Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Andy Iorio II


A Reflective Review – By Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea
I love Andy Iorio’s II from beginning to end. His playing and composition is simple yet exquisite. His music is soothing, moving, emotional and stunning. When I listen to this CD I am captivated from the Opening track to the Closing. II has a magnificent cinematic feel to it that will inspire the listener to want to hear more from this musician who has a mastery of the piano that goes so far beyond the technical. II is a sensitive wonderful musical creation that will take you on a warm comforting ethereal musical journey. For more information visit andyiorio.com and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Andy Iorio.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Soul Comfort - Alistair Conwell

 
 
A Reflective Review By Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea
 
When Alistair Conwell contacted me about his recent book Soul Comfort I was deeply moved by it and even though some time has passed since I first read this special gem my feelings have not changed. If anything it is more precious to me. Alistair offers a comforting approach to those dealing with grief in this beautiful profound book that focuses on the soul to soul, heart to heart connections that go so far beyond the physical universe. Soul Comfort reminds us that consciousness transcends all, including the death of the physical body, and that a grieving heart truly is a loving soul. For more information visit o-books.com and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Alistair Conwell.
 
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Presents Kochi



 A Reflective Review By Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea


Kochi the latest CD release by the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir directed by Ruth Weber is inspired by Kochi which is hidden in the southwest corner of India, in the state of Kerala, which is considered to be one of the most fascinating Jewish communities. The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir is world class presenting one of the finest vocal ensembles I have ever heard.  When you purchase the Kochi release you are supporting great music and culture as well as a wonderful charitable cause.  For more information visit the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir website sdjmc.org and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Ruth Weber.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jayne Morris - Burnout To Brilliance




A Reflective Review By Andrea R. Garrison - Online With Andrea

Burnout To Brilliance – Strategies for Sustainable Success by Jayne Morris is a very insightful book for anyone who feels overwhelmed with work and the challenges of life.  What is great about this book is that Jayne shares her personal story about what it was like to work constantly until she was completely burned out. Burnout To Brilliance takes us through the restorative healing process that helped Jayne to become a balanced whole person who knows how to work hard and to rest as well. In this hectic world this is a valuable lesson for all of us. For more information please visit www.jaynemorris.com and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Jayne Morris.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Up From Where We've Come - An Eventful Journey By Charles Wright




A Reflective Review – By Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea

Up From Where We’ve Come – An Eventful Journey is a heart wrenching autobiography by Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist Charles Wright best known for Express Yourself – the worldwide ‘70’s Soul smash hit. Initially it was my intention to read the book over a period of time but once I started I could not stop until I reached the final page. Charles writes in excruciating detail about racism, during the Jim Crow era and the struggles of the Wright family who worked as sharecroppers near Clarksdale, Mississippi in the 40’s and 50’s. This brutally honest book has all of the ingredients for a compelling film.  It extends beyond the Wright family in that it reveals the struggles of many African Americans who lived and survived this very painful period in American history. Up From Where We’ve Come is a powerful read and this is only the beginning. Charles Wright is in the process of writing another book that will continue revealing the story of his amazing journey from Mississippi to California and beyond. Up From Where We’ve Come is available on Amazon.com. To learn more about the work of Charles Wright visit his site Express Yourself.Net and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Charles Wright.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gareth Presents Sky Before A Storm





A Reflective Review By

Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea

The CD Sky Before A Storm by Gareth is a wonderful musical creation filled with so much Spirit. Technically Gareth and his skills as a musician is on point which is a great thing but as I listen I am more impressed with the compassion that comes through in every single track.  The innate talent that he possesses cannot be taught. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on the inside of the CD cover is a perfect selection for this special creator of music.  It says, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." As Gareth plays the Native American flute you can hear and you can feel the depth of someone who has a great understanding of music and life.  It is clear that he is totally immersed and in tune with the sounds of his Heart…his Soul…and the beautiful nature within this Universe.  The music in this release is healing because Gareth chooses to send out positive energy when he plays and when he sings.  Sky Before A Storm is a moving melodic connection and a brilliant collaboration because Gareth truly listens as he creates these heartfelt soothing sounds of music.  An added bonus is when you support his music you are also contributing to his charitable efforts to reach out to help others. For more information on Gareth visit his website www.GarethMusic.com and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Gareth.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

108 Rock Star Guitars




A Reflective Review By Andrea R. Garrison – Online With Andrea

108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa Johnson is an amazing work of art. I have seen many books and I must say that this is absolutely one of the most beautiful books to land on my desk.  This work reflects Lisa’s true love for photography and the guitar. It is thoughtful, colorful and a fabulous  tribute to this instrument that has been embraced by many legendary guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Jimmy Page, Les Paul, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Roger Waters, Willie Nelson and many others. Each guitar photographed in this book has been touched by a great musician and every page reveals a unique story. This is definitely a great gift and a collector’s treasure for anyone who appreciates the work of an artist who is willing to devote so much to the creation of their work. Some things are beyond words and 108 Rock Star Guitars is one of them. Every time I look at this book I applaud this breathtaking photographic masterpiece by Lisa Johnson. For more information on Lisa Johnson visit the 108 Rock Star Guitars page on Facebook and listen to the Online With Andrea interview with Lisa Johnson.