When I was asked to review a new CD entitled Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics, I was hesitant. I have heard most every interpretation of a Led Zeppelin song, from Jazz-based to classical to death metal and everything in between. I give every one of them credit for originality as they all had certainly opened my eyes. Some of the interpretations were outstanding and others were... well, just lacking.
With that said, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics. This CD was performed and produced by multi-instumentalist and 2000 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Dan Mylette. The first track fades in very slowly, with some rich chords from the Hammond organ, then adds layers of strings and finally some echoed guitar. All of the different textures of instruments compliment each other very well.
The effectiveness of music labelled as being meditative is no joke either. I listened to this on two different occasions while driving the car and both times I had to cut my trips short due to wanting to fall asleep, being so relaxed. These interpretations of rock classics are not hard on the ears at all. In fact, they are extremely soothing. I wonder, however, that other people may do what I did, which was trying to listen too hard to the melody of each song instead of the letting the tracks have it's desired effect. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure.
Included are interpretations from songs by Bob Dylan (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), The Beatles (Across The Universe), David Bowie (Changes), The Rolling Stones (You Can't Always Get What You Want), John Lennon (Imagine), Van Morrison (Into The Mystic), U2 (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For), The Police (Message in a Bottle), Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Bob Marley (One Love), Led Zeppelin (Stairway To Heaven) and a Modern Meditations' original track entitled Infinity.
This has to be one of the most exciting and entertaining collections of music I have ever seen. I think that most people would enjoy this CD in their collection.
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