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Album Review: Time Not Forgotten
Rhonda Mackert
Cover image of the album Time Not Forgotten by Rhonda Mackert
Time Not Forgotten
Rhonda Mackert
2018 / Rhonda Mackert
49 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Time Not Forgotten is pianist/composer Rhonda Mackert’s fifth solo piano album and I think it’s her best to date. From the stunning cover artwork to the velvety-smooth piano sound, this album indicates a new level of artistry and sophistication from the Colorado native now living near Seattle, WA. Time Not Forgotten is a collection of twelve original pieces inspired by Mackert’s memories of experiences and events in her life from childhood forward. Overall, the album maintains a relaxing and calming pace with a spirit of optimism and positivity - things we can all use more of! The album was recorded and mastered at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ and has an especially beautiful piano sound. This album can create a warm ambience as background music, but it is substantial and complex enough for many satisfying listens with full attention. A companion sheet music book will be available very soon in both printed and download forms!

Time Not Forgotten begins with “Dancing Through My Memories,” a nostalgic look back that is both peaceful and bittersweet. “Walking Among Giants” is my favorite piece of the twelve. I love the way it moves ahead at a purposeful yet relaxed pace. The title could mean a number of things, but I assume it refers to walking among the giant redwoods in Northern CA, a truly awe-inspiring experience! The title track is in a darker minor key and reminds me just a bit of some of Robin Spielberg’s music - very heartfelt and evocative. “Molokini” refers to a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater near Maui. The piece bearing its name is light yet very mysterious, punctuated with the right hand crossing over the left into the deep bass of the piano. I really like this one, too! I love the gradually-building energy of “Monsoon,” which also has occasional cross-overs to the deep bass. “Chasing Fireflies” is a lively and sweetly innocent piece about a favorite childhood activity. Played mostly at the upper end of the piano keyboard, you can almost see the fireflies sparkle! “Healing Places” expresses a blissful serenity that quiets the mind and soothes the soul. An air of innocence returns with “Skipping Stones,” an activity many of us associate with the unencumbered freedom of childhood. The rhythm of the piece often suggests the pattern of a stone skimming over the surface of water - another favorite track. One of the pieces on the album is about hot-air ballooning, but it isn’t specified which one. I think it must be “Free Floating,” a slow, open piece that gently glides along in no hurry and with no particular destination - a reminder to just “be.”

If you have enjoyed Rhonda Mackert’s previous albums, I’m sure you’ll really like Time Not Forgotten. If you are new to her music, this is a great place to start! It is available from www.RhondaMackert.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Recommended!
May 28, 2018
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