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Magic Kingdom

by Peter Sterling

An enchanting and magical instrumental journey blending electric harp, flutes,guitars, orchestral strings and atmospheric sounds that sing to the heart in a truly uplifting and joyful musical experience
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. New Horizons
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2. Joyful Journey
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3. Over the Bridge
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4. Sword and Stone
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5. Everlasting Love
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6. Tomorrow's Child
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7. Kiss the Sun
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8. Magic Kingdom
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Album Notes
Magic Kingdom by Peter Sterling
Inspired by the energy of the 2017 total solar eclipse ‘Magic Kingdom’ came thru a flash of light as I sat at my Korg keyboard and endeavored to express the potent energy of the sun into music. The music came thru quickly with one melodic groove following the next as if the music had been waiting for this moment to be born. Initially my impressions were this was music for kids as I had the idea for sometime to create a children’s album for my 7 year old son Micah. At first I thought I would leave this keyboard music more simple and not add any other instruments. But as time went on the music grew with harp,guitar,soprano sax,Irish penny whistle and more. From its simple beginnings this music has grown to its full expression I present to you know.
My impressions of this music is that it takes you on a journey thru the sun into a magical kingdom. Crossing the threshold thru the tree gate you endeavor to reach the magic castle on the hill. As you embark down the magical path you are bound to see New Horizons and beautiful vistas of untold beauty stretch out before you. Keeping an open mind and the love in your heart you are bound to experience new sights and sounds as you continue on your Joyful Journey. As often happens on magical journeys we are presented with an opportunity to take a leap of faith and cross Over the Bridge to see things never experienced before. Once on the other side we are given the opportunity to learn major life lessons of courage,faith,and perseverance as we overcome the challenges of Sword and Stone. Once we successfully navigate the inevitable challenges of our journey we are rewarded with the joy and bliss of a Everlasting Love so sweet. For life in the magical kingdom must have a bit of love and romance! Continuing farther down the path we are shown potential future outcomes of life within the magical kingdom. The choices of Tomorrows Child are fraught with peril but potent with promise. May they choose wisely! But once the difficult choices are made and we continue down the path we are greeted by the light of a new day that makes us want to Kiss the Sun as the flowers open and the birds sing along with the babbling brook. As the light of the sun warms our heart and soul we arrive at our destination at the castle on the hill. Pushing open the huge doors at the castle’s entrance we realize all of our hope’s and dream’s of the life we have lived until this moment are presented to us in a kind of kaleidoscopic montage seen within the golden light of the sun. We have waited a lifetime or more for this illuminated moment. May you have the courage and faith to live your dreams and enter into the Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom is Peter Sterling playing keyboards,harp,recorder,Freenote chime,peruvian wooden flute and percussion. Richard hardy plays Irish penny whistle and soprano sax. Anthony Mazzella plays guitar. Recorded in Sedona Az from august 2017 to august 2018.



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R J Lannan

Peter Sterling's Magic Kingdom
Peter Sterling
Magic Kingdom
Micah’s Journey
Re-imagine if you will the magnificent solar eclipse of 2017. The moon enveloped the sun for a small forever and gave us an unforgettable display of celestial beauty. Sometimes the planets and stars align just so and the vibrations that are created and found throughout the universe can be heard by the awakened spirit. Such is the case for harpist Peter Sterling when the eclipse inspired him to create Magic Kingdom. On eight tracks of energizing ambient harp and light instrumental music, Peter invites us to join him on a journey through the light of the sun and into the realm of Magic just beyond. Inside the music is the voice of a young traveler. As the music unfolds, his awe and enthusiasm grow with each note.
The new world discovery opens with the appropriately titled stimulating track New Horizons. The tune is the context of warmth and delight that will prevails throughout the collection. Guitar by Anthony Mazella and Peter’s harp combines to introduce the fantasy experience awaiting you. A strange, haunting tribal voice is heard. It makes you wonder where it is coming from. Who is it? Should I be afraid or just curious?
Listen to the trickling waters. We meet the little traveler in the song Under the Bridge. Curiosity, thy name is Micah. He sings along as he follows the stream and goes under a rock bridge where, for him, the adventure begins. We are audio witnesses to the fascination and wonder of a child. It makes our hearts light to hear Peter’s enchanting theme of mixed wind flutes and harp. We are invited, like Micah, to turn over a rock, feel the velvety green moss, and watch the dragon flies.
Like the Pied Piper of Hamlin town, Peter uses a Peruvian wooden flute to lure us into his world of Arthurian fantasy in the song Sword and Stone. A sweep of harp and echoing flute beckons us into the amazing world where magic abides the woodland chorus sings in the back ground as we explore the castle grounds, open the heavy wooden doors, and discover the magic within. We are drawn to the harp’s voice as a friend.
Everlasting Love is a standout on the album. It is anachronistic, but a warm tingle is inevitable. I got a 60’s theme song vibe, but that’s not a bad thing. Sweet voice, a soprano sax by Richard Hardy, strong bass, and the arpeggios of Peter’s harp create a tune that is dynamic and fluid. It is light. It is heartfelt. It is emotional.
Synth washes and harp glissandos shape the vivid, intense sound of Tomorrow’s Child. There is a great deal of mystery and intricacy injected into this one with resounding cymbals and deep bass notes. It is the most complex tune on Magic Kingdom with multi-tempos, echoing vocals, and lighter elements. It is sunny, melodic, and optimistic. Just like tomorrow’s child ought to be.
The final tune is called Magic Kingdom. The door is open, the torches burn brightly, and we are all welcome. Peter invites us to stay awhile and enjoy ourselves, no matter what our ages. We can explore all the chambers, climb to the highest parapets, and cherish every moment. Although Peter discovered his world while experiencing an eclipse and traveling through the sun, we can do the same without a lot of movement. Our hearts contain the power to go where the spirit only dreams. In other words, the journey begins within.
On Magic Kingdom, award winning musician Peter Sterling not only plays several kinds of harp, but keyboard, chimes, flutes, and percussion. Sterling has been making recordings for over twenty-five years. He released his first album, Harp Magic in 1994, and he has released fifteen previous albums. For Peter Sterling, music is art. For his listeners, his music is an exhibition that soothes the spirit. Highly recommended.

