Heart of the River is simply beautiful instrumental music that creates a lovely space for the listener. Superbly played grand piano is textured with luscious cello, soaring flute and sax, exquisite acoustic guitar, tasteful synthesizer and percussion, and just a touch of voice that moves to a place beyond words.
Like the river, the music is fluid and flowing, providing a gentle current of changing musical colours. The compositions are lyrical and evocative, blending styles of classical, contemporary jazz, and new age.
Awards for Songwriting
"Stolen Lives" Documentary - VTV - Composer
Julie was nominated for a Leo Award in 2000 for Best Musical Score. This film won best documentary.
"Close to the Heart" - Documentary - CBC - Composer
This film won the AMPIA award in 1987 for the film 'most moving to the spirit', Julie's music was nominated for the best score.
A Quote from Julie Blue (Heart of the River)
I've always been drawn to the water. To the sea, the stream, the lake, the river...Their fluid whisperings remind me of gentleness, strength, surrender and flow.
If the river were seen as time, or as life that is always rushing by, the Heart of the River is the place of calmness where, even for a brief moment, all is still.
Lullabye for a Grey Whale was inspired by a visit from a long grey whale, and Flying Dolphins by my vivid rememberings of the exuberance of wild dolphins at play. Between the Moon and Sun captures the reverence of an exquisite moonrise and sunset as seen from Long Beach. Close to the Heart is a rearranged version of the themesong for the first film I composed the music for, and Water Passages was inspired by the misty mountain scape over Lillooet Lake.
Water sings so many songs - from the gentle lament of a cold rain to the hypnotic rhythms of a waterfall.
When water sings - my spirit listens,
When water sings - my body moves.
When water sings - my heart answers,
When water sings - my soul is soothed.
Julie Blue - Biography
Julie Blue believes that music is the universal language. She has heard music in her head since she was a small child
Born in Calgary, Julie Blue started playing piano at the age of five. By the time she was seventeen, she was playing and singing professionally. Julie completed training in Vancouver at Capilano College in 1982. She has had years of study in jazz, classical music and voice.
Julie Blue has toured and performed with many bands, primarily jazz and R & B, (ie. The Platters). Julie's performances have taken her to Africa, Australia, Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Japan. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish and some Japanese.
An experienced session player, she has worked on many recording project playing piano, keyboards or adding vocals. She has also performed live at many events and concerts, one highlight being Expo '88 in Australia with a jazz/fusion band.
Julie Blue has also exhibited extensive leadership qualities in her musical talents by artistically directing many shows and concerts over the span of her career. She founded the Singspiration Creative Empowerment Programs in 1989 and has touched thousands of people through her Healing Sound and Songwriting/Performance courses. Julie also writes the music for, and directs a 60-voice gospel choir, "The Singspiration Singers".
Julie has inspired others in music, piano, voice, and creativity for many years. She currently facilitates vocal empowerment keynote presentations and regularly leads her Step into your Confidence workshops in which participants experience confidence breakthroughs and connect with their own inner voice and source of authentic power.
Julie Blue received a grant to write and compose the multimedia family musical "Jolly's Journey". Julie's composition abilities have added the music to many films including award-winning documentaries "Close to the Heart" and "Stolen Lives".
Julie has released 5 CDs including Shining Through, which is selling internationally. Her newest CD, Wing & A Prayer, was released in a sold out performance at Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre.
Julie Blue composes, records, and produces music in her own recording studio in Vancouver.
In addition to a thriving music career Julie Blue is mom to six-year-old Jesse Joy and has the coolest dog in the world, a Portuguese Water dog named Winston.
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Check out the artist's website:
1. Close to the Heart
2. Water Passages
3. Between the Moon and Sun
5. Heart of the River
6. Flying Dolphins
8. Lullabye for a Grey Whale
9. Sometimes, the Rain...
10. Seeds of Joy