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Time Not Forgotten

by Rhonda Mackert

A collection of pieces inspired by some of my strongest memories.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Dancing Through My Memories
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2. Walking Among Giants
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3. Time Not Forgotten
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4. Molokini
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5. Monsoon
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6. White Cliffs
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7. Spring on Grayrock Mountain
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8. Chasing Fireflies
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9. Healing Places
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10. Dreaming of Sedona
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11. Skipping Stones
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12. Free Floating
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Album Notes
Time Not Forgotten is a collection of pieces inspired by some of my strongest memories. The memories range from chasing fireflies as a little girl, to hot-air ballooning, to watching the White Cliffs of Dover fade from sight while riding a ferry to the Netherlands. The memories are varied, but all have left their indelible impressions on my life. I hope as you listen to this music, you will be drawn back to your own memories and times not forgotten.

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Pam Asberry

Another beautiful album by Rhonda Mackert!
Solo pianist and composer Rhonda Mackert grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She started piano lessons at age eight, switched to flute at age twelve, and returned to the piano as an adult. Now a resident of Seattle, Washington, Rhonda’s music is straightforward, intensely personal and evocative and I am delighted to have the opportunity review her fifth and latest recording, “Time Not Forgotten.”

The album opens with “Dancing Through My Memories,” composed on a gray, rainy winter morning in which Rhonda found her thoughts drifting back to sunnier times from her childhood; this nostalgic waltz sets the stage for the remainder of the album. The second track, “Walking Among Giants,” is solemn and brooding and reminded me of my first encounter with the mighty Sequoia trees in Muir Woods north of San Francisco. The title track, “Time Not Forgotten,” is poignant and flowing, its melody effortlessly alternating between moments of pure joy and hints of regret.

“Molokini,” with its rich base and resonant overtones, is an impressionistic sound painting of the magnificent coral reef located inside the sheltered arms of the volcanic crater Molokini in the Hawaiian Islands, a popular underwater destination where thousands of fish and marine animals cohabitate. “Monsoon” is another example of Mackert’s ability to create vivid imagery with her music: persistent opening intervals sounding an ominous warning of the storm ahead, rapid ostinato left hand patterns reminiscent of swirling winds, crashing bass octaves depicting bolts of thunder. “White Cliffs” describes the composer’s experience watching the White Cliffs of Dover fade from view while riding a ferry to the Netherlands. This music, which perfectly summons both the magnificence of the scenic beauty and the sorrow of loss upon leaving such a well-beloved place, is a personal favorite. Similarly, “Spring on Greyrock Mountain” is a musical memory of hiking up Greyrock Mountain, located in Roosevelt Forest in Colorado. Another favorite, “Chasing Fireflies,” sweetly captures the innocence of childhood and the simple pleasure of this universally beloved summertime activity, flashes of sound twinkling like fireflies in the dusk and taking me back to my own younger days.

“Healing Places” is a gentle piece evoking the healing meccas located all around the world, which attract seekers with their restorative powers. This beautiful piece, renewing to the spirit and soothing and refreshing to mind and body, segues perfectly into “Dreaming of Sedona,” itself a spiritual destination for many with its magical blend of red rocks, cool waters, singing birds and wildflowers. “Skipping Stones” recalls another childhood delight, its rippling left hand interrupted by streaks of sound in the upper register skittering over the music like stones splashing across the surface of the water. The final piece, “Free Floating,” is dreamy and ethereal and put me in mind of those moments between waking and sleep when conscious thought begins to dissolve into early stage dreaming, the perfect conclusion to this introspective album.

Fans of beautiful solo piano music won’t want to miss the musical memories shared in Rhonda Mackert’s “Time Not Forgotten.” Very highly recommended!
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Dyan Garris

Unforgettable Solo Piano
“Time Not Forgotten” by Rhonda Mackert
Album Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD.com

Rhonda Mackert’s fifth album release, “Time Not Forgotten,” is an absolutely exquisite collection of twelve original solo piano pieces inspired by some of her various lifetime memories.

Feeling yourself completely relax from the very first notes, this is solo piano to immerse yourself in, for sure, whether we are “Chasing Fireflies,” “Dreaming of Sedona,” or watching the “White Cliffs”[of Dover] disappear in the distance.