Bill Binkelman

Another "magical" album from Peter Sterling
Peter Sterling never ceases to surprise and delight me. With each new release, his reservoir of talent seems to grow ever deeper and wider. Magic Kingdom showcases him in the embrace of energy and light, but also cheerful whimsy and a gentle playfulness. Chalk up another successful album from this masterful harpist and multi-instrumentalist.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Magic Kingdom" is the seventeenth studio album from award-winning and internationally-acclaimed harpist/ multi-instrumentalist/ composer Peter Sterling. Initially intended to be a children’s album for Sterling’s 7-year-old son, Micah, the music was inspired by the energy of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Sterling explains: “Magic Kingdom came thru a flash of light as I sat at my Korg keyboard and endeavored to express the potent energy of the sun into music. The music came thru quickly with one melodic groove following the next as if the music had been waiting for this moment to be born.” The eight tracks take listeners on a journey through the sun into a magical kingdom where they are given the opportunity to learn major life lessons and, once those are successfully completed, to be rewarded with eternal joy and bliss. Sterling performs on keyboards, harp, recorder, Freenote chime, Peruvian wooden flute and percussion. Richard Hardy appears on two tracks playing Irish penny whistle and soprano sax, and Anthony Mazzella plays guitar on two other tracks. Micah Sterling occasionally “sings” and the album is lovingly dedicated to him.

“New Horizons” starts the journey to the "Magic Kingdom" as we walk down the path on the way to reach the magical castle on the hill. Very relaxed and ethereal, harp, guitar and keyboard sounds create vistas of peace and serenity where the specifics are left to each “traveler’s” imagination. “Joyful Journey” adds an intoxicating rhythm that would add a spring to any traveler’s step! The pace is still relaxed, but the added rhythmic energy gives our journey a sense of fun and adventure. “Over the Bridge” opens with the sounds of gently flowing water and a child humming and asking his daddy questions. Penny whistle, harp, keyboards and light hand percussion paint warm aural images of sweetness and innocence. I really like this one! Once the bridge is crossed, the traveler is given a series of challenges to learn important life lessons of courage, faith and perseverance. While the title, “Sword and Stone,” refers to those challenges, the dancelike music stays light and airy, indicating that the lessons are not burdensome. Once the challenges are successfully accomplished, the traveler is rewarded with “Everlasting Love,” as “life in the magical kingdom must have a bit of love and romance!” (quoting Sterling). Hardy’s soprano sax gives this track a smooth jazz vibe while Sterling’s harp keeps it ethereal - also a favorite. “Tomorrows Child” takes on a more mysterious feeling as we are shown the potential future outcomes of life within the magical kingdom. More ambient than melodic but never really dark, it’s a very haunting and atmospheric piece. “Kiss the Sun” sets a truly magical scene. In the soft light of dawn, flowers open and birds sing as we walk along a babbling brook. Harp, penny whistle and sweet vocals encourage the traveler to “reach for the stars.” The title track concludes the album as we reach the entrance to the castle where “all of our hopes and dreams of the life we have lived until this moment are presented to us in a kind of kaleidoscopic montage seen within the golden light of the sun.” (again quoting Sterling) This gentle piece soothes the spirit and refreshes the mind with the reminder that dreams can come true and that there is an abundance of beauty to be found if we open ourselves to it.

"Magic Kingdom" is a delight from start to finish. It is available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Recommended!