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Mystic Places

by Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising is Wendy Loomis (composer/pianist) and Monica Williams (flutist/arranger). Together they create soundscapes of light and energy.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Atlantis
5:47 $0.99
2. Guanacos
4:14 $0.99
3. Eastern Breeze
5:40 $0.99
4. Golden Buddha
4:01 $0.99
5. Piseco
6:21 $0.99
6. Egyptian Fantasy
4:25 $0.99
7. Stone Cottage
3:26 $0.99
8. Jay's Jig
3:38 $0.99
9. Winds of the Desert
3:22 $0.99
10. Humanity
4:17 $0.99
11. Inside Out
3:31 $0.99
12. Higher Power
2:44 $0.99
13. Eternal Flames
5:03 $0.99
14. Green Eyes
4:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
About Mystic Places … Musical themes were composed by Wendy Loomis and
arrangements were by Monica Williams and Wendy Loomis. Together they have
created a musical journey that takes you around the world and inside your
soul. Enjoy!

We begin in ATLANTIS with stirrings of ancient knowledge and a paradise
beneath the sea. Next we travel to South America where silent GUANACOS –
wonderful llama-like animals with big, gazing eyes – pose in the desert
solitude. EASTERN BREEZE takes us to a small village in Eastern Europe
where the haunting sounds of the accordion waft through the central
square. Moving on to Thailand we discover anew the meditative GOLDEN
BUDDHA reminding us of the importance of practicing non-attachment to
worldly pursuits. Around the world we go to Upstate New York where the
Algonquin and Iroquois tribes lived peacefully together in a region of
hills and lakes – PISECO (meaning 'fish') being the most beautiful lake of
all. Mysteries, secrets, primeval mounds designed to preserve the soul
bring us to EGYPTIAN FANTASY. Picture an older couple quietly going about
their evening chores together – perhaps sweeping up the floor or tending
the fire after an evening meal – and you have arrived at the STONE
COTTAGE. The light of a child – full of wonder, full of hope, full of
exuberant energy and then dropping exhausted – is the essence of JAY'S
JIG. Quickly changing in direction, power, and heat level we spend some
time among the WINDS OF THE DESERT. Hearts are capable of both cruelty
and compassion which are explored in the intertwining melodies of
HUMANITY. Next we explore the explosive nature of hurricanes and
earthquakes and the heroic struggle for a life in balance in INSIDE OUT.
After the storm we are once again reminded of the source of it all, of
gratitude, of belief, of forgiveness which brings us to HIGHER POWER.
ETERNAL FLAMES are never-ending energies of remembrance. Seeing into the
soul of another and unconditional love bring us full circle to GREEN EYES.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Mystic Places" is the third album by Bay Area duo Phoenix Rising which features pianist/composer Wendy Loomis and flautist/arranger Monica Williams (traditional and world flutes). Nature sounds are interwoven in some of the music, setting a mood as well as a sense of place. The goal of this album is to “enable the listener to journey to exotic places on the earth and inside one’s soul.” Combining new age, world, classical and jazz styles into their music Phoenix Rising has been nominated for numerous awards by the Hollywood Music and Media Awards, Los Angeles Music Awards, and the Unisong International Competition. Several tracks from their two previous albums have been included in independent films. The variety of ethnic styles and musical genres is impressive and allows Phoenix Rising to perform in venues from street festivals to concert halls, art galleries, and clubs. In addition to piano and flute, synthesizers and a broad range of percussion instruments from all over the world add color, spirit, and exotic rhythms to their music.

The first "Mystic Place" on our journey is “Atlantis.” The sounds of birds and flowing water add to the mysterious atmosphere of the music. “Guanacos” refers to llama-like animals from South America with large, gazing eyes, and this tribute to them is a favorite. Lively and rhythmic, the piece overflows with an infectious and exotic spirit. “Eastern Breeze” takes us to the central square of a small village in eastern Europe. Flutes and percussion conjure images of a languid pace as warm winds fill the air. “Piseco” (meaning “fish”) brings us to upstate New York where the Algonquin and Iroquois tribes co-existed peacefully. Comprised of several movements, Native flutes and piano create a scenes of harmony, drama and mystery. 11-year-old Taylor Alyssa Lai adds her Native American flute to this piece - impressive! “Egyptian Fantasy” is another favorite. Inspired by mysteries, secrets, and primeval mounds designed to preserve the soul, the music swirls and dances with abandon. “Stone Cottage” takes us to a simpler time and lifestyle, conveying a peaceful contentment - I really like this one, too! “Winds of the Desert” moves to a more ambient style with a slow, minimalist flute, gentle percussion, and light synth and piano. The haunting “Humanity” reflects on the human heart’s capacity for both cruelty and compassion - another favorite. The dark and turbulent “Inside Out” explores the nature of hurricanes and earthquakes. Driving drums, keyboard and flutes express the chaos of any disaster. “Eternal Flames” brings Loomis’ graceful piano to the forefront while Williams’ lyrical flute weaves around the melody - a beautiful homage to the never-ending energies of remembrance. “Green Eyes” closes the album with a gorgeous hymn to unconditional love. There are flute touches here and there, but this is mostly a piano piece that trails off into the sounds of the surf at the end.

"Mystic Places" is an exciting musical adventure from the first note to the last! Recommended!