by PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Eugenia Siegel Conte
Looking for a musically-complex and gently exciting album to accompany your daily meditation, morning walk, sleep routine—or even to get you “in the zone” at work? LUMINARY, singer-songwriter and composer Cheryl B. Engelhardt's first contribution to the New Age genre, delivers. Avoiding the often problematic clichés of meditation and yoga music—for example, use of "World Music" exoticism to "transport" listeners— Engelhardt taps into a variety of moods via musical games that stretch the limits of her intentionally-reduced musical palette. It is easy to trust her blend of flowing piano, bell chimes, tasteful electronic modification of plucked piano strings, and her well-integrated voice; all of which which gently guide you through each track in both the affirmation-fortified and music-only versions. Every track moves through a variety of micro mood “climates,” easing you through your day—and this diversity makes the album all the more beautiful and utilitarian.
"Listening to Luminary cultivates the balance between relaxation and alertness - just perfect for concentration and mindfulness practice."
"As someone who tends toward the anxious side, this grounded me. I felt held. There is a sense of Magic in Cheryl's music."
"The Luminary album is at once calming and complex, rewarding the listener more with each listen."
"I enjoyed this collection of music because it took to whatever work I was doing. If I was working out, cleaning or working in my art studio I was connected to it. It translates to whatever you are focused on."
"Compares propitiously with my favorite new age pianist, Bernward Koch."
Cheryl has been a guest on multiple podcasts covering topics of mental health, anxiety, morning routines, composing, and living a joyous life. Luminary has also gotten some attention from piano and new age radio stations, popular mediation apps and more.Click Here to Visit the Luminary Press Page
Definition of luminary according to Merriam-Webster:
lu·mi·nary | \ ˈlü-mə-ˌner-ē \
1: a person of prominence or brilliant achievement
2: a body that gives light
especially : one of the celestial bodies
Begin your affirmation practice. With the Luminary music playing softly in the background, each track will meet you where you are right now, and take you on a journey to more peace. Featured on the meditation apps Insight Timer and Simple Habit.
Start your morning off right. Get The LUMINARY Journal to Rise, Shine & Align (the complete healthy-habit-building gratitude journal for people who don't do mornings, routines, or journals.)
Be the source of your own light.
I wrote the Luminary music in a small stone room in a tiny mountain town on Crete, Greece.
After a decade-long struggle with anxiety, searching for music, meditations, reasons, and tricks to quell the noise in my head, I realized that I wasn’t looking for something that could dull the discomfort or put me to sleep… I was looking for something to keep me present. To meet me where I was, emotionally, and take me on a journey to a more peaceful state of mind.
I couldn’t find such recordings, so I decided to compose them myself.
The source of this music is a grand piano, a bell, and my voice.
I plucked piano strings and played around with my breath. I then altered the audio files as I mixed the record to add textures and interruptions, prompting me to stay present while I listen.
The source of this music is a parallel reminder of the entire Luminary project - that we are the creators of our lives.
That even in darkness, we can be the source of our own light.
Thank you for joining me in this new journey, and for helping me get this music out there into the ears of people looking for more peace, focus, and happiness in their lives.
Watch and listen as you melt into positive bliss. Gorgeous footage filmed by Joe Domrad as well as footage from Cheryl's world travels, while the Luminary music is placed underneath positive "I Am" affirmation statements. Subscribe on YouTube!
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