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Portraits

by Annie Locke

Soothing and relaxing melodies and harmonies with the gentle sound of electric piano, strings and flute.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. To Ra
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2. Sylvia
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3. Harp Interlude
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4. Grace
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5. Marmsy Asleep
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6. Margaret
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7. Grace II
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8. A Magic Place
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9. Leprechauns
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10. Mike's Country
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11. For Alan: A Happy Piece
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12. Fanfare for the Future
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Music for times when you might need to relax and de-stress

.ABOUT THIS ALBUM

'Portraits' is a delightfully relaxing experience, based, as it is, on gentle sounds, including electric piano, violin and flute,
chosen by Annie for their restful and peaceful quality. It is the perfect music for any stressful situation or whilst putting your feet up.

The album has also been widely used for medical applications and we're told over 5000 babies have been born in hospitals
in the USA to this music. Like her first album, 'The Living Earth',' Portraits' is highly regarded by people in the medical profession and elsewhere for its relaxation and sheer enjoyment value.

COMMENTS ON 'PORTRAITS'

'I have just bought your album, Portraits, and I haven't stopped playing it - oh, it's like heaven right on my doorstep.'
RE, Bournemouth, UK

'I have listened to Portraits countless times, and it's a refreshing experience each time. It is especially beautiful listening to it
while driving to work early in the morning...Thank you! I feel very fortunate that...your music has come into my life.' PS, California, USA

ABOUT ANNIE LOCKE

Annie Locke has become quietly known and respected in many parts of the world for her special contribution to relaxation
music. Her works are distinctive, yet easily accessible, and immediately appealing.

Classical training and Television:

Annie studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and graduated from there with a degree in
piano and oboe.

When she left college, music took second place to a career at BBC Television in London where she worked in the Drama
Department. She was Production Manager mainly on classic plays as well as modern drama such as Mike Leigh's "Abigail's
Party". She also directed some classical music programmes while there, including a concert of Haydn's music from Longleat
house in Wiltshire, home of the Marquis of Bath.

Annie Locke's music has become popular with people of all ages and from all walks of life. The reasons for this are simple
enough: her music touches the hearts of folk because she plays from the heart and wishes to help bring some sunshine and
quiet into all our lives.

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Kathy Parsons

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I recently reviewed British composer/keyboardist/pianist Annie Locke’s first solo piano album, "A Glimmer of Hope," which was her fourth album and her first release in more than twenty years. "Portraits" was her second album and was originally released in 1986. The soothing qualities of Locke’s music have been utilized at a number of hospitals and her music has been played at the births of more than 5,000 babies. Locke is a classically-trained musician who, after a number of years working in a different field, rediscovered her passion for music in 1984 when she played her first synthesizer. Needed now more than ever, Annie’s music provides a quiet, peaceful respite and offers a calming escape from the frantic pace of contemporary life and the daily jolts of nastiness that occur all over the world. The keyboard sounds are a bit dated, but that takes nothing away from the tranquility of the music. Most of the twelve pieces are named for a person because, at that time, Locke was giving personal sessions where she intuitively played and recorded music that became each client’s own personal music. The playing time of the tracks ranges from just under nine minutes to just over one minute. There is variety in the music from track to track, but the overall feeling is blissful. Many relaxation and healing albums are very ambient, but Locke’s music is melodious and more classically-structured than most music in that genre. She primarily used the synth voices of strings, flute and electric piano.

"Portraits" begins with “To Ra,” the longest track on the album. At just under nine minutes, it has plenty of time to create a peaceful, soothing atmosphere for the listener to slip into as the music works its magic. The melody is simple and the overall feeling of the piece is one of floating on a cloud or on a warm and gentle sea. “Sylvia” is a little less ambient and paints a very sweet and charming portrait of its subject. “Harp Interlude” is a brief exploration of a different keyboard sound. “Grace” is one of my favorites. A bit more poignant than the previous pieces, the bittersweet flute sound is haunting. “Marmsy Asleep” is a dreamy and magical lullaby. “A Magic Place” is lighter and more fanciful, expressing a childlike innocence. “Leprechauns” continues with a playful tone in a more Celtic style. For me, “Mike’s Country” evokes images of wide open spaces, rolling green hills and a simple way of life. “Fanfare For The Future” is a brief postlude that is quite different from the other pieces, but is a great ending to a fascinating album.

If you missed Annie Locke’s music the first time around (as I did), "Portraits" is a very pleasant find. Recommended!
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