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Touch the Sun

by Eric McCarl

Wonderful music to touch the Spirit in each of us. Like falling into a lovely dream . . .
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1. Journey's End
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2. Touch the Sun
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3. Alone Place
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4. Soft Light
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5. 1000 Angels
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6. Wild West Rain
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7. Lost, Again
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8. Walk on Water
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9. My Father
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10. Sun Goes Down
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11. I Don't Wanna KNow
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12. Free Fall, Take 1
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13. Free Fall, Take 2
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14. Blue Blue City
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15. Window Sill
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Album Notes
Light Waves Transposed into Music

The final installment of Eric McCarl's Trilogy of Light is finally a reality. The CD is called Touch the Sun and now it all makes sense. In his exquisitely pensive solo piano pieces we find the much sought after third point on an equilateral triangle. There is symmetry, balance and most of all, completion. For McCarl and his listeners it has been a circuitous journey. We have learned much along the way, but we are not yet finished. But that is what real life is all about. So now we join the pianist/composer as he musically makes his way home. However, also as in real life, one trip leads to another.

The first cut on the album is Journey's End. It announces that finally a goal has been reached, a destination found and a time for resting and reflection. But there is much to be done before we can begin the third leg of our journey, the return home. McCarl's medium upbeat tune is one of simple triumph, but a cautious one.

The melody of Touch the Sun, the title track is almost hesitant. It is as if we are testing ourselves. Unsure, confused, and weary we make our way to the destination and we persevere. It is no easy task, but as in McCarl's previous works we have discovered that there is an inner strength in all of us that when called upon is ever present and inexorable.

1000 Angels is a reflective tune. A simple melody made up of sparse notes that tell a magnificent story. Gently spiraling, the tune is moderately soft and free and acts as a fulcrum under the somber bass notes. Looking deep in someone's eyes, it is the vision inside a mirror of the soul that reveals the true nature of the not only the subject, but also the beholder. Some mirrors work both ways.

My Father is one of my favorite tunes on Touch the Sun. It is Eric's honor to his father. A man who, many years ago, left home as a boy, went to war and returned as a man with an incredible sense of duty surpassed only by his strength of spirit. It is a lasting trait that endures in McCarl and in his family. The sacrifices and strengths of our parents must be respected and cherished cries the music. The song is almost like a round as it keeps repeating the main tune, but like hearing his old stories, you never get tired of it.

Coincidence is a funny thing. Like when I was driving home westbound on I-40 West. A massive cold front had moved in and off in the gloomy distance the clouds were thick as gray cotton. The rain began pelting the truck and the music suddenly caught my attention. I dug the CD box from between the seats and learned that the track was called Wild West Rain. It was light, almost breezy and very calming. The song is about burdens. Burdens in every day life that once attached can drag you down in several dimensions. Sometimes the burden is our lack of understanding or perhaps our failure to forgive. Fortunately, most burdens can be shucked and replaced with a new and different strength. Musically, this is McCarl's solution for lifting a great weight.

It is funny how memory plays a big part in our lives. It influences us in our daily lives, our nightly prayers and our deepest dreams. Lost Again, an elegant tune, is one of McCarl's oldest contributions to the Trilogy. It was quietly locked away on brown shiny magnetic tape for some time and only now rediscovered. It is made up of salty memories, cold concrete and dusty places. It is the sound of trial and error and brave assertions. It probably sounds much different in the light of present day.

Window Sill is the completion. It is a well-deserved rest for a weary composer who has turned out 45 songs that never fail to enthrall and inspire. It is the culmination of over twenty years of dreaming and hard work. It is a witness to a spirit that may have stumbled a time or two, but never faltered when it is called upon to do the impossible.

McCarl's first album, Seeking the Light is about passion. His second, Atlantis Lost is about inner strength. Touch the Sun is about courage and spirit. We find that our spirit is brighter than the sun and invulnerable to the light, heat and negative energy. We know we can complete the journey, touch the sun and return better than when we began.

Rating: Excellent - Excellent

-reviewed by RJ Lannan for the New Age Reoprter on 4/30/2005

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Kathy Parsons

Beautiful!
Touch the Sun
Eric McCarl
2005 / Weaving Libra Records
1.2 hours

“Touch the Sun” is the third installment of pianist Eric McCarl’s “Trilogy of Light,” a collection of original pieces written over the course of the past twenty years. The fifteen piano solos range from quiet and pensive to upbeat and jazzy, with the majority being more on the reflective side. Overall, this CD has a warmer, more contented mood than the two previous releases, although it certainly isn’t breezy. The music has enough structure to hold it together, and enough improvisation to make it feel spontaneous and in the moment. McCarl’s playing style is always expressive and full of color, and the sound of his piano is beautiful.

The CD opens with “Journey’s End,” a piece that has a sense of moving forward and also of looking inward. Perhaps triumph without victory as yet? The title track is a bit more ambient and floating, with lots of open space between the musical phrases. “Alone Place” is also very open and minimal, with the damper pedal creating an echo effect that is both lonely and chilling - this is definitely one of the darker tracks. “Soft Light” is very calming, peaceful, and gentle. Most of the notes are in the upper and middle registers on the piano, but McCarl brings in some deep bass notes here and there that give the piece a different dimension. I really like it! “Walk On Water” is another favorite. The first part is structured and melodic, and then segues into a more improvised section that seems both reverent and questioning. The simple rhythm is quietly intense, creating a sense of peace and calm. Very effective! My favorite piece is “Sun Goes Down,” which begins with a bluesy feeling and a slinky rhythm that is infectious. The piece is very free, but weighted by some deep bass accents. Some sections sound improvised, and the second half of the piece is more rubato with the original rhythm weaving in and out. My other favorite is “Blue Blue City,” which is rhythmic, jazzy, and very, very cool ( a double-entendre where both meanings are accurate!). The closing track, “Window SIll,” returns to a reflective mood with lots of open spaces between the musical thoughts, and passages that are full of passion - a serene way to end this impressive album and the Trilogy itself.

Having spent so much of his adult life working on the music for this project, it will be interesting to see where Eric McCarl goes next, musically. In the meantime, treat yourself to “Touch the Sun,” “Atlantis Lost,” and “Seeking the Light,” aka “The Trilogy of Light.” This is music that is meant to be listened to, not relegated to the background. Find a comfy spot, close your eyes, and let the music take you away! Recommended!
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