IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE - Professionals:
IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE is excellent. I have been producing an acoustic New Age show on IPR for the last 19 years and this is one of the best collections I’ve come across. I also loved your last cd ALLURE OF SANCTUARY.
Such a beautiful, beautiful piece of music. Your music is transporting: I don't use that term easily. I find Edward Hopper's art, and Monet's art, for instance, transporting. Thank YOU for sharing it with the world at large. T M Wright, (Author, Painter), New York
IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE - Fans:
Karen has made a place in my heart... I love this woman's touch on the piano. There's something very special about the person who can play the way she does. I say it's a heart condition -- the music comes from her heart, that is plain. It absolutely melts me. Nita, Lakeland, Florida
Every time I hear any music from this album, or for that matter, any other music you have created, I am grabbed emotionally, mentally, spiritually and, yes, physically to listen, to hear the calling of your music to me, and even if I am otherwise engaged, your music calls to me like a muse that I can not ignore. Only a few other artists affect me like this, Enya for one.... it is not the first time that your music has spoken so strongly to me...I have a friend on the coast, who has one of your early albums. When I was there in 2004, he played it and your music was like an Angel who was bringing stars into the moment. Thank you for your music. John
I am enjoying your new album, IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE... you really play beautifully! Herb, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Your music in a way cleanses my soul, you make me cry, smile, think... Phil, Moline, Illinois
Then came “Tally’s Lullaby:” as I told you when I first heard this beautiful piece of music, I first thought of our guys and missed all the moments we had together. As we kept playing "Rose," other beautiful thoughts and memories came and, as always, so did memories of our ‘guys’.
“Tally’s Lullaby” continues to hold the most special place in my heart because it continues to bring to me those special, vivid scenes of my two guys who played, romped, got pissed at each other at times, got sick, showed care for each other, and then went away. After one year, I still love and miss them so very much.
We very much appreciate what you did for those grieving because of what happened at Virginia Tech. It was very special of you to do what you did. I sure appreciate your newsletter. When I noticed that I was mentioned as one of those who wrote responding to “Tally’s Lullaby,” I felt very honored.
I cannot call you “Karen”. I feel I must refer to you as Ms. Garrett. When respect is due to someone for great achievement I may not call them by familiar. We love your work and may communicate with you but I cannot communicate as I would with some current rock person.
And there is a deeper something here! Even though you are probably way ahead of me.
I’ve often felt that a novel is in me. Probably only one, maybe two. When I strolled through his cat-ridden house in Key West, I read somewhere either on some table or on a wall, to the effect, that Hemingway says there is only one or two, at best, novels in most would be writers out there. I’ve read that elsewhere as well. O K, so I’m with the rest of the would be’s out there. People like Beethoven, Chopin, Dostoyevsky, Schubert, Monet, Picasso (need I go on?) Point Is: Great Artists!! Those I’m talking about and many others not mentioned, who can again and again create. They have accomplished a great work of Art, and left it, and then went on to another Great work of art.
After reading the emails you received re “Tally’s Lullaby,” I think I’m only one of many who believe You are one of those Great artists who, if provided the time and environment, are capable of creating truly great works.
"Its About the Rose" was to me, far more special than was "Allure of Sanctuary." Though you must understand, were it not for "Allure" I would not have become as in love with your music as I am. I heard Billy Bob Thornton on NPR the other day, talking about his new CD, saying that sometimes a general theme, or thought, mood, was best thoroughly throughout an album. I don’t know. But I do know "Its About the Rose" is probably the most beautiful and wonderful cd throughout that I’ve heard IN My Life. And by the way, I love Springsteen, Billy Joel, Beatles , Elton John, Streisand, Celine Dion, Aretha (specially), Bocelli, Pavarotti: I love them and Many more. But I come back to Karen Marie Garrett’s music, whether its "Allure of Sanctuary" or "Its About the Rose," (especially "Rose") where I find myself at home, with wonderful memories and feelings.. Thank you Ms Garrett, for your caring and giving. Please keep feeling. Steve, Lincoln City, Oregon...
Simply Beautiful, November 19, 2007 By B. Beekmann
Another Great Album, June 13, 2007 By Kenneth W. Horn (Coventry RI)
That brings me to #8. "It’s About the Rose”, specifically tracks 2 and 9, came into being with the Big Bang. There's no way a mere human could have intentionally made them, no matter how creative. They come from the other world. The two simply were and are. Not waiting, not anticipating....just pervading everything.
There came a human, just like many others with ears for the needle and souls to feel, who live on a music drip. She lives acutely aware of something within her, close and wanting to become known. So, bravely and humbly, she spent herself in pecking at what was between. And so, she reached them and the two became known to her, and then to all of us.
