Michael Mucklow | The View From Here

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The View From Here

by Michael Mucklow

If you're looking for a CD that you can put on while you sit in a nice comfy chair and let the stress of the day melt away . . . then this is it.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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2. Phosphor
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3. Mysterium
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4. Released
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5. Color Of The Morning
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6. Balm
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7. Tears Of The Wind
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8. The Tenderness Of The Heart
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9. The Human Drama
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10. Waterflow
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Natural instincts breathe through Michael's instrumental guitar stylings as an extension of his heart and soul. His polished melodic style is textured yet unobtrusive. Borderless, innovative and well crafted, his songs have their own beautifully defined essence. Mucklow is a guitarist that isn't afraid to be adventurous.

Michael Mucklow is an instrumental guitarist who journeys outside the box. His use of alternate tunings crafts music that speaks volumes for his daring. A diverse background gives Michael the courage to pursue individuality and unusual settings for his solo Fingerstyle guitarwork. While his music springs surprises, it also maintains a state of constant grace as it changes pace and direction. His albums are fresh, laid back, unpretentious, and reassuring in their optimism. Simplicity and positive undertones make a wonderful combination; the result is memorable music.

Writing acoustic guitar-based songs since he was 16, his migration as a musician soon led to the electric guitar. Spending several years in original rock bands released a desire to play with passion and intensity - a quality that transfers to the soothing and melodic music he writes today. Connecting with his Source of musical inspiration while in a church band added depth and dimension to his songwriting. When Michael would perform as a solo guitarist, listeners defined his playing as calming, peaceful...even healing. Michael clearly understood that music had the power to produce a positive impact in the human spirit.

His music continued to evolve through influences like Acoustic Alchemy, Will Ackerman and Tommy Emmanuel. Michael's love for the blended sounds of acoustic guitars was solidifying. His exploration of alternate tunings was sparked, re-igniting his desire to write guitar instrumentals. His solo projects are his response to the blending of influences that have spoken most to his heart over the years. This heartfelt music is meditative and unique, easily appreciated and savored. Listeners will find Michael's instrumental guitar stylings relaxing, calming, peaceful...and yes, perhaps even healing.

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Refreshing Solo Acoustic Stylings...
"I suppose if there was a successor to the legendary Michael Hedges, the mantle would most likely have passed on to another Michael; Michael Mucklow. His stylings embody the same ethereal feel, to his playing that many of us found so engaging in Hedges. Hedges in his earliest days blew the roof off that silly 'New Age' concept. Mucklow does much the same in his alternate tunings and beautiful arrangements. I can't begin to speak to the technical side of his playing. But as a friend once said to me '"Good is where you find it."' and I found it here. So sit back, find yourself a nice place you wish to visit and let Michael take you there on a lovely musical journey that sounds every bit as rewarding as the turns that another Michael gave us years ago. ~ J.L. Smith, Detroit
(Review from Amazon.com for The View From Here)

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Margaret Michaels

The View from Here
This is a wonderful CD if you appreciate the purity of the guitar at its finest. Beyond relaxing; it's a work of art.
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Indie Music Stop

The songs are simple, yet not simplistic. Each song paints its own picture throu
Michael spent several of his younger years playing in heavy rock and punk bands. It's hard to believe after listening to the music found on his latest release The View From Here. This release is filled with just over one-hour of guitar instrumental music that is about as far away from rock and punk music as you can get. The eleven songs found on The View From Here are guitar instrumentals that Michael calls, New Age Fingerstyle. The music brings words like calming, relaxing, and mellow to mind. The songs are simple, yet not simplistic. Each song paints its own picture through music. I also liked the CD booklet's short notes that Michael included for each song. My favorite track is, "Convertible" which also happens to be the most upbeat song found on The View From Here. The song has a real nice flow and guitar work. Michael describes the song as, "driving down a desert road on a wonderful sunny day...in a convertible". If you want a CD that you can put on while you sit in a nice comfy chair and let the stress of the day melt away then The View From Here is just what your looking for. ~ Review by Senior Writer C.W. Ross
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Bridge Guitar Reviews

“The View From Here” shows us a very creative acoustic guitarist.
Hailing from Yucca Valley, California, USA. Michael Mucklow released his second CD “The View From Here”. His first CD “Clearly” got critical acclaim from the audience and the press. Michael Mucklow got inspired by guitarists like Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges and Acoustic Alchemy among others. The alternate tunings brought him the ability to play all moods and musical diversity he was looking for. The outcome is overwhelming, his new CD “The View From Here” shows us a very creative acoustic guitarist who shows fantastic skills on an acoustic guitar. Mucklow is a creator of atmosphere, with a soothing and relaxing setup which takes one on adventurous journeys of the unconscious mind. He builds noteworthy compositions, full of melodic skills, structure and balance. Beautiful ballads like 'Phosphor', 'Mysterium', 'Released', 'Color of The Morning' and 'Balm' shows us he is very connected to nature and the universe with great introspection and reflection. Michael Mucklow brings us as well delightful guitar music which at times chills one out. ~ Review by Henk te Veldhuis
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BuddyHollywood.com

