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Carry the Light

by Sharon K. Cooper

"Carry the Light" is a gorgeous collection of 17th century Baroque melodies that are arranged with improvised harmonies by pianist Sharon K. Cooper. --Kathy Parsons, Reviewer
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1. The Gathering
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2. Unitive Love
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3. Wounded Child
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4. Peace Lullaby
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5. Open the Heart
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6. Rhythms from the Inside Out
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7. Hope Will Live Again
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8. All Creatures Praise
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9. The Vigil
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10. Peace and Light
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11. Sacred Breath
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12. Peace Dance
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13. Ode to Anam Cara
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14. Carry the Light
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15. Loving One, Rise Up and Heal Us
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Album Notes
Sharon K. Cooper, M.A. has a substantive history as a spiritual retreat leader, liturgist, published hymn composer.

Review:
http://www.solopianopublications.com/reviews/cooper.htm

The neo-classical musical expressions on this recording point to a Light born from those who expressed it during 17th century Europe when survival was as vulnerable as it is now. Human beings across the ages, across cultural divides, and through many language barriers have asserted that this Light is greater than any one of us. The timeless melodies and improvised harmonies on this recording rise from within my own heart. They extol a Love that is unitive and a true Light that is restorative in a 21st century context where wars and the divided human mind have taken on new weavings and dimensions. A renewed vision of hope unfolds in the contemporary titles and brief reflections of the improvised Baroque pieces. The recording closes with a familiar tune, Beach Spring, attributed to a 19th century composer. The title given to this closing, "Loving One, Rise Up and Heal Us" melds with the healing music and soothing rhythms of the Beach Spring melody and provides a restful but confident ending in a Higher Love that permeates the Universe with an eternal life-giving Spirit. Thank you for offering your listening heart and ear to this musical adventure, "Carry the Light!"

The original Baroque tunes of these pieces are public domain. Appropriate credits are given to original composers. This album constitutes the development of a theme and meets all the legal requirements thereof with the integrity of the one who has arranged the music. The arrangements and themes of this cd are copyrighted and may not be duplicated without permission.

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Jean Woessner

Music to reflect by, music to let your soul dance!
Taken separately, these pieces are beautifully rendered improvisations of both familiar and lesser-known musical compositions. As a collection, “Carry the Light” carries one through the depths of human expression - longing, companionship, joy, sorrow, wonder, and peace. Gorgeous clarity of exposition and clarity of purpose unite on this CD. I can’t listen enough or recommend more highly!
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Janis Wagner

This CD helped me through 90 minutes each of lying on a table and receiving radi
Hopefully you received the review which I wrote above.
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VGH - Atlanta

Ideal for relaxing and healing... a great gift, beautifully played
I purchased this CD for my Mom to help her recover from chemotherapy when I heard a sampling on solopianoradio.com. I loved Ms. Cooper's rendition of "The Gathering" and the samples seemed to carry the same hopeful message. Mom tells me she cried tears of joy at hearing it and listens to the entire CD daily for relaxing and healing. Thank you to Sharon for adding beauty to this world.
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Marlene Covin

Amazingly gentle yet profound! Wonderful music for meditation or background for
This CD is amazingly gentle in spirit yet profound in the calmness that you experience. It is makes wonderful music for meditation or background music for many occassions.
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Liz Stewart

Does indeed "carry the light" with gentle and glistening sound.
As I listened I found my spirit warmed and brightened with a tranquil and pervasive joy. I'm sharing this joy by giving a second copy as a gift to one of my most treasured friends, and intend to purchase more copies to bring peace and harmony to others in my family and ever-widening circle of friends.
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Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Beautiful. melodic, calm music; played with a deft touch and a deep heart.
This is a lovely CD, calm, confident and uplifting. The solo piano pieces are based on 16th - 18th Century European tunes, but they have a contemporary feel. Unlike a lot of "meditative" music these days, this CD is not just wallpaper. The songs have melodies that go somewhere, with harmonies that are varied and interesting. Although it is calm enough to be unobtrusive for meditative purposes, it also bears attentive listening. Cooper plays gently, clearly, and with heart. The recording is clean and transparent, with remarkable presence. A beautiful, satisfying listen.
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Kathy Parsons

Gorgeous!
“Carry the Light” is a gorgeous collection of 17th century Baroque melodies that are arranged with improvised harmonies by pianist Sharon K. Cooper. A longtime Spiritual Formation retreat teacher, co-founder of Contemplative Ministries of the Pacific Northwest, a published songwriter and poet, and a piano teacher in Alaska, Cooper brings a wealth of experience, spirituality, and deep emotion to the music. Cooper has retitled the fifteen pieces to put them in the context of the 21st century, giving the original titles, composers’ names, and their years of birth and death for reference. She has also included short meditations on each piece in the liner notes, some of which are original, and some quoted from other sources. Some of the arrangements are very contemporary while others retain their original Baroque style. The collection is so well layed-out that the pieces dovetail from one to the next without a jarring shift in styles. While many different emotions and experiences are portrayed, the CD holds a very cohesive mood of peacefulness and spirituality. It is interesting to note that the album was recorded on David Lanz’s piano in his Seattle studio, and produced by Lanz’s longtime producer, Paul Speer.

The CD opens with “The Gathering,” which has come down to us as the hymn, “We Gather Together.” A hymn of thanksgiving, Cooper’s arrangement is quiet, thoughtful, and contemporary. “Unitive Love” is a prayer for inner peace as well as with the rest of the world. “Wounded Child” is tragic, mournful, and achingly beautiful. “Rhythms From the Inside Out” retains a very Baroque flavor, conveying sadness and hope. “Hope Will Live Again” is a gentle, contented piece that is based on a melody by Pachelbel that isn’t “Canon in D”! “All Creatures Praise” is a beautiful updating of the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” “The Vigil” tells of a light in the darkness, full of hope. “Sacred Breath” is lighter and more joyful. The closing track, “Loving One, Rise Up and Heal Us” is a prayer based on “Beach Spring,” which was composed quite awhile after the other pieces, and is hauntingly beautiful.

Sharon Cooper has outdone herself with “Carry the Light.” Deeply spiritual, and also peaceful and soothing, the music has a calming and renewing presence that many artists aspire to, but not many reach at this level. Give your soul a gift of music, and let your spirit be uplifted. Very highly recommended!
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Janie Sohmer

Beautiful, stirring music...
I'm working on wearing this CD out! It is beautifully flowing, just familiar enough, simple yet glorious, full of warmth and deeply spiritual. It tenderizes my heart, opening me to the Spirit. I plan to purchase more for gifts that I know will be received with much gratitude.
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