- A Journey
- A Journey
Sanctuary explores deep shadows and pervasive
spirits as it journeys through misery and despair to find hope and
redemption. Drawing on diverse influences spanning pop, rock, jazz,
new age and classical, the arrangements transcend genres to create
a new yet familiar ambiance that beckons listeners to interact with
the music and define what it means for themselves.
song captures a distinct moment in time, telling an authentic personal
tale,” observes Vertical Leap founder, George W. Mahn, III.
“The passages are designed to be intimate and introspective,
so that they suspend reality, discover personal meaning and recall
forgotten wisdom.” With captivating guitar performances, as
well as a passionate voice that brings the narrative to life, the
artist is able to tie these songs, in all their diversity, together.
The arrangements, while intricate and interesting, are never overwhelming.
Allusion - The Storyline
From first note to final fade, the album offers
a tapestry of promise, adversity, escape, reflection, and above
all, emotion. The soulful vocals and sweeping performances of layered
acoustic and electric guitars intertwined with transparent orchestral
settings brings back memories of theatre and cinema, captivating
listeners with dynamic arrangements, artful lyrics, pointed hooks
and haunting melodies.
subtle fashion, the composer makes obscure use of literary allusion
by hiding references within the album's natural flow and setting.
“Just as juxtaposing instrumental and vocal tracks align to
form a distinct impression,” he explains, “lyrics and
song titles interweave to build a lucid storyline.” Phrases
in "No Word From You" frame the scenario with "Shadows
Fall" and "Time Standing Still," defining the opening
rolling wave reminds me/you're not coming back/shadows fall all
around me/time standing still/will the darkness ever end/there's
no word from you/I don't know what to do/you won't let me love you
simplicity of melody and exposure lays bare the emotional undertones
as the world closes in with endless waves of pain, anger and confusion.
The agonizing appeal in "Turned All Around" follows rejection
and vulnerability, evoking sheer melancholy with raw vocal harmonies
and bare open chords. Past demons of neglect and heartache summon
a response on "Elusive Spirit," whose poetry lives in
its simplicity and unadorned, confessional language.
there's much more to Sanctuary. “The spatial impressions of
‘Inner Sanctum’ echo deep in the depths of the spirit
where words are not enough to express longing and searching,”
the artist says. Descending phrases in slow movements underscored
by expressive solo guitar envelopes the sentiment in an exquisite
references to suffering and soul searching set the stage for mystical
revelation. “The title track reveals a conversion that connects
with divine presence,” he reflects, “transforming painful
memories and attitudes to obtain forgiveness and redemption.”
The melody amplifies the experience by grabbing listeners with a
stomping, up-tempo beat that just won't let go. Ending with Everlasting
life in the light, the lyric alludes to the joyful feeling of piercing
inner vision and freedom celebrated on the next ethereal selection,
"In the Light.”
upbeat highlight, "Sounds of Love," matches bombastic
guitars with images of discovery and endurance. “The song
realizes that the human spirit perseveres when fortified with the
energy to live,” George suggests. The final lyrics combine
with lines in “Sanctuary" and the last title to provide
a continuity of form and vitality that leads the listener to a resounding
expression of renewed life:
am free/spring follows winter/my soul lives again
Follows Winter" culminates the album, twisting and building
from melody to an awe-inspiring display of acoustic guitar virtuosity.
In the end, Sanctuary returns to the wellspring of life, to encounter
a love that is new yet older than time, stirring the heart and leaving
the listener reaching for more. It is not just the emotion of the
events that the artist means to conjure up, but the healing transformation
of redemption that instills joy and peace.