The Light Within
2019 / Mystic Voyager Music
Review by Kathy Parsons
Juliet Lyons and a very impressive group of supporting artists have created a peaceful and uplifting musical refuge for healing, stress relief, relaxation, meditation and pure musical enjoyment with The Light Within. Lyons, a singer/songwriter and composer for film and television, is best-known for her soaring, emotional vocals in movie trailers as well as in Trance and New Age music. Coming from a place of love, Juliet’s expressive voice touches the heart with warmth and sincerity. The album is subtitled “Songs for Yoga, Healing & Inner Peace,” and although it was conceived as “music for a purpose,” it is also a soothing and relaxing listening experience with its messages of love, peace and living in the present. Lyons’ varied musical life makes itself known within her music, blending new age, world, pop and soundtrack stylings to create a unique and very beautiful sound. Guest artists include Rupesh Menon (chants), Judy Kang (cello), Ron Korb (flute), David Vito Gregoli (programming, sitar, bass and guitars), and Ricky Kej (keyboards, programming). Lyons wrote all of the songs, provides vocals for each piece, and also plays Native flute and piano.
The Light Within begins with “Lokah Samastah,” a lively song with an infectious rhythm that features chants (Lyons and Menon), keyboards (Kej), guitars (Allen DeSomer), santoor (Vanil Vegas) and tabla (Karthik K). It opens with a droning sound before Lyons’ lovely voice enters with a heartfelt prayer for peace and love. “Om Shanti” doesn’t have lyrics, but Lyons’ ethereal voice caresses the mind and the soothes the soul. David Vito Gregoli is a master of many world instruments, and he plays sitar, bass and guitars as well as programming on “Flow.” Lyon’s voice floats on a peaceful cloud of sound while the only word in the lyrics is the songtitle. I really like this one! “Calm” is in a more pop style with breathy vocals and a strong, slow beat. “Dawning Equilibrium” is a quiet instrumental that features Lyons on Native flute. There is quite a bit of piano in this one, too, along with atmospheric keyboard sounds - also a favorite. “Stillness” features Judy Kang’s gorgeous cello playing and Lyons’ one-word vocals (the title) - hypnotic! “Eternal Now” was co-written with Doug Lyons and provides a much-needed reminder to not live in the past or the future, but to “Live where you are / In the eternal now.” Ron Korb and his flute really soar on this beautiful song! “Heal You” also has a very pop sound and could be the music behind the closing credits of a movie. Judy Kang returns on the title track, as does Allen DeSomer. Also a poignant instrumental that includes piano, keyboards and a strong (slow) beat, this is my favorite track on the album. The Light Within closes with the gentle and uplifting “Shine,” a loving song that features Lyons on piano and DeSomer on guitar.
I don’t review a lot of vocal albums, but I really like this one! The warmth and soothing quality of the music is an excellent antidote to the stress and craziness of our lives, and I, for one, welcome that with open arms! The Light Within is available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.
May 3, 2019
with John McLean Allan