Frances Miller | Water Song

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Water Song

by Frances Miller

A quality meditative CD - good for yoga, therapeutic work, relaxation. Features the soothing sounds of the Hang Drum supported by layers of strings and voice. Guest artist; grammy award winning cellist, David Darling and Hang player Ron Kravitz.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Groundwater
8:08 $0.99
2. Shasta
2:38 $0.99
3. Dew Gathering
3:28 $0.99
4. Tidepool (feat. Ron Kravitz)
2:36 $0.99
5. San Lorenzo (feat. Ron Kravitz)
4:44 $0.99
6. Watershed (feat. Ron Kravitz & David Darling)
4:38 $0.99
7. Floodplain (feat. Ron Kravitz & David Darling)
5:32 $0.99
8. Crystalline
4:02 $0.99
9. Elkhorn Slough
4:04 $0.99
10. Valley Mist
6:55 $0.99
11. Lifewater (feat. Ron Kravitz & David Darling)
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
It is with gratitude that I offer the sounds of this CD. Gratitude for beauty, and for the essential elements of this earth that sustain our lives. The process of making this CD was a long journey. My intention was to share the amazingly beautiful sound of the hang drum. I was fortunate to get a hang while they were still accessible and affordable. Custom-made in Switzerland, I requested an original scale (which ended up being called "hexatonic"). I was delighted when the slightly blue-purple-dark metal flying saucer -shaped magical instrument arrived at my little cabin. I was up late night after night, caught in the spell of beauty that these sounds create. I began sharing hang drum sounds with those around me, I played it on the streets in Bloomington, at the Farmer's market, by the bedsides of elders. Everywhere I share the sounds, it seems to catch people - to strike a chord of enchantment, ease and wonder. It certainly did for me.

The recording process had several phases, beginning in December 2006 in my neighbors closet "studio", putting down improvised hang drum tracks. Then I spent time at Airtime Studio, adding layers with my viola and violin. After many hours of mixing, re-mixing in the studio, a project called "Wisdom Moon" was complete. However, the CD didn't find it's final form until David Darling and Ron Kravitz joined me late one night during a "Music for People Workshop" in a meditation room with a mobile recording set-up. We did a series of improvisations together which sounded so great, I added them to the CD without editing. David Darling, grammy nominated, maverick cellist, co-founder of" Music for People" is a musical mentor of mine and the most amazing cellist I've ever met or been privilidged to play with. Ron Kravitz is also an extraordinary Hang drum player. I was delighted that they were the missing ingredients to a project I had been sitting on for a long time.

"Water Song" is a combination of tracks from "Wisdom Moon" and the tracks with David and Ron. The sound of the hang drum has always reminded me of water. Living near a river but without my own running water these past few years has greatly deepened my awareness of, and appreciation for water. I decided to put this CD out to the world as an honoring of water. I feel that the way we treat water on this planet is a direct reflection on how much we are aware of and cherish life within and around us. I had the privilege of discussing these ideas with Madeleine Piat-Landolt and Megan Drimal, both women who are deeply involved with the environmental and spiritual dimensions of our relationship with water.



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Rebecca Waltner-Toews

fantastic, soothing, took me to a new place
I listened to this album while preparing for the birth of my first child, and on and off throughout my labor. It took me to a deep and relaxed part of myself, helped me breathe, really felt like I was under a waterfall under the night sky. This is beautiful, new, creative music that I recommend to anyone for any occasion. The music of Frances Miller and her cohort is inspirational, just like Frances herself.