Trying to make some sense out of today's tragedy, (Virginia Tech killings April 15, 2007), playing Solitaire, listening to Soundscapes on my digital TV, when Tally's Lullaby comes on. Wow!! Powerful! A few years ago my daughter was in college and to think she could've been in a situation ... But there ARE Dads in that situation and so my tears are for them and Moms too. Your music helped me put some sort of perspective on it all. Thank you. Stan, Des Moines, Iowa
Karen, IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE and ALLURE OF SANCTUARY are both very beautiful. I have listened to them many times over already. When I read the song ‘Tally's Lullaby’ was about a dog it made sense why I was attracted to its beautiful melody. My son was a dog lover and we have two of his dogs now. We asked that his memorials go to the local humane society and they reported that they received more donations in Travis's name than anyone in their history. The dogs have helped us to survive his loss. We lost his female American Bulldog 'Isabelle' last October and my heart was broken again forever.
I was completely blown away by the sensuousness and simplicity of Karen Marie Garrett’s music.
... your style and arrangements really appeal to me. Your music is something I can't even read to, it is so compelling. I am so happy to have yet another of your creations. Andrea, Newport, Oregon
I recently added IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE to my collection of your recordings and it has gotten the MOST play of all CDs I have. The first time (and every-time since) I heard "Tally's Lullaby" tears ran down my cheeks and all the stress in my body escaped. Is there ANY chance you would record a CD of nothing but lullabies that are of a similar nature to "Tally's"? It would be the greatest stress reliever in the world.
If you are ever going to be in the Charlotte (or anywhere in North Carolina for that matter), please let me know. I will be the first in line for tickets-!! PLEASE keep up the wonderful music. Bruce, Charlotte, NC
I just returned from southern Utah where I am remodeling a condo I bought. I was joined by an old college buddy whom has never seen the canyon-lands of the Colorado Plateau. Of course there is required music for any sojourn, physical or spiritual into the vastness of this unique land. I wanted you to know that your piano music has become as essential in my wanderings and in my introducing friends to the desert as is the music of Deuter, Carlos Nakai, John Huling, Lorenna Mckennitt, and the Moody Blues. From sunrise to sunset your exquisite melodies always seem to fit the mood I am in or, better yet, the mood of the canyon-lands as the lushness of light and shadow play upon the living rocks and sand. I remember a quote by William Blake..."but he who kisses the Joy as it flies, Lives in Eternity's sunrise." How apropos your music is as a soundtrack to my beholding of Life as I strive to live in the bliss of Eternity's sunrise. Again, thank you for your extraordinary music and If I have any sway with the powers that be ( It seems much easier to view the face of God in the desert) I will add my voice to Grammy considerations. With deep appreciation, Stephen, Billings, Montana
Wow, it's easy to see how IT’S ABOUT THE ROSE went all the way to #1.. You are so blessed to have such a talent and we are so blessed to have discovered you. I believe we listened to it over and over 8-10 times yesterday. The beauty is, it never gets old. I expected it to be good, but had no idea it would be this great. Each of the songs are a masterpiece of their own. I think if I had to pick a favorite, it would be ‘Tally's Lullaby’, it's so sweet, but I wouldn't want to have to choose. Ronald, Clackamas, Oregon
I truly love your music, it is so very beautiful. I can't adequately describe how it makes me feel. Music Choice is now playing "Tally's Lullaby." Every time I hear it, I stop what I am doing and just listen. Your duet with Eugene Friesen is very moving. I really admire your ability to create music that touches the souls of your listeners. Thank you so much. Jan, San Francisco, California
It has been a moving experience for myself to see the way you have progressed thru the music industry. Your music is very touching and I have told many Friends of your music and website. Hopefully, they will look into your music and enjoy it as much as I do. Blessing to you and your God given talent to let others enjoy thru your music. Ivan
My husband and I walked into a gallery while on vacation. Both of us stopped to enjoy your music and the clerk showed us your CDs, we bought both! We played them for the rest of our vacation and daily since. PLEASE continue to record, as the music you play gives us back health and peace. Duane and Bonnie
ALLURE OF SANCTUARY - Professionals:
‘Tip-Toe Dancer’... what an utterly enchanting 5:22... A very finely crafted CD... thanks!
ALLURE OF SANCTUARY - Fans:
I want to tell you what a pleasure it is to have your music fill our home. It is as if you were in the living room playing our piano. The name "Allure of Sanctuary" if very fitting because your music is a sanctuary from a very complicated world.
