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Safe Harbor

by Rhonda Mackert

Peaceful yet stirring solo piano music inspired by the journey of life.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Dreamer's Lament
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2. Shadowlands
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3. Approaching Storm
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4. Eye of the Storm
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5. Uncharted
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6. Sea Glass
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7. Seabirds
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8. Sailing in a Gentle Rain
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9. Where Sea and Stars Meet
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10. Safe Harbor
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11. Morning At the Marina
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12. Breathing in the Sun
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13. Journey's End
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With Safe Harbor, I invite you to join me on a musical journey. We'll sail across misty seas, through a storm that will leave us in uncharted territory. With seabirds as our companions, we'll journey to the place where sea and stars meet and continue on until we find a safe harbor and come to our journey's end.

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Cathy Oakes

Reviewed By Enlightened Piano Radio
Rhonda Mackert is one of the best of the good Irish yarn spinners. She tells wonderful stories that take the listener on a journey of the soul. But she does it with music rather than with words. This was the case with her previous album, “A Wild Beauty,” which told the story of an Alaskan cruise she and her husband enjoyed. And she’s done it again with “Safe Harbor.” In this album, she weaves a common thread throughout thirteen delightful pieces, yet keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next turn in the plot. Her chord progressions are rich and her “velvet touch” on the keyboard (in the words of fellow artist, John Paris) is so pleasing and soothing.

This story takes the listener on a journey aboard aRhonda beautiful ship called “Dreamer’s Lament.” Mackert establishes the mystery of the trip from the very first notes of this piece. She sets the stage for adventure and prepares the listener for more to come as they set sail on the enchanting sea. From the calm seas, the vessel sails through “Shadowlands” where Rhonda describes it as a place “where phantom voices whispered to me in the mist.” She portrays this beautifully with a “question and answer” motif on the keyboard, some haunting, some joyful. The echo effect is wonderful and the changing meters of this piece add to the mystery and drama. This is one my favorite pieces!

The journey continues with an “Approaching Storm.” The introduction warns that something is afoot. The intricate patterns in the right hand seem playful at the beginning, but become more menacing as the piece progresses. After a dangerous passing through the wall of the squall, she brings the traveler to the beautiful, peaceful “Eye of the Storm.” One can almost see the stars shining in the night sky and feel the peaceful rocking of the ship. She masterfully guides the listener to that “other worldly” feeling of having a storm raging all around and yet being totally at peace.

After the experience of the storm, the journey continues through “Uncharted Waters.” Once again, Rhonda creates the actual emotions one would have and conveys them on the keyboard. This piece is mysterious and allows the listener to actually experience the caution and trepidation one would feel.

Next, Mackert portrays a beautiful piece of “Sea Glass” being tossed in the tide. I heard her play this piece in concert. She compared it to what we feel when we are tossed by the storms of life. With the next chapter in this wonderful story, Rhonda allows one a glimpse through her spyglass at the “Seabirds” as they soar and play in the wind currents, calling one to the other. “Sailing in a Gentle Rain” is so peaceful and restful. I love the walk-down in the bass on this one. You can almost feel the raindrops caressing your face.

Going farther into the journey, Rhonda takes the listener to the place “Where Sea and Stars Meet.” This piece is somewhat playful and yet, conveys the amazing mental picture the title conjures. The listener can almost see the stars twinkling and reflecting in the gentle waves. The end of this piece gives one the sense of sailing right over the edge of the horizon and touching the stars. As the traveler continues, they finally come to a “Safe Harbor.” I heard Rhonda perform this piece in concert, as well and I fell instantly in love with it! The uneven meter leads one to linger just a little longer in the peaceful rocking of the boat. At the end, you can almost hear the contented sigh of the travelers.

“Morning at the Marina” paints a beautiful picture of a foggy, misty morning on the water as the sun just begins to break through. The listener can feel the gentle rocking of the boats at dockside. “Breathing in the Sun” is a happy, carefree piece. It is so easy and relaxing. After the night on the sea, the traveler enjoys simply basking in the warm sun.

The journey is almost over. The final piece, “Journey’s End” is my absolute favorite. The chord progressions are rich and beautiful. This is gorgeous piece with a “singable” melody. One can feel the peace left over from being in the rocking boat and yet the sadness that the journey has come to an end. It is a perfect ending to a wonderful story!

When the last note has sounded, as in the best stories, the listener comes away not knowing whether this journey was a dream or reality. In this case, it doesn’t matter. The journey is so delightful that one will find themselves wanting to go again and again, enjoying the adventure and coming once again to “Safe Harbor.”

This is an excellent CD for those seeking rest, relaxation and a journey of the soul. I am giving it a very solid 5 stars and highly recommending it. Wonderful work, Rhonda! I can hardly wait for the next story in the series!!!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Safe Harbor" is the third solo piano release from Rhonda Mackert and the follow-up to her 2011 "A Wild Beauty." "Safe Harbor" tells the story of a personal journey onboard a sailing vessel and the sights and experiences found along the way. Most of the thirteen original pieces are calm and reflective and all are accessible and very enjoyable. Recorded and mastered at Piano Haven by Joe Bongiorno and performed on his exceptional Shigeru Kawai grand piano, the piano sound is warm, clear and very beautiful. Mackert’s graceful and expressive composing and playing styles effortlessly get her messages across, creating an easy connection between the pianist and the listener. There are no pianistic fireworks here, but that would actually work against the peaceful quality of the music. Instead, these are conversations between Mackert’s heart and the piano, captured in the pure language of music.

"Safe Harbor" opens with “Dreamer’s Lament,” which is the name of the boat she is sailing on. Gentle but more than a little melancholy, it’s a very intriguing beginning. “Shadowlands” goes much darker as “phantom voices whispered to me in the mist.” The changing rhythms in this piece give it an unsettled edge. “Approaching Storm” seems to gather energy and excitement as it progresses - a little bit foreboding, but not threatening. The middle section is actually very light and playful, and then returns to the original theme. “Eye of the Storm” is a favorite - so calm and peaceful. “Sea Glass” conveys the tumbling and tossing of a piece of glass by the shifting currents and tides of the sea while “Sea Birds” is more soothing and comforting. “Where Sea and Stars Meet” tells of sailing toward the horizon. Light and carefree, the seas have calmed and the music suggests images of sparkles dancing on the water. “Morning At the Marina” conveys the softness of fog wrapping itself around everything it meets and blurring all of the edges. “Breathing in the Sun” expresses the warmth of inhaling pure sunshine into your soul and letting it ease any cares away - blissful! “Journey’s End” brings us to the end of our travels, refreshed, renewed and ready to move forward.

"Safe Harbor" is a great soundtrack for an imaginary voyage in your mind (or your boat), driving your car, or simply for a pleasant and relaxing musical experience. Recommended!
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