Rhonda, seemingly one with her piano, is a master of quintessential elegance in both timing and touch – a wonderful artist to see in concert – and “Time Not Forgotten” is forty-eight minutes of pure bliss. Uncontrived, and with a completely effortless feel to it, every song on the album is wholly memorable.

“Dancing Through My Memories,” aptly opens the album. This has a such a nice light flavor to it, yet with an artful richness and depth at the same time. Beautifully performed with ease and grace, “Walking Among Giants” expresses, perhaps, a reverence for life and the gifts of life. Track 3, is the title track, “Time not Forgotten.” Like good memories, the song sticks in our head long after it has ended. Pure, graceful elegance.

To say Rhonda paints pictures with her music is truly an understatement. We are there. It is almost impossible to choose one track as a favorite, as they are all so beautiful. I am enamored of “White Cliffs,” which is both flowing and lovely and one to return to again and again. As well, “Healing Places,” on track 9, is exceptionally beautiful and calming as one would expect special healing places to be. “Dreaming of Sedona” perfectly evokes the soulful essence of that majestic place. Track 11, “Skipping Stones,” is fine and delicate, with a melody that skips across crystal clear water to settle deeply and indelibly into our heart space. The album winds down with the perfectly gorgeous and timeless, “Free Floating,” which feels dreamy, yet grounded, and well-suited, it seems, for peaceful sleep.

Superlatively calming, the album, “Time Not Forgotten,” by Rhonda Mackert is a must have and recommended for any solo-piano lover, and anyone who wants and needs an unparalleled experience of utter serenity. You won’t forget it.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
I first heard of Rhonda Mackert by listening to Dan Chadburn’s show Beyond Words on One World Music Radio, he featured a composition of hers which peaked my interest and some months later an album by Rhonda now lies on my desk to be reviewed, which is a most pleasant thought indeed.
This voyage of solo piano to be undertaken is called Time Not Forgotten, and we start by opening the portal to the first piece entitled Dancing Through My Memories. This is a very clever way to begin the album, one that conjures up images in my mind’s eye of a person dancing in the shadows of their own memories and by themselves, remembering fond times as they twist and turn across the dusty sunlit dappled dance floor.
The next track is superbly titled and called Walking Among Giants. I have listened to this specific piece several times now, as it really stood out for me and each time I do so I can feel then energy of greatness within the composition; it is also performed with such respect and precision and contains a very rich melody as well.
The title track is now upon us, that rich blank canvas that allows the musician to paint the very nature of the project that will unfurl before us. This arrangement has a sensitivity of its own; it is a gloriously cultured composition that is extremely listenable. Time Not Forgotten is a track that draws a moving and passionate musical narrative to hook us completely.
We now slide through the doorway of a track called Molokini, OK I had to look this up, and found many references to Hawaii. If this is about the partially submerged volcanic crater there, then it resonates perfectly with the subject matter in question. I personally found this piece very powerful, but also incredibly fluent, Mackert has created a blissful level of ambience into this delightful opus.
As we edge ever closer to the half way marker, we come across a very intense offering called Monsoon. As we let the rain fall, we can shelter from this weather by sitting in a hut and listening to the power of nature and its relentless character. Mackert has created a composition here that is incredibly visual and with a deliciously addictive tempo, one so good that whilst listening to this track I nearly forgot to breathe! Note to self, I must remember to breathe more often.
I must admit I have a fondness for this next one, I used to watch my cousin as he sat on the edge of the White Cliffs of Dover, that was so many years ago, but this melodic slice of genius takes me back to those wild open spaces and the vast ocean that laid before me. White Cliffs is an arrangement that is packed with many memories, perhaps like mine, but at all times manifesting a sensitivity of range and tone to create such a vast vista to gaze upon musically, and then sigh blissfully.
Interestingly enough this album has moved me emotionally a few times now and as we find ourselves in Spring on Greyrock Mountain, we have yet another opportunity to reflect on fond times and past reminiscences, the view through the music is simply sublime and very idyllic, with ease one can see the tapestry of multi coloured flowers on the mountain side, dancing in the breeze.
Rhonda Mackert plays with such an openness of heart, and on the piece Chasing Fireflies that is really emphasised. I saw this great spectacle a few times while in the mid-west of the U.S, and those fairy like lights that dance across the night sky are quite breath takingly beautiful as is the performance here, and played with the delicacy of the Firefly itself.
It’s always good to have Healing Places, I have several in the village where I live, although most are by the sea, all give me great peace and tranquillity when I am there. This piece of music would be perfect to share on those occasions when I need to avail myself of a little quiet time, this is simply charming.
I have heard much about Sedona; however I have never visited the location, but perhaps I can do so vicariously via this composition; Dreaming of Sedona can be my passage to this mystical place. Mackert’s performance here is delightfully confident and draws such a wide range of imagery for us to enjoy. There is also the momentum of an onward movement here, which adds weight to the sensation of a dream time sojourn in this most amazing of places.
We have arrived at the penultimate offering from the album, and we find a simple little piece called Skipping Stones. This childlike and gentle melody seems to take us back further in time, as more memories from a happy past are revisited, but within a happy and light essence about its construction at all times.
Sadly it’s time to leave this quite healing realm created thus far by pianist Rhonda Mackert, but before we go, the artist has one last musical gift to leave us with and it is called Free Floating. Another clever track can be found here, as the musician leaves with a flowing, but gentle tempo, one that almost seems to say thank you for listening, now just close your eyes and float onwards in peace.
Time Not Forgotten by Rhonda Mackert is one of those solo piano albums that simply delights you at every twist and turn of the project, the sensitivity of performance on this album is amazingly beautiful and worth applauding. Mackert’s artistic endeavours have manifested something here that truly allows one to reflect and heal, while each and every arrangement has been meticulously put together with such intelligence and grace. This is a must buy album for anyone who has a desire to bathe in truly cathartic music.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Time Not Forgotten" is pianist/composer Rhonda Mackert’s fifth solo piano album and I think it’s her best to date. From the stunning cover artwork to the velvety-smooth piano sound, this album indicates a new level of artistry and sophistication from the Colorado native now living near Seattle, WA. "Time Not Forgotten" is a collection of twelve original pieces inspired by Mackert’s memories of experiences and events in her life from childhood forward. Overall, the album maintains a relaxing and calming pace with a spirit of optimism and positivity - things we can all use more of! The album was recorded and mastered at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ and has an especially beautiful piano sound. This album can create a warm ambience as background music, but it is substantial and complex enough for many satisfying listens with full attention.

