Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 29 – June 4, 2017
“This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made” from “Songs in the Key of Faith”
Performed by Zack Danziger
Zack Danziger has been playing music since childhood. His early influences include classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, and hymns. He earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at City University of New York, Queens College. He taught public school music for 18 years.
Zack is pursuing his freelance career of performing, composing, recording, and teaching privately. He is a soloist and or accompanist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Northampton MA. He performs regularly at many venues and events for a wide spectrum of audiences, playing music old and new. His debut CD, entitled “Sun Is All We Need” is getting radio play in many countries. He is currently working on his CD of music for children. He composes music for animations and commercial soundtracks.
“Zack’s interpretations of Christian Science hymns are thoughtful and enchanting. Variations in cadence and volume, and improvisational fills offer a fresh, fun and surprising perspective. When I listen to these hymns, I feel lighter in the limbs and a smoothness in my breath. His work is original and boldly crafted. Just delightful!” Elizabeth Maxwell, Fairview, NC
“As a church musician for the past 38 years, I look for freshness and originality in new recordings. i was not disappointed! Zack has proven his interesting artistry with clarity and skill…..something that is often missing. Not in his case! Well done!” Eric Horner, Winter Park, FL
“Hymn 329, this was fresh, original, and yet, true to the familiar and loved melody. a difficult task to accomplish….and yet Zack accomplished it with excellence and artistry!” Eric Horner, Winter Park, FL
“Lovely, melodic, reminiscent of Spanish guitar music, love the way the hymn moves in and out of waterfall of music on the strings of the guitar – play this in the background of anything you must do and the work will come more easily, leaving you with a feeling of pure peace.” Donna Castaner, Millbrook, NY
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 15 – May 21, 2017
“My Heart Will Go On/Hymn to the Sea” from “Signature”
Performed by Mary Beth Carlson
Mary Beth Carlson, composer, recording artist and former Teacher of the Year, performs nationally as a pianist and speaker for a wide variety of special events. As Lead Pianist at Nordstrom Mall of America for nearly 15 years, she managed piano entertainment for most of those years. Much of her original music has been composed in honor of her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism.
She has written and performed music specifically for the International Special Olympics, Arc, Fraser Community Services, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and the Alzheimer’s Association. “A Bridge Over Time,” the title song for one of Mary Beth’s albums, is featured on Lasting Memories, a fund raising project for the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association, produced by Grammy Award-winning artist J.D. Steele. Fortunate to have had opportunities to perform for a variety of distinguished audiences, she was particularly honored to have been invited by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to present a concert of restoration to guests from forty countries at The Cove in Asheville, NC.
“Mary Beth’s music blends artistic skill with mood and emotion … a complete artist!” — Scott Thomsen, former host at KCFE Radio, Minneapolis, MN
“Having had the opportunity to share the stage with Mary Beth, I admire the powerfully spiritual and emotional depth of her music and her performance. She creates a uniquely warm and intimate connection with her audience … a talented, charming, extraordinary performer!” — Jim Brickman, Grammy nominated Platinum Record Artist
“Listening to Mary Beth Carlson play is like standing in the light of love.” — Dinah Eng, Gannett News Service
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 17 – 23, 2017
“Harpstrings” from “Shepherd”
Instrumental performed by Bobby Stanton
Arrangement by Bobby Stanton and Peter Link
Produced by Peter Link
Bobby Stanton is a world class guitarist whose career spans many styles of music. With Watchfire Music he has created one of our most popular Inspirational CDs.
You may have heard him featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion or playing in one of several Broadway musicals. You may have also caught his magical fingers strumming with the likes of Mark O’Connor, James Taylor, Richie Havens, Noel Redding, Bo Diddley, Susan Tedeschi, Maureen Mcgovern, Donny Osmond, The Platters, Fabian, Charlie Daniels, only to name a few. In his spare time (what spare time could he possibly have?) he shares his talent and technique as a teacher of guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was awarded the first ever “Ovation” Award.
“I just finished listening to the Shepherd CD by Bobby Stanton. Totally inspiring! Different! Spiritually uplifting! Beautiful orchestrations! Superb sound! What more can I say – I love all the arrangements!” – Marion Miller
“Bob Stanton shows you how the arpeggios of these uncomplicated structures can be “summed” together with each other to create more complex melodic effects, including altered sounds. It’s a great addition to your playing” -Guitar Player Magazine
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, March 27 – April 1, 2017
“Wind Walker” from Cynth’s Album, Flute Medicine
Cynth’s “Wind Walker” from the album Flute Medicine
Performed by Cynth
Cynth has traveled the many roads of music, first as a student of the classics, then a devotee of jazz and later the difficult maze of pop artist, to find her true home as a maker of flutes and composer of inspirational music.
Daughter of a jazzman and classically trained, (she studied with the 1st chair flute of the LA Philharmonic) Cynth signed her first recording contract with Warner Bros/Seven Arts at the age of 19, and released an album “The Holy Mackerel” with hall of fame singer/songwriter Paul Williams and award winning producer Richard Perry.
Cynth has been practicing meditation for over thirty years and began making her own bamboo flutes and exploring the powers of what she calls “organic music.” When a close friend was in a coma, Cynth came to the hospital to play her flute. To the amazement of Cynth and the ICU nurses, there was a dramatic improvement in heart rate on the bedside scopes. After this experience of the power of music, Cynth committed herself to bringing a new awareness and approach to healing through music and continues to be a pioneer, researcher, performer and recording artist.
Cynth’s “Wind Walker”
Cynth’s “Wind Walker” from the album Flute Medicine
“I have brought Cynth’s music to the bedside of Hospice patients and have witnessed its effect on them. Her remarkable work touches the emotions, cultivates a peaceful environment and brings a meaningful experience for patients and families in the midst of trying times.” – Lothar Delgado, Bereavement Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente Hospice
“Enchantment straight from a healing heart. I played it at a birth recently and her sounds created an incredible atmosphere for Mom and baby!” – Christine Stevens, Health & Wellness Director, REMO INC.
“The way Flute Medicine is produced and played gives it a natural healing vibration. The thing I love about this disc is how the flutes are overdubbed, often to the accompaniment of Tibetan bowls and bells, blowing like a clear breeze through the cathedral of the mind. But it’s heart-centered music as well, especially on “Pyramid” and “Dream Lodge Dancer.” Seven- time Grammy winner Roger Nichols helped out on production and it shows — even on a simple flute solo. The album, especially on headphones, opens up into an adventure in reverberation and resonance — a true tonic for the heart and mind.” – Robert Phoenix, eMusic