I was given the opportunity to review three of Jeff Gold's instrumental CDs. He is a prolific recorder of relaxing music that is intentionally created to help the listener achieve a sense of relaxation and relief from stress. Good for the commuter's drive. Background music for office or home. And widely accepted as spa music for those relaxing moments.
Some might find his pieces repetitious and uninteresting. He does make use of simple rhythms and repeated phrasing with some modification through a piece, but music that is intentionally relaxing can not by its very nature be exciting, bombastic, and intricate.
I didn't enjoy every single song, but I found the majority to be great playing softly on my computer while at work or during my commute to and from work. I particularly enjoyed a couple of pieces that included flutes (or computerized flutes). A co-worker even commented, "Beautiful music!"
I find that this music has a definite place in the world in which we live and we are in need of something relaxing and that can bring the mind and body to a place of simple beauty.
Biography: California native Jeff Gold is a composer/musician who creates imagery through music; images that are emotional and melodic, restorative and uplifting. He composes soulful relaxing instrumentals which have received the attention of Wellness Centers, Spas and Music Therapists for their tranquil and healing qualities.
A bit more "Easy Listening" than "new age," Jeff combines beautifully arranged acoustic guitars, piano, strings and flutes. He has released three CD's; "Soul of a Mountain" in 2006, and "Escapes" in 2009 and his latest, "Simple Treasures" in 2012. All three are a soothing and relaxing collection of melodies ideal for music therapy, yoga, massage, scenic drives or just winding down.
|Soul of a Mountain|
Jeff’s 14-year old special needs nephew, Russell, became a big fan of these soothing instrumentals because they help to calm his overstimulation. Russell then passed his uncle’s music on to his other friends on the autistic spectrum and they found that it is helpful to them as well.
Jeff is also a contributing writer and music advisor to EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT resorts, located throughout Europe and Asia, researching and writing articles on the physical, mental and therapeutic effects that are possible with music.
Jeff composes and arranges all of his own music, playing the guitars and pianos, and creating other instrumental sounds by computer. He also does his own mixing, mastering and editing; a skill he perfected as a television editor for shows like MTV’s “Making the Video,” “Baywatch,” “MadTV” and “The Office.”
GIVEAWAY: Two of Chat With Vera's readers will receive their choice of one of Jeff Gold's CDs shown in this review. Begins March 15 & ENDS April 2 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: Mr. Gold has provided 3 CDs to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. Opinions expressed are solely my own.