by Laura Sullivan
August 1, 2004
Sentient Spirit Records
This album of BEAUTIFUL PIANO MUSIC combined with violin, guitar, flute, oboe and other ambient instrumentation, takes listeners on a SOOTHING MUSIC journey of music inspired by America s mystical and sacred places.
GRAMMY® Winning artist Laura Sullivan has created another blissful masterpiece that you will love for MEDITATION MUSIC, MASSAGE MUSIC, HEALING MUSIC, RELAXING SPA MUSIC, MUSIC THERAPY, BACKGROUND MUSIC, YOGA MUSIC, MUSIC FOR RELAXATION, CALMING MUSIC FOR KIDS, DINNER MUSIC, CALM MUSIC, and RELAXING MUSIC FOR SLEEP.
Included in this collection of MODERN CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR RELAXATION and NEW AGE MUSIC is the CALMING MUSIC of the popular BEETHOVEN SONATA known as the BEETHOVEN MOONLIGHT SONATA.
If you are a lover of CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC, RELAXING CLASSICAL MUSIC, ROMANTIC PIANO MUSIC, STRESS RELIEF MUSIC, and THE MOONLIGHT SONATA then you will love Mystical America.
So today I am reviewing something a little bit different here on the blog - music. I have very diversified tastes when it comes to music and will listen to just about everything. When it comes to reading though, I love to listen to relaxing instrumental music, especially classical. There is nothing like going into a bookstore and listening to Beethoven or Mozart while browsing the shelves for my next new read. Recently I was contacted by Grammy Winning Composer and Recording Artist, Laura Sullivan, asking if I would like to review her New Age genre album, Mystical America. I must admit that New Age music isn't something I normally listen to, but after sampling her music on Amazon, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that this is one artist I needed to check out, so I happily agreed to listen and review her album. This was one of the best decisions I could have made!
Mystical America is hauntingly magical and beautiful and a much needed venue for relaxation in this crazy and at times hectic world. The music is beautifully arranged and is a terrific playlist of soft, soothing and relaxing piano music along with other instruments.
There are 12 tracks on this album and you can sample the songs HERE:
#1 America’s Stonehenge
#2 Chaco Canyon
#3 Coral Castle
#4 The Bighorn Medicine Wheel
#5 Tongass Island
#6 The Serpent Mound
#7 Red Rock Ridge
#8 Pictograph Cave
#9 The Heavener Runestone
#11 Hawaiian Islands
#12 Mt. Shasta (Moonlight Sonata)
Each track on this album is beautiful and soothing, but my favorite track is #12 Mt. Shasta (Moonlight Sonata). Beethoven is and has always been my favorite Classical composer and Moonlight Sonata is my go-to song for relaxation. I will have to say that Ms. Sullivan probably has Beethoven smiling from his grave because she has really done this song justice by keeping this beautiful song the same yet somehow making it better.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed this album. I play it at work constantly and it is the perfect relaxing background music to keep me focused and calm during the hectic day. Once I get home, it is perfect to listen to as I unwind from the day. Laura Sullivan is a very talented artist and after listening to Mystical America, I have purchased several more of her albums to add to my collection. I highly recommend this album for anyone who desires music to create a relaxing and soothing environment to get you through those hectic moments that life presents to you.
To listen to samples of this beautiful music and to purchase your copy, visit: Amazon
is a winning composer and recording artist. Her original music has been included in the score of two winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies.
Her recordings consistently receive more than alone, among many other stations around the world, resulting in broad international airplay. Her albums have charted in the .
Her music publications are represented by Performing Rights organization which holds in her prolific Composer/Songwriter catalog.
Laura is the composer, arranger and visionary for the epic crowdsourcing video, , produced by herself and her . 900 Voices involves the singing participation of .
Laura's 2015 collaborations include music created on forthcoming albums with Native American 17 year old virtuoso , as well as Grammy nominated New Age artist , among others.
Laura's 2014 collaborations include a project with titled . The album is produced by award winning artist and includes distinguished visionary and best selling author Colin Andrews, Grammy® Award-nominated Artists Miss Amy and Judy Pancoast, Grammy® Governor & VP San Francisco Chapter Nona Brown, Independent Music Award winning Producer and award winning Illustrator Krista Wallhagen, Multi-Grammy® Award-winning Producer Kevin Mackie, Producer of Grammy® Award-nominated Album Alex Otey, Guinness World Record holder Rupam Sarmah, World-renowned Film Composer Ricky Kej, Award Winning Americana Singer/Song-writer Grant Maloy Smith, Award-Winning Concert Pianist Leonardo Le San, Award-Winning Producer and Engineer Oscar Autie, and others.
Laura performed on the recording produced by. This recording, , takes the science of music to the chakras – the seats of our energies – to inspire healing and balancing through beautifully arranged tones and elevated vibrations. for his 2014 release of
Laura's other 2014 collaborations include the album . Other artists included on this album are Lawrence Blatt, Louis Colaiannia, Masako, Shambhu, Heidi Breyer, Stanton Lanier, Ann Sweeten, Vicente Avella, Isadar, Lynn Yew Evers and others. by award winning artist and produced by Grammy Winning and Platinum artist,
Laura's , includes Laura's piano music and the talents of the great flugelhorn and trumpet player (winner of Echoes, NAR Lifestyle, and Independent Music Awards, and ), winning artist (of Tingstad and Rumbel), virtuoso cello player and winning artist (member of the ), acclaimed oboe and English horn player , and four pieces produced by winning and platinum artist and founder of legendary , , who also performs on the selection title from the album.release,
Laura Sullivan's release won a in the which aired on CBS on January 26, 2014.
Laura enjoys a publishing deal with one of the largest private production companies for music in film and television, where she composes underscore for shows seen on and .
Laura's music is licensed for use in TV and film including , , , commercials for and among many others. Her music is featured in the documentary " " and the documentary " ", which was also awarded at the . She composed original music for the film " " (starring ).
Laura performed the music for the track "" written by for the movie " ." She was the composer for the feature film " " directed by Gio Vitelle which premiered at the . She also composed and produced original music for the short film directed by . Her music appears in the score to by and which poetically brings to life the characteristics of . This project was recognized by inclusion in , Paris's first Fashion Film Festival.
Her music can be found on and charts in frequent rotation on , and many other retail stores on and offline. Her discography receives airplay on . Her albums have charted in the .
Her release, Mystical America, was named by, Wind and Wire.
Laura is a member of the piano artist collective founded by composer, pianist and radio programmer, David Nevue. This artist community promotes through its radio station and concert tours with artists including
Ms. Sullivan was chosen as a featured artist on a TV Pilot, Music Across America, produced by legendary Jazz artist, .
Some of the other wonderful artists who have performed with Laura on her albums are , , , and .
Laura's debut album, ., includes several selections of music she performed written by film composer,
Laura is the author of the ground breaking piano teaching technique, , as well as the book and CD by the same title. This method uses playful techniques to train young children to play like virtuosos, and learn to read music quickly.
Growing up on a farm in Northern California near the foothills of Mt. Lassen, Laura’s mother was children’s book author , who is best known for her books , and . Carol was also Laura’s first piano teacher and started teaching her to play when Laura was four years old.
Laura holds a Bachelor's and the recipient of the and the . Laura also holds a in Psychologythrough the School of Education from the University of San Francisco. She has further graduate training from the in New York City. She has appeared as a guest presenter in music courses at and the with an emphasis in . She is a former student of
Laura is also the author of several musicals for children which were produced by her group called “Star Company Children’s Theater.”
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband,, and their young daughter. She is a member of the and a voting member of the .
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