CD: Mysts of Avalon by Llewellyn
Total running time: 49 minutes
1 Silver Moon Woods 6.26
2 Merlyn and the Crossing 5.53
3 Through the Mysts 5.47
4 The Summerlands 5.00
5 Queen of the Moon 6.37
6 The Dragon's Breath 7.07
7 The Calling 4.40
8 The Crystal Castle 4.48
9 Seeking the Candle 3.10
They say: In the continuing style of his bestselling album Moonlore. the theme of Llewellyn's new album is about a young druid woman who crosses over into the Otherworld via a fine myst of fog. Her journey leads her into the Summerlands - a magical realm where Merlyn takes her to meet Cerridwen - Queen of the Moon - in a beautiful crystal castle that resides in a purple myst on the mystical island of Avalon. Inspired by the imagery of the classic novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Llewellyn's Mysts of Avalon takes the listener away into the romantic and magical world of the Celts. It combines Llewellyn's unique keyboards with Uilleann Pipes, Celtic Whistles, Guitars, Piano, Flutes and Skin drums. Mvsts of Avalon also features Chris Conway on celtic flutes and the beautiful angelic voice of Juliana.
"Many of us believe that the Otherworld is not somewhere far away, but is in fact very close at hand. It exists in parallel with the everyday World and we can visit it in dreams or meditation. This lyrical music can help you make this journey, carrying you across the lake into the Otherworld - into a realm of peace and serenity. If you listen carefully, and close your eyes, you might even hear the soft waves of the lake lapping on the far shore." Philip Carr-Gomm, author of The Druid Mysteries.
Dictionary Terms Explained
- Musical artist
Llewellyn is a top selling and popular New Age artist and musician who has produced a wide variety of relaxing, meditative and uplifting albums over the years.
Much of Llewellyn’s work draws inspiration from his own interests, such as spirituality, healing, Celtic folklore and druids, and these influences shine through in the titles and musical content of his wide ranging albums. He composed many of the hugely popular Mind, Body and Soul Series (New World Music) that are designed especially for use with complementary therapies, such as reiki, aromatherapy, healing massage and Indian head massage.
Many of Llewellyn’s albums have received acclaim and in 2001, Journey to the Temple was voted the Favourite New Release Album in the UK and Shiatsu was voted the Favourite New Release Album in the US.
When not composing music, Llewellyn is a Crystal and Reiki Healer and studies Druid and Celtic Lore. He’s also a keen film producer and has produced several DVDs for New World Music.
His partner, Juliana, is also a musician and Llewellyn wrote and produced her well known album, Woman Wisdom. Together they perform music across the UK and often make guest appearances on albums by other well known New Age artists.
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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Julie NormanMysts is a delightfully dreamy CD, which echoes the mysts of the title. It is harmonious, relaxing and perfect to chill out to. It also has some lovely upbeat tracks such as 'through the mysts', which perhaps are not suitable for quiet meditation. As this CD washes over me I feel refreshed and inspired, it has a sense of joy, of adventure and of wonderment.
Inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s 'Mysts of Avalon' this is a CD that will put you in mind of Arthurian legend, Glastonbury Tor rising from the mist, and of the essence of the magical Avalon.
Merlyn and the Crossing is a haunting, otherworldly, ethereal track, but my favourite track has to be Silver Moon Woods, a mix of piano, harp and synthesiser which creates within my imagination a grove flooded with the silvery light of the full Moon. It is such a soft track, full of magic and mystery. There is a recurrent melody here that sounds like the moonlight dancing around the wood.
Melodious, magical and mesmerising!