In the Wake of a Whisper speaks to me about a simple "Truth"
- simply that "wellness comes from following our heart's desire".
It was not easy to hear the voice of my heart which had become silenced
with neglect. Have you ever put your ear to a set of railway tracks straining
to hear a train from a long distance away? Well, that is what trying to
hear my inner voice felt like to me. With my ear pressed firmly to the
wall of my heart, I began to hear what was at first a faint whisper. In
the wake of that, has come my music, my album and my recovery to health...
Music is my heart's desire.
In the Wake of a Whisper was produced
and engineered by award winning Seattle producer
Paul Speer, best known for his work with pianist
David Lanz of Narada Records. The professional
standard of this album is extremely high with
outstanding sound quality and a full and rich
sonic landscape. This album is good value with
58 minutes of music. While the album is orchestrated,
it features piano recorded on a Steinway concert
grand at the Chan Center, one of Canada's premier
Calming introspective music, beautiful flowing melodies and sensitive
expressive playing make for an album that evokes inner peace and tranquility.
The music is a bath for tired minds, thoughtfully composed and expressively
performed. One is renewed, relaxed and inspired
In the Wake of a Whisper has been nominated for a West Coast Music
Award for Best Instrumental Album - non-classical.
It is with great joy and pride that I present
this collection of piano pieces to you. They
are all near and dear to me and reflect several
of the most profound years of my life to date.
Each song is like a gift found along the roadside
I have walked; souvenirs of a pilgrimage to
the deepest parts of myself. I have carried
this music in my heart and soul and now, like
magic, it will have its own life outside of
Songs, it seems, are a lot like children. We birth them with great joy
and inspiration, followed by a period nurturing and developing them and
finally, we release them into the world. We are but channels for them...
divinely given, gratefully received... whispered through our hearts.
In the process of creating this album, I have
learned one of life's great truths: that our
well-being comes when we follow our heart's
desire. And, I have come to understand that
whatever storms come and go, there exists within
me - indeed within all of us - a deep well of
peace, inspiration, harmony, and healing...
a place to hear the language of the heart.
Listen with me.
TRACK BY TRACK NOTES
LOVE'S LAST BREATH
Passionately beautiful, achingly tender and poignantly destined to end....
JOURNEY OF HOPE
This song has come to represent to me the immeasurable healing magic
of hope. It embodies a range of emotions from the very tender, frail
and fragile to the very powerful, enlivened and triumphant.
CRADLE OF DESTINY
When faced with overwhelming and insurmountable challenges, this song
is a reminder that we are ever held in the gentle cradle of destiny.
It's a peaceful, calm place of surrender to spirit and an opening to
SPIRIT OF THE HEART
Spirit of the Heart in the Chinese healing tradition refers to the center
of our being. This philosophy speaks about the heart's innate intelligence,
energy and power. The spirit of the heart allows people to connect with
each other in deep and meaningful ways. In my own journey, I have been
deeply touched by the caring I have experienced in others.
MUSIC BOX CAROUSEL
This is a song of yesterday, full of the enchantment and nostalgia of
those simple pleasures ... a music box, a carousel, a waltz.
Our children are such a compelling force in our life's journey. Their
joy, strength and wisdom sustain them through the storms. This uplifting
song reflects this joy and wisdom that children share in a dramatically
I would like to dedicate this song to Tia, my little Indigo Girl.
THESE CHANGING TIMES
Like an oasis in the desert, or a jewel shining in the dark, music can
offer a respite from life's fears and uncertainty. "These Changing Times"
is a wistful song of beauty and calm amidst the chaos. A song about
life and changing circumstance.
SOFTLY THROUGH MY HEART
A gentle and vulnerable song of love.
"You've always been a 'seeker', a modern day Quester!", my oldest and
dearest friend Marion remarked, laughing. We were so close, and I treasured
this friend who so casually reflected my essence.
Our friendship began at 9 years old, two peas in a pod. Lori-Ann and
Marion. Both born in the same year, both proud Aquarians, same size,
same taste in clothes, and exactly the same long straight brown hair.
We were inseparable, 'girlfriends', totally accepting and loving of
Not surprisingly, our friendship endured and deepened over the years.
In what I can only call destiny, our lives inexplicably intertwined
once more. In the month of Jan.1997, Marion received a cancer diagnosis.
Of all the things we had dreamed of sharing in our lives as we became
women, cancer was not one of them. Yet, a year to the month after Marion's
cancer diagnosis, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Inspired by the magnitude of Marion's struggle and her endearing spirit,
I wrote her this song in the months preceding her death on April 15,1999.
I had originally titled the piece "A Hero's Journey" as I was so moved
by the indomitable courage with which she faced her challenges. She
was a real-life heroine, enduring so much in an epic journey that showed
us the grace, beauty and power of her spirit.
I dedicate "Marion's Song" to the spirit that is Marion and share this
special piece in her honor and memory.
I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON (and back again)
It's all about love, isn't it? The healing power of love and support.
In a distant land, a maiden is troubled by the split loyalties of her
lover. Foreshadowed by the angel candle burning to black on their first
night together, she nevertheless opened her heart to him only to discover
later that his was not free to give. In the final scenes she casts him
out. Then, in her grief and sorrow, she throws herself into the river
IN THE WAKE OF A WHISPER
Sometimes in the dark of night, in that silence
and calm that is everywhere, we can most easily
hear the voice of our "authentic self". I
sit breathlessly, with my ear pressed firmly
to the wall between me and my heart, listening...