you happen to appreciate the simplicity of the acoustic guitar and a player that knows not only how to use it to create a desired effect but is also a true master of his craft, then you need to hear Franklin pick on "Songs For The Dreaming."

It is an excellent track that will soothe and calm even the most frazzled individual. It is truly therapeutic music. Listen for yourself and you be the judge. 

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck Rating 5/5 Stars


More About David Franklin:


http://davidfranklin.com

David Comments:


My hope is that the sounds of these quiet instruments may inspire a few people become more grounded and present, so that they can feel a deeper sense of connection with themselves and others. And I hope that in the most positive of ways, you yourself are inspired to play with your own shadows.

From the Liner Notes of the CD:

This was originally going to be a solo piano album.  The inspiration was partly the purchase of my full-sized grand, and the fact that after 40 years as a musician, I am finally starting to understand the instrument.

However, when Michael Manring agreed to record with me, my instrumental guitar pieces became what I wanted to explore.  As time continued and my vision clarified, I realized there was a lot of chemistry between my piano and guitar pieces, and that recording with Michael was the perfect glue to hold it all together.  


I've gone through many phases in my musical life: a keyboardist in a New York rock band, a singer-songwriter touring with my guitar which was never in standard tuning, a drummer supporting myself through college or playing with and recording found-sounds (such as on Shadowlands).  But even though this is my 8th full-length album, it's the one that feels most natural.

The album is entitled Playing With Shadows because I'm playing with my own shadows:  historically I've had difficulty allowing my innermost musical tendencies be experienced. But by playing with these energies and doing my homework around these beliefs, I'm allowing my musical feelings to be heard.  It may sound strange, but it makes sense to me somehow...

My hope is that the sounds of these quiet instruments may inspire a few people become more grounded and present, so that they can feel a deeper sense of connection with themselves and others. And I hope that in the most positive of ways, you yourself are inspired to play with your own shadows.

Thanks for listening!
David Franklin,
Oakland, CA.

May 19, 2015

Featured Track: Mary-Kathryn-Hear My Cry

Mary-Kathryn's vocals and music are a superb blend of new age and world accentuated to perfection with her crystal clear emotive vocals on "Hear My Cry." 

One element compliments the other in equal measure and forms one spiritual healing message. First you hear it, feel it and finally believe it absolutely. This is a stunning work of art in every aspect.

5/5 Stars-Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Listen Now!

 

More about the track and new album from Mary-Kathryn:
www.mary-kathryn.com

On her fifth album, Wonders in the Deep, Mary-Kathryn blends elements of soft pop, New Age and folk with world music influences as diverse as the continents to create a spiritual amalgam that transcends musical boundaries. Delving deep into the world music realm, Mary-Kathryn paints word pictures on an aural canvas with exotic instrumentation, adroit production, and lyrics that stir the spirit and excite the imagination. But as one Billboard Magazine reviewer so aptly put it, “the most affecting instrument…is Mary-Kathryn’s lovely voice.”

“Hear My Cry,” the opening number of the 10-song album, begins acapella, relying solely on Mary-Kathryn’s fetching vocals to engage the listener, before segueing into driving, rhythmic percussions and understated strings. earthy instrumentation with ethereal vocals to produce a visceral,
vicarious spiritual encounter.

Lucifer - Izrael (OFFICIAL PROMO) 2015


May 19, 2015-by Lars Gotrich • When one demon's light dims, another is illuminated. A collective "well, dammit," was heard throughout Rifflandia (not a real place, but stick with me) when The Oath called it quits, as the band's white-hot debut album barely cooled. Thankfully, vocalist Johanna Sadonis wasted no time assembling a crew rooted in the sounds of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Enter Lucifer. With songwriting and studio input from Cathedral and Death Penalty guitarist Garry Jennings, Lucifer follows the line drawn by The Oath into something leaner and more propulsive. Sadonis writes that "Izrael" is "a song about the angel of death that appeared to me in a dream." It plays with clean guitar tones struck hard, heightening the riff drama as Sadonis tames her own delivery until her wailing occult soul hits the chorus, at which point she cries out, "Ahhhh, Izrael." In the "Izrael" video, director Chris Koll has members of Lucifer drive a stylish Buick hearse through autumnal forests, wear sweet rainbow-logo Lucifer jackets in churchyards, and sport ritualistic metal masks. Basically, it looks cool as hell. Lucifer I comes out June 16 on Rise Above.