Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genre: New Age
This month Chapelle released the CD "Our Time" on his own record label, Hamsa Music. This album offers fourteen original compositions that combine/ elements of classical, and contemporary music. A highly melodic colle... more »
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This month Chapelle released the CD "Our Time" on his own record label, Hamsa Music. This album offers fourteen original compositions that combine/ elements of classical, and contemporary music. A highly melodic collection, Our Time offers romantic and soothing sounds that appeal to listeners of all ages.
Music that provides clarity of vision, a window to the soul
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eric has created a masterpiece of keyboard harmonies that reflect the brilliant clarity and simplicity that is usually only found in nature itself. No less than seconds after you turn on this music, you feel calm, free, and hear nothing but your own creative, peaceful thoughts and ideas. Mr. Chapelle inspires us all with a loveliness of sound too beautiful for words. The soft, (but clever) melodies evoke a gentleness heard only and truly with the Heart. This music is a major achievement, bringing joy, lovliness and peace in these modern times. I look forward to his next CD with eager and happy anticipation!!"
From Wind and Wire
Kathy Parsons | Florence, OR United States | 02/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the exceptionally beautiful cover art all the way through to the final cut of "Our Time", this debut album by Eric Chapelle evokes one "wow!" after another. It's been awhile since I've been knocked out by the sheer beauty of an album, but this one is amazing. Bordering on "ambient" on many cuts, there is a very strong classical influence in both the instrumentation and the structure of the pieces. Gentle in tone throughout, an uplifting but not sugar-coated mood is created and sustained. All of the pieces are melodic and easily accessible, but not in a pop sense that would encourage you to hum or sing the music. Complex and yet ethereal, the pieces continue to reveal themselves with repeated hearings, allowing the listener to grow inside the music while floating away on a dreamy cloud of soothing piano, flute, and strings (as well as other synthesized sounds). Eric's experience in composing soundtrack music is evident, but this isn't music meant to be in the background. It deserves full attention while coaxing the cares and stresses of the day to evaporate. As I write, I keep pausing to drink in the beauty of this music. It is truly hypnotic.Four of the cuts are solo piano, and those feel more "grounded" than the cuts with either synth accompaniment or synth orchestrations; the contrast is refreshing. The piano is evident on most of the songs, but this isn't strictly a piano album. Some of the music is about emotional experiences we share ("Our Time", "Reverence", "Trust", "Child's Play", "Rejoice"), and other pieces are more abstract ("Enchanted Rock", "In Flight", "Walking on the Moon", and the stunning "Unconditional Love"). "Fly-Fishing" shimmers like light dancing off the water. Each and every piece is a glistening gem, and I give "Our Time" my highest recommendation!"
This CD has made my Top 20 list. since its release
Kathy Parsons | 12/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Our Time" -- Eric Chapelle Eric offers up tender melodies reflective of the inner landscapes of his soul and the natural landscapes of his beloved Texas on this CD of piano and synthesizer instrumentation. confidence of George Winston and the delicacy, freshness, and poignancy of Robin Spielberg. Fans of peaceful, soothing, relaxing music will revel in these compositions -- favorite tracks include "Making the Shift,"Enchanted Rock," and "Walking on the Moon." This CD has made my Top 20 list since its release and, based on the response of listeners, will continue as a regular feature on my radio show. Eric makes radio work easy! --Valerie Lawe, Celestial Seasonings, KZYX/Z, Mendocino County, C"