Thursday, September 30, 2021

Album Review: The Winding Way by Peter Sterling

Review by Lissette Cascante 

The unique and calming sounds of the harp are again masterfully presented in acclaimed harpist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, author, and producer Peter Sterling’s latest album The Winding Way. Peter began playing the piano at age 6. Life took Peter in many directions, distracting him from his authentic purpose, but eventually as he listened more closely to the yearnings of his heart, he was drawn to the Celtic harp and the healing arts. Peter embraced his true calling and in 1994, he released his first album Harp Magic with instant success. Since then, his music has garnered many accolades and awards, and spanned both the global plain as well as the “heavenly realms” through airplay on international platforms such as Pandora, SiriusXM and Soundscapes, and on major airlines. 

Composed & produced by Peter Sterling for Harp Magic Music (BMI), The Winding Way is the product of a year’s worth of work; isolated from the world during the lockdowns, Peter reached deep into his heart and soul to bring forth a loving and beautiful compilation of divinely inspired compositions designed to help bring peace and healing to a hurting world.

As we listen to his songs and learn about Peter’s amazing life journey, we can definitively conclude that the title of the album was consciously selected. For as Peter states, “life… is a meandering journey down the Winding Way with many unexpected twists and turns along the path to the destination of our hopes and dreams.”

The poignant titles and songs such as “Deep Dive”, “Calling Angels”, “Along the Way”, “Every Which Way”, “Hope for Tomorrow”, and “A Love That Lasts” seem to diffuse a sense of tranquility and a knowing for our life’s journey; evoking the calm assurance that no matter the outer circumstances, our innermost being can stand strong in the face of adversity on the foundations of love, hope and peace; the essence of who we are as spiritual beings having a human experience.

Ornamented with wordless, Enya-style vocals throughout, pieces like “Beauty Abounds”, “Clouds and Sky”, “Rose Petal Tea”, “The Noble Night”, and “The Elven Queen” take the listener through a rhapsody of the senses to a world of natural wonders and Celtic fantasia. 

Peter Plays a custom-made Lyon and Healy electric Troubadour Harp. Additionally, he plays keyboards, percussion, free-note chimes, and contributes vocals on the album, while G. Dov Gertzweig supports with violin, Richard Hardy on silver and bamboo flutes, and Hans Christian on the Cello. The album was mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery Sony studios in Culver City.

If you like the ethereal timelessness of the late, great Hillary Stagg, as I do, you will find Peter’s angelic harp artistry similarly enthralling, transporting, and elevating. Plug it in to study by, or to meditate, sleep or just anytime to set the right ambience to recharge your reserves and refocus your energy. Empty your mind of all the clutter and let The Winding Way help guide you to that beautiful place of calm assurance.

~Lissette Cascante for Aural Awakenings 

For more information, please visit Peter Sterling's website. The Winding Way is also available at Amazon, Apple Music and more.