"Time Not Forgotten" begins with “Dancing Through My Memories,” a nostalgic look back that is both peaceful and bittersweet. “Walking Among Giants” is my favorite piece of the twelve. I love the way it moves ahead at a purposeful yet relaxed pace. The title could mean a number of things, but I assume it refers to walking among the giant redwoods in Northern CA, a truly awe-inspiring experience! The title track is in a darker minor key and reminds me just a bit of some of Robin Spielberg’s music - very heartfelt and evocative. “Molokini” refers to a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater near Maui. The piece bearing its name is light yet very mysterious, punctuated with the right hand crossing over the left into the deep bass of the piano. I really like this one, too! I love the gradually-building energy of “Monsoon,” which also has occasional cross-overs to the deep bass. “Chasing Fireflies” is a lively and sweetly innocent piece about a favorite childhood activity. Played mostly at the upper end of the piano keyboard, you can almost see the fireflies sparkle! “Healing Places” expresses a blissful serenity that quiets the mind and soothes the soul. An air of innocence returns with “Skipping Stones,” an activity many of us associate with the unencumbered freedom of childhood. The rhythm of the piece often suggests the pattern of a stone skimming over the surface of water - another favorite track. One of the pieces on the album is about hot-air ballooning, but it isn’t specified which one. I think it must be “Free Floating,” a slow, open piece that gently glides along in no hurry and with no particular destination - a reminder to just “be.”

If you have enjoyed Rhonda Mackert’s previous albums, I’m sure you’ll really like "Time Not Forgotten." If you are new to her music, this is a great place to start! Recommended!
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