Goodall has been a leading new age composer/performer since
before my hair started turning gray! (It has been a while.
Don't ask!) And in my personal journeys in the new age and
e-music communities, I have not really embraced his music.
Then I heard Snows of Kilimanjaro!
The first thing that impressed me
about this CD is an endorsement from Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess
of York. I have always admired "Fergie's"
rebellious nature, her persistent ability to come back and her style
in general. She endorsed the project because it helped to raise
200,000 pounds for"Children in Crisis," a charity
that she founded in the early 90's.
Then I read Jeff Stewart's
liner notes. (Jeff is an executive with New World Music,
It is difficult to paraphrase the
entire essay so I will not try. In short, Ron Friend
organized the expedition to honor his son, Martin Friend.
Martin was murdered in Uganda as he was planning his climb up
Kilimanjaro. All 20 climbers in Ron's party reached the peak.
Finally, I listened to the
music! It is delicious! It is a dramatic soundtrack to a
dynamic event. Med's cheerful music showcases ethnic influences
galore. It also shows divine inspiration. It seems to me
that this entire project was in God's hands from the start.
This music is bright and
uplifting. It is "as refreshing and pure as the snow itself."
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts