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Sleep the Dreaming Flute

by Paul Adams

Sleep is a mystical and meditative continuation of Adams's albums Flute Meditations For Dreaming Clouds, and Heavens, with an emphasis on the art of sound and exotic flutes of the world to create an ambience pleasing, gentle, and serene.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nightbird
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2. The Hollow Wood
5:37 $0.99
3. Solace
6:03 $0.99
4. The Deep Valley
5:23 $0.99
5. Midnight
5:00 $0.99
6. Rain and Wood
6:33 $0.99
7. Natures Embrace
5:41 $0.99
8. Soft Wind
4:20 $0.99
9. Within the Deep Night
6:23 $0.99
10. Sleeping Song
5:37 $0.99
11. The Nights Goodbye
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Album Notes
Zone Music Awards ceremony in New Orleans chooses SLEEP as Native Flute Album of the year for 2013 !!

"Adams weaves a magical spell of peace and contentment, flavored with a Zen-like calmness...Paul Adams is a master of his instrument and I highly recommend this album !"

"Adams has created eleven pieces that are both artistic and healing. A vision of healing as consistent as the warmth of the sun’s rays." .....KATHY PARSONS *



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Sleep: The Dreaming Flute" is Paul Adams’ solo flute exploration of that mysterious necessity of life, sleep. Slow, gentle music soothes the mind and provides an escape from the fast, hectic pace of everyday life. Using about twelve different flutes - each chosen for its “sleepy” character - as well as nature sounds, Adams has created eleven pieces that are both artistic and healing. As Adams explains, making music for healing and maintaining artistic vision can opposites. In his words: “Music demands tension and release, conflict and resolution. But for some moments, one needs a pure vision of healing. A vision of healing as consistent as the warmth of the sun’s rays. So it is our hope we were able to create moments of healing and stillness in waters that run deep.”

As I usually do, I had "Sleep" in my wake-up CD player a few mornings in a row to get an idea of what the music was like, and I slept all the way through it on all of those mornings. In many cases, that would be very insulting to the artist, but it seems like an appropriate endorsement for this album. On several other occasions, I had the music playing while I was doing other things, sometimes leaving the music in the background and sometimes tuning in to listen carefully. Sleep provided a wonderful atmosphere for creative thought and letting my mind wander. That I could randomly zero in on the music and listen more carefully says volumes about the quality of the music. Many contemporary artists call their music healing, but, for me, this is the real deal.

There is a consistency in the sound and pace of all of the music on "Sleep," so describing individual pieces wouldn’t be too helpful. This is music with a purpose, and Adams’ purpose has succeeded well. As Paul Adams says, this is music for “warm, soft, slow, and peaceful moments.” It provides an unobtrusive background for reading, meditating, daydreaming, working, sleeping, and whatever your imagination suggests. Recommended!

Steve Sheppard

One World Radio
I must admit to be overjoyed at having this chance to review this album; it is a work of absolute beauty and genius.
Having spent many days in the Midwest under Native American skies, I still remember the Cicada, the warm evenings, standing on the Trail of Tears, giving gratitude to creator for my life’s lessons an honouring all my ancestors.
I can say that Adams work here is nothing more than an utterly magical soul felt album, that would get respect from many in the Native American community as well as from all the other brothers and sisters of Gaia.
With wafts of White Sage around my small writing room and a sunlight dappled office I sit and write about a story of the musical soul, Adams musical soul is on offer here, with natural sounds even Tibetan bowls, we step into a new dimension of sight and sound, for with each track the very real images of Native American nights come flooding to me in waves of warm calm bliss.
“Nightbirds” is perfect for that point in the day when you have finished your toil, however I would recommend it for a pre bed ritual, try listening to this while watching the sun descend, I would hope you would agree with me that where ever you are in the world, you are one with nature at this point and Adam’s floating natural flute playing, is a truly inspirational vehicle for getting us there.
“The Hollow Wood” takes us further into this restful journey, the single flute at this point was almost hypnotic, this piece would be superb to meditate to, but then again one could say the same thing about the entire album.
The clock of the night ticks once more, it now take us deeper “Solace” is upon us and with the single flute, the creatures of the night join in once more, within a chorus of harmonic resonance and under the magical spell of this album.
“The Deep Valley” is an enchanting piece that draws you to the essence of the album its self, clearly Adams has channelled the ancients who have inspired this great work, there is an energetic flow to this track that has a very real spiritual feel to it.
As the chimes of many dimensions ring gently in our ears, it is evident that we have reached the midnight hour, this enchanting tale of flute woven in the laps of a peaceful slumber, has gifted us a thing of great beauty, it is called “Midnight” by Paul Adams.
This is the track that really made it for me with rain gently falling into the woodland, Paul Adams paints us a wonderful picture via his flute, of a fresh rained upon and still life abundant natural world, with rolling thunder in the background this one really takes me back a few years. “Rain and Wood” is both sublime in its majesty and brilliant in its musical quality.
The album is at its half way point now, the track your about to listen to is called “Natures Embrace” the flute now sounds heavier, almost as you would imagine are the eyes of the listener as they are taken deeper into this delightful flute inspired genius of an album. The natural sounds are also now more rhythmic as well, as the flute begins to musically stroke your brow.
Track six ushers in a composition called “Soft Wind” for me this is almost a musical interpretation of 3am, that time of the night where little stirs, I could picture Adams sitting under a tree playing his flute in the darkness of the night and the ancestors watching with happiness all around, this is a very peace filled composition and almost one of reflection.
“Within the Deep Night” is next up, here Adams continues to impress with rattle and chimes as well as his majestically primed flute of many dreams, the forest musters a chorale multitude and with a resonating undertone this is the track that would pull the listener into a deep and pleasantly dream filled sleep.
As the bowl chimes with harmonic perfection we move into the penultimate track called quite aptly “Sleeping Song” once more Cicadas join the refrain and here the flute seems to have become light as if played by a wistful spirit, while we sleep the sleep of the perfect dreamer.
Last but not least and I am so glad I wrote this review in broad daylight, is the piece “The Nights goodbye” the magic of sleep has worked now at all levels and the flute playing spiritual genius of Paul Adams can now slowly move backward into the darkness of the forest of musical love and the dreamer? Well he can now lay in total safely knowing he has probably listened to one of the best Native American style albums I have ever heard.
To sum up, “Sleep the Dreaming Flute” should win Paul Adams award after award and he has both honoured himself, his ancestors and the Native American people by producing such a stunning and wondrous work of art.
I wanted to leave with this thought, buy this album treasure it and read this quote from Crowfoot, Blackfoot Warrior & Orator
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
Good night and pleasant dreams.

