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CD REVIEW: Harrison Edwards – Spirit of the Mountain
By Ben Ohmart - 07/28/2003 - 02:51 PM EDT

Artist: Harrison Edwards
Album: Spirit of the Mountain
CD Review: Says the author, “Spirit of the Mountain was inspired by numerous trips to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with my wife and son. It is truly a magnificent place. When you stand on North Lookout and gaze out over the valley, watching these beautiful birds flying overhead, you can feel your connection with nature. My trips there have always had a strong spiritual aspect to them, and that was the inspiration for the music and title of this cd.’

Indeed, this 56 minute disc is chock full of wide-open instrumentals that really blow the wind for you. Anyone with half a brain will be able to feel the other elements combine with this more than upbeat new age music. It is quite obviously music for climbing mountains: the journey, and the relaxation at the top. You should pick your own tracks for what gets you up there, and what keeps you there.

Harrison knows how to create music with a personality that goes beyond surrealness. Acoustic guitars, flutes, strings, percussion and a plethora of probable keyboard effects keep these 12 tracks not only interesting, but necessary as a whole. I personally look forward to more thematic music from this guy. Why haven’t I heard of him before?

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