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"The Awakening" CD Review

Mark Barnes "The Awakening" CD cover and link to mark's website.  CD Review 
 "The Awakening
 by Mark Barnes  
 Reviewer - Len Rogers 

     Mark Barnes' newest release, "The Awakening" aptly falls into the genre of new age. In this case, new age is yes the genre, however it is also a great description of the CD. Unique, fresh, and in some ways almost a "mystical" experience, "The Awakening" not only pleases and tantalizes the auditory sense, the work also is literally an awakening. We have known for many years that "music calms the savage beast", so to speak. But Barnes has taken that calm and transfigured it into an inspirational sensory experience. 

     A generous offering of fourteen tracks, "The Awakening" is more than what is in your CD player today. The music lingers within, a myriad of sensations ranging from serene to empowered are gifts the talents of Mark Barnes also delivers. This listener cannot merely offer a description of; new age, ambient electronica, or accomplished keyboardist. Although, all are true, there is so much more to this work. Once you pass the initial enjoyment of just listening, you enter the next phase, feeling. For me a very personal sensation of peace and focus. I have already heard from  members that "The Awakening" will be an enhancing match for meditation and even music therapy. I have my "awakening" during my morning walk. 

      Mark Barnes literally wraps you up in his music and carries you along for a most invigorating ride. The entire CD is an example of muse. That being Mark Barnes' muse, and an active muse for the listener. I was not able to pick a favorite track. As all are a part of the larger experience of the entire CD. Not to say each song is not "stand out" strong on their own, they are. But for me, I want the entire experience. I remember a "Peanuts" comic many years back. Lucy had asked Charlie Brown to describe his favorite emotion. Charlie's answer was: The feeling I get when I am laying in the back seat of my parents car, during a vacation drive. I can see the landscapes pass by, feel the road, but I know I am in the best place in the world. That is the way I describe the experience." The Awakening" is the car, and of course Mark Barnes is driving. Yes, I know sounds Oprah eh? Well I wouldn't  be a bit surprised if the daytime feel good Miss herself putting the reaction to "The Awakening" up there with other life empowering arts she supports.

Check out the Mark Barnes  website for information and to get your copy of Mark's music!!!!

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