Billy Hale | Tales Thrice Travelled

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Tales Thrice Travelled

by Billy Hale

The music actually transports the listener to other worlds. We are whisked away to Atlantis, and enjoy a bird's eye view of Cape Verde. We are treated to a Bedouin breakfast, before a walk through an idyllic mushroom forest.
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1. Nightingales of Atlantis
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2. Cape Verde
4:59 $0.99
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3. Inca Sun Ritual
4:27 $0.99
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4. Echoes of the Anasazi
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5. Transport Alpha 29
5:41 $0.99
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6. Return to Amanita Forest
4:44 $0.99
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7. Lake Crescent Sky
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8. Hanging Gardens
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9. Under Saharan Moon
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10. Song of Marisol
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About Billy Hale:

Born in the Napa Valley, California in 1962, Billy Hale has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
With thirty years of experience as a professional musician, Billy Hale has had an extensive career which includes several CDs, world tours, radio and television broadcasts and teaching. His international tours include repeated performances of his music in over 40 countries during the 1990’s. During these extensive tours Hale explored the music of diverse countries and cultures. Based in Seattle, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee Billy Hale honed his versatile composition and performance skills in musical styles from rock, new age, world, and pop. Billy has also toured the United States as a bandleader and in a supporting role with Outlaw Southern Rock Bands, including playing backup guitar with Progressive Country’s Johnny Rodriguez and David Frizzell.

In 2001, Hale focused on composing music for film, animation, video games, and exploring the many influences of his musical travels incorporating them into his own compositions. With a number of successful film scores to his name, Hale composes for full orchestra, and a wide variety of ethnic and folk instruments. His many eclectic styles include: New Age, World, Contemporary, Rock, Futuristic Big Band Swing, Classical, Country, Middle Eastern Dance, Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi, and many original forms. Since 2003, Billy Hale has created original music scores for dozens of feature films and shorts in the Puget Sound area, and around the world. His most recent soundtrack to the highly acclaimed independent film “El Reporte” was composed in collaboration with guitarist-composer Edward Hale and is available at Blockbuster and the “Teatro Supernova”.

The current CD “Tales Thrice Travelled” is an exceptional example of Billy Hale’s talent as the composer-protagonist ‘in search of himself’ exploring the ‘musical globe’. This CD features Billy Hale in the ‘musical persona’ of the ‘Universal World Traveler”. “Tales Thrice Travelled” is somewhat autobiographical with many of the musical themes drawn from Billy’s personal travel diary during his numerous international tours throughout America, Europe, and Asia. Yet wherever we travel with Billy Hale, the music seems to strangely beckon us to something familiar in ourselves. As we listen we interestingly become more ourselves. The artist behind the music is uniquely each and every listener stemming from a solitary sound within. As we unmask the musical soul of the ‘Universal Traveler’ we taste the ‘Unity’ behind the curtain of exotic orchestrations and timbres of diverse instruments. Billy’s “Tales” is the kind of music that we seem ‘to remember’ as if it was always there like a friend moving with us through life, now pulsing through our veins waiting for the next melodic refrain.

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Jim Chase

Travelling with Bill Hale
From the first gentle chirp of the Nightingale, to the last powerful orchestra strike, it is apparent that composer Billy Hale really cares about you, the listener. Tales Thrice Travelled will take you on the auditory ride of your life. Across the Earth, and indeed to another warm planet outside our cold, predictable system. Billy Hale's music is at once intense and relaxing, engaging and compelling, while it deftly avoids becoming indulgent or detached.

You are invited to listen, and travel with the music.

Walk through a dark forest of gigantic mushrooms, and soar high above the coast of Cape Verde. Off to the futuristic transport station Alpha 29, somewhere in the vast outer spiral arms of our galaxy. Stop to rest at a comfortable Bedouin tent in the Sahara, to dine and drink with fellow travelers, entertained by supple dancers writhing to the local rhythm...

All too soon, Billy Hale returns you safely back home to the poignant opening of "Song of Marisol". Showcasing Edward Hale on acoustic guitar, with Billy's orchestration and choral arrangement. The brief atonal piano passage would give Igor Stravinsky cause to raise his heavenly spectacles, at least.

The music of Tales Thrice Travelled includes other wondrous places and times, including Atlantis, Nazca, and the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon. All in the course of 51 minutes.

Although the list price is heavy for a first time out in any genre, Tales Thrice Travelled is not a penny shy of pure listening satisfaction. I took advantage of the discount for two or more CD's. Billy Hale's Tales Thrice Travelled will make a respectable gift to those I know who can appreciate refined, cerebral music.
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Edward Hale

'Cradle of the Sky' Continues 'Tales Thrice Travelled's' Inward Musical Adventu
As an insider to both musical adventures I would highly recommend collecting both of Billy Hale's offerings--'Tales Thrice Travelled' and the unique new inward journeys experienced in listening to 'Cradle of the Sky'.
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Jim

If you've ever gazed in wonder
This CD came to me mysteriously. A "secret page" I found on the internet promised a free CD to whoever was first to email the owner. Years later--or so it seemed--the CD was delivered to me! I was in hospital at the time, recovering from an langour that had descended on me in spring---and was carrying on into a dismal summer. The nurse handed me the package. I ejected the Scott Walker album and stuck Tales Thrice Travelled into the drive. Quite a contrast in styles! I played the first track: Nightingales of Atlantis. I found it painfully beautiful--redolent of warmth, light, verdure and melody---all the elements lacking in the lousy English summer! The next track: Cape Verde-- transported me, in my imagination, along a coastal road, where the sunshine blesses, both land and sea, with glorious radiance; shimmering on the ocean; and evoking jubilant cries and colours from forest, flora and fauna. Hale's music has a naivety of style that conveys optimism, and awe. If you've ever gazed in wonder at the "primitive paintings" of Henri Rousseau, then listen to Tales Thrice Travelled---and experience the effect of those paintings in the medium of sound. By the end of the final track: Song of Marisol, perhaps you'll feel a deep, sweet, longing to find azure skies and lakes reflecting crescent moons. I did!
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Brian Newcastle

