Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review -- JULIA -- Mariposa

Soul Harp Music
I am not sure that for pure beauty any instrument matches the harp. When in the hands of a skilled performer, it captures emotions as well as any musical instrument. So say hello to Julia, a musician with the skill to truly bring out the elements of the harp which make it so endearing to listen to. Born in Canada, and now residing in Los Angeles, Julia Cunnigham, plays the harp with that sweetly lilting style which conjures images of ancient Greek muses playing in a pasture of green against a blue sky as fluffy white clouds float lazily by. If that sounds a touch overly poetic, it might be, yet it fits musical pieces such as the opening cut Innocenza and the beautiful work on cuts such as Antibes and Homeless Angels. This is a melodic instrumental CD that is rich in its mood, and that mood is generally one of gladness and light. It's cheery, without straying into the world of bubblegum. This is music to relax too, music that allows the listener to venture to day dreams of whatever makes them feel good inside. Words such as joyful and relaxing come quickly to mind as Julia dances her fingers over the strings on the 13 pieces included here. Interestingly co-writing credits on all the pieces too, with co-writer Eddie Towns Jr. The pair obviously have a good understanding of what Julia can accomplish on the harp, and a good rapport in terms of penning music that works for the artist. This CD is a follow up to Peaceful Nights reviewed here in January 2008. That CD garnered a 9-out-of-10, and this one certainly maintains the high level. This is an excellent CD, but it does come with the caveat that you must like harp music. That is what Julia offers up from start to finish. It is beautiful harp music, but if that isn't your cup of tea this will not sway you to be a fan. The music is soft, lilting, dreamy, and relaxing, great for a stressful day, or a dreamy day off. Just sit back and take it in for what it is. Check Julia out at www.soulharp.com

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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