"The View From Here" is like an acoustic painting. It is music to contemplate by
On July 21, 2007 while everyone else was eagerly awaiting the release of a certain book, guitar lovers received something special - The View From Here, Michael Mucklow's second instrumental CD. Mucklow's heavy metal/punk rock past (it WAS the 70's and 80's, after all) belies the beauty found in The View From Here. Eleven instrumental selections, all composed, arranged, and produced by Mucklow, feature acoustic guitar with occasional support from other instruments. The strings are picked with the fingers - like classical guitar but without the airs, creating music that is gentle and soothing, and somehow comfortingly familiar. However, instead of lulling the listener to sleep, the music bids the listener to really listen. More than background music, The View From Here is like an acoustic painting. It is music to contemplate by. "Tears of the Wind" is almost haunting. "Pipes Canyon Sunset" and "Phosphor" will be favorites too... and don't forget "Convertible," which just might entice a few listeners to take a drive with the top down. If you plan on a road trip in your convertible to see that sunset, don't forget to pop your copy of The View From Here into the CD player on the way. The view from HERE is beautiful! ~ Review by Marti Kramer Suddarth
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Midwest Record

A fingerstyle guitarist that knows how to pay attention to his art and deepen hi
MICHAEL MUCKLOW/The View from Here: In which we find Mucklow’s solo debut was no fluke. Starting out under the influence of new age masters, Mucklow refines his approach where the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree but he injects more of his own personality in this new outing. A fingerstyle guitarist that knows how to pay attention to his art and deepen his craft, there hasn’t been a succession and progression like this going on in guitar since the early Leo Kottke records. For delicate instrumental work that has a lot of substance, this is fine work that will blow your guitar loving ears wide open. ~ Review by Chris Spector
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Claudia H.

The guitar in Michael's hands is an artist's paintbrush.
One has only to listen to see the theme of each song visually. He truly has mastered the essence of the guitar, skillfully drawing you into the emotions of the heart whether that emotion is love's joy or a sweet sorrow beyond words. My personal favorite is 'the color of the morning' . . . it quiets the mind, as each string resonates the peace and beauty of God's love portrayed in the sunrise. But just as I've never been able to pick 'my absolute favorite flower' neither can I settle on having only one favorite! Each song takes you with it. You will relate in heart to all one experiences in a loved one's passing on . . . in 'released' . . . Close your eyes and see more in 'mysterium' . . . Put your seat belt on, let your hair blow, and tap your feet to his skillfully played 'Convertible' . . . with its upbeat ending! Listen and see . . .
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Alien

The View From Here
You can't begin to appreciate just how good this CD is in one or two sittings. There are layers upon layers of depth and musical complexity beneath sweet melodies that wrap the soul in a warm blanket. Far above and beyond the usual mass produced record label fare. It is like coming home and smelling your granny's cooking on the stove.
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Derek Moran

You wont be disappointed!
Lovely CD.
This CD is above average \"guitar\" music.
Great to study too, paint or relax.
Would be very good music to use in a healing centre to relax the clients.
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Department of Virtuosity (Poland)

Michael Mucklow - The View From Here
Mr. Mucklow played hard rock and heavy metal in the past, collaborating with such bands like Praise & Worship and Purple Mountain Matinee. Aforementioned stuff is his second solo album recorded after the debut "Clearly". It must be mentioned that "The View From Here" has nothing to do with hard rock music, not to mention heavy metal.

Michael was determined to compose a healing and relaxing music on classical guitar as a contrast against his previous bands. Every tone performed by him reminds me of rain drops falling down the leaves in the wood. It's nothing, but nature music that tickles our ears with brisk and fresh tones. All sounds are soft, mild and gentle, so it can be associated with new age style. I think that "The View From Here" should be enjoyed by the fans of Lino Alessio, Acoustic Alchemy, Tommy Emmanuel and Aaron Pearson's first solo album. Briefly put, Michael wrote the music meant for peace and harmony!
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Minor 7th

A warm, solid offering of solo guitar music.
For some, the guitar road leads from the solitary to the ensemble. For Michael Mucklow, years of playing, learning, and developing as a musician with other players led him to exploring the instrument on his own terms. With the release of "The View From Here", his second solo project, Mucklow plays songs that require the listener to stop and take in each note, each phrase, each idea. You can tell that these songs come from some place deep within, extending who Mucklow is and presenting it to us as a sort of offering we gladly accept. All of the songs are aided by a generous dose of reverb, which gives Mucklow a richer, fuller sound. The playing is neither flashy nor overdone, but sometimes almost bare in its approach, and for these songs, it works well. There are 11 tracks in all. "Phosphor" builds from a simple fingerpicked melody line to a rhythmic dance accompanied by a percussion track. "Mysterium" is a dark, haunting piece which wafts over the listener, drawing you into its slow movement. The early sky seeps into view on "Color of the Morning". "The View From Here" ends with the happy "Convertible", leaving you with a light, refreshed feeling. Michael Mucklow gives us a warm, solid offering of solo guitar music on this disc, music you can listen to. ~ Review by Kirk Albrecht
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