Michelle Qureshi | Short Stories

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Short Stories

by Michelle Qureshi

In this collection of seventeen sweet and poignant guitar tales, a variety of sounds on the acoustic guitar are explored then rendered to songs from my heart. “The heart is a thousand stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love” ~Hafiz
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To the Bone
1:30 $0.99
2. Because You Asked
2:38 $0.99
3. Lowering the Drawbridge
2:10 $0.99
4. It Didn’t Have to Go Like This
2:49 $0.99
5. Beyond Here
3:20 $0.99
6. A Thousand Ways
2:43 $0.99
7. County Line Road
3:09 $0.99
8. Adrift
2:29 $0.99
9. My Sweet Goodbye
2:48 $0.99
10. River of Calm
2:50 $0.99
11. Beauty of Sabr
3:03 $0.99
12. Resilience
2:23 $0.99
13. Brass Door
2:32 $0.99
14. The Space Between Two Moments
3:32 $0.99
15. Windflowers
0:56 $0.99
16. Love Called My Name
2:51 $0.99
17. With Wonder
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
As the name Short Stories implies, this is a collection of concise pieces that are imaginative, whimsical, poetic and powerful! Within these tracks I explore the colors, textures, and harmonics of steel and nylon string guitars, at times incorporating alternate tunings, glass slide, and various capo placements. Some tracks are solo, some layered, and all are played in a finger style manner. This is also the first time for me to record with a recently acquired instrument called a Villela, which is a nylon string guitar pitched an octave lower than the standard guitar. The thoughtful and mystical album art is based on a work painted and designed by Ellen Lupton, with a heart felt thanks to her from me. I do hope you enjoy the adventure this album aspires to offer!

"Michelle Qureshi’s new album “Short Stories” is a collection of poignant, well crafted compositions that cut right to the chase of each wonderfully titled track. The stories are in the telling and Michelle’s mastery of the guitar keeps us hanging on every note!"
~Mary Bartlein, Host/Producer, Instrumental Saturdays on WMSE

Michelle Qureshi, after releasing successful albums in the past, has ventured on this solo journey with a right amount of confidence and correct measure of ingenuity. As apparent from the name of the album itself, the songs are shorter than the usual length, though the number of tracks makes the album a sizeable one. There are 17 tracks in total and each one carries a message–a short and sweet tale. The benefit of reading a book of short stories is that you get more of them and within a short span of time can get the essence of the all the effort that the writer has put in. This album is like that–you get the message or the mood quickly!
Different processions of guitar and almost every possible sound that an acoustic guitar produces is audible in this album. As mentioned earlier, it is a completely solo album and therefore offers a rather intimate experience with the guitar and its capabilities.
From strings to chords, from phrases to questions, a guitar is capable of building a distinct aroma and Michelle has been successful in creating something meaningful. You will notice different tempos and themes of the songs creating effects and moods with its raw beauty. Joyful, somber, thoughtful, peaceful, and relaxing are some of the adjectives that come to your mind while you to listen to Short Stories by Michelle.
This is the first time I have heard her music, and I can easily say that she has a worthwhile talent that you would like to explore, and if you particularly like listening to an acoustic guitar, this album should be doubtlessly in your possession.
I wish Michelle success with her album and also look forward to more of her music!"
~Vivek Kumar

"The gorgeous emotional tone will wash over you and move you to a place that at once seems familiar and yet is somewhere you're sure you've never quite been before. I felt like I had taken a walk in the grove of trees behind my house, but when I returned to my living room everything looked slightly different because the music had shifted my point of view."
~Michael Kent Smith, Guitarist/Composer

"Michelle Qureshi has produced a wonderful album with a lovely collection of elegantly played and well written music for guitar."
Joseph Sullinger, Guitarist



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