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Meditations of a Sound Mind vol. 1

by Frank van Essen

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bendrummer This does exactly what it set out to do, to provide ‘music for meditation, prayer, relaxation and inspiration’. It feels personal, emotionally charged, and spiritually tuned in. I have used it for daily devotions and it has helped me feel closer to God. Superb musicianship mixed with a clear sense of purpose. 10/10
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-tindrum There is room for mourning as well as for comfort and joy. Pictures of endless landscapes and the vastness of the sea fills my mind with peace and gratitude. Heartfelt thanks for this wonderful album. Favorite track: Rebirth (Dry Bones come to Life).
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knakel This music softens my heart and lets my emotions flow. Healing en moving. Favorite track: Plains of Eternity.
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steve_ward Goodness gracious, don't just listen to a track! Buy this album and support this wonderful artist. David Bainbridge is a collaborator on this album. This is beautiful work.
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For a long time I have wanted to make an album with music for meditation, prayer, relaxation and inspiration. Music that makes room for your imagination and lets your spirit soar.
This is a first collection of tracks, largely improvised on violin & viola, with contributions by Dave Bainbridge on Keyboards (tracks 1, 2 and 4).


released February 22, 2020

Composed, performed, recorded, mixed & produced by Frank van Essen
Studio Strings Attached, Collendoorn, The Netherlands

"Plains of Eternity" composed by Frank van Essen & Dave Bainbridge
"Machrie Moor" composed by Fiona Davidson, arranged by Dave Bainbridge & Frank van Essen
"Luke (The Calf)" composed by Dave Bainbridge & David Fitzgerald, arranged by Dave Bainbridge & Frank van Essen

Photography by Chris Pegman - www.chrispegman.com
Mastering by Sander van der Heide - www.sandervanderheide.nl


© 2020 Strings Attached Records


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Frank van Essen Collendoorn, Netherlands

"It is extremely rare to find a top class drummer play violin so beautifully. Add to that composer, arranger and producer skills, and you can imagine that the musical result will be somewhat special. Frank van Essen is such a musician. Known for his powerful drumming & violin playing for UK band Iona and his strings for DJ Martin Garrix, he is venturing out into a whole musical world of his own". ... more

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