Music is a tool for communication and it is my intention to instill hope, inspire, encourage, and remind everyone to enjoy life...to live...to dream...and to just plain have fun! Life is what we make of it, and although we have a lot to learn as we live it, I hope that we will strive to make the most of every part; bumps and all.
This CD features elements of jazz, blues, renaissance, pop, celtic, and more! Mostly electronic in nature, Vicki has combined keyboards, electronic percussion and synths, with the smooth sounds of sax, acoustic and electric guitar and even flute and piccolo to create atmospheres which can take one through the day with a song to match each moment.
Vicki's first CD, "Chasing Dreams" and her second, "Finding My Way" are also available here at CDBaby. Visit her website for the opportunity to listen to all of her music in its entirety on streaming real audio or MP3s.
******************* review by Michael Woodhead, Wind and Wire May '04
I must say I was quite surprised and very impressed by The Ride. Ten very beautiful songs are presented in a variety of styles and rhythms, yet all of them combine to form a cohesive whole. As Vicki says, "I wanted to describe the passage of time, as I experience it, in terms of music. I also wanted to show the many sides of who I am using elements from different styles of music because that, to me, is how most of us are. We are not represented by any one particular thing...but by many things creating a whole unique being."
Vicki begins with a very melodic and pop-like "The Dance of the Sun" that sweeps over the soul, relaxing and inviting us to become inspired. When I first heard "A Piece of My Rainbow," I could have sworn Kenny G was playing the sax; but, no, it was Kenni H(olman) performing the very mellow, but uplifting melody. Follow this with a rather melancholic, medieval Celtic-sounding piece called "Forbidden Love," and then a more modern up-tempo beat-driven "Colors in Motion," "Just to Be with You" faintly reflects a light jazz influence, then the title song with a more New Age instrumental feel.
Further jazz and heavy pop touches highlight "An Engagement with Time" and almost deliver a Kitaro-like atmosphere. Board the virtual train for "Finding Freedom (The Freedom Express)" and be carried down the musical train tracks to the plaintive "Don't Be Afraid," after which we reach the pensive and serene music of "The End of the Day."
These original compositions are uplifting and soul-stirring, grabbing the listener by the ears from the first song to the last, and almost leaving one breathless but fulfilled by the end of the journey. Pick up your copy and go along for The Ride. I'll be taking it quite often.
My Favourite: "The Ride"
Check out the artist's website:
1. Dance of the Sun
2. A Piece of My Rainbow
3. Forbidden Love
4. Colors in Motion
5. Just to Be With You
6. The Ride
7. An Engagement With Time
8. Finding Freedom (the Freedom Express)
9. Don't Be Afraid
10. The End of the Day