"Heavenly Whispers" is a shimmeringly beautiful
second release by pianist/composer Janie Horton (her first release was "A Gift From Janie"
as Janie Campbell.). Some of the tracks are solo piano and others feature Daniel Kobialka on
violin, Verlene Schermer on harp, and/or Valerie Hayes with wordless vocals. Janie also
adds keyboard textures to some of the music, but this is minimal. The music is quiet
and introspective but full of emotional power. Amazingly, Janie is willing to give her
CD to anyone who would like a copy or who knows someone in need of the healing and
soothing power of music.
The CD opens and closes with two versions of "Lullaby
for Daddy," which features harp and voice as well as piano. Gentle and soothing, the piece
invites relaxation and surrender. As the title implies, "Mourning Light"
carries a feeling of tragedy and loss, deepened by the soulful violin. As it evolves, the
mood lightens to a more hopeful feeling and ends peacefully. "Para El Hotel
Casa Real" is one of the solos, and is much more serene. I was lucky enough to see Janie play
this live, and she described the place that inspired the music as a bit of heaven on
earth. Warmth, peace, and tenderness run through the music, making this a favorite.
"Ballerina Angel" is another favorite. A bit more upbeat and lively, it has the swirling
movement and grace of a dancer with the sweetness of an angel - very lovely!
"Where Did He Go" tugs at the heartstrings with piano and violin. Melancholy and
questioning, this piece is so sad!
"The River Runs Deep" is again more optimistic and
has a wonderful flowing quality. This is mostly a piano piece, but the violin parts add
poignance and additional color. "Sweet Child of Mine" is a tender love song to a
dear son. There are thirteen tracks on "Heavenly Whispers," and they are all gorgeous.
Reflective and deeply felt, Janie Horton's music reaches out, offering comfort and peace. Sure
to be one of my favorites of the year!
To request a copy of "Heavenly Whispers," email
Janie Horton at TheBlithe@aol.com or write to her at PMB 142, 1325 Howard Avenue, Burlingame,
CA 94010. Very highly recommended!
This Kathy Parsons review
originally reviewed for Solo
Piano Publications website. It
is reprinted here on Ambient Visions with permission.
Kathy Parsons' bio page for more information.