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Timothy Wenzel's A Coalescence of Dreams
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:44 am    Post subject: Timothy Wenzel's A Coalescence of Dreams
Subject description: TIMOTHY WENZEL ALBUM FEATURES VERY GOOD PIANO-AND-SYNTH NEW AGE MUSIC
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It is interesting that new age pianist and synthesizer-player Timothy Wenzel named his latest album A Coalescence of Dreams because the average person on the street probably does not even know what “coalescence” means. It is defined as a coming together, something coalescing (as if that helps). So he makes a case for dreams coming together whether it is personal goals or actual asleep-time dreams crossing paths with other people’s dreams (really?). Anyway, a title is a title, and I am not sure it really affects the music anyway, so let’s get down to brass tacks, as they say. Is the music any good, or not?

Let’s start with a qualifier or two. If you like new age music; if you like synthesizer-based music; if you like soft, gentle, relaxing music; then you will probably like this album. This is the kind of album that some types of new age musicians have been making since the beginning some 40 or more years ago. It has all the tried-and-true elements of piano and synth sounds blended together, and then mixed with a healthy dose of other acoustic instruments (or synthesized, recreated sounds) such as the ever-popular flute, violin, acoustic guitar and harp. Except for the change-up of instrument combinations, the music is relatively-similar from track to track. Sure “Ice Wind” has a guest electric guitarist, “Desert Sky” has a soaring and majestic quality, and “Follow the River” sports a dramatic ending. But mostly the music simply flows along smoothly and prettily. This is a drink that goes down easy with a great after-taste. The bottom-line is that Wenzel may not be doing anything unusual or innovative in the field of new age, but what he is doing is making very good new age music, and making it seem effortless. And just because he works along traditional lines does not mean that it is easy to make this kind of music. So let me give a shout-out to this new age newcomer. Way to go, Timothy Wenzel. Great job. Now bring us some more of this tasty, delightful stuff.
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