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Sweet and beautiful music from Shadowfax

I’m going to shift gears a bit today and recommend one of my very favorite albums. This is a New Age disc from the band Shadowfax. WAIT! WAIT! Stay with me here a minute. It’s worth it. New Age gets a bad rap because of people like Enya and Yanni, but there really is some great, vital music that gets shelved with that stuff. This is one such disc.

Because you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't have an open mind.

Because you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't have an open mind.

The album Shadowfax was released in 1982 and hit # 19 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. The band has had as many as 13 members, but only 5 of the regulars appeared on this disc. This is the most peaceful, relaxing disc I have and it is full of beautiful songs. I like it start to finish and have introduced it to my daughter, who likes to put it on at bed time.

Every track on this disc is on my iPod. Here they are, briefly:

  • Angel’s Flight – Acoustic guitar backs up Chuck Greenberg’s Lyricon on a pretty little melody.
  • Vajra – More acoustic guitar, saxophone, and all kinds of percussion: marimba, rhythm log, bell tree, and tambourine.
  • Wheel of Dreams – The Lyricon is back on a dreamy and wandering tune.
  • Oriental Eyes – The mood is completely set by the percussion in this song, but the electric piano, saxophone, and Lyricon each have their own sweet melody that they take turns playing.
  • Move the Clouds – This song is a sunset to the sunrise of the last song. This one might be the least interesting track by itself, but it fits very well into the sequence of songs on the disc.
  • A Thousand Teardrops – As sad as the title suggests but not as heavy handed. They do more improvisational work on this track than most of the others.
  • Ariki (Hummingbird Spirit) – Another song that hangs on the percussion, it features saxophone and an occasional bird-like whistle
  • Marie – The disc ends with a very sleepy tune with inventive saxophone and guitar solos.

Listening to a series of samples may not do this disc justice. Pick up a copy of the disc and listen to it in order. I would almost guarantee that at the end of your night or on a Sunday morning, this will hit you right.

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March 25, 2009 - Posted by | New Age

2 Comments »

  1. You mean to tell me that a band named itself after Gandalf’s horse and I’ve never heard of them? And they’ve been around since 1982? I must remedy this oversight.
    Plus, can I put in a request? Could you do a post on shoe-gazing music? I’m a huge Curve fan and would love to find new similar bands.
    Hope you’re having fun out there, big kiss to everybody.

    Comment by susie | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. They are pretty obscure. I was really into New Age music when I was in high school and somehow I came across them back then. It’s veeeery mellow stuff, but I still listen to it from time to time all these years later.

    I’ll delve around for some shoe-gazing. I know I have some that qualifies. I’m actually not very familiar with Curve…

    Comment by missedmusic | March 26, 2009 | Reply


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