A musical tour de force that electrifies the heart!
Billy Hale's CD, "Tales Thrice Travelled", contains some of the best music I have every heard! The music diplays Hale's command of a wide variety of styles and emotions that can rivet one's attention and delight at the same time. The more I listened the more I heard in the music, and the more I appreciated Billy Hale's creativity. His orchestration is unbelieveable, running the gamut from the sweet sound of nightingales on Plato's lost legendary island to the haunting invocation of a Persian flute breaking into dance. And there was the most beautiful sensuous love song for Spanish guitar and orchestra. Billy Hale's versatility is amazing. It is hard to choose a favorite piece as they are all masterpieces in my opinion. I also especially enjoyed the very tasteful electric gutar solos woven throughout several pieces on the CD. The quality of the recording and the mastering are A+++.

As a professional musician and teacher who listens to a lot of music, I am amazed at the level of artistry and craftsmanship in these highly evocative compositions. Behind the inspired notes I sense the presence of a rare dedicated artist with a uniquely individual style both passionate and refined.
As a result, this wonderful collection of pieces is a musical 'tour de force' that electrifies the heart. Every note and beat summons an inward breath and pulse that awakens a subtle energy. The artist beckons the listener to unveil the mind and heart and follow him on a musical journey within. Like a Virgil guiding the soul he leads the traveller to undiscovered lands.

I highly recommend this CD! After having a taste of this composer's music I want to hear more. There is a very interesting quality to his music that my wife commented on. She said his music is very uniquely individual and warm. It invites you in like a good friend providing an ambient space that gives a very fine positive energy! I agree. We can't stop listening! Billy Hale's "Tales Thrice Travelled" has quickly become a favorite and should enjoy a wide audience of listeners. My wife says this is a must have CD!
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A Chord of Tradition

Far reaching music, shattering the boundaries of time and place!
Billy Hale's Tales Thrice Travelled stands among the best contemporary music CDs we have listened to in a long time!
The music attracts your attention immediately as having a special quality. It is breathtakingly beautiful and simply fun to listen to. The CD's magnificent variety of songs and orchestration astounded us. It draws you in at once with the enchanting sounds of a solitary nightingale, whose liquid plaintive songs call to you from a legendary land now submerged in time. Then the enchantment of the journey begins. You are in the music's wake from then on. An ancient harp flows like the water of a magic fountain parting back the sea, and you are there standing on the threshold of a thrice greatest journey no longer in the foothold of time and place! The alchemy of this music begins to work on you. Captured by the wonder, you want to sing, you want to dance. If you ask us, there are few CDs that do what this one does. The entire CD is pure gold!
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R J Lannan

Prepare for Adventure
Hold a pin over a dusty Old World map. You know the kind scratched on parchment with heavy India ink bearing ornate dragons and dreadful krakens abounding. Dangerous uncharted waters and unknown lands are there to explore. Put your pin in anywhere and chances are you will find a secret of that location brought to light by Billy Hale’s music on his new album, Tales Thrice Travelled.

Hale uses a combination of organic voices, electronic instrumentation, live orchestra and some fairly clever composing to pinpoint geographic features that become vivid and real though his music. Based in Washington State Billy uses his guiles to compose for film, video games and his adoring public. He crosses over several genres on this album and we are the more fortunate for it.

Voyaging at digital speed I went from the North Atlantic to the west coast of Africa in two tracks. What a journey! The opening cut Nightingales of Atlantis has a Celtic flavor using flute and harp and celestial voices. It is a song of wonder and discovery, of water and wind and a history in the making. We speed southwest to Cape Verde sitting off the coast of Senegal and a raucous celebration of life and living. Marimba, tinkling percussion and the feel of a sunny west wind come together at a place definitely off the beaten path.

Billy’s song Transport Alpha 29 is clearly not on any of our maps and yet the tune is quite remarkable. Somebody should get the directions. An oboe or perhaps a clarinet is the lead voice on an out of this world journey that has Middle Eastern elements. It is as if someone built a musical bridge between a new world and the Old World. Let us cross.

I felt very small as I explored the tune Return to Amanita Forest. It is a place of spectacular beauty, but wrought with dangers. The grass towered above me and the sky was an overwhelming cerulean blue. Chimes and gongs sounded all around me as I stepped forward. Just ahead a stand of tall, cream-colored mushrooms with a red tops waited…I then I woke up. My absolute favorite on Tales Thrice Travelled.

Under Saharan Moon is anything but sleepy. A crackling fire, a tinkling of bells and an indomitable spirit that has been around since the dawn of man. Above a silvery moon on a blanket of stars become the background for storytelling, laughter and the plan for tomorrow’s journey.

Spanish guitar and the call of the ocean open the tune Song for Marisol. Have we travelled to Mexico? Or Spain? Or perhaps the Azores. Throughout this dramatic tune with cinematic flavor is the sound of a heartbeat. Maybe it is a tune just for one. Someone so far away as to be unreachable except in your dreams. The tune is quite dramatic ranging from quiet movements of guitar and flute to crescendos of voice and orchestra.

All this traveling has exhausted me and yet I feel emotionally energized. I feel as if I have glimpsed worlds that are usually closed to the average and completely open to the daring. Perhaps that is a good word to describe Billy Hale's music. Daring. His combinations of orchestra and singular features are unusual but completely welcome in this humdrum world.
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