Blue Moon Dancing
The Sound of Gratitude
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|Review of Blue Moon Dancing|
One of the most illuminating aspects of a Marina Raye recording is her ability to capture a specific mood or atmosphere with her flute playing. Full of soul and expressive color, her flute has its own specific voice that entrances the listener with its sweet sound, taking them on a unique journey of the spirit with each album. Blue Moon Dancing is possibly her strongest release to date, featuring her hypnotic flute tones paired with the gentle percussion of master drummer River Guerguerian, who plays Kanjira, cajon, talking drum, tabla and gourd on the recording. The interplay is marvelous — Guerguerian’s drums add to the primal, Native American-style aspects of Raye’s flute playing (interestingly, even when it is an Asian drum like the tabla), offering a very organic synergy of talent.
Dan Cowan, Music Design In Review
The Story of Blue Moon Dancing
Working with our drummer, River Guerguerian, and with Chris Rosser, our studio engineer, was high fun. One of my intentions for this CD was to have so much fun recording and mixing it that the joy in the studio would spill over into every note of music. We began the project totally open to how each step would unfold. River and I worked side by side during the recording of our tracks. When River suggested that I might want to lay down an additional track of the flute I had just recorded, both Charlie and I said, “We’ve tried that before and it doesn’t work.” I paused and remembered my intention to be “open at the top” as to how the music would unfold. So I tried it and it worked so well that songs 4 and 7 have three tracks of flutes. I have been using two flutes, an octave apart, on many of our recordings, but this is the first time to have three flute tracks. The result is expansive and mesmerizing!
Sound healer and visionary scientist, Dr. Valerie Hunt has researched the importance of rhythm in the treatment and prevention of stress-related diseases. Her work inspired me to invite River Guerguerian, an amazing mult-percussionist, to be our guest artist on this CD. The combination of the relaxing sounds of my flutes with the trance-like rhythms is appropriate for all healing modalities.
May Blue Moon Dancing assist you to open your heart to an ever-widening experience of joy, gratitude and bliss. May it provide a vehicle for healing that is inspiring and uplifting, expansive and luminous.
Quote from Marlene Brown, Ph.D., “I use Blue Moon Dancing
when doing Reiki on Cancer patients. They respond that they definitely
feel 'different' after listening to this CD. They get very relaxed,
and feel a different energy. It's GREAT!”
The Story of the cover art of Blue Moon Dancing
The cover art by our friend Charles Frizzell is inspired by an amazing experience.
Charles and his partner, Shawn, were driving in Southern Colorado on a
night of an eclipse of the full harvest moon. They stopped when they
spotted a large, injured Great Horned Owl by the roadside. Shawn
approached the owl to see if she could assist it, speaking quietly to
calm it. After a while, she reached down to slowly and gently pick it
up,. The owl stretched his huge wings, then tucked them to his sides as
he snuggled into her arms and rested against her breast, his talons
interlocked with her fingers. After spending more than an hour with
the owl, Shawn felt that it wanted to be left in the desert. She walked
far from the road into the desert and set the owl down in a clearing
surrounded by sagebrush. Backing away while watching the owl, Shawn
glanced back to check her footing. When she looked back, the owl had
vanished. Charles describes this dramatic experience in this way: “The
owl represented change and transition to us; a merging of the
traditional with new energies; a balance of the masculine and feminine…”