Steve Sheppard
One World Radio

Bill Binkleman Zone Music Report

Paul Adams SLEEP The Dreaming Flute
Sleep – The Dreaming Flute
Lakefront Productions (2102)

Paul Adams once again proves he deserves to be listed among the finest wooden flute players recording today. Sleep – The Dreaming Flute is a sumptuously relaxing album, featuring eleven serene meditations played on a variety of flutes, with some judicious additions of nature sounds and ethnic percussion (e.g. rattle, rainstick, bowls and gongs). I can't imagine a person who needs help in getting a good night's sleep not benefitting from these soothing soundscapes.

"Nightbird" kicks the album off with Adam's mid-toned flute set against a backdrop of a cricket and night critter chorus, followed by "The Hollow Wood" on which Adams shifts into playing a lower register flute with a subtle yet sonorous quality in a sparse, meditative manner. "Solace" once again has the artist's wafting flute joined by nocturnal creatures, this time it’s an assortment of frogs, insects and birds, with an occasional sprinkling of rainstick. Adams' control of nuance and tone is something special to hear on this track as he ever so subtly flirts with a jazz lick here and there. "The Deep Valley" displays a still serene but less contemplative mood, perhaps due to the higher pitch of the flute but also owing to Adams' melody itself which carries a slight hint of playfulness. "Midnight" flows like liquid shadow - not in a dark way but instead more restful and relaxed. "Rain and Wood" features a wonderful rainstorm soundscape, with animal sounds, rain and thunder, and Adams' higher pitched flute wending its way among the droplets, rumblings and chirping birds. Honestly, I'd love this track even without the flute. The thunder is subdued and in the distance so this cut should not disturb those who may have already drifted off into slumber. Now and then a soft gong sounds and at the track's end, one can detect the far off call of a passing train whistle…truly sublime.

The remaining five tracks each take this "formula" and tweak it enough that each of the songs sound similar but different, which makes Sleep – The Dreaming Flute a truly cohesive album with no jarring interruptions of the mood which is established after the first two cuts. By moving effortlessly through a combination of flutes, and featuring enhancement of the flute music with nature sounds and minimal other instrumentation, Adams weaves a magical spell of peace and contentment, flavored with a Zen-like calmness (note the lower pitched, more "breathy" sound to the flute on "Soft Wind" which has a shakuhachi quality to it or the Tibetan bowl heard on "Sleeping Song"). While the artist intended this CD as an aid to sleep, I believe it holds equal worth as accompaniment to meditation and doubtless it will certainly ease a troubled mind which needs emptying of stress and anxiety.

Regardless of how one "uses" Sleep – The Dreaming Flute, whether to ease into a restful night of peaceful slumber, as a way to de-stress from the travails of everyday life, or simply to enjoy as a series of nocturnal flute meditations (with some truly outstanding nature sounds embedded in amongst the sparse melodies), this CD will reward the listener time and time again. Paul Adams is a true master of his instrument and I highly recommend this album.

Rating: Very Good+

Bill Binkelman Zone Music Report


SLEEP Review
With his latest release called, Sleep: The Dreaming Flute, Paul Adams has crafted an album that is most certainly a peaceful journey into that place we all go to just prior to drifting off to slumber. His masterful playing and his ability to communicate these very deep feelings of tranquility via his flute create for the listener an atmosphere which is permeated with a spirit that is both calming and relaxing. The calls of birds, water and the sounds of the night that are mixed into the background of the music immerses the listener in a world that Paul has carefully constructed to support the music of his flute and to trigger universal memories that each of us associate with these sounds. This album is a wonderful effort by Paul and through it he allows us to float on the edge of a dream and for a few moments in time be at one with ourselves and the music before fading off into our slumbers.
Michael Foster, editor
Ambient Visions

Raj Monohan

SLEEP The Dreaming Flute
Flute master Paul Adams brings his considerable talents on woodwinds to bear on this grand, sweeping exploration of all the moods that can be achieved by the instruments.
The eleven-track CD is a soothing, relaxing collection of tunes that express everything from somberness and reflection to positive thinking and hopefulness. To achieve this effect, Adams utilizes a different Native American flute on each song.
The result is a sound that is not only calming and reassuring, but also reflective of the various sounds of indigenous culture and tradition.
Listeners looking for music to summon the muses of the world of sleep and take them to the soporific shores of the subconscious will find that Paul Adams’ woodwinds are the flutes that dreams are made of.
--Raj Manoharan

The Zone Music Awards

Winner Best Native Flute Album 2013
Paul Adams album SLEEP The Dreaming Flute won Best Native American Album Of The Year At the zone music awards this year in New Orleans (Zone Music is a Radio chart for instrumental Music)