Blue Rose: Melodic Musings on Life’s Reverie
David Wahler‘s remarkable tale of overcoming a life-threatening battle with lung cancer is nothing short of a miracle. Navigating the tracks of his new album “Blue Rose“, the path unfolds like an odyssey akin to a ‘Tryst With Destiny’ for every listener. The way the final track brings the story to a triumphant close, depicting a joyous resurrection, mirrors a celebration that each one of us yearns for in our own real-life narratives. All in all, “Blue Rose” stands as a miraculous composition, captivating listeners and transporting them to a state of sheer rapture.
Why choose ‘Blue Rose’ for the title?
Prior to composing my review, I delved into the vast realm of world literature to determine how to articulate my thoughts on the title. In the Japanese linguistic tradition, the allegorical expression “Blue Rose” is interpreted to symbolize the realization of a dream, a manifestation of wishes coming true. David Wahler appears to draw from this tradition to coin a title for his album. In connection to this allegory, he skillfully crafts a narrative that commemorates his own resurgence from the clutches of lung cancer.
Let’s delve deep into listening
Delving into otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes to craft music that fosters a sense of calm and introspection is a prevalent motif in Wahler’s compositions. In his music, Wahler frequently incorporates a blend of electronic and acoustic elements, showcasing his versatility as a composer. “Blue Rose” is unquestionably a masterful composition that stands as a testament to his musical prowess.
“Once Upon Another Time”
“Once Upon Another Time” initiates the recording with a gentle, dream-like ambiance. Its soft and captivating entrance, spanning a welcoming 4 minutes and 33 seconds, effortlessly infiltrates your consciousness. The teamed interplay of violin, cello and strings is a marvel every listener will not fail to admire.
The second piece relates to the miraculous experience of the artist’s grandniece Bernadette, diagnosed with retinoblastoma at birth, who has recovered remarkably and grown as a brave and beautiful young lady now. “Bernadette’s Dream” extends the enchanting patterns of otherworldly harmony, a touch of grace beckoning at heaven’s door—undeniably beautiful. Tinkling bells add a special charm to this production.
“Il Addio” (The Farewell)
The third song is a melody of melancholic sentiments focusing on life’s farewells—be it the end of a relationship, the departure of a loved one, the metaphysical transition from the earthly realm to the astral plane. Strings and cello rule the instrumentation scene, turning the piece a musical marvel.
“Just A Thought”
The fourth song, “Just A Thought” emanates a gentle warmth, softly beaconing the listener into the artist’s realm, where the artist’s skilled fingers on the keyboard convey the emotions delicately, following the path of inspiration. The audience joins the artist’s journey rather involuntarily.
The title track “Blue Rose” is definitely a masterpiece in the album. The background rhythm moves in a steady fashion splendidly supporting the keys seamlessly. So, the composition softly drifts like the clouds on a splendid summer day. The wordless vocals and soothing bell tones complement the notes and add a delightful touch to the whole musical experience.
The sixth track “Red” is an intriguing composition and the track’s artwork reveals its association with the heart, a magnificent organ in the human body interconnecting all the vital aspects of our being. The rhythmic music with its gradual rise, quickening and smoothing out into a steady flow mimics the different characteristics of heart beat. Piano is gentle and dreamlike establishing a simple motif teaming up with the violin to establish a restful mood.
The theme of the seventh piece “Dark Eyes” is related to the famed Indo-American yogi Paramhansa Yogananda’s description of his mother’s lovely eyes. The instrumentation with its tingling bells, mellowing harp tunes and echoing synths help capture the depth in the eyes described above and portrayed in the cover image.
The theme of the eighth song is reflecting on the transition of the soul into the astral world. A girl’s quiet voice in the background saying “Don’t be scared . . . Come”, adds a surprising twist and ethereal character to the composition.
The penultimate track is an enticing piano melody delicately accompanied by the cello and violin. The composer seems to remind us that while we near the end of our lives, soliloquy is our only voice. The music touches the listener’s soul being soaked in sadness of unmatched beauty. The composition is gorgeous.
For the final track, the artist confines to the upper registers of the piano teaming them with the soft notes of strings. The theme of flight is gently conveyed through the tender instrumentation and delightful angelic voice. “Little Sparrow” concludes the protagonist’s extraordinary journey confronting mortality, moving through the passage of time and finally securing his wings to soar high up to the terrestrial worlds. The beaconing tunes of the piano signal a forward movement with the synths bestowing colors and energy to the track. Ultimately, the music makes your soul virtually join the hero’s journey.
The ten tracks of David Wahler’s “Blue Rose” weave together a suite of reflections and corresponding emotions. With an assorted range of carefully chosen instrumentation, the album facilitates a virtual journey through pensive reminiscences, intimate narratives, and ethereal landscapes. Never miss it since after listening to it once you may not be the same person once again.
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