Music for Relaxation and Inspiration…
Annie Locke Portraits album
Portraits offers a soothing flow of melodies and harmonies with tones of strings, flute and electric piano. Annie Locke Portraits album
This is relaxing and inspiring music. It was the first album I (Francis) heard of Annie’s music, and I played it a lot then and now… It gives me a lift when I need it – and is very different from anything else I have heard in the ‘Relaxation’ or ‘new age’ genre.
Annie says of Portraits, that she hopes that the music, will help the listener to feel more peaceful and relaxed – and more able to connect with the gentle, harmonious place which is in us all, but often gets clouded over in moments stress or illness. This works for me…
In America this album has been used at a number of hospitals, and played at the birth of over 5,000 babies.
Annie Locke Portraits contains 12 beautiful tracks with a play time of 41:19 minutes.
Take a listen
- To Ra (08:52)
- Sylvia (04:26)
- Harp Interlude (01:05)
- Grace (04:08)
- Marmsy Asleep (01:51)
- Margaret (07:27)
- Grace II (03:39)
- A Magic Place (03:03)
- Leprechauns (02:19)
- Mike’s Country (01:58)
- For Alan A Happy Piece (02:07)
- Fanfare For The Future (01:14)
I recently reviewed British composer/keyboardist/pianist Annie Locke’s first solo piano album, A Glimmer of Hope, which is her fourth album and her first release in more than twenty years. Portraits, (which is reviewed here) was her second album …..
Needed now more than ever, Annie’s music.. provides a quiet, peaceful respite and offers a calming escape from the frantic pace of contemporary life and the daily jolts of nastiness that occur all over the world.
The keyboard sounds are a bit dated, but that takes nothing away from the tranquility of the music. Most of the twelve pieces are named for a person because, at that time, Locke was giving personal sessions where she intuitively played and recorded music that became each client’s own personal music.
The playing time of the tracks ranges from just under nine minutes to just over one minute. There is variety in the music from track to track, but the overall feeling is blissful. Many relaxation and healing albums are very ambient, but Locke’s music is melodious and more classically-structured than most music in that genre. She primarily uses the synth voices of strings, flute and electric piano.
Portraits begins with “To Ra,” the longest track on the album. At just under nine minutes, it has plenty of time to create a peaceful, soothing atmosphere for the listener to slip into as the music works its magic. The melody is simple and the overall feeling of the piece is one of floating on a cloud or on a warm and gentle sea. “Sylvia” is a little less ambient and paints a very sweet and charming portrait of its subject. “Harp Interlude” is a brief exploration of a different keyboard sound.
“Grace” is one of my favorites. A bit more poignant than the previous pieces, the bittersweet flute sound is haunting. “Marmsy Asleep” is a dreamy and magical lullaby. “A Magic Place” is lighter and more fanciful, expressing a childlike innocence.
“Leprechauns” continues with a playful tone in a more Celtic style. For me, “Mike’s Country” evokes images of wide open spaces, rolling green hills and a simple way of life. “Fanfare For The Future” is a brief postlude that is quite different from the other pieces, but is a great ending to a fascinating album.
If you missed Annie Locke’s music the first time around (as I did), Portraits is a very pleasant find. It is available from Amazon (both US and UK), CD Baby and iTunes. Recommended!
August 23, 2017
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