The albums came Friday and I have been listening ever since. "Tip Toe Dancer" has such visual imagery - if I close my eyes, I can just imagine a child or a ballerina dancing to this song. Very few songs can do this. Thank you! Jim, Slidell, LA
Also worth mentioning - the Ghandi quote you include in your messages is one of my favorites & how true it is. [See another favorite saying of mine in my signature block below.] Additionally, I had a brief visit on your website & read the story of Tally - what a sweet and endearing story. I am a dog lover so I can relate to the heartache of loosing a beloved Lab and to how your music has served as a healing medium for Tally's family. It must be a wonderful feeling to compose beautiful music that touches so many hearts. I will follow your career and purchase more of your music... THANK YOU! Sincerely, Melanie -Austin, Texas
I heard "Tip-Toe Dancer" on my cable music channel (Soundscapes) last night and knew I had to have the album immediately. Love your music! Dean, Platte City, Missouri
A WHITE BACKGROUND, WITH A CONTINUOUS LINE DRAWING THAT EVOLVES THROUGHOUT THE SONG. IN THE BEGINNING, A MOTHER IS HELPING HER INFANT DAUGHTER TO TAKE HER FIRST STEPS. THE IMAGE UNRAVELS AND REFORMS TO SHOW THE GIRL AS A TODDLER, TWIRLING AROUND IN CIRCLES ON HER TOES AND THEN FALLING DOWN LAUGHING, TO GET BACK UP AND DO IT AGAIN. UNRAVEL AND REFORM, AND THE GIRL IS 'DANCING' WITH HER FATHER WHILE STANDING ON HIS SHOES. UNRAVEL AND REFORM, AND THE GIRL NOW IS IN A BALLET OUTFIT, PRACTICING IN TOE SHOES. UNRAVEL AND REFORM, AND THE YOUNG WOMAN IS STANDING ON TIP-TOES TO KISS A BOYFRIEND’S CHEEK. UNRAVEL AND REFORM, AND THE YOUNG WOMAN IS KISSING HER HUSBAND AT THEIR WEDDING. UNRAVEL AND REFORM, AND THE WOMAN IS HELPING HER OWN BABY TO TAKE HER FIRST STEPS. Meg, Texas
I feel compelled to write, as I almost never do in response to great music. The album is so totally enchanting and calming that I bought it for me, then bought another copy for my mother (who used to play piano at night when I was a child, drifting off to sleep, and who tells me she loves it) and have just bought another copy for my massage therapist. I look forward to your next album with great anticipation and only wish I could hear you play in person. Perhaps some day. May your recording work be filled with light and inspiration. It will certainly provide inspiration to me once it has been released. With gratitude and appreciation. Peter, San Diego, CA
TIP TOE DANCER takes flight for me, wonderfully simplistic, hauntingly beautiful, deep in it's meaning, it takes me to a place where my partner and i would dance, love, share... she passed away in 2000 (we were together twenty years). I could not capture the essense of our time together until I heard this song you so beautifully played. Many thanks for giving me such a beautiful closure to our time together, she would dance as a ballerina. Karen, Tucson, AZ
My dear Karen – keep playing – don’t ever stop. I can’t tell you how much you have endeared yourself to me....
I just wanted you to know that I have been listening to Allure of Sanctuary every weekend when I am home gardening and doing other things and become so pleasantly lost in your music. There are words for which I am at a loss to describe the ways your music reaches me...but the best way I can describe it...no other music has reached me and given me the gentlest experience, put feelings at ease, thoughts to rest, and a secret happiness. The most important is a renewed sense of spiritual peace.. that experience alone is worth so much. I am looking forward to your next album. Too simply expressed...thank you. Carole, Los Bandos, California
I dance, alone in my living room, or with anyone who happens to be there, each time I hear "Tip toe Dancer". Your music touches something deep inside my spirit. Even when I am not consciously listening, one of your songs captures my attention--every time.... I heard your music CD played a number of times thru Time Warner Cable Music and through Direct Satellite TV. Each has a music channel called Soundscapes. I most recently heard a lovely piece with cello accompaniment. Haunting; I'm grateful for your talent. Des, New York, New York
I listened to your music for the first time today and I have to tell you that it brought me to tears, particularly Tip Toe Dancer. I've been a single mom of a 21 year old young man and 16 year old young man for almost 10 years. We live in Oregon and it's been a roller coater of custody battles and surviving ever since my divorce. I have had to put on a tough face and work hard just to keep up with everything. In these years I guess I lost sight of who I am and I've struggled to find my own peaceful escape. When I listened to just the small part of Tip Toe Dancer on your space I found myself sobbing for the first time in a long time. It's a good, joyful sob, the kind you need to let yourself have in order to stay in touch with who you really are. Years ago before my divorce, I listened to alot of Windham Hill and George Winston whenever I felt weak or defeated or just when I needed to escape. Your music gave me that escape today, if only for a moment. It was good to let myself go and remember that I'm not just a mom or someones girlfriend or an employee, kind of going through life like a robot, just trying to survive. Your music helped me to remember who I am as an individual soul, apart from everyone and everything else. That's very powerful and such a gift that you are able to give to some gal living in Oregon that really needed a flicker of magic to get back to herself. Thank you for your magic. Yolonda, Oregon
MUSIC OF MEMORIES - February 24, 2006 – Becky Ann Dowda
EYES CLOSED, I RELAX HEARING NOTE AFTER NOTE,
We have enjoyed our CD “Allure of Sanctuary” and have played it probably hundreds of times. The most memorable time was while driving through Glacier National Park (a semi annual trek for us). The grandness of the music and the order of the music matched the grandness and magnificence of the park. It was a great experience for us. We are ordering the new CD “It’s About the Rose” and are looking forward to more great music. Glenn & Elaine, Great Falls, Montana