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While It Lasts

by Geoff Hall

Melodic instrumental acoustic fingerstyle and rhythmic guitar with accompanying instrumentation.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Arrival
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2. Something on the Wind
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3. Resolved
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4. Solitary Alignment
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5. Lifted
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6. Remembering
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7. Pheidippides
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8. While It Lasts
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9. Departure
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
While it Lasts is the second release from artist and composer, Geoff Hall. Unlike the modern instrumental and orchestral pieces found on Hall’s multi-award nominated first release, Understanding the Signs, the focus of this project is the acoustic guitar.

To those who follow Hall’s music, this shift in genre should come as no surprise for two reasons. The first is that Hall’s primary instrument is the guitar, and it has been previously mentioned that he studied the instrument with world renowned artists for almost two decades before acquiring a degree in Orchestration and Film Scoring. The second is that, although the focus of While It Lasts is fingerstyle and rhythmic guitar performance, followers of Hall's music will also recognize his melodic and harmonic accompaniment style represented through the other acoustic instruments in these pieces. Violin, viola, cello, English horn, piano, and even brass can be heard across the tracks on this album. Fans of Understanding the Signs will no doubt appreciate the filmscore-esque, Pheidippides, with its strong brass lines and string sections.

While It Lasts prominently features Hall’s acoustic guitar playing, which provides the central melodic and harmonic focus for the other instrumentation heard on the album. A range of guitars were used for this recording with an ear towards achieving the right tonal characteristics for each piece. The supporting instrumentation was similarly selected and intended to preserve the acoustic focus of the release.

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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Take It All In While It Lasts!
Geoff Hall started learning how to play guitar listening to Rush and the like, and when he heard Will Ackerman and his stable of acoustic artists on the Windham Hill label playing the fingerpicking style, everything changed. The electric rock took a back seat for few years but he still plugs in, and his love for six-string continues.
Well, it certainly looks like all that practicing has paid off for Geoff. While It Lasts is his second solo venture. It is a beautiful album that embodies his choice of instrument and style of playing. I think Will Ackerman would be pleased.

I did not hear his debut but it did not take long for me to realize that this is a significant release. I am sure that the new age community will embrace this artist and his music. And by that, I mean listeners and peers alike.

“Lifted” was the track that got my attention, so much so that I put it right on my New Age Music Reviews Spotify Playlist. (Side Note: For the uninitiated, that is located on the sidebar of my site right at the top).

The simplicity and beauty of this music is its greatest asset. Even when there is orchestration added like on “Pheidippides,” it still comes across intelligible and easily digested by your senses. With a title like that, you just need to add the orchestration, that is all there is to it. The pace of the song fits, as that name is a central figure in a story that inspired the marathon race. So, I tip my hat to you sir for making such an excellent and exciting piece of music. I could easily envision that track as part of a soundtrack in a film. Not only is it represented well as a standalone work of art, which the entire album is, but it could also be used as a tool for various purposes, and all positive. As cliché as this may sound, it is a win/win any way you look at it.

If you have an affinity for moving music that relaxes or a few tracks in between that offer that exhilarating climb and crescendo, you find it all here on this recording. Go ahead, give yourself a nice relaxing cup of gorgeous sounds and positive vibrations and enjoy it all While It Lasts, then repeat the same exercise. You will be glad you took my advice; I promise.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
October 1, 2019

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Kathy Parsons

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"While It Lasts" is the follow-up to Geoff Hall’s 2016 debut, "Understanding the Signs," which was nominated for Zone Music Reporter’s “Album of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” and “Best Electronic Album” awards. The nine original tracks on "While It Lasts" focus on Hall playing finger-style acoustic guitar backed by strings and/or light orchestration. Warmly optimistic and gently soothing, this is great music for relaxation, driving, quiet activities, and just generally getting lost in. Most of Hall’s pieces have fairly non-specific titles, allowing each listener to decide what the music “means.” Hall used a variety of guitars for the recording, finding the best tonal quality for each piece. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music with a degree in Orchestration and Film Scoring, Hall’s music is visual and often tells a story (without words).

"While It Lasts" begins with “Arrival,” a gentle piece for guitar and strings that expresses a sense of anticipation and of looking forward. “Something On the Wind” is a bit darker and very evocative. Oboe is one of the instruments in the “orchestra” and seems to give the piece a slightly mysterious tone. The guitar is always front and center, but the oboe provides a very interesting counterpoint. “Resolved” begins rather intensely with guitar and strings intertwining and dancing around each other before coming to a “resolved” end - very clever! “Solitary Alignment” is a sweetly poignant guitar and violin duet - very uncluttered and open, contrasting the smoothly-bowed violin and sparkling acoustic guitar. “Lifted” is lighter than air with guitar and keyboard in a lively dance that expresses joy and positivity. “Remembering” returns to guitar and strings with a simple melody that seems to tell the story of an event or series of events that is being remembered and savored all over again. “Pheidippides” is the most cinematic of the tracks. Named for the Greek figure that inspired marathon races, strength and energy pour from every note. More fully-orchestrated than the other tracks, the guitar maintains its place at the forefront of the piece. The title track is another lovely guitar and violin duet that contrasts the smoothly bowed strings of the violin with the plucked strings of the guitar. With the opening track titled “Arrival,” perhaps it is only fitting to close with “Departure.” Although it is far from dark or despairing, it doesn’t seem quite as upbeat as the first track. Again, it is up to the listener to decide on the story each piece is telling.

"While It Lasts" is a wonderful accompaniment to many of life’s quieter moments!
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