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Ordinary Magic

by Ordinary Magic

Neo-classic rock for hippies young and old. Positive vibes and lyrical magic, lush vocal harmonies, guitar playing to wake up screaming happily about, a wee bit of folk, something to dance to, a beautiful ballad, and a whole bunch of rockers. Enjoy!
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Psychedelic Space
5:39 album only
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2. The Source
5:20 album only
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3. Bliss
4:54 album only
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4. Ordinary Magic
5:32 album only
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5. Invocation
4:57 album only
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6. United
4:15 album only
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7. Breathe
5:56 album only
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8. Song for Robert
3:57 album only
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9. Laugh at the Sky
3:52 album only
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10. Lullaby Island
2:21 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ordinary Magic is both the title and the central theme of this classic rock inspired concept album. The album has a vintage sound and a vintage album structure that take the listener on a musical journey through varied, but always connected, sonic landscapes. The album is produced by and features virtuoso guitarist /multi-instrumentalistTommy Osuna. The full range of Osuna's guitar playing prowess is on display on this album - to be sure he supplies ample soloing wizardry throughout - at the same time, he proves on this album that he knows how to provide the ultimate in tasteful accompaniment to allow the overall beauty of the song arrangements to shine. Vocals are ably provided by singer-songwriter Brenda Layne whose lush vocal harmonies add depth and dimension to her masterfully crafted and inspiring lyrics. The pair's Berklee College of Music training is evidenced by the high level of songwriting, arranging, and performance craft showcased here.

Keyboardist Oliver Wakeman adds his lovely touch to Psychedelic Space, truly elevating the song. John Walsh's keyboards on The Source give the song a classic prog sound while keeping it fresh, and his piano on the title track is spot on as the basis for this lovely ballad. Invocation is a rock anthem equal to any and will be a favorite with women and goddess worshippers. Bliss is easily the best song on the album and with its unusual song structure, soaring harmonies, and gorgeous guitar solo is sure to be many listeners' favorite. Song for Robert is a raucous tribute to a rock god we may recognize and United is a rock love song with a cosmic difference. Breathe is a trippy dance groove that turns into something fun and funky! Laugh at the Sky is an awesome hippie dance-and-twirl-at-a- festival tune if I ever heard one. Finally, Lullabye Island is a sweet dreamy lullabye with Brenda Layne on Appalachian mountain dulcimer.

Ordinary Magic achieves what its creators set out to do and back in the day this album would surely have catapulted them into the ranks of those they are clearly inspired by (Heart, Todd Rundgren, Yes, and other progressive/psychedelic bands come to mind). While hearkening back to another time, Ordinary Magic is still original and timely right now. The work does not suffer from the obvious derivative and imitative sound of many "neo-prog" efforts. Ordinary Magic - Brenda Layne and Tommy Osuna - have produced a work of art that is a timeless original expression worthy of repeated listening.

--Scott Bickman, Worldwide Shishkabob

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