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Galilee Instrumentals

by Angels in Our Eyes

Envision this music as a performance by 20 musicians in Galilee circa 55 CE.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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1. The Lamb of God (Prelude)
5:59 $0.99
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2. Galilee (Overland Overture)
3:27 $0.99
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3. Girl From Galilee (Annunciation)
4:40 $0.99
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4. Risen (Soul Music)
5:26 $0.99
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5. Easter Dawning (New Creation)
5:18 $0.99
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6. Dance of the Shepherd King (For David)
4:36 $0.99
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7. Nazareth (Going Home)
3:52 $0.99
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8. Sea of Galilee (On Calm Water)
3:08 $0.99
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9. Jerusalem (Festival)
3:34 $0.99
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10. Healed (Set Free)
5:21 $0.99
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11. Wind of the Spirit (Jesus & Nicodemus)
2:47 $0.99
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12. Angels by Starlight (Special Guests)
5:43 $0.99
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13. Capernaum (City by the Sea)
4:40 $0.99
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14. Cana (Wedding Song)
4:48 $0.99
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15. Caravan Through Sepphoris (Reprise)
6:46 $0.99
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Joe Ross

Meditative, relaxing compositions
Northern Israel’s large rocky region known as Galilee was Jesus’ home for over 30 years of his life. The first three Gospels of the New Testament are mainly an account of Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee, particularly in Nazareth and Capernaum (towns documented by tracks 7 and 13 on this album). Thus, the synthesized new acoustic music of Oregon-based Ray and Catherine Silvia (along with Tony Esperance) is arranged for us to experience their vision of “a performance by 20 musicians in Galilee circa 55 CE.” Known as “Angels in Our Eyes,” the duo of Ray and Catherine has released ten albums since 2007. Their instrumental contributions are supplemented with those of recording engineer Tony Esperance, who also co-arranged the music with Ray Silvia, an artist who recently received his Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at the University of Portland.

“Galilee Instrumentals” emphasize meditative, relaxing compositions with guitars, keyboards and light percussion. It might have been especially nice to incorporate more actual acoustic instruments (rather than rely mostly on synthesized sounds). I was left to imagine how the sounds of a hammered dulcimer or other middle-eastern instruments might have embellished their overall thematic presentation. I also noticed that they have a preference for certain sounds from their keyboards. A little more variety would’ve taken their music over the top. However, when a distinctive rhythmic change cues up at “Nazareth” or “Caravan through Sepphoris,” we realize that considerable thought went into their spiritual and musical documentation of the Galilee province. I understand that the album is being used to meditate on Biblical stories, as well as to begin seminars and similar events.

Each of the 15 tracks was inspired by a specific passage from the Bible, and the eco-friendly album cover provides a clear reference listing for the trio’s muse. One recommendation would have been to include at least some of the actual passages in the liner notes for a stand-alone product. The opening prelude entitled “The Lamb of God,” for example, was drawn from John 1:28-34 in which John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” The soundscape for “Galilee” is a healing one, and we learn from Mark 6:56 that “wherever Jesus went - into villages, towns or countryside - they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” Each instrumental tells a story such as the birth of Jesus, His rising, the empty tomb, Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene, the return to Nazareth, and Jesus calming a storm on the “Sea of Galilee.” According to Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

I was particularly interested to hear “Jerusalem” which joyfully captures the Passover Festival and the Galileans welcoming Jesus. I was also moved by “Angels by Starlight,” and my re-reading Luke 2:8-20 to recall how a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Following that, Jesus begins to preach in “Capernaum,” we reflect on how Jesus changed water into wine in “Cana (Wedding Song),” and we ultimately proclaim praise of the Lord and the Glory of Zion when “Caravan through Sepphoris” brings this musical journey to its conclusion. Reflect upon a passage from Isaiah 60: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Joe Ross, Roots Music Review)
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