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by Peter Vantine

Music to celebrate and to mourn, to express compassion and love, piano tunes that soothe and heal. These songs reconnect us with the archetypal forces within, the inner woman and man, the inner child etc.. The language of flowers translated into music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pear
3:43 $0.99
2. Pomegranate
4:32 $0.99
3. Sunflower
3:53 $0.99
4. Touch-Me-Not Balsam
4:36 $0.99
5. Bougainvillea
5:40 $0.99
6. Cherry
4:10 $0.99
7. Pineapple Weed
3:49 $0.99
8. Willowherb
5:25 $0.99
9. Borage
5:30 $0.99
10. White Yarrow
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peaceful and relaxing solo piano improvisations inspired by healing flowers.

Flowers is a collection of 10 solo piano improvisations based on certain plants and flowers, performed by pianist/composer Peter Vantine. Why flowers? That was my idea. Me, Dirk Albrodt. I am a therapist and researcher of the history and the healing qualities of flowers. I am also author of a handful of books about the use of flowers in the therapeutic field. For more than 25 years I have used music in my practice in order to create a supportive and healing atmosphere. It quickly became obvious that there is more to music than just its soothing effect.

Peter Vantine, a composer, pianist and worship leader has been writing and recording music for over 30 years. His musical explorations range from solo piano, choral and concert music to Contemporary Christian and worship music for the church. Peter has already recorded four solo piano albums: Prayerful Improvisations, Prayerful Improvisations 2 , Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas and Peaceful Classics. I learned of Peter and his music from his previous Kickstarter campaigns, as a musician who is gifted to translate into music what flowers can tell us. I have been using his music in my practice for about two years now and love to see people find new hope and inner strength through listening to it in the therapeutic setting.

Why improvisation?
Improvisation doesn’t mean there’s an absence of structure. When I was teaching, I’d often have conversations with my students about improvising within the structure. So often a young musician wants to just go hog wild and play any blessed thing they feel like playing, but this is not true improvisation. Sure, some of the more avant garde musicians will push the boundaries . . . but though they are pushing the limits of the structure, there is STILL structure. When improvising within a structure, there is a freedom that is more profound and more rewarding than if there was an absence of structure. Playing notes randomly without any structure is just that: random. Structure, in this case, births freedom. I realize on the surface it sounds contradictory, but when the musician learns to be free within a particular structure, it is empowering. This musical process provides a more free, almost spiritual, approach to recording and lends itself well to the creation of music for healing.

Flowers & Listening
Like the famous French otolaryngologist Dr. Tomatis said, "The ear is not just another piece of skin - The skin is a specialized part of the ear." How right he is. Scientists found out that the special cells in the inner ear called the cochlea that enable us to hear are very much the same as the ones in our skin that let us notice touch and vibration. With a little training everyone can listen with his whole body. That is what I teach clients who come for help. But there is more to it. Music has a special effect on the brain, it kind of switches off the amygdala, the part where traumas, bad memories and fear are stored. The amygdala’s task is to make us avoid danger. However it all too often takes action when we are challenged and keeps us from achieving what we really desire. It is meant as a kind of protection, but in fact sometimes it protects problems from being solved. This often causes people to avoid facing painful issues. Music is a means to relax the amygdala and help people to cope with pain.

The archetypal language of flowers can support the healing process. When I researched the impact of certain flowers on pregnant women in the 1990s I was amazed, for example, how often pomegranate came up spontaneously in their dreams and visualizations. An artist who had become a mother even gave me a painting of pomegranates as a little thank you. That was no accident. I learned that pomegranate was the fruit of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and others. A friend of mine came back from a journey to Jordan and told me how girls use the fruit as a kind of oracle. They throw the fruit on the ground and the number of seeds that fall out indicate the number of children they will have. So it came hardly as a surprise that scientists discovered estrogen-like ingredients in them. People know intuitively about the essence of flowers. This is why one of the inspirational tunes will be about pomegranate, which will help to get in touch with the inner woman. Another one will be about sunflower, the inner man.

Along with the pomegranate and sunflower, the accompanying archetypal plants and flowers on this album are:

Pear – the mother
Bougainvillea – the poet
Sunflower – the man
Pomegranate – the woman
Cherry – the lover
Touch-Me-Not Balsam – the innocent
White Yarrow – the hero
Fireweed – the healer
Borage – the mourner
Pineapple Weed – the student



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