Thursday, June 29, 2023

Across the Sky/Peace and Power By James Marienthal


Across the Sky/Peace and Power


James Marienthal

Written by

Steve Sheppard


James Marienthal has a wonderful talent for creating sensitive and meaningful music on his instrument of choice the flute. This sombre and mournful new single entitled Across The Sky/Peace and Power is a tribute to his passed inspiration, the Native American vocalist Joanne Shenandoah.

Here is a suite of emotive importance, indeed what could be more important than wishes of global peace, love and respect, what makes this special for me is the compositional structure of the song, while Marienthal’s flute is indeed mournful, the entire arrangement is doubly so, especially utilising the angelic and ethereal sounds and vocalisations contained within, one can easily drift into a blissful reverie with this release, it’s also not too hard to imagine Joanne’s voice calling out across the multi-dimensional universe for us to all enjoy and hear.

The Colorado based flautist has really brought his A game with this release, its soft sensitive presentation is a delight, and the overall construction of such a respectful narrative will go onward for eons, cementing the Joanne Shenandoah legacy by manifesting into this world an utterly beautiful performance with the piece, Across the Sky/Peace and Power.

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