***When I get a chance, I'll look through all of my New Age collection and see if I can make further recommendations.
Please, don't let me stop you!!
Ok...here's a sampling of what I listen to most frequently after Enya and Lorenna McKinnett's music. I heartily recommend all of them:
"Reflections" by Newell Oler (piano - the cd cover has a beautiful photograph of a pair of swans floating down a river which is lined with trees in colorful autumn foliage.)
"An Evening in Tuscany: The Wine Country collection; North Star records. (It's a variety of romantic favorites.)
"Old English Melodies: Traditional Melodies from the English Countryside; flute, recorder, violin, classical guitar, dulcimer, cello, and accordian, produced and arranged by Greg Duncan. This cd is one of my favorites!
"Classical Garden" by Dan Gibson, from Solitudes. (This cd was played during the visitation period at my mother's funeral in 2006...it's that lovely and the nature sounds that accompany the music are wonderful. Mom loved this cd. It was one of the last gifts I gave to her.)
"Maidens of the Celtic Harp" featuring Aine Ni Dhubhghaill, Anne Marie O'Farrell, Emily Cullen, and Cliona Ni Dhuill.
"Any Octave" William Aura, 3rd Force, EKO, and Craig Chaquica. Music specially selected for computer users.
"Guitar by the Sea" from Majestic Moods. John Foley on Guitar. The sounds of waves coming onto shore accompanied by soft guitar....awesome!
"Lay Your Hands on Me," by Art Porter
"Appalachian Mountain Suite" by Dan Gibson
I also recomend Peter White on guitar...and I forgot to mention that Cole Porter's music is another of my favories. Anything Goes when it comes to Cole!
Here's Loreena McKinnet's "The Highwayman"....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2CFM4ev-g8
A great and "polished" voice.
I love these "story telling/medieval/gothic" musical pieces.
Being a product of the 70's. I went through a stage of what was known as "progressive rock." My drunk girlfriends hated it, because we couldn't dance to it. However, it's musical level and expertise, couldn't be created by the average rock-n-roll band. That's why it never lasted very long.
Most rock I listened to after this, amounted to three or four chords on a guitar, and a case of beer.
However, one of my favorite "progressive favorites" is a band called Kansas. Their newer stuff sucks, but their 70's, "Song for America," CD, is quite good. Followed closely behind, by their "Masque" CD. I love the "story telling" types of music, regardless of it's particular musical genre. Kansas, "pulled out all the stops," when they introduced us "drug infested rockers" of that particular time, to their ability to use violins, as their main musical instrument. (or a very close second)
I saw them twice at Elliot Hall of Music here at Purdue. I've also heard various bands there in the past, such as Gary Wright, with his electronic piano and mouge synthesizer. (go away spellcheck)
I love Elliot Hall of music. It has been rated, as one of the finest "accoustic sounding" theaters, in the United States!! Not a bad seat in the house!!
...and at that particular time anyway, and being pretty much "soundproof" to outside noises, it had a remarkable ability, to preserve such "organic gifts from the gods," if you know what I mean!!
Truly a remarkable experience, to say the least!!
Thanks again, and will continue listening!!
p.s... talkin' bout amazing grace!! Christ, how did I survive the seventies?